The countdown has begun for the seventh Parliament of the World’s Religions, which will be held in Toronto November 1–7, 2018, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The theme of the conference is “The Promise of Inclusion, The Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change.” The Wilmette Institute’s booth in the exhibit hall will be near the space leased by The Gate, the new documentary about the Báb. Dr. Robert Stockman and Candace Moore Hill will be greeting people, answering questions about Wilmette Institute courses (especially courses potentially available for college or university credit), and sharing literature about the Institute.
The Wilmette Institute also plans to broadcast over its Facebook page and YouTube channel, using computer and cell-phone internet. Dr. Stockman hopes to interview many of the Bahá’í speakers at the Parliament about their presentations and possibly other speakers and guests as well. Watch the Institute’s Facebook page, or follow it on Twitter for announcements, updates, and commentary on the Parliament.
This seventh Parliament of World Religions, follows up on six previous events: Chicago in 1893, where the Bahá’í Faith was first mentioned publically in North America, Chicago (1993), Cape Town (1999), Barcelona (2004), Melbourne (2009), and Salt Lake City (2015). Over 10,000 people are expected to be in attendance in Toronto, including over one hundred Bahá’ís (we have no way of knowing the number for certain).
Among the thirty-three keynote speakers featured on the Parliament’s home page are three Bahá’ís: Payam Akhavan, Bani Dugal, and Hugh Locke. We are already aware of ten presentations by seven Wilmette Institute faculty and two learners (one is giving two presentations) out of twenty-five presentations or performances by Bahá’ís.