LTRP Note: Lighthouse Trails author Carl Teichrib has attended a number of the Parliaments of the World Religions and has documented in his book Game of Gods and other writings what takes place at these events. As Lighthouse Trails has reported, the 2015 Parliament took place in Salt Lake City where both Carl and LT author Ray Yungen attended. They both found it remarkable how much hostility toward Christians and biblical Christianity was present at the Parliament. See the related links below for some of that documentation.
Saturday was the first day of the 2021 Parliament of the World’s Religions, a global gathering of faith leaders from a multitude of religions, along with political and social influences – all working within an interfaith context to bring “Heaven on Earth” and “save humanity.”
Yes, I’ve heard this with my own ears as I’ve attended Parliaments in the past. In the history of the Parliament, this year’s event is number 8. The first took place in 1893, and approximately 4,000 people attended. This historical event became a key turning point for our modern era of internationalism, bridging East and West, and acting as a catalyst for the idea that we could secure global peace and harmony (and the Twentieth Century turned out to be exactly the opposite).
The second Parliament happened 100 years later in 1993, and it influenced the development of the current interfaith movement – it introduced to the world to a “New Global Ethic,” and it legitimized and endorsed the neo-Pagan movement. About 8,000 people attended.
In 1999, the third gathering happened in Cape Town with 7,000 participating, then in 2004 in Barcelona (9,000 attended) in conjunction with UNESCO, and the sixth event took place in Melbourne with 7,000 attendees.
For myself, I attended the 2015 Parliament in Salt Lake City (10,000 participants) and then again, in 2018, at Toronto (8,500 people).
Now, the 8th Parliament is taking place virtually. How many are participating? At this point I don’t know, but approximately 500 breakout sessions and events are scheduled, so it’s not small! I’ll be documenting in the Facebook comments what workshops and events I’m attending. Each numbered comment from me will offer a chronological snapshot of what’s happening.
Finally, if you have a copy of my book Game of Gods, take the time to read chapter 12 – titled “Spiritual Politics” – as it documents the interfaith movement as a spiritual/political manifestation of internationalism. It will open your eyes to the depth and scope of this movement.
The picture above is from the 1893 Parliament in Chicago.
“Spiritual Perestroika in America” by Carl Teichrib