Framed poster - Parliament of the World's Religions - (right side) - Chicago USA - 1893 - All Religions
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World's Parliament of Religions
Chicago - 1893
Framed poster - Parliament of the
World's Religions - (left side) -
Chicago USA - 1893 - All Religions
Note: This is an active movement:
Ref: There have been meetings on
In 1893, the city of Chicago hosted
the World Columbian Exposition, an
early world's fair. So many people
were coming to Chicago from
all over the world that many smaller
conferences, called Congresses and
Parliaments, were scheduled to
take advantage of this
One of these was the World's
Parliament of Religions, an initiative
of the Swedenborgian layman
(and judge) Charles Carroll Bonney.
The Parliament of Religions was by far
the largest of the congresses
held in conjunction with the Exposition.
John Henry Barrows, a clergyman, was
appointed as the first chairman
of the General Committee of the 1893
Parliament by Charles Bonney.
The Parliament of Religions opened
on 11 September 1893 at
the World's Congress Auxiliary Building
which is now The Art Institute of Chicago,
and ran from 11 to 27 September,
making it the first organized
Today it is recognized as the occasion
of the birth of formal interreligious
dialogue worldwide, with
representatives of a wide variety of
religions and new religious
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA –
THE FIRST ORATOR:
Swami Vivekananda – a direct disciple
of Ramakrishna - was a delegate
at the opening session of the Parliament
on 11 September. Initially nervous, he
bowed to Saraswati, then began
his speech with salutation, "Sisters
and brothers of America!". To these
words he got a standing ovation
from a crowd of seven thousand,
which lasted for two minutes.
When silence was restored, he began
his address. He greeted the youngest
of the nations on behalf of "the most
ancient order of monks in the world,
the Vedic order of sannyasins, a
religion which has taught the world
both tolerance and universal acceptance!"
Some the present (and missing) where:
1.The Jain preacher Virchand Gandhi
was invited as a representative of Jainism.
2.The Buddhist preacher Anagarika
Dharmapala was invited as a representative
of Theravada Buddhism.
3.Soyen Shaku, the "First American
Ancestor" of Zen.
4.An essay by the Japanese Pure
Land master Kiyozawa Manshi,
"Skeleton of the philosophy of religion"
was read in his absence.
5.Swami Vivekananda belongs Bengali
Kayastha community represented
Hinduism as a delegate introducing
Hinduism at the opening session.
6.Christianity was represented by G.
Bonet Maury who was a protestant
historian invited by Swami Vivekananda.
7.Islam was represented by Mohammed
Alexander Russell Webb, an
Anglo-American convert to Islam and
the former US ambassador to the Philippines.
8.Rev. Henry Jessup addressing the
World Parliament of Religions was
the first to publicly discuss the Bahá'í
Faith in the USA.
9.Theism or the Brahmo Samaj was
represented by Pratap Chandra
10.The Theosophical Society was
represented by the Vice-President
of the society, William Quan Judge
and by activist Annie Besant.
11.New religious movements of the
time, such as Spiritualism and Christian
Science. The latter was represented
by Septimus J. Hanna.
12.Absent from this event were Native
American religious figures, Sikhs and
other Indigenous and Earth centered
religionists; these religions and spiritual
traditions were not represented until
the 1993 Parliament convened.
In 1993, the Parliament convened at
the Palmer House hotel in Chicago.
Over 8,000 people from all over the
world, from many diverse religions,
gathered to celebrate, discuss and
explore how religious traditions can
work together on the critical issues
which confront the world.
A document, "Towards a Global Ethic:
An Initial Declaration", mainly drafted
by Hans Küng, set the tone for the
subsequent ten days of discussion.
This global ethic was endorsed by
many of the attending religious and
spiritual leaders who were part of
the parliament assembly.