Parliament of The World’s Religions

Parliament of The World’s Religions


#1spiritpowr | Booth #1015

Join One Spirit Learning Alliance as we gather as one strong community at the Parliament of World Religions on Toronto from November 1st to 7th, 2018. We expect over a 100 students, graduates and staff members will be participating at the Parliament, our largest showing ever.

We will be announcing some One Spirit gatherings as well as opportunities for others to learn more about the important work we do. Additionally, we will be having a centrally placed booth within the Exhibitor Hall and will need volunteers to welcome people and speak about your One Spirit experience.

There are several ways to keep up to date on what is happening at the Parliament. First, bookmark this page and check back often for the latest news and updates about all the exciting One Spirit events and find out about where our many graduates and faculty will be participating on panels, in discussions, and in presentations. Second, you should download the App from the Parliament as that will give you the most up to date information about all events related to the larger gathering.

The Parliament is the world’s oldest and most diverse global interfaith event and will mark its 125-year anniversary by bringing together leaders and followers of more than 200 spiritual and secular traditions.

Student Discount

Student Discounts are available to One Spirit students for Parliament Registration. One Spirit can provide a letter that will verify that you are a student. If you have questions or need assistance, please reach out to Rev. Richard at [email protected].

Important Links:

One Spirit Exhibition Hall Booth #1015
One Spirit Learning Alliance will be hosting a booth in a prime location the the Exhibition Hall. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us introduce One Spirit to a larger global spiritual community.

Please follow the link below and sign up if you would like to volunteer.

This volunteer opportunity of only available to OS Graduates, Faculty and current students.

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Parliament of World Religions 2018 Homepage

Parliament of World Religions 2018 Schedule


Members of the One Spirit Community have been invited to participate in Family Day. Follow the link below for all of the details and registration information

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One Spirit Parliament Breakfast Gathering

Graduates, students, faculty and staff of One Spirit are all invited join us as the One Spirit Community Breaks Breaks Bread at the Parliament of World Religions!

Saturday, November 3rd, 7-8:30 AM
St. Andrew's Church
73 Simcoe Street
Toronto, Ontario
Meeting Room #207

More Information and Registration Here

Rev. Diane Berke

Feminine Spirit, Feminine Forms: New Expressions of Interreligious Connection, Compassion, & Activism

Panelists: Diane Berke, Phyllis Curott, Meghan Don, Sande Hart

Saturday, November 3
2:15-3:00 pm
Room 605

Rev. Renée Mercuri

El-Tawhid Juma Circle-The Unity Mosque gender equal and LGBTIQ+ affirming Juma/congregational Friday service

Role: co-director of Juma services, principle coordinator for the event

02 November
2:15 - 3:45 pm
room 202AB

Sufi Teaching and Zikr (ceremony of remembrance) with the Rifai Sufi Order of Toronto

Role: Sufi dervish, singer, principle coordinator for the event

Friday November 2 2018
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Room 201D

Authenticity, acceptance and sacred activism: Queer people of faith shine their truth (panel)

Role: principle coordinator of the session & panel moderator

Monday November 5 2018
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Room 803 AB

Islam in the 21st century: A Movement for Inclusive Transformation (panel)

Role: principle coordinator for the session, assistant to the moderator and panelists

Tuesday, November 6
Room 803B

Dr. Kurt Johnson

Mature Interspirituality: The Influence of Wayne Teasdale's Theology as Profound Embodiment of Inclusionary Love

Friday November 2, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Room 701B

The Future of Religion

Friday November 2, 2018
12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
Room 104C

Interfaith Cooperation Through Dialogue and Collaboration In An Interspiritual Age

Sunday, November 4
Room 718A

Rev. Mary Ann Brussat

Getting off the Sideline: Moving from Complaining to Practicing Compassionate Action

Monday November 5 2018
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Room 715A

Democracy is more than a system of government; it is a way of life based upon citizens' commitment to the common good. This workshop invites participants to identify ways to put this vision into action. The workshop will offer tools for moving people from anger, apathy, and fear to compassionate engagement with others. Participants will explores practices such as journaling, community organizing, and designing blueprints for one’s vision. By examining core values behind our emotions, stronger foundations can be built from grounded places of understanding. Participants will discuss the value of looking for assets and allies instead of only problems in their vision/dream building.

How to Love One's Enemies: Practices Engaging Self and Others

Monday November 5 2018
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Room 712

Major religions speak to loving our enemies. Rarely, though, are we taught how. This workshop will dive into how different religions address this challenge. Participants will first examine how enemies call something out in ourselves. They will then be introduced to spiritual practices that encourage engagement with “the other” with compassion and understanding. Participants will grow in understanding that love does not mean accepting or excusing another's behavior nor does it mean not holding each other accountable, but instead it means acting in radically new ways to connect to those who we think are opposing us.

Rev. Misty Tyme

Help Your Patients & Their Families Heal from Past Hurts, and Have a Better Quality of Life at the End of Life

Friday November 2 2018
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Room 709

Forgiveness issues are common in hospice patients and families. When faced with forgiveness questions, many times medical and hospice staff are not fully trained to help. They, in-turn, miss the critical opportunity to provide added emotional and spiritual support. All major religions and society agree that forgiveness is a good idea, that we should let it go. The problem is, both have left out the "how." Learn the "how" with a proven step-by-step process, "The Forgiveness Algorithm." Uncover myths and misconceptions of forgiveness and how to use correct forgiveness language, with the aim of ultimately providing patients with better quality of life at the end of life.

Karen Ostrowski - Class of 2019

Engagement Blessing Ceremony

Monday, November 5 2018
10:30 AM - 11:00AM
Room 803B

Johnny and Ricardo had a dream of being married at the Parliament but wanted their families to be present so decided to wait till they get home. Given the theme and their connection to the Parliament, they still wanted to acknowledge their relationship here in the interfaith community. In conversation with Karen, they realized they could do an engagement ceremony and asked her to perform it. Come support Karen as she takes this very public step into her ministry as well as supporting this couple as they take their next step in their relationship.

If you are participating and would like to be listed, please contact Rev. Richard at [email protected].



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Our mission is to offer experiential interfaith and interspiritual education and professional training to support personal transformation and prepare spiritual leaders.

  • World Leader in Interspiritual Education and Training of Interfaith/Interspiritual Ministers and Interspiritual Counselors.
  • Heart-centered teaching style that is experiential and transformative.
  • Dynamic and Interactive Distance Learning available.
  • Intentional focus on community-building as a container/crucible for personal and spiritual growth.
  • Part-time programs for working Individuals.
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