Toronto Set to Host World's Largest Interfaith Event


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Release Date

Friday, August 24, 2018


TORONTO, ON (August 23, 2018) – The Parliament of the World’s Religions, the largest global interfaith gathering, is coming to Toronto.  The 2018 Parliament will be held November 1 – 7 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Toronto has the most diverse population of any city in the world and is a magnate for visitors from around the globe. Forward-thinking and inclusive of all races, ethnicities and religious beliefs, Toronto is always striving to close the cross-cultural gap.  This makes it the perfect community to host the seventh Parliament of the World’s Religions. 

The Parliament of the World’s Religions will welcome more than 10,000 delegates from 80 countries representing nearly 200 religious, spiritual and Indigenous traditions. 

“We are thrilled to be hosting the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto this year,” says Karen Hamilton, Co-Chair of the Toronto 2018 Parliament. “Toronto is such an amazing city and we are looking forward to sharing our experience in diversity, justice, harmony and reconciliation by combining the efforts of our many different cultures at this year’s Parliament.” 

The Toronto Parliament will explore three themes:   The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Pursing Global Understanding, Reconciliation and Change.

This year, the Parliament will feature more that 500 programs and events and will feature notable keynote speakers including: former Ontario Premier Bob Rae, former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, Dr. Payam Akahvan, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje and Dr. Karen Armstrong.

More speakers will be announced in coming days.  For more information about the seventh Parliament of the World’s Religions and for the full list of confirmed speakers, please visit

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