IRI at Parliament of the World’s Religions

The InterReligious Institute is partnering with the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions on November 1-7, 2018 in Toronto. Join us as a student, in a cohort, or workshop or even share your story with us in an archival story-gathering project leading to a future podcast. There are so many ways to join us; be sure to add these compelling sessions to your schedule!


STUDY: Learning Through the Parliament of the World’s Religions

Join us for this immersive experience offering rich opportunities for interreligious engagement. Through online coursework prior to Parliament, students will identify a particular issue they wish to explore using an interfaith methodology. Working with the instructor, each student will select sessions and workshops that allow a deep dive into their particular issue. The class will meet as a cohort during our time at Parliament. Following the conference, students will create a final research paper or project particular to their issue and engagement at Parliament.

This three-credit course is offered through Chicago Theological Seminary. The instructor is Rev. Lisa Noel Zook, MDiv, STM. Graduate students from other institutes are welcome to enroll for credit. Undergraduate students are also welcome to enroll for credit. Students not seeking credit are welcome to audit the course. CEU credits are available.

Tuition is $2,304 to receive graduate credit.

The audit fee is $630, ($330 for CTS alums)

Students are responsible for travel and lodging expenses and should register for Parliament as students.

A limited number of modest travel stipends are available to help defray the expense of travel and registration.

To apply, follow this link. For more information or to request a travel stipend, please contact Kim Schultz at Chicago Theological Seminary via email at [email protected].


GATHER: Dismantling Anti-Muslim Bias: A Cohort Experience

The InterReligious Institute at Chicago Theological Seminary is offering “Dismantling Anti-Muslim Bias: A Cohort Experience” at the 2018 Parliament as a unique opportunity to bring together people of diverse life stances who are committed to challenging the structures of discrimination and bigotry that target Muslims. The cohort experience provides recommendations for Parliament sessions that may be of interest around this topic and additionally four opportunities to gather during Parliament for skill-building and networking. Led by Rabbi Dr. Rachel Mikva and Rev. Lisa Noel Zook, the facilitated cohort sessions will meet Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 1-2 p.m.; Participants are asked to commit to the entire sequence if possible. Sign up for this cohort experience today.


PODCAST: Stories Change the World. Tell us Yours.

The InterReligious Institute at Chicago Theological Seminary will be on site at the Parliament, offering video and audio space for you to share your story. What brought you to Parliament? Why does interfaith work matter? How have you lived the promise of inclusion and the power of love? Stories are being collected and curated as part of a larger project to amplify the many voices committed to interfaith work. Find our booth in the exhibit hall and be part of this project.


ATTEND: Additional Sessions, Workshops, and Events

Workshop: Dismantling Anti-Muslim Violence: A Tool Box for Strategies, Messaging, and Effective Alliances

Facilitated by Rabbi Dr. Rachel Mikva, Dilnaz Waraich, and Rev. Lisa Noel Zook, this interactive 90-minute workshop provides skills, strategies, and messaging urgently needed. In our current political climate, many populations find themselves marginalized and under attack. Those of us committed to the 2018 Parliament theme need strategies on the macro and micro level to resist injustice and bigotry in order to live into the promise of inclusion and the power of love. Especially in the United States but also in Europe and Canada, Muslims are increasingly vilified with hate crimes on the rise and pronouncements of a Muslim travel ban in the US. We need effective strategies that counter bigoted narratives and proclaim the value and beauty of all persons. This session focuses specifically on countering anti-Muslim bias with an understanding that this bias is rooted in an overarching system of racism and injustice. Taking on the specifics of this issue equips participants to more effectively build alliances and strategies to move the dial and change public opinion and policy, fostering communities committed to religious pluralism and interfaith solidarity.

…and MORE

You’ll want to be on the look-out for these CTS-people at Parliament. Watch for more information as details are provided.