Nov. 7, 2018. The fifth and final plenary of the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions draws on lessons learned throughout the seven days. What changes do we seek? How can religious and spiritual communities across the world find new and effective ways of achieving those changes? What short and long-term commitments must be made? How do we draw on our own religious and spiritual traditions? How do we join heads, hands and hearts with religious traditions other than our own?
As we conclude this seventh convening of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the challenges that the world presents to us continue to loom. Those challenges have not been minimized in the seven days we’ve been together; if anything, they have grown and calcified. But as we leave this place, we can return to our individual struggles, those of our communities, and those of the world, equipped with a new toolkit. We will tear down and climb over the walls that separate us from a flourishing world, side by side with our neighbors of faith and conscience. And we will reconvene with the stories of how we conquered violence, injustice, and degradation as part of a movement much greater than ourselves.