National Ethical Service representatives (in fact, always at least one woman) have participated in the Parliament of the World’s Religions since it’s inception in 1893. Vice President Kurt Johnson and Secretary Emily Newman attended the 2015 Parliament in Salt Lake City, Utah this October, along with members of Ethical Societies and the Interspirituality Network.
The Parliament, the global interfaith movement, focused this year’s event on the following six declarations (click links to read and sign them):
- Emerging Leaders
- Dignity and Human Rights of Women
- Income Inequality and the Widening Wealth Gap
- Climate Change
- War, Hate, and Violence
- Indigenous Peoples
Click on the images to enlarge. In the main entrance, our colleagues (see group photo below, which includes Kurt Johnson sitting in front in light blue shirt) set up a display for “Climate Justice Now!” and it will be shared at the Paris Climate Summit. Participants were encouraged to share materials about their Interfaith/ Interspiritual/ Ecospiritual groups commitment to climate change. Thousands of ribbons display what people will mourn/miss if the Earth is not protected from climate change and why they are taking action.