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Old 11-13-2009, 05:42 PM   #1
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World Parliament of Religions to be held 12/3

I was excited to learn today about the World Parliament of Religions being held in Australia on December 3rd!!!

The 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions will take place December 3 through December 9 in Melbourne, Australia. Based on attendance at previous events, the Melbourne Parliament is expected to bring together 8,000 to 12,000 people to address key topics, including: Healing the Earth with Care and Concern; Securing Food and Water for All People; and Building Peace in Pursuit of Justice.

More than a century ago, Baha'u'llah told Baha'is to "Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship." And Baha'is have been active in promoting interfaith dialogue and understanding since the mid-1800s.

A number of American Baha'is plan to participate in the 2009 Parliament, including Brian Lepard -- an international human rights law specialist and Law Alumni Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska. Lepard is the author of a number of books including Hope for a Global Ethic: Shared Principles in Religious Scriptures and In the Glory of the Father: The Baha'i Faith and Christianity by Baha'i Publishing.

Lepard is planning to present "A Baha'i Perspective on the Right to Development" at the Parliament and has also been invited to offer a Baha'i perspective in a panel on the adoption of a "Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World's Religions."

Lepard is excited about participating in the Parliament because "it exemplifies one of the main themes of Baha'u'llah's teachings - bringing about greater unity and understanding among people of diverse faiths and beliefs." He goes on to explain, "I have sought in my personal and professional life to promote this teaching, which is sorely needed in a world riven by religiously-based conflict."

Participating at the Parliament is also an opportunity for him, as a specialist in law, to interact and collaborate with participants from other fields, including religion, philosophy, and ethics. "My academic work as a law professor and legal scholar has attempted to integrate law with these other disciplines, and to draw insights from ethical principles shared by the world's great religious traditions."


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