Toronto to host the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 2018

Toronto will host the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the world’s largest interfaith gathering, in November 2018, the organization recently announced.

The seven-day event has in the past featured appearances from luminaries like the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi and President Jimmy Carter.

Enterprise provided media relations, government relations, event support and content creation for the Parliament of the World’s Religions announcement, which was made at Toronto City Hall on May 2, 2017.

This work included a series of social media videos and footage from the announcement being used across the Parliament’s digital channels.

Last held in 2015 in Salt Lake City, the Parliament was attended by more than 10,000 people. When it comes to Toronto in 2018, it will mark the first time the event has been held in Canada.

“The most diverse religious gathering in the world is coming to the most diverse city in the world,” says Dr. Rob Sellers, Board Chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Toronto Mayor John Tory added his support for a Toronto Parliament, saying: “Nowhere is our diversity more evident than in the variety of places of worship you can find in communities across Toronto. These institutions are an integral part of the social fabric of our city . . . [and] our faith communities help build bridges of mutual understanding and make Toronto a welcoming place for people of all beliefs.”

At the most recent Parliament held in 2015, 75 nations and 30 faiths encompassing more than 200 unique spiritual, indigenous, and secular traditions were represented, creating a cultural hub that took over the city for week-long discussions, workshops, and events.

Watch the video recap from the announcement below and visit for more information. To download the press release, click here: POWR_MediaRelease_May1.

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