Parliament of the World’s Religions 2023


The 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions convened people of faith, spirituality, and ethical convictions from around the world advancing the theme of “A Call to Conscience: Defending Freedom & Human Rights.” This was the 9th global Convening of the Parliament, gathering thousands of religious and civic leaders to advance opportunities to participate in a historic legacy. The first Parliament in 1893 formed the blueprint of interfaith dialogue. 130 years later it returned to Chicago to continue to power a peaceful, just, and sustainable global movement. I was honored to be Interpretive Artist for the third time. See 2015 Parliament galleries. See 2018 Parliament galleries. 

I sat on the floor right beneath the stage during all the Plenaries and Assemblies. As I listened, I translated the content and feeling-tone of the presentation into images through the touch of my fingers on paper laid upon an inked board. I can see the full image upon lifting the page. Find out more about Touch Drawing. I hung the drawings after each session. Scroll down to see 119 drawings in 11 galleries. Please also enjoy brief video clips that I took while sitting in my spot on the floor. They offer an experience from my point of view as I created amidst this powerful event. You will also see video clips filmed by my daughter Aleah Chapin. Find out more about my work with Interpretive Touch Drawing. 

Click on images below to see them enlarged. Signed fine art prints are available in three sizes. Take note of the code below the image to ORDER PRINT. The images are available for non-profit use via the Creative Commons. Contact me for further information. Deborah Koff-Chapin

 

 

Opening Procession and Ceremony
Attendees from all corners of the globe were greeted by a vibrant display of music, dance, and ritual that celebrates the diversity, unity, and sacredness of the world’s premier interfaith gathering. Featuring Potawatomi Representatives and Elders, Indigenous Drummers, Nitin Ajmera, Mayor Brandon Johnson, Soul Children Choir, Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago, Congressman Bobby Rush, Attorney General Kwame Raoul, Senator Dick Durbin, Governor JB Pritzker, Ambassador Rashad Hussain, Laura Gonzalez, Secretary General António Guterres, Rev. Stephen Avino, Asayo Horibe, Muhammad Abdulghany Hamedeh, Masanory Takeuchi, Bani Dugal, Rev. Vance Henry, Swami Ishatmananda, S. Achhar Singh, Elder Major Moogy Sumner, Rikki Lippitz, His Holiness Acharya Lokesh Muni, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Daniel Gomez-Ibañez, Pastor Chris Harris, and the Happiness Club. VIEW THE VIDEO

Global Ethic Assembly: The Global Ethic in Action
This assembly celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Global Ethic document, introduced to the attendees of the Parliament in Chicago in 1993. It is a unique and courageous expression of the moral values and principles shared by people throughout the world, whether religious or not. It is also a living document, expanded in 2018 with language elaborating a commitment to a culture of sustainability and care for the Earth. It is a powerful starting place for collaboration between those whose beliefs or worldviews may clash but who agree on the basic moral principles and values that ground their work. Featuring Susan Voelz, Alison Chesley, Lewis Cardinal, Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Professor at University of Hawai’I, Stephan Schlensog, Kehkashan Basu, Traci Blackmon, Steve Sarowitz, Rabbi David Rosen, Mahan Mirza, Charline Manuel, Nitin Ajmera. VIEW THE VIDEO

Climate Action Assembly 1
The Parliament of the World’s Religions, acting with the leadership of its Climate Action Task Force, seeks to encourage and enable collective and individual action to reduce and counter the adverse impacts of human-caused climate change. At the 2023 Parliament Convening, Climate Action + Sustainability initiatives highlight critical actions to be advanced in communities worldwide, led by voices of faith in the global mission of saving our planet. Featuring Emily Echevarria, Imam Saffet Catovic, Debra Boudreaux, Kaleb Nyquist, Mahkrukh Motafram, David Hales, William Barber III, Danica Sun, Jelena Collins, Dr. Jane Goodall, Elder Major “Moogy” Sumner, Dharma Master Hsin Tao, Casey Camp-Horinek, Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Lewis Cardinal, and Carroll Muffett. VIEW THE VIDEO

Women’s Freedom Assembly
The direct threat of autocracy is disproportionately felt by women and girls in nations around the world. In the five years since the last Women’s Assembly, women have lost the right to bodily autonomy in the United States, faced rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war in Ukraine, have been subjected to political persecution and death in Iran, and lost fundamental rights, access to international aid and basic needs like education in Afghanistan and Somalia. In countries with authoritarian regimes, they are facing some of the harshest forms of repression and fighting for basic human rights. In democracies around the world, they are advocating for legal protections and pushing back against growing threats to basic rights and liberties. Featuring Rev. HPs. Phyllis Curott, Sister Mary Kirchen, Great Grandmother Mary Lyons, Her Excellency Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, Sousan Abadian, Cynthia Conti-Cook, Kehkashan Basu, Pat Fero, Ann Smith, Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen, Rev. Jennifer Butler, Yaël Eisenstat, Omayra Amaya, Anila Ali, Preeta Bansal, and Aina-Nia Ayo’dele. VIEW THE VIDEO

Crisis Plenary
The Plenary on Crisis highlights the urgent threat of authoritarianism and addresses some of the most pressing threats facing democracy and human rights today. Through a series of insightful keynotes and discussions, expert speakers explore the various dimensions of this crisis, examining issues such as political polarization, disinformation, and rising authoritarianism. Featuring Rev. HPs. Phyllis Curott, Harvinder Singh, Omar Kanat, Sousan Abadian, Munishri 108 Pramansaagarji Maharaj, David Goldenberg, Karen Freeman-Wilson, Rev. Jennifer Butler, Wa’el Alzayat, Dr. Sasa, James Sternlicht, Gayle Wolenschak, Paul Rauchenbush, Raphael Warnock, and Wajahat Ali. VIEW THE VIDEO

Climate Repentance Ceremony
The Peace Institute and Elijah Interfaith Institute VIEW THE VIDEO

Conscience Plenary
The Plenary on Conscience is a thought-provoking gathering that explores the ethical and religious importance of conscience, not just as an individual and collective moral compass, but as a dynamic call to action to defend the dignity, freedom, and human rights of all. Featuring Rev. Stephen Avino, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Veena Howard, Rev. James Lawson, Marianne Williamson, Rabbi David Saperstein, Parisa Khosravi, Yakov Cohen, Abbot Shi Yongxin, Surbhi Pandya, Tarina Kaur Ahuja, Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway, Casey Camp-Horinek, Rainn Wilson, Sirena Huang, Audrey Ferrer, Hu Shu-Ming, Rori Picker Neiss, and Sargam. VIEW THE VIDEO

Community Plenary
The Plenary on Community Strategies is a dynamic and engaging gathering that explores innovative approaches to building strong, resilient communities. Featuring Rev. HPs. Phyllis Curott, Steve Sarowitz, Rev. Michael Beckwith, Nitin Ajmera, Bhai Mohinder Singh, Rev. Stephen Avino, Shu-Ming Hu, Dr. Azza Karam, Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, Aina Nia Ayo-dele, Jerry White, Gus di Zerega, Rabbi Alon Goshen Gottstein, Brian Grim, Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen, Swami Yatidharmananda, Anantanand Rambachan, Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, Khaled Abu Awad, and Khalil Sayegh, and Debra Boudreaux. VIEW THE VIDEO

Sacred Music Night
Featuring Dennis Warner, Tina Siganporia, Elder Moogy Sumner, Gaurav Ajmera, TAMIR, Ardavan Taraporewala, Santita Jackson, Congressman Bobby Rush, Scott Stearman, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ragis, Ruth Broyde Sharone, Shania Cook, Maryel Epps, Shri Kummar Chatterji, Shri Ashish Mehta, Tara Jamshidian, Tina Siganporia, Ardavan Taraporewala, Onur Kasaburi, Robby Romero, Morley Shanti Kamen, Tara Jamshidian, ISKCON Mandir Chicago, Tatiana Chen, and Chicago Mass Choir. VIEW THE VIDEO

Climate Action Assembly 2
The Parliament of the World’s Religions, acting with the leadership of its Climate Action Task Force, seeks to encourage and enable collective and individual action to reduce and counter the adverse impacts of human-caused climate change. At the 2023 Parliament Convening, Climate Action + Sustainability initiatives highlight critical actions to be advanced in communities worldwide, led by voices of faith in the global mission of saving our planet. Featuring Madalene Big Bear, David Hales, Emily Echevarria, Carlos Vicente, Daiara Tukano, Ammen Chehade, Bishop Marc Andrus, Karenna Gore, Sir Partha Dasgupta, Manohar Singh Grewal, Benedict Ayodi, Rev. Abby Mohaupt, Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, and Daiara Tukano. VIEW THE VIDEO

Closing Plenary & Ceremony – A Call to Action
The Closing Ceremony is a momentous occasion that celebrates the collective knowledge, experience, and commitment of every participant at this 9th global Convening of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Sponsored by The Fetzer Institute Featuring Nitin Ajmera, Bob Boisture, Rev. Stephen Avino, Speaker Emeritus Nancy Pelosi, Rabbi David Rosen, Charles McNeill, Venerable Shin De Yuan, Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Chris Crawford, Samani Jin Pragya, Megan Radavich, Majeste Pearson, Christine Goggins, Shane Claiborne, Margaret Lokowua, Bhai Sahib Mohinder Singh, Pritam Singh, and Kehkashan Basu. VIEW THE VIDEO

 

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Deborah Koff-Chapin

    Dear Melanie, Sorry for the delayed response – I just found your comment. I was sitting on the floor near the stage left for hours each day of the Parliament! Touch Drawing would be a great tool for your mental health practice. I am giving a 6-credit online masterclass next Saturday April 6 though the Expressive Therapies Summit. The last Saturday in April is a 4-hour intro to the process online. And the 6-day Touch Drawing Gathering is June 9-15. Find out more on the schedule page https://touchdrawing.com/schedule. To be kept in touch with what happens, you can sign the mailing list https://touchdrawing.com/mailinglist. ( If you havent already done this) We also now have live zooms for people who are interested in facilitating Touch Drawing – you receive invitations to these is you purchase the Touch Drawing Facilitator Workbook. I Look forward to connecting somewhere along the line!

  2. Melanie Silver

    Hi,
    I wish I knew you were at Parliament. I was also there. I had a panel called Women and the Hidden Labors of Ritual, from my MFA thesis work. I am now training as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor and would like to use your Touch Drawing techniques (with proper credit of course) with clients. I love this technique and think it would be extremely beneficial for therapy. Have a great week.

    Sincerely,

    Melanie Silver

    1. Deborah Koff-Chapin

      Dear Melanie, Sorry for the delayed response – I just found your comment. I was sitting on the floor near the stage left for hours each day of the Parliament! Touch Drawing would be a great tool for your mental health practice. I am giving a 6-credit online masterclass next Saturday April 6 though the Expressive Therapies Summit. The last Saturday in April is a 4-hour intro to the process online. And the 6-day Touch Drawing Gathering is June 9-15. Find out more on the schedule page https://touchdrawing.com/schedule. To be kept in touch with what happens, you can sign the mailing list https://touchdrawing.com/mailinglist. ( If you havent already done this) We also now have live zooms for people who are interested in facilitating Touch Drawing – you receive invitations to these is you purchase the Touch Drawing Facilitator Workbook. I Look forward to connecting somewhere along the line!

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