Parliament of the World's Religions Event Held at World Peace Ikeda Auditorium, Santa Monica, USA
On April 19, 2009, SGI-USA's World Peace Ikeda Auditorium in Santa Monica, California, hosted the Los Angeles Pre-Parliament Event of the Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World's Religions (SCCPWR). The event, attended by some 300 people representing 20 religious groups, was part of the preparations for the fifth Parliament of the World's Religions to be held in Melbourne, Australia, in December 2009.
The event, whose theme was "Hearing Each Other, Healing the Earth"--the official theme of the Melbourne parliament--offered a unique and dynamic opportunity to address the pressing concerns of humanity from religious and spiritual perspectives. The theme reflects the urgent need for religious and spiritual communities and all people of goodwill to act on their concerns for the environment, peace and overcoming poverty, and to take responsibility for cultivating awareness of our global interconnectedness.
The event featured musical performances, an interfaith service, interactive workshops and an art exhibition.
[Adapted from an article in the May 8, 2009 issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA]