Toronto will be hosting the World Parliament of Religions in 2018.

March 17th, 2017: High-level delegates from Chicago came to Toronto to finalize talks about hosting the Word Parliament of Religions in 2018. Meetings and talks were held at the Royal York Hotel.


Larry Greenfield is the executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, a regional judicatory of the American Baptist Churches U.S.A, and the theologian-in-residence for the Community Renewal Society, a progressive, faith-based organization in Chicago that works to eliminate race and class barriers and advocates for social and economic justice. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he subsequently taught and served as dean of students. Later he served as president of Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York.


Board Chair, Dr. Robert P. Sellers, is Professor of Theology at Hardin-Simmons University in Texas. His classes emphasize cross-cultural living, global Christianity, Two-Thirds World and liberation theologies, world religions, and interreligious dialogue. Frequently he takes university or seminary students on Study Abroad trips, and he has taught or made presentations on six continents. With Muslim and Baptist partners, Rob has planned three national retreats. As a Baptist Christian, he is a member of the Interfaith Relations and Collaboration Table of the National Council of Churches and the Interfaith Relations Commission of the Baptist World Alliance.


Rev. Andras Corban Arthen is the spiritual director of the EarthSpirit Community, a religious and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of Earth-centered spirituality, particularly the indigenous European traditions; he is also president of the European Congress of Ethnic Religions, and serves on the board of advisors of the Ecospirituality Foundation. He has been a presenter at many interfaith events, including the 1993, 2004, and 2009 Parliaments, and the 2007 World Interreligious Encounter. Of Hispanic origin, Rev. Arthen teaches and lectures on the indigenous European pagan religions throughout the U.S. and abroad.


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Dy. Minister of Immigration Bezzina and Zenji Nio were the guest speakers at the TAIC meeting chaired by Zul Kassamali and attended by faith leaders from the GTA.

March 23, 2017: Deputy Minister of Immigration Alexander Bezzina gave a presentation on refugees and Rev. Zenji Nio gave a speech on Buddhism at the TAIC meeting that was attended by dozens of faith leaders from across the GTA.  Among other agenda items were an update on the World Parliament of Religions by Chander Khanna and a proposal by Jim Wilson to combat poverty in the GTA. Rev. Zenji Nio was also invited to launch the official TAIC website as its portal for the world and the media.

Meeting with the Mayor of Toronto John Tory