The Parliament of the World’s Religions (PWR) will host “The Year of Democracy,” an election-year kickoff event today from 12:00-1:30 pm (CST). The online gathering will launch “Focus 24 | Faith, Democracy & Our Common Future: Shaping a Path Forward,” a campaign to build capacity, foster community and advance advocacy during a critical election year. 

Today’s event will feature experts Ian Bassin of Project Democracy, Rev. Jim Wallis with the Georgetown University Center on Faith + Justice, and Dr. Azza Karam of the Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace. 

According to PWR’s website, Focus 24 is “designed to rally people of diverse faiths during a critical election season marked by rising threats to democracy, freedom and human rights from authoritarian and nationalist movements across the globe.” The series will offer opportunities designed to produce social action and offer tools to sharpen civic engagement. 

At least eight more Focus 24 events are scheduled for this year. They include sessions such as “Women on the Front Lines of Defending Democracy,” “Mobilizing Communities” and “Dialogue with the World’s Oldest Indigenous Democracy,” among others. 

A schedule of today’s and future events can be found here. Registration information for all events in the Focus 24 series is open and can be found here

The Parliament of the World’s Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.


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