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Parliament of the World’s Religions

October 29, 2015

I attended the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions, held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The official theme of the Parliament was “Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity,” and the meme, encountered throughout the five-day event, was the assertion of Oneness – that we are all connected to the Earth (“you are Mother Earth walking”), and that we are all part of divinity. Reclaiming the Goddess and uniting with Nature was a recurring message, evident from the Inaugural Women’s Assembly to the closing ceremony.

Here are some pictures from the 2015 Parliament. Some photos are little out-of-focus, and for that I apologize.

Session on the "Role of the Divine Mother."

Session on the “Role of the Divine Mother.”

Tibetan Buddhist throat singing before starting the Mandala.

Tibetan Buddhist throat singing before starting the Mandala.

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Opening the Jain temple, temporarily constructed inside the Salt Palace for the Parliament.

Crowds watching the opening processional.

Crowds watching the opening processional.

The processional as it approaches the main stage during the opening ceremony.

The processional as it approaches the main stage during the opening ceremony.

Approximately 90 goddess wall hangings were displayed in the Ballroom hallway.

Approximately 90 goddess wall hangings were displayed in the Ballroom hallway.

One of the many goddess pictures in the Ballroom hallway.

One of the many goddess pictures in the Ballroom hallway.

An interfaith water ritual and blessing.

An interfaith water ritual and blessing.

A parade of "Peace Angels" entering the Salt Palace.

A parade of “Peace Angels” entering the Salt Palace.

A session on creating a Religious Arm of the United Nations.

A session on creating a Religious Arm of the United Nations.

Emergent church leader, Brian McLaren, giving a keynote address.

Emergent church leader, Brian McLaren, giving a keynote address.

A woman's "sacred space" was kept open during the Parliament.

A woman’s “sacred space” was kept open during the Parliament.

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