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Diverse Religious Communities Come Together: Keynoter Paul Simon
'Our Best Hope Is Understanding' New International Award to be Announced
Updated: Fri, Nov 30 11:30 AM EST
CHICAGO, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Council for a Parliament of the World's
Religions (CPWR), Chicago-based interreligious Organization annual dinner
event of the city's foremost interreligious organization is expected to
draw 700 people.
The keynote address will be delivered by former U.S. Senator Paul Simon
(D-IL). Senator Simon will discuss issues and leadership by ordinary people
regarding religious, racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity, in the post-
September 11 world.
Members of Chicago's Bahai, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish,
Muslim, Native American, Sikh, and Zoroastrian communities will be present at
CPWR will also be announcing the creation of the Paul Carus Award, a major
international award given in recognition of an individual, community or
organization doing extraordinary work to advance the worldwide interreligious
movement for peace and justice.
The Paul Carus Award has been established in honor of the Carus family's
multigenerational contribution to the international, interreligious movement.
The Carus family publishing house, Open Court Publishing based in La Salle,
Illinois since 1887 now specializes in scholarly and trade non-fiction.
The Carus family has made a $1 million contribution to the Council to help
fund the groundbreaking work it is doing for the interreligious movement
An International Advisory Committee membership for the award includes Nobel
Peace Laureate Mairead Corrigan-McGuire of Ireland; H.H. Dalai Lama from
Tibet; Ela Gandhi and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa; Rabbi
David Rosen of Israel and others.
The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions was founded in 1988.
CPWR's work is centered around promoting interreligious dialogue and
cooperation in metropolitan Chicago and around the world. Through events,
projects, programs and exchanges, CPWR promotes understanding and
collaboration among local and international religious communities around the
The December 2nd dinner is open to the public. Tickets are $100 per person.
All proceeds from this event will go to the Council for a Parliament of the
WHEN: Sunday, December 2, 2001, 5:30-8:30 P.M.
WHERE: Chicago Hilton and Towers, Grand Ballroom, 720 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago
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