VOICES AT THE PARLIAMENT OF THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS
AUGUST 14-18, 2023
At the Parliament of the World's Religions convening in Chicago, Voices had a booth and conducted two workshops on the need to advocate for, work together and pray for a world free of nuclear weapons. Voices workshops spoke to the theme of "A Call to Conscience: Defending Freedom & Human Rights", and called on people of faith and conscience to stand up together in all their diversity and defend freedom and human rights with faith, spirituality, and goodwill.
ABOUT OUR WORKSHOPS:
Serendipity: The Joy of Anti-Nuclear Weapons Work After the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the threat of annihilation through the use of nuclear weapons has been an ever-present challenge for humankind and our human rights. This panel discussion will consist of a series of questions to panelists on keys to seizing the opportunity to work toward an alternative path to peace, based on their experiences, spiritual backgrounds, and action commitments. The panelists are Anna Ikeda, Barbara Newsom, Linda Cataldo, Monica Willard, and Micheal Fitzpatrick, and moderated by Michael Ramos. All of whom are members of Voices.
Nuclear Weapons and the Role of God The Rt. Rev. William E. Swing, Founding Trustee Member and President Emeritus of the United Religions Initiative will speak about his new book on faith and Nuclear Weapons, "The Choice, the Nightmare, the Hope". He will discuss why Oppenheimer named the weapon "Trinity" and the perspectives that different faith traditions have about nuclear weapons. He will engage the audience in questions and answers and speak about the choices that were made in the past, and actions that we can all do in the future.