ZVISHAVANE – Zimbabwe hopes to host the Parliament of the World’s Religions for the years 2021, 2024 and 2027 if stakeholders unite behind the prospective bid, TellZim News has learnt.
Inter-Faith Council of Zimbabwe president, Rev G. Mwanza who is also PWR ambassador, said hosting the institution would help the country in many ways.
“We are appealing to the country’s religious community and the Inter-Faith Council for financial assistance and moral support in our quest to host this parliament. We are convinced that it would be good for the image of our country.
“It will enhance revenue generation in the tourism industry as more than 30 000 people from 80 nations will attend. It will also market the country and boost the confidence of investors,” said Mwanza.
He said the gathering would be marked by such activities as lectures, presentation of academic papers, seminars, panel discussions as well as religious and spiritual observances.
“The parliament also focuses on climate change, hate speech, violence and other forms of conflict. Zimbabwe needs revival and together as a nation, we can make a difference. It is a time to put differences aside in order to uplift the nation,” said Mwanza.
He also said the parliament ran under the theme, ‘There Will be Peace on Earth when there is Peace Amongst the World’s Religions.’
The parliament was founded in 1893 in Chicago, United States of America (USA) and, alongside the Colombian Exhibition, is considered to be the birth of the inter-faith movement which aims to reveal the beauty of Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity and other religions.
After a century-old break in 1993, the second parliament was re-launched in Chicago while some gatherings were hosted by other countries.
Some of the leaders in the Honorary International Advisers structure are the Dalai Lama; Tenzin Gyasto, Ella Gandhi and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
Its obligation is to bring the world’s religions to help fight against war, human rights violations, poverty, racism, discrimination, abuse of women and children as well as the disregard for the natural environment.
It also focuses on issues to do with women and youth empowerment.