2012 Keynote Speakers: Martin Luther King III, Dr. Condoleezza Rice & Tulsi Gabbard

Martin Luther King III, Civil Rights Activist, Global Humanitarian and Political Leader

As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III has seized the torch lit by...

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Dr. Condoleezza Rice

Dr. Condoleezza Rice, a symbol of Empowerment of Women is credited with breaking several barriers which had been in the man’s domain...

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"The faith-based community continually helps those in need and makes a lasting impact in communities all over the world. I look forward to participating in the World Congress of Religions Conference to discuss the importance of interfaith cooperation as we work together to solve the worlds problems." - Dr. Condoleezza Rice

Tulsi Gabbard, Congresswoman-Elect

Tulsi Gabbard, a woman of many dimensions, is the first Hindu-American and first female war veteran elected to the U.S. Congress...

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About The World Congress of Religions 2012

The World Congress of Religions 2012 will explore the relevance of religion and spirituality in addressing the critical issues of poverty, the empowerment of women, human rights and peacemaking. The gathering will bring together engaged leaders, scholars, activists and members from diverse religious and spiritual communities, engaged actors in the local and global interreligious movements, as well as influential policy makers and civil society actors from guiding institutions such as government, business, education, science, media, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The event is inspired and informed by the message of the religious and social visionary, Swami Vivekananda, on the 150 th anniversary of his birth.

Vision: To use the interfaith search for shared values and mutual respect in promoting a more peaceful and sustainable world. To use religious beliefs and spiritual practices as the basis for efforts to eliminate poverty and support women's rights. To hold up Swami Vivekananda's embodiment of this work to the world and share the ongoing relevance of his message to the global interreligious movement.

Opportunity: The World Congress of Religions 2012 offers an opportunity to pave the path for a new era of cooperative action among the world's religious and spiritual communities as well as civil and political societies. Such a gathering is urgently needed in the present context of the global interreligious movement and the striving for world peace.