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Envisioning the Dynamics of a World Parliament of Religions


Introduction
Envisaging as a continuing process
Acknowledging differences
Communication by parable
Metaphoric discourse
A transcendental spiritual identity
How to proceed ?
Next steps

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Introduction

The Parliament of the World's Religions will be held in Chicago in August 1993 as part of the centennial celebrations of a similar event in 1893. This provides a real challenge to current capacity to envisage dynamics appropriate to such an event -- especially if, as some hope, it comes to take a more permanent form of relevance to the 21st century.

This note is therefore one exercise in envisioning how such a gathering might function. The main interest here lies in the nature of the dialogue process, and how it may transcend the difficulties usually encountered in international gatherings that bring together very different perspectives -- reflecting differences that may be considered quite intractable.

ry different perspectives -- reflecting differences that may be considered quite intractable.