One Planet Peace Forum 2021
One Planet Peace Forum (OPPF) presents a free virtual gathering designed to cultivate a culture of peace. Hosted on Zoom the weekend following International Day of Peace (Sept. 21), this event allows peacebuilders everywhere to have focused time world-renowned peace ambassadors offering their visions for a peaceful future.
Sponsored by the Abbey of Hope, an interfaith Cooperation Circle of United Religions Initiative (URI), and funded by grants from URI and the Maine Humanities Council, One Planet Peace Forum is co-produced by Good of the Whole, a URI Cooperation Circle, and the Connection Field. Emcee Julie Krull, founder of Good of the Whole and host of All Things Connected, will be our guide for the weekend’s events.
OPPF was created as an annual event to offer a universal platform for people of all spiritual and secular expressions to co-create solutions to humaniity’s most challenging issues. It seeks to help fulfill the age-old vision of peace on Earth by inspiring cooperative action toward building the future we envision. More on OPPF’s mission, vision, and leadership team is available on the About page of the website.
The program takes place from 3-5:30pm ET each day, Friday, September 24th, Saturday, the 25th, and Sunday, the 26th, and includes two one-hour sessions each day consisting of short keynote talks with interactive dialogue, punctuated with contemplative interludes of sacred practice, music, and performance.
Presenters for 2021 include: Audrey Kitagawa, former chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions; Haneen Khalid, youth Obama Foundation Scholar; Kurt Johnson, author, The Coming Interspiritual Age; Xiye Basitida, Climate Justice Activist; Swami Tyagananda, Vedanta Society of Boston; Phil Goldberg, author, Spiritual Practice for Crazy Times; Dot Maver, National Peace Academy; Joe Weston, Fierce Civility Project; Jon-Luc Maclean, youth peacebuilder; Robert Shetterly, painter and founder of Americans Who Tell the Truth; Chloe Maxmin, Environmental Activist; Peter Blaze Corcoran, Unity Earth and Forum 21; and, Francisco Morales, URI Global Trustee. Full bios of all the presenters are available on the Speakers page of the website. The full program schedule for each day is available on the OPPF website Program page.
One Planet Peace Forum is committed to bringing people of all backgrounds together to experience unity in diversity and take action steps that cultivate harmony and peace across traditions. OPPF shares the perspective of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, as stated in their Declaration, A Global Ethic, “We consider humankind our family. We commit ourselves to a culture of non-violence, justice, and peace. To make a just and peaceful world, we must first change the consciousness of individuals.”
All are invited to contribute toward making this online gathering a lasting contribution to global harmony. Please join us; we hope you will consider making a donation of whatever you are able to.
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