For the past year or so I have been working with a group from the South Bay Interfaith Steering Committee applying for “Partner City” status with the Parliament of the World’s Religions. We received word yesterday that San Jose and Silicon Valley have been accepted as the inaugural Partner City, joining with “Legacy” partners Chicago, Cape Town, and Barcelona which have each hosted Parliament meetings.
The Parliament of the World’s Religions is the largest interfaith gathering in the world. Held every five years, it is meeting December 3-9, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.
A delegation of folks from this area will be at this year’s Parliament meeting in Melbourne to accept the recognition of Partner City status, and to lead a workshop describing the experience of applying for Partner City status.
There are plans for a special gathering with the Santa Clara County Supervisors in November; I’ll keep you posted on developments.
It’s not too late to register for the Parliament!