Talk: The Harmony of Religions – Patrick Horn

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Talk: The Harmony of Religions

Speaker: Patrick Horn

September 9, 2018

Seven generations and 125 years ago, at the first Parliament of Religions at the World’s Fair and Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Swami Vivekananda called for an end to sectarianism, bigotry, and violent fanaticism.

This November, the Parliament convenes again to honor indigenous peoples’ rights, empower women and youth, and lead environmental stewardship efforts.

“There have always been parties of men, philosophers, students of comparative religion, who have tried and are still trying to bring about harmony in the midst of all these jarring and discordant sects.” – Swami Vivekananda, THE WAY TO THE REALIZATION OF UNIVERSAL RELIGION

“To bring harmony into religion must always be difficult. Yet we shall consider this problem of the harmony of religions.” – Swami Vivekananda, THE IDEAL OF A UNIVERSAL RELIGION

Patrick Horn
Patrick Horn

This lecture includes an overview of the modern development of interfaith dialogue and cooperation, a report from the United Religions Initiative regional assembly and other recent events, and a forecast for the movement’s future.

Patrick Horn is an initiated disciple of Swami Swahananda, contributor to American Vedantist and Reading Religion, and a member of the Religion Communicators Council, Religion News Association, and American Academy of Religion.

Harmony of Religions” by Swami Tyagananda

Lecture notes and photo highlights from interfaith pilgrimage (same as above)

UN Environment – Foresight Brief “Faith for Earth”

“Run River Run” – an original song based on poetry by Swami Vivekananda to be featured on a United Religions Initiative music compilation distributed at the 2018 Parliament of World’s Religions


Note: There is silent meditation in the Chapel from 10:30-11am, before each Sunday’s talk. After the talk, devotees and friends meet in the Monastery from noon to 1:30pm, for tea, coffee, snacks and a continuation of our spiritual fellowship.

Spiritual talks and classes are open to the public and free of charge.

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