The Parliament of the World Religions—a dialogue between key members of various faiths—will take place Aug. 14-18 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Keynote speakers and panelists will include Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson, Cardinal Blase Cupich, author/presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, actor Rainn Wilson (via video), Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and artist/advocate Robby Romero. Planned sessions include “Beyond Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Striving to Become an Antiracist Spiritual Organization,” “Pride in the Pews: LGBTQ Christians and the Black Church,” “Save Our Planet: Water Is Life,” “92-Year Evolutionary History of Al-Islam in America” and “Nuclear Weapons and God: At the End of the Day.”

Another of the scheduled speakers is the Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, who is the president/CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based organization Interfaith Alliance. He recently talked with Windy City Times about his organization, religious freedom and his take on being LGBTQ+ today.

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