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Collection on the 2004 Parliament of the World's Religions in Barcelona

Identifier: MSS0079

Scope and Contents

The Collection on the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religion documents the planning process as well as the event’s programs, sessions, and participants. Records include correspondence, programs, publications, and memorabilia. The collection also contains written summaries of sessions attended by DePaul University School for New Learning students.


  • 1991-2004
  • Majority of material found within 2003-2004

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

The Collection on the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions was created from material collected or created by Kathryn DeGraff, DePaul University’s School for New Learning, and the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions (CPWR). The 2004 Parliament of the World's Religion's welcomed 9000 participants from 74 countries to the site of Barcelona's Universal Forum of Cultures. According to the CPWR website, this unique gathering held from July 7-13 was organized in partnership with the Universal Forum of Cultures-Barcelona 2004 and in association with UNESCO Center of Catalonia. People of faith, spirit and goodwill came together to encounter the rich diversity of the world's religious and spiritual traditions, listen to each other with open hearts and minds, dialogue for mutual understanding, reflect on the critical issues facing the world, and commit to discovering new pathways to peace. The goals of the 2004 Parliament were to deepen our spirituality and experience personal transformation; recognize the humanity of all and broaden our sense of community; foster mutual understanding and respect; learn to live in harmony in the midst of diversity; seek peace, justice and sustainability; and actively work for a better world.


3 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Collection on the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions is arranged into 7 series based on the content or format of the documents: 1. Parliament Planning; 2. Parliament Events; 3. Parliament Assembly; 4. Publications and Programs; 5. School for New Learning Reports; 6. Sikh Materials; 7. Distributed Materials; 8. Memorabilia.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 2004.33

Related Materials

Pathways to peace, the wisdom of listening, the power of commitment: 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions [326 CDs housed in 15 binders]. Berkeley, CA: Conference Recording Service, c2004. SpC. 291.06 W927s2004

Guide to Collection on the 2004 Parliament of the World's Religions in Barcelona
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the DePaul Special Collections and Archives Repository

John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Room 314
Chicago Illinois 60614