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I am pleased to be a part of the World Parliament of Religions in Melbourne, Australia from December 3rd through the 9th. I will be make a presentation on understanding Qur’aan and how it has been deliberatly misinterpreted for political reasons. Quraan is a book of guidance for the whole humanity and it is an inclusive book.

I have not booked the place to stay, and hoping to stay with a host family. 10,000 People are expected to attend the event.

Mike Ghouse
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Event Schedule
For a more detailed view of the programming on a particular day, please click one of the following links:

Thursday 3 Dec
Friday 4 Dec
Saturday 5 Dec
Sunday 6 Dec
Monday 7 Dec
Tuesday 8 Dec
Wednesday 9 Dec

Please Note: this schedule is subject to change.
Daily Overview
8:00 – 9:00am Observances from diverse religious and spiritual traditions

9:30 – 11:00am Intrareligious Programs – speakers from a single religious tradition express their identities, discuss their challenges and showcase their messages

11:30am -1:00pm Interreligious Programs – speakers from two or more religious traditions engage with each other seeking greater understanding

2:30 – 4:00pm Engagement Programs – speakers from diverse religious traditions consider the challenges of our many crucial topics and the resources to meet them

4:30 – 6:00pm Open Space for informal discussions

7:30 – 9:00pm Evening Plenary – Arts and evocative presentations


Evening Plenaries –

Preliminary Overview
Opening Plenary

Thursday 3rd December MCEC Plenary Hall
Official ‘Welcome to Country’ from the Aboriginal community and key government and international speakers with special artistic performances.
Communities Night

Friday 4th December Around Melbourne
Melbourne’s diverse religious and spiritual communities will host participants in churches, temples, synagogues, mosques etc.
International Plenary

Saturday 5th December MCEC Plenary Hall
Presents the international interreligious movement and the UN Decade for Interreligious Dialogue by international major speakers, international artists and performers.
Sacred Music Concert

Sunday 6th December MCEC Plenary Hall*
Performances of the world’s sacred music and movement by world-class musicians from diverse religious and spiritual traditions.
Youth Plenary

Monday 7th December MCEC Plenary Hall
Presentations and artistic performances by contemporary local and international artists, organised by multi-faith Australian youth leaders committee.
Melbourne Plenary

Tuesday8th December MCEC Plenary Hall
Presentations and performances celebrating Melbourne’s religious and spiritual diversity and its vision for interfaith dialogue and cooperation.

Closing Plenary

Wednesday 9th December MCEC Plenary Hall
Presentation of awards, artistic performances and major speakers including His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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About Mike Ghouse

Dr. Mike Ghouse is a public speaker and the Executive Director of the Center for Pluralism in Washington, DC. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. More about him at