As I walk the streets of downtown Melbourne, Australia, I ask myself what is it exactly that I am looking for at the Parliment of World Religions? I don’t know, at least not yet. I realize that I don’t know what the hell I am supposed to do. I didn’t know how much this conference would overwhelm me. I just find myself lost, confused in this tossed salad of religions (the jetlag doesn’t help the case either). You chismosos at home might be asking yourselves, why am I so confused? Well let me tell you.

The Parliament of the World’s Religions is basically what the name says it is…a place where people from different religions sit down and talk about world issues, and look at ways to solve them. This conference is held every five years and seeing people talking to each other like they did today seems pretty positive. However, has it changed anything in the world so far?

Today is December 4, 2009 and the first day of the conference has come and passed by. I guess I got some good material to create a radio piece that will share this experience with others, and I know for a fact I have met passionate world religious leaders. But, right now I don’t feel so accomplished. A least not yet. All I know is that I will be discovering something very powerful about my self in the next few days. I’ll keep you posted on that. For now, I will leave you with a thought. At one of the workshops I attended this morning, a white woman with sparkly blue eyes touched her chest and asked for forgiveness from the indigenous peoples at the panel. Joe, an elder from Cochiti Pueblo back home in New Mexico said that the only way to progress is to forget the past.

– Carmen

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