Eliot Fisher was a member of Youth Media Project’s Global Broadcasting Team in Melbourne, Australia, for the Parliament of the World’s Religions 2009 conference. After agreeing to help the conference organizers shoot a video message to leaders meeting in Copenhagen the following week, he realized that the politics around the idea of an interfaith gathering are far more complicated than he had thought.
Carmen Gallegos asks, how do we maintain our identity in this melting pot of culture? The material for this piece was gathered at an international conference, The Parliament of World’s Religions, in Melbourne, Australia. How does religion contribute to our identity? Need we draw lines between one another? Follow Carmen’s search, filled with surprises and realizations along the way.
Thursday night was the opening ceremony. The jetlag had set in and I could barely keep my eyes open. On Friday morning Carmen and I experienced something that made the world feel very small (in a good way). We went to breakfast at a little cafe near the hostel where we are staying. It was good food but coffee in this town is crazy expensive, 3 dollars for a cup of plain black coffee. We sat down near a couple also attending the Parliament of the World’s Religions, spotting their giant, 400-page programs (that Carmen calls the Bible).