Religious diversity reigned Tuesday at the Parliament of the World's Religions, ranging from harmony to acrimony to downright confusion over leaked documents and a nature worshiping group's plan for ritual use of Grant Park.
The wide variety of participants at the parliament had a double-edged effect. It inspired Chicago-area religious leaders to sign an agreement to create an ongoing local interreligious council. But it upset Orthodox Christian representatives so much that they canceled their involvement in the eight-day parliament.
Stating that the international religious gathering's purpose seemed to be "compromised" by the "distinctive participation of certain quasi-religious groups," the cancellation notice from the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Chicago concluded: