IARF’s 36th World Congress – “Faith in Reconciliation” (4-6 September 2023)

About the Congress

Join the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF) for its 36th World Congress, titled “Faith in Reconciliation,” taking place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and online from September 4-6, 2023. This highly anticipated event will bring together the multifaith, multicultural, and multiethnic IARF community that began in 1901.

Congress Accessibility

For the first time in IARF history, this Congress will be fully accessible online. Enjoy interactive live broadcasts of all events, side events tailored to different time zones, and a virtual lobby for networking and building connections even if you’re unable to travel to Romania.

Congress Theme

The Congress theme, “Faith in Reconciliation,” seeks to explore the role of religion in fostering healing, reconciliation, and just peace around the globe. Discussions will cover topics such as the role of religious leaders in reconciliation, the place of religious narratives in modern societies, and the lessons interfaith dialogue can offer to the broader social and political realm.

IARF Background

The IARF was established in 1900 and currently has over 40 members, representing diverse religious traditions from around the world. Past World Congresses have featured esteemed keynote speakers such as the Dalai Lama, Karen Armstrong, and Jen Bailey.


You can register here. There are two types of Congress passes available – regular passes for in-person participation and online passes. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Program Updates

The full program will be published in early April. Sign up for the IARF newsletter to receive program and other updates.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact IARF Administrator Lukasz Liniewicz at luke@iarf.net.

Mark your calendars and join us in September for a transformative experience that explores the multifaceted nature of reconciliation and the role of faith in bringing about global change.

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