Global peace movement has LaSalle roots

LASALLE — An award given to Carus Corporation’s Chairman Emeritus Blouke Carus sheds light on an interesting bit of local history. The Chicago-based Council for a Parliament for the World’s Religions (CPWR) has presented Carus with a “Living Out The Vision” award.

The award honors the former CPWR director’s commitment to a worldwide movement for peace, which has close ties to LaSalle.

The mission of the CPWR is to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious communities. This mission dates back 120 years, to the 1893 Chicago meeting of spiritual leaders from both eastern and western traditions, the first-ever gathering of its kind. Blouke Carus’ grandfather, LaSalle’s Paul Carus, met many of the leaders and gave a speech at the first Parliament entitled “Science as a Religious Revelation.”

Moved by the meeting, which he called “the most noteworthy event of modern times,” Paul Carus dedicated much of his life to advocating peace and understanding among the world’s religions. The author of philosophical and classic texts on world religions, Paul Carus did much of his writing in his home, LaSalle’s historic Hegeler-Carus Mansion.