“If the nations of the world are working together for peace through the UN, then how can the religions of the world be brought together for a similar purpose?” From this inspiration beginning in 1995, a vision took shape to create a grassroots organization whereby people of diverse faiths from all sectors of society would cooperate to build peace and justice for all. Between 1996 and 2000, people from diverse religions, spiritual expressions and indigenous traditions worked together to create the URI Charter. Today, thousands of people around the world bring their unique talents to URI to create profound actions of care, compassion, cooperation, education, and peacebuilding. Learn more about the global URI organization by visiting www.URI.org.
At the heart of URI is a global network of locally organized “Cooperation Circles,” or CCs. Each CC is a local or virtual group that includes at least 7 members representing at least 3 different religions, spiritual paths or indigenous traditions. CCs organize around local needs and visions in accordance with the Preamble, Purpose and Principles of URI. These grassroots organizations are supported and served by eight URI regions around the globe, of which North America is one.
The North America region of URI, which includes the United States and Canada. There are currently about fifty CCs in our region, the majority located on the continent's east and west coasts. Current initiatives for the NA region include:
• Improving communication and networking opportunities for CCs in North America. • Increasing overall awareness of the United Religions Initiative across North America. • Expanding participation and networking in URI throughout the US and Canada.
In 2009, a Leadership Council was formed from members of URI CCs to serve in guiding the development of a region-wide organization intended to provide support for the growth and strengthening of URI throughout North America. Since then, the region has established itself as a corporation and has been approved as a tax-exempt 501(c)3 charitable organization by the US Internal Revenue Service.
Learn about URI North America
Learn about our vision and goals, and meet our dedicated team.
4 quick ways to Get Involved with the United Religions Initiative:
1Donate: Help URI-NA further its mission of peace and social justice by donating. We are a registered non-profit.
2Become a Peacebuilder: Start your own cooperation circle or become an affiliate.
3Volunteer: We are always looking for volunteers to help us make a difference in the world.
4Stay Connected: Get updates and become inspired by our actions