The Purpose of the United Religions Initiative in North America is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence, and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the earth and all living beings by connecting and empowering the interfaith movement in the North America region.
URI and the Environment
By Rebecca Tobias
Last week in Washington DC leaders of state Interfaith Power and Light programs met for our annual three day conference where we shared creative ideas, best practices, and discussed mutual concerns.
On day three, 80 of us fanned out on Capitol Hill and visited legislators carrying moral and values based messages related to energy efficiency and regulation of air pollution. We expressed our wish for President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline because we believe that transporting dirty tar sand oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico brings extraordinary risk to the heartland of America and provides no particular benefit to the American people. We simply cannot risk harming Creation and our nation’s natural resources because it is profitable for a few while so very costly to many. Protection of the gifts from God that provide health and safety to all people is a priority of ours. After all, God put Adam in the garden to till and to keep it. We are expected to be gardeners not wrecking machines.
Learn about the impact of Keystone XL on your communities and add your voice to the US State Department public comment period through our Interfaith Power and Light petition website, opportunity for your participation ends April 22nd.
Greening the Faith: An Interview with Sally Bingham
Below is an excerpt from an article printed with permission
from Sierra Club Green Home
"This interfaith ministry combines nearly all mainstream religions. “We’re the only group that does just climate work and that works with the interfaith community...Among those faiths uniting under the banner of religious environmentalism are the major denominations—“an absolutely wonderful, unintended” benefit, Bingham says. “We’ve brought all these Jews, Christians, Mormons together … standing in solidarity with an issue they care greatly about. And that’s been wonderfully fulfilling.” Read more...
Cooperation Circle Spotlight
We at OCICE feel that Global Warming is the biggest issue affecting the planet today and that it is exacerbating every other environmental issue. We stress the need to push our local, state, and federal governments to focus on solar, wind, and geothermal energy production, rather than coal, nuclear, and natural gas. In fact, we feel that all environmental groups should focus their energy on this issue until we have all the world's government leaders on-board with making real change ! read more...
A Message from Sande Hart
Chair, URI North America
To suggest that serving the URI’s North American region as Chair is a privilege and honor would be an understatement. In 2002, when I first developed the women’s interfaith organization S.A.R.A.H., it was the connectivity, resources and matrix of the URI that made our work richer, deeper and shine a lot brighter. When 12 women first convened in my family room in August of 2002, we knew we were about to embark on some important work. read more...
The U.N. and the Environment
By Monica Willard, URI UN Representative
This year, on April 22nd, I will be attending an Interactive Dialogue of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly on 'Harmony with Nature' to commemorate Mother Earth Day. The purpose of the interactive dialogue is to advance discussions on different economic approaches, in the context of sustainable development, and to further a more ethical basis for the relationship between humanity and the Earth. Learn more.
The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will be held in New York on May 20-31st. Many URI CC members will take part in presentations and dialogues. Twelve year old Ta'Kaiya Blaney of the Sliamonn First Nation of BC Canada, who presented at Rio +20, will be speaking representing Indigenous Youth, alongside Elder Chief Oren Lyons on a panel entitled: Celebrating and Commemorating the Rights of Mother Earth for the Seventh Generation: sharing our vision of the past, present and future generations. The panelists will address the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth.
Twelve year old Ta'Kaiya Blaney of the Sliamonn First Nation of BC Canada
Special Earth Day Edition
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Earth Day Articles
from the URI and Environmental Communities
"Ecological Civilization and a Commonwealth of Life" by Herman Green, Cynthia Sampson and Rebecca Tobias of the URI Environmental CC
"The Critical State of Mother Earth" by Phil Lane Jr, and Rex Weyler of Protecting and Restoring the Sacred CC.
"Dallas Interfaith Power and Light" by Stephen Fuqua
"Black Woman Who Walked for Peace Now Walking for the Environment" by Edith Billups about Audri Scott Williams, URI Multiregion Coordinator
"End to Canada's Seal Hunt" by Kirin Bali, Chair, URI Global Council
"A Reminder to URI for the Need for Education, Planning, Policy & Management to Heal the Earth" by Rev. Dr. David Randle
The Pachamama Alliance and the Brahma Kumaris ‘Awaken the Dreamer” Together by Diana Tillman
What you can do now!
Keystone XL Petition. Public Comment Period ends on April 22nd
Living Green Values Toolkit for Youth provided by the Brahma Kumaris
Say Yes to a Beautiful BC! hosted by Tsleil Waututh First Nations
Watch the Story of Stuff and go see REVOLUTION, in theatres now.
A special thank you to the entire URI Global Council, especially URI North America's Rebecca Tobias, Sam Wazan and Michael Pappas, for volunteering their time and tremendous talent at the Global Council Meeting in March.
Cooperation Circle Milestones
Congratulations to Just Vision on recieving the Peabody Award
Euphrates CC presents Visionary of the Year award to "Israel Loves Iran's" Ronny Edry
Women Transcending Boundaries will host its amazing annual Tent of Abraham Walk on April 28th
Arizona Interfaith Movement will have their 8th Annual Golden Rule Awards Banquet on April 25th
URI Henderson County engaged 150 people for a 5 weeks series on Islam
See you at NAIN!
August 11-14, 2013
The Leadership Council of URI North America will be attending NAIN this summer and encourages all Cooperation Circle members and Affiliates who are interested in a rich interfaith exchange and learning experience to join us. The final call for workshop proposals is May 1st.
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URI in North America is one of eight regions of the global URI Community
"Our purpose is to create wise environmental grassroots and global partnerships to aggregate, amplify and catalyze moral imperatives among all traditions to live in sacred relationship with the natural environment and the community of life." URI Environmental CC
The purpose of the United Religions Initiative in North America is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence, and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the earth and all living beings by connecting and empowering the interfaith movement in the North America region.
World Interfaith Harmony Week is coming up, first week in Feb, 2013.
Interfaith Community Mourns Connecticut Tragedy
Rev. Charles Gibbs Retiring as Executive Director of URI
“This has not been an easy decision to reach,” said Rev. Gibbs, who has served as URI’s Executive Director since the founding of the global network in 1996. “The privilege and challenge of helping to create URI has been a blessing beyond anything I could have asked for or imagined.” Read more...
(As we embark on the search for a new Executive Director, please click here for a memo and a brief survey to be completed by December 24, 2012.)
On Leaving the URI North America Leadership Council
by Anne Roth
As the Habiru people prepared to cross the Jordan River for the first time into the land that they would call their own, their leader told the elders of each tribe to pick up and take with them the stepping stones on which they walked so that they would have something to show their grandchildren from this great transition. This Old Testament story was lifted up for me by a fellow clergywoman long years ago. It came to mind as I sat down to think about the “stepping stones” upon which we have walked over these six years and twelve and 16 years of the evolution of URI. Read more...
URI North America and the URI global community as a whole are extremely grateful to Kali Mallik of the URI of Greater Baltimore CC and Anne Roth of the Interfaith Council of Stapleton for their heartfelt service and leadership as part of the Leadership Council of URI North America. They will be stepping down at the end of this month. Both Anne and Kali have been critical in building a strong foundation and developing a strategic plan for the region which will be implemented over the next two years.
Kali Mallik's Farewell Message
I am leaving the council but am taking many sweet memories with me. These treasured memories will continue to be helpful in my Baltimore Community Council of the URI-NA. However, please don’t count me out. I will continue to help whenever and where ever there is a need for my services. I am leaving URI-NA but URI-NA will never leave me. I would like to thank each of you for welcoming me to the council and for our amazing friendships that were formed.
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URI in North America is one of eight regions of the global URI
URI Youth Ambassadors Program accepting applications until November 2
It is not too soon to begin planning for World Interfaith Harmony Week, first week in Feb, 2013.
Hope Can Win over Hate Speech
and you can help
From the October Issue of the Bay Area Interfaith Connect, by Paul Andrews, ICP Treasurer: It’s pretty easy these days for one intolerant person to grab a “media megaphone” and stir up a storm ... We can’t silence these voices by force – the right to free speech is too important. And we can’t shout them down – that just leads to more violence. But most important of all…we can’t stay silent and do nothing.
So what CAN we do? We can start learning about people just like us who have taken positivee and effective action to respond to hate speech, intolerance and bigotry. We can learn from stories where, in communities around the world, hope has actually won over intolerance. Read more...
Muslim Voices on the Film and Protests
The Euphrates Institute, a URI in N.Am. Cooperation Circle, asked some of their contacts in the Middle East for their reactions to recent events: the film, the protests and their effect on the Arab Spring, and on the relations between the West and the Middle East. Here are the replies...
Postponed from September 15 to October 20, 2012pg
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WHEN: Saturday, Oct 20, 2012, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
WHERE: Bay Area Family Church, 2305 Washington Ave., San Leandro. $10 suggested donation $5 for students.
Keynote speakers will be Rev. Charles Gibbs of URI, Herb Behrstock of Eastbay UNA, and Pastor Kevin Thompson.
There will also be a beautiful Bridge of Peace Ceremony, and a chance to have lunch together with your new-found brothers and sisters. Read more...
IDP Follow-through: Peace Sunday / Peace Fest 2012 - Sep 21-23, Los Angeles
Peace Sunday/Peace Fest 2012 was the beginning of a 4-year campaign ending in 2015 with a mega-festival to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and the 50th anniversary of the Unity-and-Diversity World Council (UDC). Each month going forward towards IDP 2013 will have its own schedule of events beginning with a Holy Day Season Interfaith Celebration in December sponsored by organizations in the interfaith and intercultural fields. read more
URI Charlotte Celebrated IDP in Style
(click image to see a larger version of the photo) URI Charlotte had an awesome program for IDP. "The speakers and the choirs brought us a sense of hope, as we, joined with the Hearts of all present, listened to words and to music that proved to all present, that Charlotte is indeed blessed with people who are striving and working together for Peace." More photos and details here. Planning for 2013 IDP is already in the works.
More IDP 2012
Free NPA Curriculum *** IDP at the UN *** (not quite) World's Largest Peace Sign *** From Rio+20 to IDP by Rebecca Tobias *** Wave of Peace *** Food4Peace in TN
Hope over Hate
Love Over Hate Response to NYC Subway Ads *** One Person by Rebecca Cataldi *** Muhammad, Legacy of a Prophet *** God of Hope and Compassion
Interfaith FaithCreating the Order of Universal Interfaith TIO article *** Towards an Interfaith Theology by Rev Dr George Wolfe *** The Emerging Interfaith Landscape by Rev Leland Stewart
NewslettersTIO September *** Euphrates Fall *** Bay Area Interfaith October *** S.A.R.A.H. October *** Rothko October *** ICCCC October *** Marin Sep 28 *** Greenfaith October
New UN Post-2015 MDGs FBO talks *** Huge Gift 4 NPA *** Euphrates Weekly: Compassion *** Seattle: Transform Self - Transform the World *** SFIC Dinner Talks 10/22 *** Wise Women Speak w/ Audrey Scott Williams 10/15 *** Hebrew Golden Rule Poster Free *** Global Warming by George Wolfe *** Move your Money *** SFIC Share in the joy! *** Community Trauma Template in FL
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“Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth <> Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust <> Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace <> Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe...” -- Prayer for Peace, recited at noon around the world.
United Nations International Day of Peace
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Please join individuals from around the world who are committed to a peaceful world for a moment of silence at 12 noon in observance of the International Peace Day.
"I urge everyone, between now and 21 September, to think about how they can contribute. Let us work together to ensure that the Road from Rio leads us to sustainable development, sustainable peace… and a secure future for all." --UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
URI in North America
URI in North America is one of eight regions of the United Religions Initiative
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
WHERE: Bay Area Family Church, 2305 Washington Ave., San Leandro. $10 suggested donation.
There will also be music from the choir “Nadeshiko”, Interactive workshops, a beautiful Bridge of Peace Ceremony, and a chance to have lunch together with your new-found brothers and sisters. Read more...
Peace Sunday / Peace Fest 2012 - Sep 21-23, Los Angeles
Peace Sunday/Peace Fest 2012 is presented by the Unity-and-Diversity World Council along with numerous other co-sponsoring and participating organizations. Download flyer. It is a transformative weekend-long celebration and educational convergence to help awaken humanity for a sustainable and evolving world. URI in North America will have a table at the event. Please stop by for a chat. read more
URI Charlotte Celebrates IDP
(click image to see a larger version of the flyer) URI Charlotte has an awesome program planned for Sep 21 with Five Voices of Peace, Four Local Choirs, and musicians who will offer us inspiring Messages of Peace. We will end the program with a Candle Light Peace Ceremony out of doors. Refreshments from the congregations that have a speaker on our program will follow the service. read more
We have become too tolerant of hate --Rev Jacqueline Luck of NE Tennessee URI *** NAIN Blog: This isn’t just a Sikh tragedy. It is an American tragedy.
Blogs for Peace
A Big Project for Peace *** NPA Nonviolent Community *** Hawks and Doves in the Garden of Peace *** Give Peace a Chance by Dr George Wolfe *** LA Interfaith Council IDP reGeneration Weekend *** Museum of Peace *** In the Midst of Conflict, Beacons of Peace *** Summer of Peace Aug Teleseminar for Shift Network w/ Rick Ulfik *** S.A.R.A.H. Award Recipients *** Special NPA Workshop: PeaceMeal in progress
ENews for PeaceScarboro Mission Enews Sep *** BAIC Sep *** News from Interfaith Council of Contra Costa *** Marin Interfaith Council Aug *** Rothko Chapel, Houston. Aug *** OCICE Green Ramadan Newsletter *** Scarboro Mission Enews Aug *** BAIC Aug
Humanity & More
Spirit of Truth, Michael Ware *** Education to Globalize the Human Mind, Sep 22, 23 *** Envisioning the Wholeness of Earth by Lee Stewart *** WTB AOK Weekend Sep 8,9 *** Swerving at Speed by Rev David Thompson *** Compassionate Seattle Interfaith Leadership Summit, Sep 20 *** Seeding a Different Form of Circles by Anne Roth
Compassionate Action Network International
We work with interfaith communities (individuals and organizations) in cities to create cultures of compassion. We create materials and trainings to look at how to address social issues using compassionate action. For example, we are developing an educational curriculum for use in Pakistani schools. We have formed strong partnerships with Stanford University who is offering a training program that focuses on compassion as part of their teacher’s education program, TED (a website that has remarkable talks given by remarkable people doing great work in the world); Karen Armstrong and Louisville (a model Compassionate City), which is an active interfaith community. See website for more.
Interspiritual Center of Vancouver Society
The work of the InterSpiritual Centre has three major areas of focus. 1. Serving the sacred in human community: We work to foster interspiritual understanding and collaboration by promoting opportunities for diverse groups and individuals to cultivate and share insights, teachings and practices. 2. Sharing sacred space: We share physical space on the Vancouver Unitarian campus, and look forward to working with organizational and/or institutional partners to develop larger multi-use facilities. 3. Honoring the sacredness of the Earth: One sacred space that all creatures share is Earth itself. See website for more.
The purpose of the United Religions Initiative is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings.
“All things are bound together, all things connect. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls also the children of the earth.” -- Chief Oren Lyons, Onandaga Nation
Letter from Bill McKibben and Interfaith Power and Light: Create a Climate Dot, May 5 Action
"Across a world divided in so many ways, one of the things that—sadly—unites us is the increasing damage from increasing temperatures. So far science has been in the lead in sounding the alarm, and the insurance industry (the part of our economy we ask to analyze risk) has not been far behind. Now we need faith communities the world over to step up and do their part in reading, like Daniel, “the writing on the wall.”. read more
2012 Global Trustee Ballots Due May 30Five nominations have come in from North America for three seats on the Global Council. If you are a URI in N.Am. Cooperation Circle (CC) contact, and your CC is registered, now is the time to get your ballot in. Write ups from the five candidates are available below. More details on the URI in N.Am. homepage.
International Day of Peace, Sep 21, 2012
Now is not too early to begin planning
URI in North America
Leila Al-Imad, Global Trustee Candidate
"In this world of the 21st century I feel very much connected with the rest of the globe, as I have always felt that I am a citizen of the world. I have lived and visited many places and never felt I was a stranger. I am fluent in many languages, which I believe made it easier for me to feel a sense of belonging wherever I have been. I have a double major Ph.D. in History/ Middle Eastern Languages and Literature. I am a professor at East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee." - read more
Michael Pappas, Global Trustee Candidate
I'm Michael Pappas, Executive Director of the San Francisco Interfaith Council (SFIC is a URI Cooperation Circle), Commissioner on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and a member at large of the URI North America Region Leadership Council. In all of these capacities I am energized to work diligently to advance the Preamble, Purpose and Principals of the URI. - read more
Anne Roth, Global Trustee Candidate
As a long time volunteer with URI, I have served in many different capacities over these 15 years. Former Ordained minister and pastor, Certified Spiritual Director, networker, planner and organizer, I have been instrumental in bringing people and organizations into awareness of URI. I was also instrumental in helping URI North America form a model of governance and bring that into being. I have served on the Global Council for the past 1.5 years, and I feel I have more to offer in this role. - read more
Rebecca Tobias, Global Trustee Candidate
Osama Wazan, Global Trustee Candidate
SFIC May 2, Disaster Workshop, San Francisco, CA
Greenfaith Fellowship Webinar May 15
Atlanta. GA, Jul 15-18:
NAIN Connect 2012
Save the Date
The Ordination of Dr. Linda Groff *** TIO's Finding your Voice in an Interfaith World by Joshua Stanton *** Occupy Articles from Tikkun Spring Issue *** Euphrates Institute: Prevent Water Wars in the Middle East *** The Felora Parsa R.I.S.E. Initiative from S.A.R.A.H. *** Compassionate Listening Behind Bars *** Hartford Seminary Graduate Program: Chaplaincy in Multifaith Contexts *** Invitation to an Interfaith Healing Prayer List *** Marin Interfaith Council Intra-Faith Education Series: Judaism *** Interfaith Center at the Presidio: Beyond Memorial Day, Apr 26 *** i am jerusalem *** Ma Jaya's Mahasamadhi *** Applause for The Interfaith Observer *** Euphrates Presents at Stanford Summit *** Letter from David Dalley of Surrey Neighboring Faiths Program *** Culture of Peace and Nonviolence Looking for Grass-roots Videos *** Building Peace in the Middle East through Music *** TIO's What do Women Bring to the Interfaith Table *** The Spiritual Power of Nonviolence, reviews by Nathan Day Wilson *** State of Compassion *** The Journey to Civility *** Devadatta Kali's Review of Eleven Karmic Spaces by Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati *** reGengeration Interfaith Concert for Possibility!! *** Interfaith Peace-building Growing in Muncie Indiana by George Wolfe *** Letter from Elias Jabbour
“If we ourselves remain angry and then sing world peace, it has little meaning. First, our individual self must learn peace. This we can practice. Then we can teach the rest of the world.” -- Dalai Lama
In 2012, a group of strategic partners is catalyzing a worldwide celebration of these diverse efforts as part of a growing wave of peace. Their aim is to reach one billion people and inspire a billion actions for peace. This period of celebration and action, centered around the International Day of Peace on September 21, 2012: Sustainable Peace for a Sustainable Future, extends from June 13th through December 22nd. read more
Successful 2012 Global Trustee ElectionThe elected representatives included six women and 17 men; and the following traditions: 2 Buddhists, 8 Christians, 2 Hindus, 1 Humanist, 3 Indigenous, 1 Jew, 6 Muslims, 1 Sikh, 1 Spiritual (the total is more than 23 because 2 trustees have more than one tradition). Michael Pappas, Rebecca Tobias and Osama Wazan were elected for North America. More details on the URI in N.Am. homepage.
The Blog is still Hot!!!
Now is the right time!
URI 2012-2013 Youth Ambassadors Program: Applications OPEN!
URI’s Youth Ambassadors Applications have been released in our region for the 2012- 2013 cycle.I know that each of you are connected to diverse networks in different geographical areas, and I would love for you to forward this opportunity to talented and dedicated youth in your communities and cooperation circles. This year, we are looking to choose four youth ambassadors from the North American region. -- Krithika Harish • URI Young Leaders Program Coordinator - read more
Peace Sunday/Peace Fest 2012 is presented by the Unity-and-Diversity World Council along with numerous other co-sponsoring and participating organizations. It is a transformative weekend-long celebration and educational convergence to help awaken humanity for a sustainable and evolving world. These critical times on our planet today call us, more than ever, to step up and create a CULTURE OF PEACE together. - read more
URI Youth Contribute to Floating Lantern Ceremony in Hawaii
Please take a moment to watch this amazing short film. Interfaith Youth coming together to honor a common value. The first speaker is an agnostic young woman who states she believes interfaith collaboration will heal the world. SARAH Advisory Council member Valentina Khan and the URI’s Krithika Harish also are featured! Who wants to go next year? - read more
Summer of Peace 2012: NPA
Blogs - Youth
Ten year old Ta’Kaiya Blaney has our support *** Youth and Age at URI of Greater Baltimore – Report from Kali Mallik *** Youth, Governance, Peace Building & Social Media Compassionate Seattle – June 26 *** Meet the 2012 NAIN Young Adult Scholars
Blogs - PeaceThe Spiritual Power of Nonviolence by George Wolfe *** Vigil at the UN for Arms Trade Treaty - from Monica Willard *** 11 Days, 11 Ways to Change the World *** CTBT Teleconference with Jonathan Granoff *** International Day of Peace 100 Day Countdown from UN's Ban Ki-moon
Blogs - NewslettersCompassionate Listening July *** Levantine Cultural Center July *** InterAction: URI’s e-newsletter July *** R Star Foundation Overcoming the Impossible! June *** Scarboro Mission E-News July *** Bay Area Interfaith Connect July *** MIC Calendar *** Surrey Neighboring Faiths JuneBlogs - MoreIn the Light of 3 Giants: On NAIN by Sande Hart *** TIO’s When Interfaith Activists Meet Violence by Marites Africa *** Details on Global Council from Charles Gibbs *** A Prayer, a Poem and a Video *** For the Benefit of All by Emi Miller
purpose of the United Religions Initiative is to promote enduring, daily interfaith
cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice
and healing for the Earth and all living beings.
convinced that the women of the world, united without any regard for national or racial
dimensions, can become a most powerful force for international peace and
brotherhood.” -- Coretta Scott King
URI and International
March 8 was
International Women's Day, a day celebrated by URI in many of its Cooperation Circles.
Principle 8 of the URI PPPs: "We practice equitable participation of women and men
in all aspects of the URI." It makes so much sense. Unity among women
crosses all boundaries, national, religious, cultural. Here are a few notes for IWD
2012 including a write-up by URI Associate Executive Director Debra Ballinger Bernstein.
Courage by Danya
So many great women have inspired the lives of so
many of us. I wish there were a
way to celebrate and honor every one of them. When we strive in our own lives to live up
to the ideals of compassion, respect, and understanding, I think we emulate in some way
the dedication of these women, past and present. read more
URI North America
Thank you to all the tremendous women of North
America who have worked tirelessly to build connections, mutual respect and peace. We
are blessed to have tremendous female visionaries and leaders
throughout URI North America and wanted to extend special recognition to these groups
with a special focus on women in honor of International Women's Day: Just
Vision, Spiritual And Religious Alliance for
Hope (S.A.R.A.H.), Women’s Interfaith Circle of
Service, Women Transcending Boundaries and
Women of Spirit and
Pluralism Project: America's Interfaith Landscape
The Pluralism Project, directed by Dr. Diana Eck,
has released a new pilot study, America's Interfaith Infrastructure: An Emerging
Landscape based on an online survey and follow up interviews in 20
United States cities. In addition to the city by city details, there are lists of promising
practices and leadership profiles. Also, ten national or international networks, including
URI, were identified by the study as being widespread in the U.S. To add your
organziation to this developing resource click
Middle East and North Africa
The creative and
inspiring Cooperation Circle Musaique performed on March
17th at the Annual Circles of Light Gala held at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco.
The event benefits the United Religions Initiative. To learn more
March 23, 8:00 PM:
Atlanta. GA, Jul 15-18:
NAIN Connect 2012
Save the Date
International Day of
Peace, Sep 21,
Now is not too early to begin planning
You Were Born
by Mona Parsa, human rights specialist and author
of And So You Were Born .
"It's not common for people to say they can see
the future. But, if we take a
moment to look at the present, we all can
indeed say that we know what the future holds. That is because our future is our present;
it lies in the minds of those who we are raising today, our children." read more
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