What is URI?
United Religions Initiative
The United Religions Initiative (URI) is the world’s largest grassroots interfaith peacebuilding network with more than 800 members in over 95 countries worldwide. We cultivate and connect grassroots change-makers across religious, cultural and geographic boundaries, harnessing their collective power to take on religiously motivated violence and social, economic and environmental crises that destabilize regions and contribute to poverty.
With more than 100 Cooperation Circle and Affiliate members from Hawaii to Maine and Vancouver to Florida, United Religions Initiative in North America is improving communication and networking in the interfaith peacebuilding movement across Canada and the United States. URI North America is registered as a tax-exempt 501(c)3 charitable organization by the US Internal Revenue Service.
» The Birth of URI
“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.
» The Heart of URI
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 Preamble, Purpose, Principles (PPPs) of the URI Charter is the foundation of URI and it guides all actions within URI—of individual members and the global organization. The URI Charter offers tremendous support and safety to individuals working together to reduce religiously-motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice, and healing.
» URI Timeline
» URI Website
To learn more about the United Religions Initiative, visit their website at www.uri.org.
Connecting for Peace:
Start Your Own Cooperation Circle (CC) or become an Affiliate
URI adds new Cooperation Circles each month. In 2016, there are nearly 800 Cooperation Circles 95 countries around the world. The process of forming a new Cooperation Circle is fairly straightforward. To become an individual or organizational Affiliate is an even simpler!