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Earth Day 2013 Newsletter



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

 
“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.”  

This is the mission statement for our Environmental CC, and it captures the tone and the intention expressed in the rich and varied contributions from our members from multiple Cooperation Circles who have offered their reflections in this special Earth Day edition. Most call to question the quality of our spiritual and practical lives, mindful that our natural environment has reached limits and challenges never before encountered by the human family. Great changes lie ahead which hold moral and ethical questions too often unexplored as each of us asks, “What role do I play in caring for Creation?”   Read more…

Rev Canon Sally Bingham with ObiLeadership Spotlight

 
URI North America is honored to feature  the Rev. Sally Bingham, President and Founder of Cooperation Circles Interfaith Power and Light and the Regeneration Project with over 15,000 congregations affiliated throughout the United States. Rev. Bingham is deeply respected in both the interfaith and environmental sectors and was recently featured in Rolling Stone Magazine . Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to engage your Cooperation Circle and to urge your congregation to join Interfaith Power and Light.   Rev. Bingham, thank you for everything you do to foster peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings.
 
A Message from Rev. Sally Bingham
 

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…

 


 
 
In this warm-hearted video interview, Bishop William E. Swing speaks with Rev. Sally Bingham about how her calling to protect the environment changed the course of her life, and the lives of so many others across the country. Hear her inspirational story to find out how one person can make a major difference in our world.

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

April 2013

 

Special Earth Day Edition

 
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URI North America

P.O.Box 1653

Burlingame, CA 94011

www.urinorthamerica.org
 

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.

 

 

URI Stars

 

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

in Toronto

 

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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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Leadership Council
 
Sande Hart, Chair
Danya Wellmon, Vice Chair
Ardisanne Turner,
Immediate Past Chair
John Denker, Treasurer
Sarah Talcott Blair
Fred Fielding
Gard Jameson
Michael Pappas, Global Trustee
Rebecca Tobias, Global Trustee
Suhkvinder Kuar Vinning
Sam Wazan, Global Trustee
Kathryn Ward,

Regional Coordinator

 

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






December 2012 Newsletter

Anne Roth



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.

  

December 2012

 

“We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them we must change.” 
— President Obama, Interfaith Memorial Service, Newtown, CT

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World Interfaith Harmony Week is coming up, first week in Feb, 2013. 

Interfaith Community Mourns Connecticut Tragedy

 

The Leadership Council and staff of URI North America stand together with Cooperation Circles and Affiliates across the region and around the world to mourn the horrible violence and tragic loss of life in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday.  We send our deepest condolences to the entire town of Newtown and our prayers to the families and friends of the children, teachers and administrators who lost their lives. Read URI statements of support here:  SNFP * SFIC * ICCCC * NSP * TPA * SARAH * URI * SIGN the Sandy Hook Elementary School National Sympathy Card.

Rev. Charles Gibbs Retiring as ExecutiveRev. Charles Gibbs Director of URI

 

San Francisco, CA Nov. 6, 2012 – After leading the world’s largest grassroots interfaith organization for nearly two decades, the Rev. Canon Charles P. Gibbs has announced his decision to retire as founding Executive Director of URI in June of 2013.
 

“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.)

GROW with us!
 
URI North America is at a critical tipping point. The Leadership Council and staff are committed to growing our network and increasing opportunities for meaningful connections for you and your organization. Please invest what you can to support this network development.

 

Anne RothOn Leaving the URI North America Leadership Council
by Anne Roth 

 

The End of a Pattern
 

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

Kali Mallik
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. 


International Day of Peace Follow-through
 
Just a few thousand more pledges are needed to make half a million. Take the pledge. If you haven’t already, now is the time. 

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Leadership Council
 
Ardisanne Turner, Chair
Anne Roth, Vice Chair
John Denker,
Secretary and Treasurer
Sande Hart
Kali Mallik
Michael Pappas
Rebecca Tobias
Osama Wazan
Danya Wellmon
Kathryn Ward,

Regional Coordinator

URI in North America

P.O.Box 1653

Burlingame, CA 94011

urinorthamerica.org 

 

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Dec Newsletters

*** Marin IC *** 911 Unity Walk *** The Interfaith Observer *** Religion and Ecology *** Arizona InterFaith *** Levantine Center *** SF Bay Area Interfaith **Scarboro Missions *** Rothko Chapel 


Nov Newsletters

Hummingbird Buzz **Marin IC *** World Alliance of InterFaith Clergy *** The Interfaith Observer *** Levantine Center **Unity Walk *** Surrey Neighboring Faiths *** SF Interfaith Council *** Bay Area Interfaith *** Rothko Chapel *** Scarboro Mission *** Contra Costa County IC

 

 Events
reGeneration Pilgrimage March *** Interfaith Power and Light Preach-in Feb *** MIC/Charles Gibbs/Jan 12 *** Israeli-Palestinian Confed Elections *** SARAH Awards *** Circles of Light March 9 *** AIFM Golden Rule Banquet April 


More

URI European Forum *** Beyond War and NPA *** Euphrates Weekly:  Inspiration *** Charles Gibbs from India *** We Day *** Baha’i Chair for World peace *** End Violence Against Women *** Happy Holidays from Kashi *** *** Radio Interview Charles Gibbs: CC Model 
 

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October 2012 Newsletter



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.

October 2012

 

URI Youth Ambassadors Program accepting applications until November 2 
 

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It is not too soon to begin planning for World Interfaith Harmony Week,  first week in Feb, 2013. 


IDP Follow-through: Push 4 Peace, is a mother’s push to give birth to her child. In this case the child we are expecting is Humanity as One.
 
Pledge for Peace: Take the pledge. Be part of the story. Let’s make it happen!

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, 2012
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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

 


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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.

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URI North America

Leadership Council
 
Ardisanne Turner, Chair
Anne Roth, Vice Chair
John Denker,
Secretary and Treasurer
Sande Hart
Kali Malik
Michael Pappas
Rebecca Tobias
Osama Wazan
Danya Wellmon
Kathryn Ward,

Regional Coordinator

URI in North America

P.O.Box 1653

Burlingame, CA 94011

urinorthamerica.org 

 

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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 Faith
Creating the Order of Universal Interfaith TIO article *** Towards an Interfaith Theology by Rev Dr George Wolfe *** The Emerging Interfaith Landscape by Rev Leland Stewart

 

 Newsletters
TIO September *** Euphrates Fall *** Bay  Area Interfaith October *** S.A.R.A.H. October *** Rothko October *** ICCCC October *** Marin Sep 28 *** Greenfaith October


More

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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August-September 2012 Newsletter



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.

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Aug-Sept 2012

 

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.


Pledge for Peace: Take the pledge * Follow the pledge * Tweet the pledge * Watch the pledge * Embed the pledge * Be the first to Plus the pledge.
 
Push 4 Peace is a celebration of humanity as we move through this all systems breakdown and together build a world that works for all of us. Visit Push4Peace.org for the unfolding story from Summer of Peace through UN International Day of Peace through Push4Peace through Birth 2012

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

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P.O.Box 1653

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URI North America

Leadership Council
 
Ardisanne Turner, Chair
Anne Roth, Vice Chair
John Denker,
Secretary and Treasurer
Sande Hart
Kali Malik
Michael Pappas
Rebecca Tobias
Osama Wazan
Danya Wellmon
Kathryn Ward,

Regional Coordinator
 
URI in North America is one of eight regions of the United Religions Initiative

 

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WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

WHERE: Bay Area Family Church, 2305 Washington Ave., San Leandro. $10 suggested donation.

 

Keynote speakers will be Rev. Charles Gibbs of URI, Herb Behrstock of Eastbay UNA, and Pastor Kevin Thompson.

 

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

 


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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

American Tragedy

 

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 Peace

Scarboro 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

 


Newsflash – Two Great New North America CCs

Interspiritual Centre Logo

Compassionate Action Network International

CAB International logoWe 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

Interspiritual Centre LogoThe 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.

June-July 2012 Newsletter


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.

June-July 2012

 

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

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URI joins the Global Call to Action
 
Over the past few decades, there has been an exponential growth of peacebuilding efforts quietly emerging around the world. This emergence has spread over multiple sectors of society and across a continuum ranging from inner to international peace. 
 

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 Election

The 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.

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International Day of Peace, Sep 21, 2012

Now is the right time!


URI in North America
P.O.Box 1653

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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 – Sep 21-23, Los Angeles

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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

Lantern Floating Ceremony ion 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

NPA logo

It’s safe to say that, if you’re reading this, you would like to see more peace in our world. And it’s probably not a stretch to say that you love to help bring that peace to our world.
 
Yet how to do that? How does one become an instrument of peace?
 
Gandhi opened a doorway to the big picture when he encouraged us to “Be the change we wish to see in the world.”
 

In addition to this wisdom, we need the practical steps and actions to create peace within ourselves and in the world. What are those steps? – read more

URI North America

Leadership Council
 
Ardisanne Turner, Chair
Anne Roth, Vice Chair
John Denker,
Secretary and Treasurer
Sande Hart
Kali Malik
Michael Pappas
Rebecca Tobias
Osama Wazan
Danya Wellmon
Kathryn Ward,

Regional Coordinator

 

 

Blogs – Youth


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n 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 – Peace

The 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 – Newsletters

Compassionate 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 June

Blogs – More

In 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 ​ 


April 2012 Newsletter


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.

April 2012

 

“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 30

Five 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.

 

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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

Michael Pappas
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

Anne Roth
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 CandidateRebecca Tobias


I am currently serving and seeking re-election as a Global Council Trustee of the United Religions Initiative for the US and Canada. Presently I am the Program Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics CC, which designs and facilitates interfaith and intercultural programming; and through my work have coordinated capacity building projects with civic, faith, and social justice advocacy organizations locally, nationally and internationally in both the US and Canada in keeping with the Preamble, Purpose and Principles of URI. Trained in Non-Violent Communication I am an active member of URI’s Conflict Resolution Satellite, and convene URI’s External Affairs Committee whose primary focus is to generate official position statements on behalf of URI in times of political, environmental and social conflict or crisis. – read more


Osama Wazan, Global Trustee Candidate

Osama Wazan


My first experience with the war was the loss of my best friend in fifth grade and spans encounters with mortar and car bombs, sniper fire, a kidnap attempt, living inside West Beirut during the Israeli siege for ninety days, and witnessing the outcome of looting and pillaging of Christian enclaves in Islamic territories and the massacres in the Palestinian camps. I was subjected to the wrath of the self nominated sharia enforcers and militiamen of different denominations and affiliations. Essentially, as a peacefully minded civilian during the war, I ranked at the bottom of the pecking order of survival. – read more

URI North America

Leadership Council
 
Ardisanne Turner, Chair
Anne Roth, Vice Chair
John Denker,
Secretary and Treasurer
Sande Hart
Kali Malik
Michael Pappas
Adelia Sandoval
Rebecca Tobias
Danya Wellmon
Kathryn Ward,

Regional Coordinator

 

Events
 

SFIC May 2, Disaster Workshop, San Francisco, CA

 

Greenfaith Fellowship Webinar May 15

Atlanta. GA, Jul 15-18:

NAIN Connect 2012
Save the Date

 

Blogs


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 


March 2012 Newsletter


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.


March

2012


 


“I am

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

Women’s Day

 

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.

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more  Photo

credit un.org

Women of

Courage by Danya

Wellmon

 

So many great women have inspired the lives of so

manyDanya Wellmon, WTB Co-founder and member URI in N.Am. Leadership 

Council 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

Women in

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

Faith.

The

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

here


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URI North

America

Leadership

Council

 
Ardisanne

Turner, Chair

Anne

Roth, Vice Chair

John

Denker,

Secretary and

Treasurer

Sande

Hart

Kali

Malik

Michael

Pappas

Adelia

Sandoval

Rebecca

Tobias

Danya

Wellmon

Kathryn

Ward,


Regional

Coordinator


 


 


International URI

Highlight:


The

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

visit


Musaique.org.


 


 


Events
 


San

Francisco, CA,


March 23, 8:00 PM:


Musaique,

Music


Without

Borders


 


Atlanta. GA, Jul 15-18:


NAIN Connect 2012
Save the Date


 


 


Reminders


 


International Day of

Peace, Sep 21,

2012


Now is not too early to begin planning


 

And So

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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February 2012 Bulletin


February 2012 ~ Volume II, Issue 6

United Religions Initiative

 

Quote of the Day

 

Love never claims, it ever gives.
Love ever suffers, never resents never revenges itself.” — Gandhi

 

Columns

 
Youth Rise Up for Peace
by Rev. Leland Stewart
 
The change that is taking place at this time is that the new peace leaders are not those with deep-seated anger about the world condition, but rather individuals who have a more developed moral and spiritual awareness. They are servers of the Most High, and therefore they work from a sense of joy and well-being. The net result is that they do not further increase conflicts but help to resolve them. Full article…
 
 
Apocalypse Does Not Mean War
by Dr. George Wolfe
 
Welcome to 2012, the year of the apocalypse, or so it is for those who interpret the Mayan calendar to mean that December 21 will bring on the end of the world. This prophecy is nothing new. Since the year 1800, there have been well over 100 predictions of Judgment Day. Continued…

 
Letter from Goa
by Linda Lauretta
 
February brings with it the winter doldrums for many of us in the northern regions of North America as winter seems to be overstaying its welcome. And while Valentine’s Day captures the attention of many, the global interfaith community has a new focus for this month, The World Interfaith Harmony Week, initiated by King Abdullah of Jordan and established by the UN. This year, our own URI-NA and URI-UN colleagues Deborah Moldow and Monica Willard organized a stellar event “Common Ground for the Common Good”. Read the full letter from Goa here.
 
 
The End of the Killing Fields
by Emi Miller
 
Emi MillerSo many millions of tongues pray each day, and their prayers contain the words that speak of all things which are “created”, as Being imbued with The Ever-Living, Divine One. If one-s eyes could see this, for Real, what do you think would happen? For example, if we actually could SEE and KNOW the Being we were going to harm — through our thought, word or deeds — *AS BEING* The Divine One, what do you think would happen? Really. Pause for a brief moment. Think about it. What would you do if The Holy of Holies were standing right before you? Saints have these Eyes, and have all-Ways spoken to us of this Reality. The full article…

 
Reinventing Love and Marriage
by Dr. David Thompson
 
Dr David ThompsonAgape Love is patient. Agape love is kind and envies no one. Agape love is never boastful, nor conceited, never selfish, nor quick to take offence. Agape love keeps no score of wrongs, doesn’t gloat over the other’s difficulties, but delights in the truth. There is nothing Agape cannot face. There is no limit to its faith, its hope or its endurance. [In your marriage] put Agape love first! Complete sermon…
 

Announcements>

The Arizona Interfaith Movement (AIFM) warmly invites you to attend the 7th Annual GOLDEN RULE AWARDS BANQUET, Thursday, March 29, 2012, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Mesa, AZ. Honoring, amongst others, Mussie Hailu, URI Africa Continental Coordinator. Full Details...
 

San Francisco, CA: THE CIRCLES OF LIGHT GALA: Music Without Boundaries: Saturday, March 17, 2012, 6:30pm, Westin St. Francis, San Francisco, CA. Join us for a festive evening of food and music with Musaique, a URI Cooperation Circle that brings together Middle East musicians of diverse faiths to bridge differences in the region. For more information, contact Brittany Hutchison at 415.561.2300 ext 10 or bhutchison@uri.org.

Earth and Peace Education International offers an online course good for two National Peace Academy certificate points, February 27 – March 30. Approaches to Mitigating Global Warming.

Forgiving the Unforgivable, Free Global Video Webcast – Thursday, February 23 at 2:00pm Eastern time and rebroadcast at 8:00pm Eastern time. Join Master Charles Cannon, Neale Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson, Kia Scherr (co-founder of the One Life Alliance) and Robert Plath (founder of the World-Wide Forgiveness Alliance).
 

New Videos

There is now a URI in North America youtube channel with several videos from videographer volunteer Fred Fielding – thank you, Fred!. We expect to post interviews with the North America Trustee candidates here in the next month or two.

April Halprin Wyland & Phee Shoreline made beautiful music at the 10th Anniversary of the murder of Daniel Pearl on February 1st 2002. Harmony for Humanity Concert with yahrtzeit candle and memorial in the Sanctuary of the Santa Monica Synagogue.

Saraswati Puja is celebrated on January 28th by Hindus all over the world. This festival glorifies the Hindu Goddess Saraswati, Patron of knowledge, music and the arts. A children’s choir sings a prayer to the Goddess. (sent by Emi Miller)
 
Who knew that the Crickets sing like humans? (also from Emi Miller – Thank you Emi!)

Understanding Islam through Virtual Worlds. After a year of exploring digital Islamic communities, Carnegie Council Senior Fellows Joshua S. Fouts and Rita J. King present their findings, along with video of their virtual explorations on the diplomatic frontier, and a few songs from Iranian hip hop artist Yas.

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I am pleased to announce that the new web site of the Association of World Citizens is now online. –Rene Wadlow, AWC President

Karma Web Designs: Lance Trumbull’s web company designed our URI North America website; he can create yours at a very reasonable rate. To learn more, please see KarmaWebDesigns.com.



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Burlingame, CA


kward@uri.org


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World Interfaith Harmony Week

By Laura Steffen, who was there: February 7, 2012 is a day I will remember always. “Common Ground for the Common Good” at the United Nations, during Harmony Week, brought together many different people, and united us as one. This, in itself, seems to be the grandeur that we are trying to achieve.  The energy in the room was powerful, as love truly brought out the best in all of us. Having felt so disconnected in the past, because of my passion to care about every human being, I thought I was so isolated in many ways. I now feel a closer connection to the energy that bonds us all. The assembly room was charged with such grace. When we ALLOW love to GUIDE us, layers of fear melt away, as does an ice cube melt from the energy of the sun. Read more…

For the same event we also have a very professionally done report from the Women Transcending Boundaries CC, who sent a delegation to NYC on Feb 7 just to attend. A webcast of the full event is available.
 

News from URI North America

Anne RothLeadership in a Changing Scene by Anne Roth, URI Global Trustee for North America: “For those of us in leadership positions within the North America region of URI, all kinds of things are changing. We have a new Regional Coordinator, Kathryn Ward, whose background and style will be very different from what has gone before. We have new members of the Leadership Council who bring to us a wealth of community organizing background. Both Sande Hart and Danya Wellmon, who actually met before as part of the Pluralism Project studies at Harvard, have joined us with large, vibrant organizations that have become CC’s. Both S.A.R.A.H. in southern California and Women Transcending Boundaries in Syracuse, NY, are multi-armed groups with deep connections within their local areas, and both have received awards for their work.” The full article.

Anne Roth’s January article got lost in the shuffle and is being included here in the February Bulletin with apologies: Taking the Pulse of the Region. Please read this article in conjunction with Anne’s February article listed above.

Bainbridge Island, WA: 90 people crowded into a church hall in Bainbridge Island, WA on Sat Feb 4 where Agate Passage Friends Peace and Social Concerns presented a panel discussion called “Occupy movement: What does it mean to you?” Continued…

Beverly Hills, CA: With support from California and programs in the Middle East, Salaam Shalom begins the New Year with a New Name: reGENERATION and a new website: http://regenerationedu.org. Please save the evening of Sunday, March 18 for the interfaith benefit: THE reGENERATION CONCERT FOR POSSIBILITY at Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills.

Charlotte, NC: The Charlotte CC of URI has written to the local newspaper against capital punishment a good strong letter signed by the members of the CC: Time to Abolish the Death Penalty in North Carolina. Read the letter here.

Santa Monica, CA: The Daniel Pearl Yahrtzeit Harmony for Humanity Concert in recognition of United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week, commemorating the 10th Anniversary of his passing with Yahrtzeit candle and Yizkor Prayer, February 1, 2012. The write up also includes the words of Daniel’s father Dr. Judea Pearl for the Feb 7th UN General Assembly WIHW event.

Sebastian, FL: Prayers for Ma’s health.

Toronto, ON: The latest issue of the Interfaith Unity News edited by Rev Terry Weller.
 

Kathe Schaaf and Rebecca Tobias

Vancouver, BC: On January 25th the Vancouver InterSpiritual Center hosted author Kathe Schaaf co-author of, Women, Spirituality and Transformative Leadership: Where Grace Meets Power at the launch Women of Spirit and Faith Canada.  Read Rebecca Tobias’ report on the event.

Washington, DC: President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast highlighted the Golden Rule: “Treating others as you want to be treated. Requiring much from those who have been given so much. Living by the principle that we are our brother’s keeper. Caring for the poor and those in need. These values are old. They can be found in many denominations and many faiths, among many believers and among many non-believers. And they are values that have always made this country great — when we live up to them; when we don’t just give lip service to them; when we don’t just talk about them one day a year. And they’re the ones that have defined my own faith journey.” The
full text of the President’s speech and
the video.


News from URI Global

World Interfaith Harmony Week was celebrated around the world by URI Cooperation Circles. See photos and stories.
 

Funding Peacebuilding

Each month in this section, we list a few of the fund raising efforts of URI in North America Cooperation Circles and Affiliates.

URI Principle #17: We have the responsibility to develop financial and other resources to meet the needs of our part, and to share financial and other resources to help meet the needs of other parts.

Orange County, CA: S.A.R.A.H. Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope.  Your support helps us be sustainable, responsible and effective in our communities. 100% of your donation goes to our programs and empowerment opportunities. Please see our Mission Statement for more about our values.
 
Sacramento, CA: The Experience depends on contributions from people like you to keep bringing the faith communities in Sacramento together in worship and service.
 
San Francisco, CA: “Celebrating our diverse faiths and spiritual traditions, the San Francisco Interfaith Council brings people together to build understanding and serve our community.” Contributions to the San Francisco Interfaith Council help us fulfill this important mission and provide programs and services, most of which are offered at no charge. Your gift supports the ongoing health and vitality of this unique San Francisco collaboration. The SFIC is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Thank you for your support!

Syracuse, NY: Women Transcending Boundaries is officially a 501(c)(3) non-profit group. This allows us to qualify for some grants and also allows US residents to deduct contributions from US income tax. We welcome donations and encourage you to talk to a member of the Council if you’re interested in supporting the exciting work of WTB.

URI in North America is in search of a volunteer grant writer to work with us in building our region’s capacity. This might be an internship opportunity for a student, or a way to contribute life experience and expertise to help in building URI’s strength throughout the US and Canada. Please contact Ardey Turner, (559) 434-8128, for more details and to explore the possibilities.

The URI in North America Region also seeks your help. When you buy from Amazon, please always go in through the N.Am. website. Look for the Amazon search link on the right at urinorthamerica.org.
 

New Resources

Forgiving the Unforgivable: Experience the Power of Holistic Living. The True Story of How Survivors of the Mumbai Terrorist Attack Answered Hatred with Compassion, by Master Charles Cannon with Will Wilkinson. One of the survivors was Kia Scherr, who went on to found the One Life Alliance, a URI in N.Am. Affiliate, with Master Charles Cannon. And here is a
video about the book.

The Islamic Shariah – an Overview – another good talk by Dr Zahid with audio.

Thirteen Golden Rule texts are now available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Portuguese, Hebrew and Urdu.

The North American Interfaith Network Scholarship for young adults (16-35) for the NAINConnect 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia, July 15-18 is available online. This scholarship recognizes young adults across the continent who are actively engaged in and passionate about interfaith work. You do not need to be part of a NAIN member organization. Apply by April 15.

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