PeaceDot Resources

 

This page can be accessed at peace.urinorthamerica.org as well as through the Resource menu above.

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. That says it all!


The PeaceDot Originator

Peace.Stanford.edu began the peace-dot movement online, encouraging organizations to add a peace-dot page to their sites.  An extensive directory of peace-dot web pages is available on the peace.stanford.edu page and also below at the bottom of this page.


Facebook PeaceDot Page

Peace.Facebook.com has some astonishing ongoing statistics, showing the amount of traffic on facebook between countries not exactly known for friendly relations, such as Israel/Palestine or Greece/Turkey.  And an ongoing questioning of facebook users by nation on whether world peace is possible in 50 years shows the U.S. as very pessimistic with less than 10% thinking world peace is possible in just five decades.  Something has to be done about that!


URI in North America CCs  Here is a list of Cooperation Circles that concentrate on Peacebuilding.

Euphrates Institute
Ik Onkar Peace Foundation
Interfaith Cooperation Circle of Central Virginia
Mid-Hudson Valley CC
Muncie Interfaith Fellowship
Peace Prayer
Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics
Unity-and-Diversity World Council
Unity Made Visible
Unity Peacemakers


Nonviolence and Peacebuilding

  • A resource page from Nonviolence International — good list for nonviolence in action.
  • A list of manuals and training guides from International Fellowship of Reconciliation, with an emphasis on Women in Peacemaking.
  • Creating a Culture of Peace – CCP provides 3 day nonviolence workshops. “The innovative design of CCP provides a holistic and practical foundation in spiritually-grounded active nonviolence.”
  • The Compassionate Listening Project “teaches powerful skills for peacemaking in our families, communities, on the job, and in social change work locally and globally.”
  • The National Peace Academy “offers value-laden information, instruction, inspiration, and practical tools to building peace. The programs it offers and the quality of its staff are unparalleled. It is an organization which has earned my utmost respect.  — NPA Alumni”
  • An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication online videos with Marshall Rosenberg. One of several videos providing a valuable tool for use both within URI and in our communication with those new to peacebuilding.

 


 


What the World Needs Now in One Word

Love!

 

Scarboro Mission Releases Interfaith Curriculum Resources

Scarboro Mission Releases Interfaith Curriculum Resources

Scarboro Mission Releases Interfaith Curriculum Resources

Scarboro Mission, a URI North America Affiliate, has just re-designed their interfaith curriculum resources section to make it more user-friendly.

“While it is easy to get interfaith information, it is much more challenging to find good interfaith curriculum,” said Paul McKenna from Scarboro Missions’ Interfaith Department. “My sense is that good curriculum is the missing piece in the interfaith movement.”

The new design is very user-friendly. You can explore this rich collection in nine theme areas: schools & youth groups, peace–building, ecology & social justice, prayer & meditation, colleges & universities, interfaith toolkits, young adults, Golden Rule and bi-lateral dialogues.

There is also an extra added bonus: most of these resources can be downloaded free of charge. These resources include online courses, best practices, do-it-yourself workshops, activities, multifaith prayer services, starter kits, guidelines, games, meditations, slideshows.

Featuring resources from around the world, this compilation is one of the most comprehensive collections of interfaith curricula on the Internet. Click here to start exploring the resource library:https://www.scarboromissions.ca/Interfaith_dialogue/student_resources.php

Education Resources

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URI North America

Interfaith Education Resources

Education related resources are grouped here by section. 



Comparative Religions

  • Internet Sacred Text Archive – “the largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship, and has the largest readership of any similar site on the web.”  Truly an amazing site with a huge body of freely available public domain religious texts.
     
  • Honouring Diverse Beliefs in Our Communities: A Conversational Toolkit – 20 minute low key, lovely video “From Atheism to Zoroastrianism, people draw on different belief systems to guide the ways they think and act. How can we respond to this important element of diversity in our communities? What are the risks involved? What do we stand to gain? Join families, faith communities, and others as they explore these important questions and learn together. You may realize that you have more to offer to this conversation than you think! A himar Productions Ltd. documentary – Partners DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society & Surrey Neighbouring Faiths Program. This project has been made possible through funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.”
     
  • University of California Television 10th Anniversary Religion retrospective a) Religion Today b) Understanding Religion c) Religion and Science d) Religion and Politics e) Religion and Conflict f) Buddhism g) Christianity h) Islam i) Judaism

  • Tony Blair Faith Foundation Universities Programme – “The Universities programme engages the worldwide higher education sector in developing a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between faith and globalization.”
     
  • The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner. Three women  a Muslim a Jew and a Christian in search of understanding.
     
  • Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence, 3rd Edition (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society, Vol. 13) by Mark Juergensmeyer – “This dark, enthralling book not only documents the global rise of religious terrorism but seeks to understand the “odd attraction of religion and violence.” Juergensmeyer bases his study on scholarly sources, media accounts and personal interviews with convicted terrorists. He exercises caution with the term “terrorist,” preferring to emphasize the large religious community of supporters who make violent acts possible rather than the relatively small number who carry them out….”
     
  • Varieties of Religious Experience by William James, introduction by Wayne Proudfoot
     
  • History of God and Battle for God by Karen Armstrong.  The development of the Abrahamic religions with their message of compassion and yet their hardline trends as well.
     



Children’s Education



Countering Islamophobia and Xenophobia



Indigenous Rights and Climate Change

  • Sacred Tree – Reflections On Native American Spirituality, by Phil Lane et al. – “This is a wonderful little gem. It isn’t a high brow spiritual document meant to appeal to the brain- it’s a little book that focuses on values, ethics and respect with thoughtful anecdotes. Great book for the adolescent as well as the adult- wisdom and grace are ageless.”
     
  • How to Boil a Frog – film – you can arrange a showing in your community.  “… an eco-comedy that shows the consequences of overshoot: too many people using up too little planet. An everyman dad gives us the scoop on the imminent end of the world as we know it, and five surprising ways we can save civilization.”
     
  • Video Project – this well established company will be providing How to Boil a Frog to educational institutions.  “Our mission at the Video Project is to provide the very best in educational media and documentary programming on critical global and social issues, science and health to colleges, schools, libraries, businesses, religious groups, government agencies and non-governmental organizations worldwide.”
     


Nonviolence and Peacebuilding



Global Shift

peacedot

URI North America

URI North America

PeaceDot Resources

This page can be accessed at peace.urinorthamerica.org as well as through the Resource menu above.

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. That says it all!



The PeaceDot Originator

Peace.Stanford.edu began the peace-dot movement online, encouraging organizations to add a peace-dot page to their sites.  An extensive directory of peace-dot web pages is available on the peace.stanford.edu page and also below at the bottom of this page.
 



Facebook PeaceDot Page

Peace.Facebook.com has some astonishing ongoing statistics, showing the amount of traffic on facebook between countries not exactly known for friendly relations, such as Israel/Palestine or Greece/Turkey.  And an ongoing questioning of facebook users by nation on whether world peace is possible in 50 years shows the U.S. as very pessimistic with less than 10% thinking world peace is possible in just five decades.  Something has to be done about that!



URI in North America CCs 
Here is a list of Cooperation Circles that concentrate on Peacebuilding.

Euphrates Institute
Ik Onkar Peace Foundation
Interfaith Cooperation Circle of Central Virginia
Mid-Hudson Valley CC
Muncie Interfaith Fellowship
Peace Prayer
Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics
Unity-and-Diversity World Council
Unity Made Visible
Unity Peacemakers



Nonviolence and Peacebuilding

 

  • A resource page from Nonviolence International — good list for nonviolence in action.
     
  • A list of manuals and training guides from International Fellowship of Reconciliation, with an emphasis on Women in Peacemaking.
     
  • Creating a Culture of Peace – CCP provides 3 day nonviolence workshops. “The innovative design of CCP provides a holistic and practical foundation in spiritually-grounded active nonviolence.”
     
  • The Compassionate Listening Project “teaches powerful skills for peacemaking in our families, communities, on the job, and in social change work locally and globally.”
     
  • The National Peace Academy “offers value-laden information, instruction, inspiration, and practical tools to building peace. The programs it offers and the quality of its staff are unparalleled. It is an organization which has earned my utmost respect.  — NPA Alumni”
     
  • An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication online videos with Marshall Rosenberg. One of several videos providing a valuable tool for use both within URI and in our communication with those new to peacebuilding.




What the World Needs Now in One Word

Love!

CC Tools

URI North America

URI North America

Tools for URI Cooperation Circles (CCs)

One of the best resources for planning effective programs is found through connecting with other CCs. We will be posting materials here which provide templates of programs and events which have worked well in North American CCs, as well as best practices, tips and other tools provided by the regional or global offices. Additions to this collection of resources are welcome.

NEW: S.A.R.A.H.’s State of Compassion Initiative provides an excellent manual – highly recommended
·        Quick Guide for a Compassionate City

Using Social Sites on the Web
·        Building Your Presence with Facebook Pages

World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) Resources from Global URI
·        WIHW Page on Global Website
·        WIHW Toolcard
·        WIHW Home Site

Religious Observance Calendar (maintained by the URI Multiregion)
·        Religious Observances –  useful for checking for possible conflicts

Program materials from North American CCs and Affiliates
·        URI in Henderson County, NC – Academy for Peace catalog
·        Scarboro Missions – Golden Rule art exercise for youth
·        A Guide to Visiting CCs – visiting other cooperation circles is a great idea

How to: City or County Wide Day of Service – from Sarah – highly recommended
·        How To Organize Community Wide Day with Multiple Events  —  as doc
·        Community Wide – the Role of a Hub  —  as doc
·        Community Wide – Sample Form for Registering a Project  —  as doc

CC Planning and Management Tools
·        A Progressive Course of Conflict Management
·        A model of the CC vitality cycle
URI city stamp from brand toolbox
Using the URI Global Website – an easy win-win
·        URI Brand Toolbox – very impressive – for web and newsletter-builders
·        CCs Have Global Impact
·        How to Post to the URI Blog
·        How to Update a CC webpage on the URI Website
·        URI Global Community Directory as of December 2011


Actions for Interfaith Solidarity button
Interfaith Solidarity Tools

·        URI Toolkit – Actions for Interfaith Solidarity
·        URI Interfaith Solidarity Tool Card – print on cardstock and distribute

Countering Islamophobia
·        URI Islamophobia Toolkit
·        Holy Quran and People of Other Faiths by Iftekar Hai

Media Contact Information
·        Media Group Emails and OP Ed Submission – top 100 newspapers – doc
·        Media Group Emails and OP Ed Submission – top 100 newspapers – pdf
·        NPR, NYTimes, WashPost Newsrooms, Jewish Pubs from Tikkun – pdf

Cooperation Circle Resource Pages
·        Interfaith Center at the Presidio — great set of resources

Nuclear Weapons Free World

·        URI Call of Conscience Statement

Pirate Pad – online document co-generation in real time for many users

URI Star Certificate now available as pdf. Print and mail to an interfaith friend as a way of sending good cheer and encouragement. Download URI Star here and reverse side of URI Star here.

Green Prophet Cooperation Circle, a group of environmental journalists and bloggers based in the Middle East, has published a new guide for green bloggers with a grant from the URI Environmental Satellite. Barefoot Bloggers: Write to Save the Planet is edited by Karen Kloosterman, an award-winning journalist and blogger who started the CC’s environmental news website, www.greenprophet.com, in 2007. The guide includes chapters by bloggers from the Sierra Club, the Huffington Post, GreenTech Media and more, and covers writing for religious, non-profit and mainstream audiences alike.

“This is a practical guide to growing a sustainable, green blog,” wrote Kloosterman, “but with tips on how to write for search engine optimization, how to make money and how to embrace ‘co-optition’ it is a practical hands-on guide for any emerging blogger.”

URI will receive 10 percent of profits for all guides sold, and 50 percent for guides purchased through URI. Click here to buy an electronic copy.

CCs may also request a free hard copy from URI. For information on this or on helping promote the guide and earning commission for URI or your CC, please email Julian Foley at jfoley at uri dot org.


URI Cooperation Circles are fully autonomous organizations. Some are well established nonprofit organizations.  Many are local grassroots groups which have formed to further their community’s appreciation for diversity of religious and faith traditions, or to work collaboratively with people of many faiths to address local issues and concerns related to the URI Principles.

CCs and LC List

Cooperation Circles of URI in North America

URI in North America is growing a network of Cooperation Circles (CC’s) across the US and Canada. Find one in your area using the following list. Follow the link to those who have a website, or send an email to their Primary Contact to learn more about their interest areas, coming programs and meetings.

A certification process is conducted every few years to confirm that a CC meets the basic standards of having at least 7 members who represent at least 3 different faith traditions.  A CC may continue without meeting these standards, however only those that are certified may participate in the election of Global Trustees and other organization-wide decisions.


California Interfaith Power
San Francisco, CA
Contact: Allis Druffel
Action Area:
Environment, Climate Change
Last Certified:

Center for Religious Tolerance
Sarasota, FL
Contact: Dr. Deri Joy Ronis
Last Certified: 2009

Culver City Area Interfaith
Los Angeles, CA
Contact: Jahan Stanizai
Last Certified: 2009
Action Area: Youth

Global Clergy Association of Canada
Surrey, BC, Canada
Contact: Acharya S.P. Dwivedi
Last Certified: 2010

Ik Onkar Peace Foundation
Dublin, CA
Contact: Raman Kular
Last Certified: 2009

Interfaith Center at the Presidio
San Francisco, CA
Contact: Paul Chaffee
Last Certified: 2009

Interfaith Circle of Love
Seattle, WA
Contact: Karen Lindquist
Last Certified: 2009

Interfaith Cooperation Circle of Central Virginia
Stanardsville, VA
Contact: Ronald Povich
Last Certified: 2009
Action Area: Youth

Interfaith Council at Stapleton
Denver, CO
Contact: John Denker
Last Certified: 2009
Action Area: Youth

Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County
Walnut Creek, CA
Contact: Brian Stein-Webber
Last Certified: 2009

Interfaith Council of So Nevada
Las Vegas, NV
Contact: Karen Boyett
Last Certified: 2009

Interfaith Network of Washington
Seattle, WA
Contact: Swami Brahmatmananda
Last Certified: 2009

Interfaith Forum of Greenville
Greenville, SC
Contact: Stephen Vance
Last Certified: 2009

International Institute for Global Studies
Sausalito, CA
Contact: Billy Zeits
Last Certified:

Interfaith Millenium Dev Goal Coal CC
Tiburon, CA
Contact: Sam Ruben
Last Certified: 2009

Just Vision CC
Washington, DC
Contact: Ronit Avni
Last Certified: 2010

Kashi Foundation
Sebastian, FL
Contact: Swami Anjani Cirillo
Last Certified: 2009

Many Rivers
Eureka Springs, AR
Contact: Edie Bird
Last Certified:

Marin Interfaith Council
San Rafael, CA
Contact: Carol Marie Hovis
Last Certified: 2009

Mid Hudson Valley URI
Bearsville, NY
Contact: Betsy Stang
Last Certified: 2009

Muncie Interfaith Fellowship
Muncie, IN
Contact: George Wolfe
Last Certified: 2009
Action Area: Peacebuilding

Northeast Tennessee URI
Jonesborough, TN
Contact: Janet “Sam” Jones
Last Certified: 2009

Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment
Laguna Hills, CA
Contact: Sherri Loveland
Last Certified: 2009
Action Area: Climate ChangeEnvironment

Peace Prayer
San Jacinto, CA
Contact: Michael Madrigal
Last Certified: 2009

Raoul Wallenberg Institute
Studio City, CA
Contact: Rebecca Tobias
Last Certified: 2009
Action Area: Environment

Rothko Chapel
Houston, TX
Contact: Suna Umari
Last Certified:

San Francisco Interfaith Council
San Francisco, CA
Contact: Michael Pappas
Last Certified: 2009

SARAH Spiritual & Religious Alliance
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Contact: Sande Hart
Last Certified: 2009
Action Area: Youth

Spirit of Truth Foundation CC
aka 13 Moon Walk for Peace
Abingdon, MD
Contact: Michael Ware
Last Certified: 2009
Action Area: Youth

United Religions of Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
Contact: John Moore
Last Certified: 2009

Unity Made Visible
Bedford Hills, NY
Contact: Paul Storfer
Last Certified: 2009
Action Area: International Day of Peace

Unity Peacemakers
Houston, TX
Contact: Ann Clark
Last Certified: 2009

Unity-and-Diversity World Council
Los Angeles, CA
Contact: Leland Stewart
Last Certified: 2009
Action Area: Environment

URI Global Support Staff
San Francisco, CA
Contact: Kay Markham
Last Certified: 2009

URI of Greater Baltimore
Baltimore, MD
Contact: Edwin Hostetter
Last Certified: 2009

URI of Henderson County
Hendersonville, NC
Contact: Gary Prichard
Last Certified: 2009
Action Area: Youth

URI of New York
Bearsville, NY
Contact: Betsy Stang
Last Certified:

URI of the Monterey Peninsula
Pacific Grove, CA
Contact: Hajjia Katharina Harlow
Last Certified:

URI San Francisco Peninsula
San Mateo, CA
Contact: Margaret Jayne Jones
Last Certified: 2009

Utah URI
Salt Lake City, UT
Contact: Steve Ritchey
Action Area: Youth
Last Certified:

Women’s Interfaith Circle
Danville, CA
Contact: Tomiko Nojima
Last Certified: 2009
Action Area: Youth

Worldwide Foregiveness Alliance
Mill Valley, CA
Contact: Robert Plath
Last Certified:

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Tending the Human Garden

URI North America

URI North America

Ideas That Nourish and Help Us Thrive Together

The Leadership Council of URI in North America has adopted “Tending the Human Garden” as our ongoing theme.  Now, most healthy gardens need:

•    Water
•    Clean air
•    Sunshine
•    Nutrient-rich soil
•    Tending
•    Harvesting
•    Diversity

How might that theme be interpreted in the work of your local community or Cooperation Circle? For some it might mean nourishing the growth of our children with an understanding of and respect for people of different faiths and cultures. For others it might be cultivating a climate of fair and just treatment for immigrant workers. Still others might see a need for opening up the windows of dialogue in their community to encourage exchanges about the potential for interfaith collaboration on feeding the homeless or protecting the environment.

We’d like to hear how this theme might be interpreted in your local community and how it might inspire local action.   As Margaret Mead encouraged us all, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Please send your comments, dreams and plans to the regional coordinator.

Websites

URI North America

URI North America

Websites That Open Doors to Peace

Several of our CCs, Affiliates and other organizations have excellent materials on their own websites that can prove fruitful when used as learning materials, either for individuals or when used as program materials in events.

Topics in this collection:

    • Countering Islamophobia
    • The Environment
    • Migration Justice
    • Interfaith Collaboration
    • Interfaith Understanding
    • Learning Nonviolence
    • Middle East Peacebuilding
    • Youth (Materials especially suitable for youth)

 


20,000 Dialogues — Source of free program materials of exceptional quality appropriate for groups wishing to explore and discuss Islam and its relationship to other peoples and faiths in the 21st Century.

Topics: Countering Islamaphobia
Produced by: an Affiliate of URI in North America


Action and Advocacy for Climate Change: A Resource Guide for Religious Communities

Topics: The Environment
Produced by Religions for Peace


Amazing Breathing Earth World Map of population and CO2 statistics.

Topics: The Environment

 


America’s Interfaith Infrastructure: a Pilot Study prepared by the Pluralism Project. Summary Report, City Based Research for 20 medium sized cities, Promising Practices,  Multimedia resources. As of early 2012. Not to be missed.

Topics: Interfaith Understanding



Ashoka – The Universal Elements of Religion by Scott Horton. “There should be growth in the essentials of all religions.” from 256 BCE.

Topics: Interfaith Understanding



Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Source of numerous workshops and teaching resources.

Topics:  Countering Islamaphobia

 


Christians for Comprehensive Immigration Reform A film guide for dialogue on issues surrounding our national immigration policy.

Topics:  Migration Justice



Culture of Peace Initiative brings together the many peace groups from around the world, concentrating particularly on the U.N. International Day of Peace.

Topics:  Peacebuilding, nuclear disarmament

 


Declaration by the Canadian Council of Imams from August, 2010. Great statement supporting both the unity and the diversity of humanity.

Topics: Countering Islamaphobia

 


From Commitment to Action: What Religious Communities can do to Eliminate Violence against Children produced by UNICEF and Religions for Peace. This downloadable guide aims to help religious communities harness their spiritual, moral and social strengths to prevent, respond to and eliminate violence against children.

Topics: Learning Nonviolence


Gleorge Wolfe’s Ball State University Page has links to articles and talks by one of America’s most dangerous men, Prof. George Wolfe, who is also the primary contact for the Muncie Indiana Interfaith Fellowship, a URI CC.

Topics:  Learning Nonviolence



Global Interdependence Movements, Declarations and Days
from Tom Atlee’s posterous blog.  References We the World’s Declaration of Interdependence.

Topics:  Interfaith Understanding
Produced by: an Affiliate of URI in North America.



Golden Rule Home an overview of the new Golden Rule movement by Jeffrey Wattles, author of a 1996 book on the topic

Topics:  Interfaith Understanding, Learning Nonviolence





Golden Rule Art Exercise and Lesson Plan
for schools and youth groups by Gregory McKenna of Scarboro Missions.**

Topics:  Interfaith Understanding, Learning Nonviolence, Youth
Produced by: an Affiliate of URI in North America.



Golden Rule Curriculum – This curriculum unit was inspired by the Scarboro Missions Golden Rule Poster which features texts of the Golden Rule as found in 13 of the world’s religions. Scarboro Missions.** With translations of the texts into many languages.  And here is a set of commentaries on the Golden Rule from well know sources.

Topics: Interfaith Understanding, Learning Nonviolence
Produced by: an Affiliate of URI in North America.



The Golden Rule: An Islamic-Dialogic Perspective – A rare paper about the Golden Rule by an Islamic scholar, Sohaib Saeed. This is a thoughtful essay, well worth reading.

Topics: Interfaith Understanding, Countering Islamophobia.



Greenfaith – offers quick, easy steps in their Getting Started for Individuals/Households or Getting Started for Houses of Worship. And here are 12 ways to save energy in your congregation, school or agency.

Topics: The Environment, Interfaith Understanding

 


The Green Prophet – the leading source of environmental news on the Middle East region.

Topics: The Environment, Mideast Peacebuilding



Interfaith Center at the PresidioBay Area Interfaith Calendar, Resources and more

Topics: Interfaith Understanding



Interfaith Coalition for Immigrants Rights – ICIF-CLUE-CA – Since 1993, ICIR has organized among immigrant and faith communities and led public education and advocacy efforts across the state of California.

Topics: Migration Justice





Interfaith Marketplace
– calendars, cards, jewelry, even a clip art CD

Topics: Interfaith Understanding


Interfaith Power & Light How Cool is your Congregation? – carbon footprint quiz.

Topics: The Environment

 


Mayors for Peace Local organizations can work for a nuclear weapons free world by signing up their city to this global network of over 3100 cities headed by the Mayor of Hiroshima. 

Topics:  Nuclear Disarmament

 




Mepeace.org
For peacebuilders everywhere and particularly in Israel/Palestine.  Join now what promises to be a key to tomorrow.

Topics: Middle East Peacebuilding





PeaceDay.tv
Conscious Content Network & Social Community – Featuring Sustainable Solutions, Peace-Builders, Entertainment, Education, Spirit, & the Millennium Development Goals

Topics:  Peacebuilding



Peace Kawomera Cooperative  Buy fair trade coffee direct from a multi-faith cooperative and URI CC in our sister region, Africa.

Topics:  Interfaith Collaboration



PEACENEXT.ORG The online social network created by the Parliament of the World’s Religions to help bring together the global interreligious community every day.

Topics:  Interfaith Collaboration



Pew Forum Survey: Religion in American Culture Based on interviews with more than 35,000 American adults.

Topics:  Interfaith Understanding, Countering Islamaphobia



Resources for Catholic / Muslim Relations  Together, Catholics and Muslims form one-third of the world’s population. There are therefore lots of reasons for promoting positive relations between these two faiths. This two-page document on the Scarboro Missions website outlines numerous suggestions, tips and resources to enable Muslims and Catholics at a parish/congregational level to learn and cooperate with one another.

Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World
  Also from Scarboro Missions.  In 2011, this 5-page document was jointly published by the World Council of Churches, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (Vatican) and the World Evangelical Alliance. Together, these bodies represent 90 percent of the world’s Christians. The purpose of the document is to address practical issues associated with Christian witness in a multi-religious world. The document encourages churches, church councils and mission agencies to reflect on their current practices and to use the recommendations in the document to prepare their own guidelines for their witness and mission among those of different religions and among those who do not profess any particular religion.

Topics:  Interfaith Understanding



Serving God Through Serving Humanity by Vicki Armour-Hileman, a text jointly selected by a group of Jews and Muslims. “To believe in one God is to believe there is a Oneness that underlies all reality.”

Topics:  Interfaith Understanding



Taking it Global “The largest online community of youth interested in global issues and creating positive change.”

Topics: Learning Nonviolence, Youth

 


Teachable Moment Community Response Guide by the Center for American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Thoughts and resources on countering Islamaphobia.

Topics: Interfaith Understanding, Countering Islamophobia

 



That They May All be One
a Christian sermon by David Randle**. “The will to live is found in every animal and plant species on the planet.”

Topics: Interfaith Understanding, The Environment
Produced by: **a URI member

 


Understanding Sharia Law a well written rebuttal of the “Sharia Threat” argument as published by the conservative Center for Security Policy.  It is not too long and you will come away from reading it with a good understanding of what Sharia is and is not.  A copy of the article in pdf form is also available on the URI in North America website

Topics: Interfaith Understanding, Countering Islamophobia

 


Universal Human Rights Index, The UHRI database with an upgraded index as of March 2012, is a means to support advocacy, efforts to disseminate the outcomes and recommendations of all UN human rights mechanism, and to promote implementation and follow-up. The UHRI database was first launched in 2006.

Topics: Countering Islamaphobia, Migration Justice


United Muslims in America Interfaith Alliance, Iftekhar Hai**, President. Ask for their PDF documents: “Interfaith Behavior for Everyone” and “Interfaith Behavior for Muslims”.

Topics: Interfaith Understanding, Countering Islamophobia
Produced by: a friend of URI

 


The URI Interfaith Peacebuilding Guide produced by the global office of URI in San Francisco. Provides activities and best practices for interfaith groups who are making a difference one meeting at a time in their local communities and any group interested in learning more about other traditions and participating in interfaith activities.  Other resources are available from the same source.

Topics: Interfaith Collaboration
Produced by: United Religions Initiative

 


What is ‘True Piety’ According to the Qur’an? by Kabir Helminski.  “… it is they, they who are conscious of God.”

Topics: Interfaith Understanding, Countering Islamaphobia

 




Women in Religious Peacebuilding
summary report from the US Institute of Peace.  Full report here as pdf.

Topics: Women, Peacebuilding




Why Copenhagen should be on your Spiritual Radar by Carolyn Myass.  The Environmental Conference at Copenhagen has come and gone, but the life-changing ideas in this article remain highly relevant.

Topics: The Environment