Women Transcending Boundaries (WTB), a Cooperation Circle member of the United Religions Initiative, hosted a gathering called “The Power of One Girl” on April 21 in Syracuse, New York. The event was co-sponsored with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
By Barbara Bova, WTB Secretary
Cindy Rahrle, who planned this wonderful and inspiring event, formally welcomed the girls and adults at 2:20 pm. Girls from various schools and churches were seated at round tables; ladies from WTB and LDS church shared a table as the program began. Inspirational statements and decorations brightened the hall, and each table held a snack basket.
Cindy warmly welcomed the girls and expressed her commitment to each of them and her faith in “the power of one girl.” Sue Savion, president of WTB, also welcomed the girls and adults: she read the WTB mission statement.
Ella Neville, SUNY Cortland student, spoke about her experiences with Seeds of Peace and Letters of Love. She explained how she became involved with Seeds of Peace, and how her participation in Seeds of Peace Camp (as a camper and now a counselor) has changed her life and taught her how to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Ella is also active in Letters of Love, in which teenagers write and send letters to other kids in trying circumstances (such as residents of refugee camps or victims of violence). She urged girls to get involved and shared a motto she lives by: “Do whatever you can, with whatever you have, wherever you are.”
Continue reading “Girls gather in Syracuse to learn “The Power of One Girl””
We are seeking exceptionally dynamic and self-motivated individuals to fill a remote internship position for Summer 2018. The position is hands-on and provides practical work experience. Applicants of any age and academic level are welcome. We will accept applications for these unpaid internships on a rolling basis with a priority deadline of May 10, 2018. The work for these positions is completed entirely online so applicants from across the U.S. and Canada are welcome!
Alanna Witowski, Spring 2018 Social Media Intern says: “I really enjoyed working with social media for such a passionate cause, and being able to be around people that shared that drive. It was inspiring to work with people that had made their passion into their careers.”
Social Media Intern
Under the guidance of the Regional Coordinator, the Social Media Intern will provide crucial support of peacebuilding activities in Canada and the U.S by sharing the stories of URI Cooperation Circles and Affiliates and elevating their voices through our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn accounts. This position will make important contributions to the #TangibleHope, a social media campaign lead by URI North America to spread stories of hope. Internship responsibilities will include the following, as well as other possibilities that may arise.
Continue reading “United Religions Initiative North America Seeks Summer Social Media Intern”
URI is proud to be a cosponsor of the 24-hour global Golden Rule Day webcast!
In a divided world full of conflict and mistrust, a grassroots movement has emerged to remind every person on the planet that we share one thing in common — the Golden Rule: Treat others and the Planet as you would like to be treated. This is a universal principle shared by nearly all cultural, spiritual, religious, and secular traditions on Earth.
Golden Rule Day has been celebrated since 2007 by 700 organizations in 140 countries. This year, global organizations and spiritual and religious leaders around the world are teaming up to remind us all that the Golden Rule still matters. This year, three organizations – the United Religions Initiative, the Charter for Compassion and the Golden Rule Project (both organizations are members of URI) – and spiritual and religious leaders around the world are teaming up to remind us all that the Golden Rule still matters.
Join us on Thursday, April 5, for a 24-hour global virtual celebration of the Golden Rule, a universal principle shared by nearly all cultural, spiritual, religious, and secular traditions on Earth.
Continue reading “Join the Golden Rule Day Global Webcast on April 5!”
During the month of March, as we celebrate International Women’s Day, URI North America is spotlighting four exceptional women involved in Cooperation Circles in the North America region.
By Robyn Lebron
Lisel Burns was raised in a cross-class background — a Navy brat who moved frequently with her family.
Then in 1967, a Mississippi summer civil rights project gave Lisel her life direction and solidified her calling. The project was based on a strategy to partner students from two northern colleges with students from Tougaloo College in Mississippi. The three colleges applied together for federal funding that would support a summer program that allowed high school and college students to spend several months on campus together.
This project was an effort to support brave African American high school students who made the personal choice to integrate into white high schools for the first time in history. These students suffered harassment and bullying throughout the previous year. The ultimate goal of that bullying was to get these students to drop out of high school. The unified project was designed to empower them to stay in school.
Continue reading “Profiles of Women Who Make a Difference: Lisel Burns”