Northeast Tennessee Group Debuts Interfaith Storytelling Event

Fr. Peter Iorio, Facilitator of the URI in Northeast Tennessee Cooperation Circle, with Arif Choudhury (L) and Noa Baum (R).

To paraphrase a quote from Gene Knudsen Hoffman, Compassionate Listening pioneer and international peacemaker, “A stranger is one whose story you’ve not yet heard.” Getting to know one another can be as simple as listening to each other’s story. When that story is shared by someone you might see as one of “the others”, a bridge of the heart can truly be built.

Thanks to the hard work of the United Religions Initiative Northeast Tennessee Cooperation Circle, two talented storytellers, Noa Baum and Arif Choudhury, debuted an impactful interfaith program titled “In The Heart of The Other: A Muslim and Jew Sharing Their Stories.” Through the Appalachian Storybridge to Peace program of the Northeast Tennessee Cooperation Circle, the program was produced four times over the two days of September 14-15, 2017 at the International Storytelling Center at Jonesborough, Tusculum College in Greeneville, East Tennessee State University and the Holston Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee.

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URI North America’s #TangibleHope Campaign continues beyond end-date

On Aug. 29th, the United Religions Initiative in North America launched its first every social media campaign: #TangibleHope. Over the course of four months, powerful stories of folks collaborating across their lines of difference were shared on social media and beyond using the hashtag #TangibleHope to highlight these stories that give the world Tangible Hope. 

The campaign was set to run through December 9th, but we’ve received feedback that the messaging has resonated, so we’ve decided to continue it! You might notice some changes, but it’s still the campaign that you love.

Click here, to find out how you can continue to participate in the campaign.