For 17 years, Charles has served as URI's founding Executive Director. He has worked with religious, spiritual and other leaders in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. He has been a featured speaker internationally and has written extensively about interfaith cooperation. He co-authored with colleague Sally Mahé, Birth of a Global Community, a book on the birth of the United Religions Initiative. In addition, he has published many articles on interfaith work, contributed a chapter to Interfaith Dialogue and Peacebuilding, published by the United States Institute of Peace, and co-authored, with colleague Barbara Hartford, a chapter in Positive Approaches to Peacebuilding. His essay, Opening the Dream: Beyond the Limits of Otherness, appears in the anthology, Deepening the American Dream. As an Episcopal priest, Charles brings to his work a strong commitment to spiritual transformation and to work for peace, justice and healing, as well as an abiding belief in the sacredness of all life on this planet.
March 5, 2011 2:20 PM
We live in times of remarkable upheaval and URI is in the midst of it. URI leaders were in Tahrir Square in Cairo during the extraordinary 18 days that opened the door to a new future for the people... Read more...
February 14, 2011 1:25 PM
I awoke this morning in the Gurudwara Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha in Birmingham eagerly anticipating a day that I had no idea would end with me sitting in front of a television in the Coventry home of my dear friend and colleague, Deepak Naik, watching the outpouring of jubilation in Egypt.Read more...
February 13, 2011 1:16 PM
Wednesday, 10 February 2011 was the center of my trip – a day hosted by the URI UK, bringing together members, current and potential partners, and representatives of URI Europe and the global URI to receive an extended briefing on URI UK’s innovative work as it renews itself with seven new trustees, average age 34.Read more...
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January 17, 2011 6:22 PM
I write as the last light drains from the sky on this day commemorating the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King. I spent the morning in San Francisco participating in an event organized by the San Francisco Interfaith Council, which is a URI Cooperation Circle. Rita Semel, who many of you know as URI's founding board and Global Council Chair is Executive Vice Chair of SFIC; and Michael Pappas, who is a member of the leadership council for URI North America, is SFIC's executive director.Read more...
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