URI’s grassroots interfaith groups, called Cooperation Circles transcend religious and cultural divisions and build sustainable peace in communities throughout the world by encouraging cooperation that bridges religious and cultural differences.
They do this by identifying areas that each community identifies as crucial for the overall health, happiness, and success of the people living there. Then, interfaith groups (people of different religious, spiritual, or Indigenous traditions working together) focus on creating inclusive, on-the-ground solutions to the critical issues facing their communities and regions.
Examples: programs and projects utilizing visual art, music, dance and poetry
Examples: projects/programs related to civic engagement, tourism, social cohesion, community development and tension reduction,
Examples: curriculum development, workshops and trainings, assistance with schools and school programs, partnerships with colleges and universities, as well as research initiatives
Examples: climate change, water sanitation and clean water access, global warming, environmental sustainability projects, ecological restoration, animal and land conservation, energy and renewables, environmental education, environmental sustainability projects
Examples: work with hospitals, clinics, blood drives, AIDS patients and people with disabilities, prison visits, homelessness, mental health, spiritual wellbeing
6. Human Rights
Examples: work with refugees and other displaced persons, asylum seekers, political prisoners, labor rights, religious freedoms, LGBTQ issues
Examples: projects that share Indigenous cultures, practices and traditional wisdom; programs that address political issues pertaining to Indigenous peoples, leadership, empowerment, equity, representation, knowledge transfer, truth and reconciliation
Examples: interfaith dialogues, interfaith encounters and exchanges, and other interfaith activities (i.e. World Interfaith Harmony Week), deepening spiritual connections
Examples: print, broadcast and online media projects, workshops, trainings and other activities
Examples: activities around International Day of Peace, addressing religious extremism, conflict resolution, conflict reconciliation and all peacebuilding initiatives that aim to change systems from which conflicts emerge so conflict does not recur
Examples: small business training, microloan projects, services that uplift people living in poverty
12. Policy Advocacy
Examples: policy engagement, political partnerships, nuclear disarmament
Examples: projects/programs that address empowerment, leadership, equality, equity, representation, violence against women and girls, female infanticide, child marriages
Examples: work with children, schools, youth mentoring and leadership, equity, empowerment, representation and intergenerational peacebuilding
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