June 25, 2012, 11:05 AM
The new CCs range in size from seven members to 10,000, for a total number of 11,148 participants in six geographic areas – as well as one multi-regional network -- representing at least 18 different faith traditions.
Many, like the Multicultural Discussion Group and the Multifaith Association of South Australia, work to facilitate interfaith dialogue, while others – such as Bloodlife Initiative Kenya and the Somali Humanitarian Aid and Development Organization – address specific issues through the direct intervention of their members.
Short descriptions of each new Cooperation Circle are available below.
Somali Humanitarian Aid and Development Organization: Works to address the humanitarian crisis in Somalia through poverty reduction, education, health and economic improvement.
Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia: Promotes interreligious harmony throughout Ethiopia.
Multifaith Association of South Australia: Organizes interfaith concerts and conferences throughout the world.
Interreligioses Team Osttirol: Organizes interreligious pilgrimages in the mountains of Austria and provides a chapel for refugees.
Interreligious Initiative for People’s Democracy: Has helped secure voting rights in Sri Lanka for people of all faiths.
Multikulturelle Gesprächsgruppe Merzig (Multicultural Discussion Group): Hosts monthly interfaith meetings.
Centre for Partnership and Civic Engagement: Promotes human rights and social justice in Kenya.
Bloodlife Initiative Kenya: Organizes blood donations.
InterSpiritual Centre of Vancouver Society: Promotes interfaith sharing of sacred spaces.
Fellowship for Interreligious Dialogue: Budapest-based salon for spiritual exchange.
Youth United for Social Mobilization: Kenya-based nonprofit whose activities focus on the social, economic and political lives of young people.
Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies: Tanzania-based group that works with the African Union, civil society and peace centers to promote conflict prevention, security and nonviolence.
Bridge Organization: Works to develop a society of justice, peace and equality in Pakistan.
Global Civil Society Apps: Re-Engaging the Biology and Politics of Starvation: Multi-regional organization working to depoliticize and eradicate starvation.