We are thrilled to invite you to the first in a series of online webinars on violence prevention, hosted by Karen Volker, URI’s Director of Partnership and Violence Prevention, on 11 October.
This inaugural webinar will present the key components of the health approach to preventing and interrupting violence and answer questions participants may have about the potential applicability of the health approach to whatever situation they may be facing in their communities.
Join us for an enlightening workshop in our Resilience Series: "Individual Resilience" with the renowned facilitator, Xoli Fuyani. In this session, we delve into the core of personal resilience, exploring how it intersects with community resilience within the URI network. Discover strategies, insights, and practical tools to bolster your ability to thrive in the face of adversity, empowering you in your interfaith peacebuilding journey.
Join a series of introductory 2-hour workshops that explore key practices to nurture our movement together towards our collective purpose of promoting interreligious collaboration, ending violence, and creating cultures of peace, justice, and healing.
These will take place on
1 November 2023 - Intro to Generative Conflict
15 November 2023 - Into to Violence Prevention
29 November 2023 - Intro to Collective Healing
13 December 2023 - Intro to Facilitating Social Change
Discover real stories of community resilience projects. During this session, we will hear from Cooperation Circles that work on projects that help their communities build resilience and deal with challenges they are facing.
Being a part of the URI network offers us opportunities to learn about the experiences of others and this is one of them. If you are looking for inspiration and ideas for working on community resilience, this is the place for you!
Join us on December 11th at 7 am PT (10 am EDT, 4 pm CET, 8:30 pm IST) for a special premiere of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) reading, marking the 75th anniversary of this historic document.
Hosted by the Women's Interfaith Network of URI (WIN URI CC) and URI Multiregion, in collaboration with Cooperation Circles of URI, this event brings together women from six continents to read the UDHR in at least 5 different languages, highlighting the diversity of our global community.
To be part of this significant celebration, please register at the registration link. Don't miss the opportunity to contribute to this momentous occasion and join hands in promoting the principles of human rights worldwide.
Join this month’s URI Youth Connection Café, for an open conversation around change-making, the 'shadow sides' of interfaith work, and how we work towards deeper and more meaningful interfaith experiences! Happening on Friday -
Ecopeace Teen Cafe Cooperation Circle invites you to the first open cafe chat on interreligious Education.
Ecopeace Teen Cafe plans to host monthly Ecopeace Open Cafe Chats for open dialogue and meaningful conversations where we explore important topics related to sustainability, environmental conservation, and peace-building. Ecopeace Open Cafe is open to all and there will be no age restrictions.
The special guest is Dr. Karen Leslie Hernandez, with over 18 years of experience, both in the US and internationally, in peacebuilding, as well as in multi-faith understanding and collaboration, Karen brings practical, academic, and experiential expertise to her peacebuilding work. Her areas of concentration are restorative/transformative justice, theological coexistence, theological responses to religious extremism, human rights in sacred texts, trauma-informed responses to conflict/violence, and local and international peacebuilding.
House of Hilkiah Foundation invites you to join the Her Voice and Her Peace Campaign in 3 states of Nigeria.
The campaign aim is to increase awareness and amplify the voices of internally displaced women and girls (especially persons with disabilities and HIV) who are living in camps, crisis communities and general public on their rights to preventing sexual exploitation, information on the multisectoral laws and referral pathways, empowering them towards economic development that will not only facilitate, improving their socio-economic condition but will also help the betterment of the entire family towards achieving the UN SDGS on the principle of LEAVING NO ONE BEHIND.
URI is proud to be one of the co-sponsors of this Expert Briefing, which is co-organized by the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), the United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC), and the United Religious Initiative (URI) in the framework of the United Nations Global Programme on Countering Terrorist Threats against Vulnerable Targets. * As we all know, attacks against religious and other vulnerable sites is often a hallmark of religiously motivated violence. All staff, CCs, and Trustees are invited to attend to listen, learn, and share your own experiences.
Ambassador Mussie Hailu, URI Regional Director for Africa, and Ms. Elizabeth Birungi, Founder of Nature Sacredness and Cultural Rights Initiative, a URI CC in Uganda will be key speakers at this event.
Welcome and introduction by UNOCT, UNAOC, and URI (10 minutes)
Chair and Moderator: Ms. Nihal Saad, Director, UNAOC
Expert presentations (45 minutes)
Ambassador Mussie Hailu, URI Regional Director for Africa
Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri, Chair, Irish Muslim Peace & Integration
Ms. Elizabeth Birungi, Founder of Nature Sacredness and Cultural
Rights Initiative (NASACURI), URI CC Leader from Uganda*
The URI Latin America and the Caribbean Link Program invites you to the Winter Solstice Celebration, Fiesta de las Américas 2023, a festivity that we share with the URI Community since 2021.
The first Peoples of the Planet had ways of relating to the Environment, with the Sun, and the Earth. These forms were preserved through ceremonies or rituals, Inty Raymi, Pachamama.
Publicizing the calendar of festivities around the Sun, provides us with an ancestral tool for understanding Interreligious Dialogue, promoting environmental protection and address climate change that requires fundamental changes in values, mentalities and behavior patterns.
In 2019 the United Nations recognized June 21 as the "International Day of Solstice Celebration.
The April URI Youth Connection Café will be hosted by the Arizona Faith Network on Sunday 23rd April. The topic for this Café is "The role of diverse religions/faiths/traditions in social and environmental justice."
The Café will feature a special guest, the Venerable Tri Dao, a 34-year-old Theravada Buddhist monk, who is well known on TikTok (@venerable_tri_dao) where he has garnered over 1.3M followers, educating his audience on Buddhism, meditation, and mindfulness.
All URI members under the age of 35 are invited to join the call to meet new people and share insights and experience on projects of social and environmental justice.
URI Multiregion and URI Europe are partnering again to bring you a series of events on mental health, community, and individual resilience and exploring the role of interfaith collaboration in creating cultures of peace, justice, and healing called the Resilience Series.
Resilience Series aims at gathering URI Community to discuss resilience and work on our individual and collective resilience, paying special attention to mental health and interfaith collaboration.
Our URI Network is invited to join the community call and share and listen to members of different Cooperation Circles and Individual Members discuss what resilience is to them and how their culture, faith, and context shape the concept of resilience.
Interfaith spaces try to be "radically inclusive" by including people of different religious and spiritual backgrounds but struggle to include people who identify with being intentionally secular. Join us as we learn more about the spectrum of the secular-atheist identity, the challenges that occur when secular individuals engage in interfaith work, and the opportunity to promote stronger alliances for the work of peace, justice, and healing.
The event will feature speakers from American Atheists and Secular Strategies along with a moderator from the University of Southern California and their USC Office of Religious & Spiritual Life so please join us!
URI Southern Africa Invites you to a webinar aimed at introducing "The African Peacemaking Database"
Measurements for peacemaking tend to focus on the peacefulness of institutions, rather than people, or focus on the absence of violence rather than the daily living practices of peace. The African Peacemaking database aims to be a project that fills in these gaps with a community spirit created by grassroots peace practitioners and offers a uniquely African contribution to the metrics of peacemaking.
URI women from around the world will address the role technology has played in developing their communities towards peace, justice, and healing. The Panel will explore the role of technology, education, and female leadership in empowering and uplifting women from different countries and communities.
The NGO CSW Forum is the civil society side of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Consisting of hundreds of events throughout two weeks, the Forum runs parallel to the official CSW session at the UN Headquarters. This allows civil society to engage in the processes and CSW sessions without ECOSOC-accreditation or a UN grounds pass.
Forum’s theme this year is: "Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls."
You are invited to join the first URI Youth Connection Cafe this year!
With this being our first YCC for 2023 - it's going to be a fun and inspiring workshop exploring what is possible with the URI network this year and how the work you are doing in your community can be strengthened and supported by a global community of peacebuilders!
We'll look back at some highlights from 2022 and then dream big about what's possible and what you are already doing this year.
URI invites you to join the conversation with the authors of “Religicide: Confronting the roots of Anti-Religious Violence," an insightful book that defines a new category of human suffering and the destruction of religion, its followers, and their traditions.
URI Executive Director Jerry White and Director of Partnership and Violence Prevention Karen Volker will be key speakers at this webinar.
Islamic Networks Group and Tri-City Interfaith Council are cosponsoring this interreligious panel during World Interfaith Harmony Week.
Panelists from major world religions will discuss how to be a good guest at your neighbor’s house of worship, and how to be a good host when welcoming people of other faiths into your house or worship.
URI North America invites you to a webinar to honor the voices and share insights of Indigenous Cooperation Circle members in North America.
Join and learn from Members of the First Nations Cooperation Circle about how spaces of faith and justice can do a better job at listening to their needs while working to create better practices in including and engaging indigenous people in the work of interfaith cooperation.
7 February 2023 - 5:00 am PST/ 8:00 am New York time
Heiwa Peace and Reconciliation Foundation together with International Buddhist Education Center and Sanghakaya Foundation invite you to an Interfaith Dialogue on Tuesday, February 7, 2023. Watch and participate in this event live on Facebook www.facebook.com/HeiwaPRF
Join URI and the Center for Earth Ethics to learn how your faith communities can convene consultation groups to restore local ecosystems. This will be an opportunity to listen and learn from nature and the people who want it to be sustained for generations to come.
Please join the Together with URI global community calls. All Cooperation Circles, Trustees, Global Staff, Individual Members, and donors are invited on a call highlighting URI's Human Rights efforts around the world.
On November 22nd, URI is partnering with WWF and its Trillion Tree campaign to hold a presentation and workshop about tree planting practices. The first 40 minutes of the two-hour workshop will introduce participants to the new tree-planting guide specifically written for faith groups and spiritual communities.
You are invited to join URI North India and North America on 23rd November 2022 as we reflect on stories of collective trauma and healing in South Asia. Join us as our wonderful speakers walk us through their experiences of partition, gender, generational trauma and somatic healing, and the burden of tradition in South Asia.
Please join the Together with URI global community calls. All Cooperation Circles, Trustees, Global Staff, Individual Members, and donors are invited on a call highlighting URI's Women's Empowerment efforts around the world.
ACWAY, in partnership with United Religions Initiative, The Network For Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, and in collaboration with the G20 Interfaith Forum Youth Working Group, invites you to participate in this webinar - International Day of Peace 2022 - End Racism. Build Peace. - and make your contribution to the International Day of Peace (IDP) by adding value to the conversation through building peace by exploring how to address issues of racism in (inter-)faith spaces. Come along for some discussion and also find out where the next global forum will be held and how to apply!
Join the upcoming URI Youth Connection Café for a session on “Practicing Peace Within and Peace Without”. Led by Sally Zaghmout, from Beit Ashams for Self Development in Palestine, this session will introduce participants to simple practices of meditation and movement to help manage stressful emotions.
As young peacebuilders our work can cause stress and anxiety as we face community challenges and conflicts in a direct way. It is common knowledge that we need to practice our own inner peace to be peacebuilders in the world, but how do we do this? And how can we support each other and the communities around us with these practices?
In 1981 the United Nations established September 21 as the International Day of Peace to highlight “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” The 2022 theme identified by the UN is "End Racism. Build Peace".
Each year many Cooperation Circles around the world celebrate the International Day of Peace. This year URI will also celebrate it as a global community through a "Together with URI" zoom call. We will focus on peacebuilding efforts in URI. URI staff will share one or two stories, then we will break into small groups for participants to share their own peacebuilding work. All members of the URI network are invited to attend.
This discussion will be led by URI Director of Global Programs, Alice Swett.
Please join the Together with URI global community calls.
ENORB is hosting a further conversation for reflection and connection as part of its programme of interfaith dialogue and continued focus on the rising concerns among faith and civil society organisations about the contemporary development of Islamophobia and resulting anti-Muslim hatred in Europe.