Celebrating Together - 22 years of URI

15 June 2022
22 years of URI

Dear URI CCs, Trustees, Donors, Staff, and Friends,

United Religions Initiative (URI) thanks you for your steadfast dedication over the years. You have helped ensure that URI succeeds in its efforts toward peace, justice, and healing. With your support, URI has become the leading interfaith grassroots organization in the world.

We are grateful for your friendship and partnership. Together we can continue to impact the world for the years to come.

Let's celebrate 22 years together. Please enjoy the recording of the community call and join us for the individual membership call. 

with deep appreciation,
The URI Team


Celebrating Together - Community Call 

Anniversary Thoughts

Beautiful word cloud poem from the participants of the anniversary call on June 16.

The 22nd-Anniversary call was on 16 June and over 75 participants were able to join in the celebration. Please enjoy the recording of the call. 

Thank you for being part of the URI community. 


Enjoy a video recording of the anniversary call.

Individual Members Anniversary Celebration Call 

Story of the URI Star 

At the very first planning session in 1996, when about 100 people from different backgrounds gathered to explore what a new interfaith organization might be like, one person in attendance, due to unexpected baby sitter problems, had brought her 10 year old son, Walter Grey.  At one point, while he was playing with colorful origami papers and listening to conversations around him, he raised his hand and asked if he could tell us something.

He held up an origami piece made with brightly colored papers. He said, “Once the religions of the world were far apart.” Then, he slowly moved the colored pieces together to create a new form and said, “Then they started really speaking to each other.”  He held up high his final creation, and said, “Then, there was something that was never there before a star!” A Catholic nun in the group exclaimed, “that will be URI’s logo!” ...and the rest is history!