Community Building

Strong, healthy communities are at the core of URI’s work.
Youth for Peace CC's summer school in Bosnia and Herzegovina

URI encourages neighbors to help each other by reaching across religious, ethnic, and cultural lines, creating a culture of respect and safety that fosters peace even during difficult times.

Examples of our work in this Action Area:

  • In Pakistan, the URI MCC Islamabad office works for inter-religious peace by addressing local Muslims' and Christians' joint need for necessities like roads, sewage systems, gas and water
  • In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Youth for Peace CC's summer school brought together young people from different backgrounds to serve their community through volunteering efforts like helping disadvantaged families, painting houses, and repairing old cemeteries
  • After a Helsinki mosque was vandalized, URI members from the URI Multiregion formed an interfaith group to clean it, sending a strong message that they would not allow their community to be divided
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Stories

Impact of the Solidarity Support Program

As you know, it is not the institutional policy of URI to support the Circles of Cooperation with fondos. However, in the Asamblea Regional de Chile 2014, the possibility of providing some type of support to promote initiatives of the CCs that need support, given the socio-economic and cultural characteristics of other Latin American and Caribbean communities, was planted.

Sacred Circle

The circle has resided since the dawn of time.  As URI grows and evolves, the circle is URI’s blessing, a way to nurture one another.

Prayer, Nature, and Joy

This week we receive a prayer “with the earth” by John Philip Newell and a perspective on the place of joy in renewing a relationship with nature by Michael McCarthy.