Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue

Each Cooperation Circle is an example of people who, despite different beliefs, work together in harmony.
SunDABT CC inviting interfaith dialogue

URI Cooperation Circles must include members of at least three different religions or traditions. By respecting the differences and embracing the commonalities between groups, peacebuilders build bridges of understanding.

Examples of our work in this Action Area:

  • Sun Devils Are Better Together (SunDABT), a university student group and URI Cooperation Circle, creates safe spaces for people to ask respectful questions about other religions by holding signs that read, "Meet a Muslim," "Meet a Jew," etc.

  • The URI global community celebrates UN World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) with hundreds of interfaith gatherings worldwide every September. Two URI groups have even been honored with the highly-competitive WIHW prize.

  • Campinas CC in Brazil hosted an interfaith gathering and invited representatives of multiple religious and faith beliefs to talk about life and death from the perspectives of their tradition.
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Stories

The Weekly Shot: Malawi - Youth Training in the News

On the November 25, URI Malawi celebrated the graduation of 20 participants of the URI Malawi Interfaith Intercultural Youth Training programme focused on Dialogue and Conflict Resolution. The graduation ceremony was attended by Chrispine Mwale representing the Ministry of National Unity and Peace.

Read more here and watch the video featured in the local news about the highlights of this programme.

URI AL&C Online Youth Training

Between August and September 2021, the URI AL&C Online Youth Training organized by the URI Global Program for the participation of youth was developed with the intervention of 15 young people from the CCs: Aflaiai, Constructores de Puentes, Teusaquillo, Mukua, Quinaroes , COEMATI, The Descendants of Guatemaya, Samay, ACRE from the countries: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama and Venezuela.

Report of the G20 Interfaith Forum

Young leaders from North America/Multi-Region (Erin Adarve and Vasu Bandhu), Europe (Mirjona Hoxhallari and Emina Frljak), and West Africa (Clement Awanfe Ngueto) represented URI, along with Regional Coordinator for North America Tahil Sharma and member of the URI UN team Audrey Kitagawa, at the G20 Interfaith Forum in Bologna, Italy from Sept 11 - 14th. Read about their experiences here!