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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The Weekly Shot: Building a World

URI's end-of-year campaign focuses on Building A World.

In over 110 countries, URI strives in building a world where peace, justice, and healing prevails.

At this year's end, consider helping URI in #buildingaworld of peace, justice, and healing with a donation at uri.org/donate.

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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!