What We Do

URI builds sustainable peace by encouraging cooperation that bridges religious and cultural differences.

Working together, groups of URI members from diverse traditions create inclusive, on-the-ground solutions in areas that have been identified by their communities as crucial for the health, happiness, and success of all people living there. Projects and programs undertaken by our Cooperation Circles serve one or more of the 14 Action Areas you see below.





By sharing creative expression, URI members cultivate appreciation of each other on a human level.

Community Building

Fostering strong, healthy communities is at the core of URI’s work.


Sharing knowledge helps us make informed decisions that benefit us all.


"We act from sound ecological practices to protect and preserve the Earth for both present and future generations." - URI Principle 10

Health and Social Services

When individuals suffer, whole societies suffer. URI Cooperation Circles bring healing.

Human Rights

All people deserve basic human rights. URI works to ensure no one is left behind.

Indigenous Peoples

“We respect the sacred wisdom of each religion, spiritual expression and indigenous tradition.” - URI Principle 2

Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue

“We listen and speak with respect to deepen mutual understanding and trust.” - URI Principle 5


We use many types of media to provide a global opportunity for participation by all people, especially by those whose voices are not often heard.

Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

“We practice healing and reconciliation to resolve conflict without resorting to violence.” - URI Principle 9

Policy Advocacy

URI is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Poverty Alleviation and Economic Opportunity

We unite to use our combined resources for nonviolent, compassionate action.


“URI is committed to the equitable participation of women and men in all aspects of our organization.” - URI Principle 8


URI respects wisdom from voices of all generations.

Resource Library

Access a collection of documents, links, and references to materials that support interfaith peacebuilding.

Global Programs

Find out about the programs taking place across URI's global network.