Who We Are

URI is a global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world.

Working Together

  • To Promote Cooperation
  • To End Violence
  • To Create Peace
  • To Enable Justice
  • To Heal the Earth

We implement our mission through grassroots groups, called Cooperation Circles, which bring diverse people together to jointly engage in community actions such as conflict resolution and reconciliation, environmental sustainability, education, women’s and youth programs, and advocacy for human rights.

What is the United Religions Initiative? Our Global Staff and Global Council Trustees share their views on what it means to be part of an international interfaith peacebuilding movement.

Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz praises URI before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, January 29, 2015. See the full video on C-SPAN (beginning at timestamp 51:00).

"URI is the kind of positive, non-military approach that we must support to deal with the rising violence of religious extremism."

- Former United States Secretary of State George Shultz, testifying at the 2015 hearing of the US Senate Committee on Armed Services on global threats and national security strategy

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