The purpose of the United Religions Initiative is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings.
“All things are bound together, all things connect. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls also the children of the earth.” -- Chief Oren Lyons, Onandaga Nation
Letter from Bill McKibben and Interfaith Power and Light: Create a Climate Dot, May 5 Action
"Across a world divided in so many ways, one of the things that—sadly—unites us is the increasing damage from increasing temperatures. So far science has been in the lead in sounding the alarm, and the insurance industry (the part of our economy we ask to analyze risk) has not been far behind. Now we need faith communities the world over to step up and do their part in reading, like Daniel, “the writing on the wall.”. read more
2012 Global Trustee Ballots Due May 30Five nominations have come in from North America for three seats on the Global Council. If you are a URI in N.Am. Cooperation Circle (CC) contact, and your CC is registered, now is the time to get your ballot in. Write ups from the five candidates are available below. More details on the URI in N.Am. homepage.
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Leila Al-Imad, Global Trustee Candidate
"In this world of the 21st century I feel very much connected with the rest of the globe, as I have always felt that I am a citizen of the world. I have lived and visited many places and never felt I was a stranger. I am fluent in many languages, which I believe made it easier for me to feel a sense of belonging wherever I have been. I have a double major Ph.D. in History/ Middle Eastern Languages and Literature. I am a professor at East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee." - read more
Michael Pappas, Global Trustee Candidate
I'm Michael Pappas, Executive Director of the San Francisco Interfaith Council (SFIC is a URI Cooperation Circle), Commissioner on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and a member at large of the URI North America Region Leadership Council. In all of these capacities I am energized to work diligently to advance the Preamble, Purpose and Principals of the URI. - read more
Anne Roth, Global Trustee Candidate
As a long time volunteer with URI, I have served in many different capacities over these 15 years. Former Ordained minister and pastor, Certified Spiritual Director, networker, planner and organizer, I have been instrumental in bringing people and organizations into awareness of URI. I was also instrumental in helping URI North America form a model of governance and bring that into being. I have served on the Global Council for the past 1.5 years, and I feel I have more to offer in this role. - read more
Rebecca Tobias, Global Trustee Candidate
Osama Wazan, Global Trustee Candidate
URI North America
SFIC May 2, Disaster Workshop, San Francisco, CA
Greenfaith Fellowship Webinar May 15
Atlanta. GA, Jul 15-18:
NAIN Connect 2012
Save the Date
The Ordination of Dr. Linda Groff *** TIO's Finding your Voice in an Interfaith World by Joshua Stanton *** Occupy Articles from Tikkun Spring Issue *** Euphrates Institute: Prevent Water Wars in the Middle East *** The Felora Parsa R.I.S.E. Initiative from S.A.R.A.H. *** Compassionate Listening Behind Bars *** Hartford Seminary Graduate Program: Chaplaincy in Multifaith Contexts *** Invitation to an Interfaith Healing Prayer List *** Marin Interfaith Council Intra-Faith Education Series: Judaism *** Interfaith Center at the Presidio: Beyond Memorial Day, Apr 26 *** i am jerusalem *** Ma Jaya's Mahasamadhi *** Applause for The Interfaith Observer *** Euphrates Presents at Stanford Summit *** Letter from David Dalley of Surrey Neighboring Faiths Program *** Culture of Peace and Nonviolence Looking for Grass-roots Videos *** Building Peace in the Middle East through Music *** TIO's What do Women Bring to the Interfaith Table *** The Spiritual Power of Nonviolence, reviews by Nathan Day Wilson *** State of Compassion *** The Journey to Civility *** Devadatta Kali's Review of Eleven Karmic Spaces by Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati *** reGengeration Interfaith Concert for Possibility!! *** Interfaith Peace-building Growing in Muncie Indiana by George Wolfe *** Letter from Elias Jabbour
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