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URI's Preamble, Purpose and Principles include the phrase, "We unite to heal and protect the Earth." This is an essential part of URI’s work because so many conflicts between cultures arise from a scarcity of shared resources. By uniting to solve ecological problems through cooperation instead of violence, we can also find literal common ground, since every member of every faith tradition shares a planet and depends on necessities like clean water to survive.

Examples of Cooperation Circles’ environmental work includes:

  • installing solar panels on the roofs of houses of worship;
  • ensuring that rural communities have access to clean water for drinking and sanitation;
  • educating communities about renewable energy and environmental sustainability methods;
  • helping farmers retain the rights to their farmland when corporations and mining companies try to take the land;
  • reforestation and native species planting in ecologically sensitive areas;
  • climate change awareness campaigns.
Label: Featured Cooperation Circles

Faiths Without Borders

Multi-Region,
10 members

Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics CC

North America,
12 members

Rohini CC

Asia,
7 members

African Youth Peace Initiatives

Africa,
175 members

Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre

Asia,
20 members

ANT-Hiroshima

Asia,
100 members

Pamoja CC

Africa,
17 members

Comunidade Tao Judaica De Verdade

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

One Belief Trust (OBT)

Asia,
7 members

Lalitamba Mandiram

North America,
7 members

Arunima Literary Club

Asia,
168 members

Unity and Diversity World Council CC

North America,
100 members

Springtide Opus CC

Asia,
11 members

URI-Burundi

Africa,
12 members

Prafull Oorja

Multi-Region,
18 members

Global Peace Tourism

Asia,
500 members

Red Nacional De Educadores Agrarios Del Paraguay

Latin America and the Caribbean,
700 members

Hand in Hand

Asia,
7 members

Prometra Uganda

Africa,
10 (ten) members

P.R.N.M. School, Kunnicone

Asia,
14 members

Green Prophet CC

Middle East and North Africa,
20 members

Capetown Environmental CC

Africa,
20 members

Tambal Para Kay Inang Kalikasan (Medicine for Gaia) CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
9 members

Qewña CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
17 members

Good Hope

Asia,
7 members

Paz Mozambique

Africa,
7 members

Interfaith Peace Building on Natural Resources Management

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
15 members

Peace Kawomera Coop LTD CC

Africa,
1000 members

Mandala Earth Story Project

Multi-Region,
10 members

Action of Dialogue & Development for Life (ADD for Life)

Middle East and North Africa,
7 (seven) members

Fukushima Response Cooperation Circle

North America,
12 members

Youth Empowerment CC

Asia,
7 members

Bokaro Peace Circle

Asia,
7 (seven) members

Youth Center for Development

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
20 (twenty) members

Environmental Satellite CC

Multi-Region,
19 members

Lunzu Cooperation Circle

Africa,
35 members

SOS Jeunes

Africa,
25 members

Zero Limits CC

Asia,
35 members

Atman: the Samuhaa

Asia,
12 members

Golden Women Vision in Uganda

Africa,
84 members

Charlotte Red Bench Garden

North America,
58 members

YouthLEAD Africa

Africa,
8 members

UNIFY

Multi-Region,
1500 members

Sadbhawana Foundation

Asia,
100 members

Sadbhawana Samiti

Asia,
9 members

Asian Resource Foundation CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
1000 members

Maso Amudzi (Community Watch)

Africa,
13 members

Mother Earth Network

Africa,
15 members

Consejo Interamericano Sobre La Espiritualidad Indígena A.C. CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
25 members

Habel Foundation CC

Asia,
20 members

Grupo Inter-Religioso de Sào Paulo CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
30 members

URI Global Youth CC

Multi-Region,
508 members

Albadiya for Intercultural Dialogue Initiative (AIDI)

Middle East and North Africa,
7 (seven) members

Blantyre CC

Africa,
28 members

Abhigyane Foundation

Asia,
11 members

Mugna Kabataan CC Cebu

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
12 members

Compassion for Animals CC

Multi-Region,
12 members

GreenFaith Australia CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
125 members

Global Healing CC

Multi-Region,
1200 members

URI Youth Aotearoa

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

Seeds of Peace CC

Asia,
45 members

Chaitanya Service Society

Asia,
7 members

Soweto East Initiative

Africa,
13 members

Samagra Vikash

Asia,
9 members

Quinaroa CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
10 members

World Kindness Liberia

Africa,
12 members

Global Interfaith WASH Alliance

Multi-Region,
12 members

The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD)

Middle East and North Africa,
15 members

Larsa

Middle East and North Africa,
9 members

NextGen Africa Initiative

Africa,
12 members

SYNC for Harmony

Multi-Region,
7 members

Amalumbo Community Trust

Africa,
10 members

Ex Conselheiras e Conselheiros da URI Global Regiao ALC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

The Oracle Institute

North America,
17 members

Karonga Nthora

Africa,
10 members

Women and Spirituality CC

Multi-Region,
26 members

Value Laden Professional Circle (VLPC)

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
77 members

Palestinian Association for Non Violent Communication

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Face to Face / Faith to Faith

Africa,
90 members

Wisdom Circle Ministries

Multi-Region,
150 members

Rainbow CC

Asia,
50 members

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
107 members

Satsang Research Center

Asia,
21 members

Vidyasagar Society

Asia,
101 members

The Quiet Voice

Africa,
10 members

Bohol Goodwill Volunteers CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
20 members

Maia Earth Village

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
11 members

EKta Samaj Foundation

Asia,
7 members

Kalinaw CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
7 members

UNISOES CC BRASIL

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Connecting the Dots

Africa,
7 members

Mid-Hudson Valley CC

North America,
18 members

Dishari, Bangladesh CC

Asia,
35 members

Mansur Mokashi Gulshan Foundation CC

Asia,
7 (seven) members

Circulo De Cooperación para el Diálogo CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
32 members

Campinas CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
20 members

Kasinje CC

Africa,
15 members

Blossom CC

Asia,
12 members

Sombor Educational Centre (SEC)

Europe,
17 members

Yacu – Yura (Aguas Claras/Clear Waters)

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Kathak Dharohar

Asia,
7 members

Clergy for Compassion and Harmony CC

North America,
22 members

Global Clergy Association-Vancouver BC CC

North America,
10 members

Council of Religions- Mauritius

Africa,
18 members

Arizona Faith Network

North America,
165 members

NOWTIME Radio

Multi-Region,
9 (nine) members

Faith Ecology Network

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
100 members

Palki Peace Circle

Asia,
7 members

Cosmopolitan CC

Asia,
7 members

California Interfaith Power and Light CC

North America,
680 Congregational members

Neeleswaram CC

Asia,
10 (ten) members

Salam Shabab CC

Middle East and North Africa,
40 members

BETHAK-Pakistan

Asia,
26 members

Global Compassion

Africa,
30 members

Abbey of Hope

North America,
180 members

Nkhata Bay

Africa,
21 members

Missoula Interfaith Collaborative

North America,
200 members

Solar C3ities

North America,
30 members

Seeds for Change

Europe,
7 members

Sarwadharm Vichar Manch

Asia,
7 members

EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East Cooperation Circle

Middle East and North Africa,
100+ members

Cebu City Interfaith Cooperation Circle (CCICC)

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
100 members

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April 20, 2015 9:01 AM

The Weekly Shot: An Earth Blessing

In honor of Earth Day, this week’s shot celebrates a blessing over the earth and its water performed by representatives from many traditions including a Rabbi, a Swami, an Imam, and a Sister of Mercy on September 25, 2013 at UNICEF House in New York, USA.

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March 30, 2015 9:00 AM

The Weekly Shot: Presenting the Hiroshima Sapling

This gingko sapling is descended from a tree that survived the atomic bombing in Hiroshima, Japan.

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March 23, 2015 9:00 AM

The Weekly Shot: World Water Day

International participants traveled to take part in an environmental workshop prior to URI’s 12th annual Circles of Light gala in March 2015. 

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March 20, 2015 9:25 AM

World Water Day Celebrations

The United Religions Initiative family engaged in celebrations worldwide in recognition and honor of the United Nations World Water Day, March 22nd, 2015. The following are a few accounts of how the URI global community celebrated.

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March 19, 2015 10:42 AM

URI Considers Ethics of Water at UN Conference

Water – and its capacity to sustain both physical and spiritual life – will be the topic of a special presentation by members of URI (United Religions Initiative), the world’s largest grassroots interfaith organization, at Rio+20, the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

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March 17, 2015 1:08 PM

Circles of Light 2015 - Reflections by Victor Kazanjian

Circles of Light 2015 - Reflections by Victor Kazanjian: It is such a joy when the URI community gathers, so often in circles, working together for peace among the peoples of the planet.

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March 13, 2015 9:53 AM

CC Spotlight: Environmental Resource Cooperation Circle

The Environmental Resource Cooperation Circle is a resource that makes itself available to further URI’s mission of healing for the Earth and all living beings upon it. 

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March 11, 2015 12:22 PM

CC Spotlight: Maia Earth Village

Drawing members from a mixture of diverse cultures, nationalities, and spiritual practices, Maia Earth Village helps people work alongside each other as earth stewards in order to bridge cultural differences.

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March 9, 2015 9:54 AM

CC Spotlight: Global Interfaith WASH Alliance

Driven by the belief that every human deserves clean water and good health, the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance strives to save lives by teaching community-led sanitation programs and providing improved and safe water quality and hygiene for all.

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March 4, 2015 9:00 AM

CC Spotlight: Interfaith Power and Light

“Our mission is to deepen the connection between ecology and faith, emphasizing that alleviating climate change is a moral responsibility,” explains founder Rev. Sally Bingham.

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