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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

Srijani CC

Asia,
8 members

P.R.N.M. School, Kunnicode

Asia,
14 members

Habel Foundation CC

Asia,
20 members

NextGen Africa Initiative

Africa,
12 members

Capetown Environmental CC

Africa,
20 members

Apithan Ministries

Multi-Region,
400 + members

Manila Muslim Christian Community Peacemakers, Inc.

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
200 members

Shanti Van CC

Asia,
7 members

Grupo Inter-Religioso de Sào Paulo CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
30 members

Council of Religions- Mauritius

Africa,
18 members

Bokaro Peace Circle

Asia,
7 (seven) members

Quinaroa CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
10 members

Larsa

Middle East and North Africa,
9 members

Atman: the Samuhaa

Asia,
12 members

Fukushima Response Cooperation Circle

North America,
12 members

Blantyre CC

Africa,
28 members

Youth Today Foundation CC

Africa,
7 members

Nkhata Bay

Africa,
21 members

Albadiya for Intercultural Dialogue Initiative (AIDI)

Middle East and North Africa,
7 (seven) members

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

Middle East and North Africa,
7 (seven) members

Chaitanya Service Society

Asia,
7 members

Asian Resource Foundation CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
1000 members

Green Prophet CC

Middle East and North Africa,
20 members

Lalitamba

North America,
7 members

Zero Limits CC

Asia,
35 members

Rio Inter-Religious Movement CC (MIR)

Latin America and the Caribbean,
23 members

Red Nacional De Educadores Agrarios Del Paraguay

Latin America and the Caribbean,
700 members

Abbey of Hope

North America,
180 members

Global Compassion

Africa,
30 members

UNIFY

Multi-Region,
1500 members

Thirikkannamangal URI CC

Asia,
10 members

Global Youth Movement – GYM

Multi-Region,
150 members

Cosmopolitan CC

Asia,
7 members

World Kindness Liberia

Africa,
12 members

Faith Ecology Network

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
100 members

Vidyasagar Society

Asia,
101 members

Faiths Without Borders

Multi-Region,
10 members

Global Peace Tourism

Asia,
500 members

Myittar Resource Foundation CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
400 members

Blossom CC

Asia,
12 members

URI-Burundi

Africa,
12 members

California Interfaith Power and Light CC

North America,
680 Congregational members

Ex Conselheiras e Conselheiros da URI Global Regiao ALC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

ANT-Hiroshima

Asia,
100 members

Campinas CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
20 members

Cebu City Interfaith Cooperation Circle (CCICC)

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
100 members

The Quiet Voice

Africa,
10 members

Souharda CC, Joypurhat

Asia,
10 members

Samaj Joro Abhiyan CC

Asia,
8 members

Satsang Research Center

Asia,
21 members

Soweto East Initiative

Africa,
13 members

Youth Center for Development

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
20 (twenty) members

African Youth Peace Initiatives

Africa,
175 members

Wisdom Circle Ministries

Multi-Region,
150 members

BETHAK-Pakistan

Asia,
26 members

Unity and Diversity World Council CC

North America,
100 members

Interfaith Peace Building on Natural Resources Management

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
15 members

One Belief Trust (OBT)

Asia,
7 members

Samvaad

Asia,
7 members

URI Youth Aotearoa

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

Sadbhawana Samiti

Asia,
9 members

Gulshan Foundation CC

Asia,
7 (seven) members

Karonga Nthora

Africa,
10 members

GreenFaith Australia CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
125 members

Dishari, Bangladesh CC

Asia,
35 members

Mandala Earth Story Project

Multi-Region,
10 members

Bohol Goodwill Volunteers CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
20 members

La Villa de Arcilla

Multi-Region,
9 members

Msu-Iit Youth Chain Of Peace - MYCoP

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

Compassion for Animals CC

Multi-Region,
12 members

Mother Earth Network

Africa,
15 members

Undugu Family Hope Kibera

Africa,
30 members

Amalumbo Community Trust

Africa,
10 members

Abhigyane Foundation

Asia,
11 members

Nasolo Cooperation Circle

Africa,
184 members

Kathak Dharohar

Asia,
7 members

Consejo Interamericano Sobre La Espiritualidad Indígena A.C. CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
25 members

Value Laden Professional Circle (VLPC)

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
77 members

Solar C3ities

North America,
30 members

Global Healing CC

Multi-Region,
1200 members

Comunidade Tao Judaica De Verdade

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Peace Kawomera Coop LTD CC

Africa,
1000 members

Hand in Hand

Asia,
7 members

Rural Development Society CC

Asia,
21 members

Kasinje CC

Africa,
15 members

Pamoja Cooperation Circle

Africa,
17 members

EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East Cooperation Circle

Middle East and North Africa,
100+ members

Environmental Satellite CC

Multi-Region,
19 members

Yacu – Yura (Aguas Claras/Clear Waters)

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Building Better Society CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
100 members

Sadbhawana Foundation

Asia,
100 members

Neeleswaram CC

Asia,
10 (ten) members

Paz Mozambique

Africa,
7 members

Springtide Opus CC

Asia,
11 members

Golden Women Vision in Uganda

Africa,
84 members

Youth Empowerment CC

Asia,
7 members

Seeds for Change

Europe,
7 members

Old Rajinder Nagar CC

Asia,
7 members

Palestinian Women for Peace Society CC

Middle East and North Africa,
10 members

Lunzu Cooperation Circle

Africa,
35 members

Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
107 members

Sarwadharm Vichar Manch

Asia,
7 members

Global Clergy Association-Vancouver BC CC

North America,
10 members

Protecting and Restoring the Sacred

North America,
9 members

Advocates For Grassroots Inter-Religious Cooperation

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

Youth Partners for Development and Peace CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
13 members

Palestinian Association for Non Violent Communication

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

NOWTIME Radio

Multi-Region,
9 members

Connecting the Dots

Africa,
7 members

Interfaith Forum For Peace Harmony And Solidarity

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
35 members

Qhana UTA CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre

Asia,
20 members

Missoula Interfaith Collaborative

North America,
200 members

Maia Earth Village

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
11 members

YouthLEAD Africa

Africa,
8 members

UNISOES - BRASIL

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Good Hope

Asia,
7 members

Global Interfaith WASH Alliance

Multi-Region,
12 members

Charlotte Red Bench Garden

North America,
58 members

Tambal Para Kay Inang Kalikasan (Medicine for Gaia) CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
9 members

Circulo De Cooperación para el Diálogo CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
32 members

Palki Peace Circle

Asia,
7 members

Kalinaw CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
7 members

Arunima Literary Club

Asia,
168 members

Ranchi CC

Asia,
10 members

Maso Amudzi (Community Watch)

Africa,
13 members

The Oracle Institute

North America,
17 members

SYNC for Harmony

Multi-Region,
7 members

Janseva Pratishthan, Vita

Asia,
11 members

EKta Samaj Foundation

Asia,
7 members

Arizona Faith Network

North America,
165 members

Manbazar Chandra Memorial CC

Asia,
12 members

Face to Face / Faith to Faith

Africa,
90 members

Prometra Uganda

Africa,
10 members

The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD)

Middle East and North Africa,
15 members

Sombor Educational Centre (SEC)

Europe,
17 members

Volunteering for Peace CC

Middle East and North Africa,
95 members

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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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February 25, 2015 9:07 AM

CC Spotlight: ANT-Hiroshima

Like a green tree, ANT-Hiroshima has grown from the sprout of an idea to a far-branching global relief and peacebuilding NGO in Hiroshima, Japan today.

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February 16, 2015 9:00 AM

Weekly Shot: Blantyre CC Makes Use of Environmental Seed Grant

Blantyre Cooperation Circle gathered 50 young people to help remove waste throughout a neighboring township during a 2012 clean-up event funded by URI environmental seed grants. 

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February 16, 2015 8:46 AM

URI Welcomes 10 New CCs for February 2015

We have deep admiration for the work our new members are doing and for the work they plan to continue doing as part of the United Religions Initiative family.

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February 2, 2015 10:00 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Former Secretary of State praises URI in testimony before US Congress

“There is man in San Francisco named Bill Swing, the retired Episcopal Bishop of California, and he started something called the United Religions Initiative,” said Dr. Shultz.

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January 30, 2015 12:00 PM

Victor Kazanjian: URI Fulfills Dream of Interreligious Understanding

As I read the paper this morning in Kerala, India, I was startled to read the following: “If we can have a United Nations Organization, can we not have a United Religions Organization?”

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January 20, 2015 9:06 AM

URI Welcomes 4 New CCs

Four new Cooperation Circles were approved during our first CC Approval Committee Meeting of the new year: three of them come from South India; the fourth one comes from Nigeria. 

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December 29, 2014 9:01 AM

Voices of URI - A New Video

We gathered members of our Global Council, our Regional and Global Support Staff, and our advisory councils to share what URI means for each of them. 

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