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Interfaith and Intercultural Understanding and Dialogue

All URI Cooperation Circles are groups composed of at least seven members of at least three different religions or faith traditions (including those of no faith tradition). Therefore, interfaith and intercultural understanding is key to URI’s mission. By respecting the differences and embracing the commonalities between groups, peacebuilders are able to build bridges of understanding, and each Cooperation Circle is able to stand as an example of people who, despite different beliefs, can work together in harmony.

Examples of this type of work include:

  • hosting interfaith gatherings so people belonging to different religions and traditions can meet each other and learn about each other’s lives;
  • creating safe spaces for people to ask and answer questions about each other’s traditions;
  • organizing educational visits to multiple types of houses of worship; and
  • celebrating worldwide interfaith events such as World Interfaith Harmony Week.
Label: Featured Cooperation Circles

InterSpiritual Centre of Vancouver Society

North America,
11 members

Nur Damai - Light of Peace CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
9 members

UNIFY

Multi-Region,
1500 members

Chapomoka CC

Africa,
11 members

Muncie Interfaith Fellowship CC

North America,
23 members

Think Peace Media and Communications CC

Multi-Region,
14 members

Connecting the Dots

Africa,
7 members

Path to Anandam

North America,
7 members

Sarvodaya Shanti Sena CC

Asia,
50 members

Bangladesh Minority Board

Asia,
125 members

United Religions Education CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
16 members

URI Daegu/Gyeongbuk CC

Asia,
40 members

Global Youth Movement – GYM

Multi-Region,
150 members

Being There

North America,
37 members

URI in Bangladesh CC

Asia,
7 members

Gathering for Happiness

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

URI Korea CC

Asia,
300 members

Interfaith Spiritual Fellowship / Kuala Lumpur CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
384 members

Myittar Resource Foundation CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
400 members

Greenwoods School CC

Asia,
35 members

Education for Peace CC

Asia,
7 members

All Faiths Harmony CC

Asia,
20 members

Abhigyane Foundation

Asia,
11 members

Women Reborn CC

Middle East and North Africa,
10 members

URI Brasilia CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
28 members

1GOD.com

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
8 members

United Religions of Charlotte CC

North America,
50 members

Ektaan CC

Asia,
125 members

Lalitamba

North America,
7 members

Shanti Van CC

Asia,
7 members

Building Better Society CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
100 members

New Horizons CC

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

URI West Africa Committee CC

Africa,
18 members

Prisma-Group

Europe,
7 members

Bohol Goodwill Volunteers CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
20 members

Golden Women Vision in Uganda

Africa,
84 members

Karachi URI CC

Asia,
40 members

Sadbhawana (Goodwill) CC

Asia,
9 members

Mangochi United Religions CC

Africa,
12 members

Rothko Chapel CC

North America,
7 members

Paz Mozambique

Africa,
7 members

Roots CC

Asia,
7 members

Euphrates Cooperation Circle

North America,
8 members

Medecina Alternativa CC

Africa,
32 members

New Jerusalem Ministry CC

Africa,
10 members

URI Aarhus Cooperation Circle

Europe,
8 members

Unity and Diversity World Council CC

North America,
100 members

The Diversity of Becoming One

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

URI Korea Cyber Society CC

Asia,
850 members

Somali Forum for Progress

Africa,
17 members

URI Berlin CC

Europe,
9 members

The Everest Peace Project CC

Multi-Region,
11 members

Social Team CC

Asia,
8 members

Cosmopolitan CC

Asia,
7 members

Humanity Group CC

Middle East and North Africa,
23 members

Janseva Pratishthan, Vita

Asia,
11 members

Kids4Peace International

Multi-Region,
1150 members

Global Compassion

Africa,
30 members

URI Burkinabe CC

Africa,
60 members

Interfaith Peace Building on Natural Resources Management

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
15 members

Faiths Together Uganda

Africa,
25 members

BETHAK-Pakistan

Asia,
26 members

Mata Ikya Vedi CC

Asia,
15 members

Global Interfaith WASH Alliance

Multi-Region,
12 members

Kashi Foundation CC

North America,
1500 members

Youth Center for Development

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
20 (twenty) members

MIN Malaysian Interfaith Network CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
22 members

Central Delhi CC

Asia,
7 members

SYNC for Harmony

Multi-Region,
7 members

Interfaith Council for Peace in Mindanao

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
23 members

Edamulackal URI CC

Asia,
7 members

Arizona Faith Network

North America,
165 members

Shanti Shanti Sangh CC

Asia,
23 members

Euro-Asia CC

Europe,
15 members

URI of Henderson County, NC

North America,
72 members

URI CC Lienz/Austria

Europe,
7 members

Mangochi Central West

Africa,
9 members

Din Ilahi Kaviyoor CC

Asia,
15 members

Empowering Tribes for Entire Development

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
90 members

Circle of Healers CC

Multi-Region,
32 members

Quested Peace CC

Middle East and North Africa,
24 members

BZN Silence Farm Metanoia

Europe,
15 members

Advocates For Grassroots Inter-Religious Cooperation

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

Youth Today Foundation CC

Africa,
7 members

TULAY Trust, Understanding & Learning Among Youth

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
12 members

Jordan Seeds of Peace CC

Middle East and North Africa,
12 members

Rio Inter-Religious Movement CC (MIR)

Latin America and the Caribbean,
23 members

PathWays for Diversity Education Inc.

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
12 members

Interfaith Center at the Presidio CC

North America,
24 members

Prayer for Peace CC

Africa,
7 members

United for Palestine

Middle East and North Africa,
8 members

URI Jeonju/Jeonbuk CC

Asia,
35 members

Foro Espiritual de Santiago para la Paz CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
33 members

Prayas Cooperation Circle

Asia,
15 members

Apithan Ministries

Multi-Region,
400 + members

Faiths Without Borders

Multi-Region,
10 members

URI of Greater Baltimore CC

North America,
12 members

Mysore CC

Asia,
8 members

Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre

Asia,
20 members

Tri City Interfaith Council

North America,
40 members

Rural Development Society CC

Asia,
21 members

Wisdom Circle Ministries

Multi-Region,
150 members

URI Poland

Europe,
7 members

Dialogue for Peace

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Safar CC

Asia,
8 members

MEPEACE.org - Network for Peace CC

Middle East and North Africa,
over 3700 members

Alianza por Espiritualidad Maya Q’eqchi’, Mopán e Itzaj-APEM

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 (seven) members

Iran Youths for Peace and Inter-Religious Dialogue CC

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Sun Devils Are Better Together (SUNDABT)

North America,
50 members

Satsang Research Center

Asia,
21 members

Abbey of Hope

North America,
180 members

WEDO GLOBAL CC

Multi-Region,
11 members

Grupo Inter-Religioso de Sào Paulo CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
30 members

Realities Beyond the Truth

Asia,
8 members

Circulo De Cooperación para el Diálogo CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
32 members

Ranao Muslim-Christian Movement for Dialogue and Peace CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
24 members

ETSA CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Japan Interfaith Council

Asia,
30 members

The Oracle Institute

North America,
17 members

Arise Kochi CC

Asia,
11 members

Joy Foundation

Asia,
45 members

The Interfaith Observer (TIO) CC

Multi-Region,
7 members

G.R.O.W.T.H. CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
8 members

De la UNIDAD, la Reconciliación y la Sanación

Latin America and the Caribbean,
12 members

URI Jeju CC

Asia,
60 members

Kulakkada Ikya Vedi CC

Asia,
7 members

Planet-E CC

Middle East and North Africa,
8 members

Culver City Area Interfaith Alliance CC

North America,
15 members

Comunidade Tao Judaica De Verdade

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Onkar Academy

Asia,
7 (seven) members

Global Family for Love and Peace CC

Multi-Region,
7 members

Ekta Sangathan CC

Asia,
8 members

Multifaith Association of South Australia Inc.

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
30 members

The Interfaith Network of Washington CC

North America,
90 members

Mid-Hudson Valley CC

North America,
18 members

Powdikkonam CC Trivandrum

Asia,
25 members

Ahle Aman Society AASS CC

Asia,
8 members

La Villa de Arcilla

Multi-Region,
9 members

Red Nacional De Educadores Agrarios Del Paraguay

Latin America and the Caribbean,
700 members

Sharp Valley CC

Africa,
7 members

Roshini CC

Asia,
8 members

Club Unesco Alecso Bardo CC

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Interfaith Café

North America,
12 members

Amaru CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Europe Youth Leadership CC

Europe,
11 + members

United Muslim & Christian Peacemakers SEA-K Assn CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
20 members

Steering Committee URI NL CC

Europe,
8 members

Convictions en Dialogue CC

Europe,
14 members

Al Mostaqbal Institute for Citizenship & Democracy (MICD) CC

Middle East and North Africa,
8 members

Light of Hope CC

Asia,
7 (seven) members

Sunlight CC Rajasthan

Asia,
8 members

World Kindness Liberia

Africa,
12 members

Action Against Poverty CC

Asia,
15 members

Interfaith Forum For Peace Harmony And Solidarity

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
35 members

Youth Peace Revolution CC

Asia,
15 members

URI Cheongju/Chungbuk CC

Asia,
80 members

Palki Peace Circle

Asia,
7 members

United Religions of Nairobi CC

Africa,
35 members

Unitheum e.V CC

Europe,
36 members

URI Sierra Leone CC

Africa,
88 members

Marin Interfaith Council CC

North America,
45 members

Middle East Youth Network CC

Middle East and North Africa,
13 members

GUNE CC

Europe,
16 members

Mujeres Kunas Artesanas CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

Musaique CC

Middle East and North Africa,
14 members

Wiregrass Spiritual Enrichment Center CC

North America,
11 members

Khoyoot CC

Middle East and North Africa,
16 members

Eibela dot Com

Asia,
250 members

Bridge Builders

Latin America and the Caribbean,
7 members

URI Gwangju/Jeonnam CC

Asia,
20 members

Ex Conselheiras e Conselheiros da URI Global Regiao ALC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Faith 2 Faith CC

Europe,
10 members

Bond Zonder Naam CC

Europe,
273,000 members

TOL’ART

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Egyptian Interfaith Association CC

Middle East and North Africa,
10 members

Nasolo Cooperation Circle

Africa,
184 members

Hand in Hand

Asia,
7 members

African Youth Peace Initiatives

Africa,
175 members

URI Youth Aotearoa

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

Misiones Unidas CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
9 members

Blantyre CC

Africa,
28 members

Msu-Iit Youth Chain Of Peace - MYCoP

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
10 members

Amalumbo Community Trust

Africa,
10 members

Chaitanya Service Society

Asia,
7 members

Círculo de Cooperação URI Goiás

Latin America and the Caribbean,
22 members

Eurynome – Weavers of Sacred Movement

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
7 members

Tagore Peace Circle CC

Asia,
8 members

Civil Society CC

Asia,
30 members

The Abrahamic Reunion CC

Middle East and North Africa,
15 members

Eilat Interfaith Encounter Group

Middle East and North Africa,
13 members

Sirmour District CC

Asia,
7 members

EKta Samaj Foundation

Asia,
7 members

Charlotte Red Bench Garden

North America,
58 members

Ur for Interfaith Dialogue & Peacemaking

Middle East and North Africa,
14 members

Youth Empowerment CC

Asia,
7 members

Curitiba CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
30 members

URI Europe CC

Europe,
8 members

Travel Agents CC Pakistan

Asia,
40 members

Interfaith Cooperation Circle of Kaua’i

North America,
16 members

International Bill of Rights

Multi-Region,
8 members

Undugu Family Hope Kibera

Africa,
30 members

Al-Karma-CIDT CC

Middle East and North Africa,
9 members

The World Religion and Tolerance Group

North America,
25 members

Religions for Humanity CC

Europe,
8 members

Wasatia CC

Middle East and North Africa,
300 members

Gallatin Valley Interfaith Association

North America,
45 members

Haiti Interfaith Peace Initiative CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
15 members

Kaduna CC

Africa,
25 members

Larsa

Middle East and North Africa,
9 members

EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East Cooperation Circle

Middle East and North Africa,
100+ members

Bangalore South CC

Asia,
10 members

Missoula Interfaith Collaborative

North America,
200 members

Liga Dos Escuteiros De Mozambique CC

Africa,
21700 members

Women's Interfaith Circle of Service CC

North America,
15 members

Tolerance CC

Middle East and North Africa,
8 members

URI Vancouver CC

North America,
7 members

Greater Concord Interfaith Council

North America,
30 members

Asian Resource Foundation CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
1000 members

Atman: the Samuhaa

Asia,
12 members

South Delhi CC

Asia,
9 members

Sarvodaya Bundelkhand

Asia,
9 members

Coexister

Europe,
7000 + members

Interfaith Forum of Greenville

North America,
68 members

Interfaith Dialogue Utrecht CC

Europe,
8 members

URI Daejeon/Chungnam CC

Asia,
50 members

Northeast Tennessee Chapter URI CC

North America,
27 members

Love and Peace Circle CC

Asia,
11 members

BRIDGES CC

Europe,
8 members

Council of Religions- Mauritius

Africa,
18 members

Asociación Intercultural Diálogo CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
10 members

Caminhos da Terra

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

University of Rochester Interfaith Chapel

North America,
600-800 members

Peace Prayer CC

North America,
7 members

LGBTQ CC

Multi-Region,
13 members

Surya Thejas CC

Asia,
20 members

Dwarka Peace Society

Asia,
7 members

Love Care Foundation

Asia,
12 members

Jadara Interfaith Action CC

Middle East and North Africa,
8 members

Sadbhawana Foundation

Asia,
100 members

CRECCAP CC

Africa,
7 members

Mexican Interfaith Council (CIM) CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
13 members

UDAAN CC

Asia,
8 (eight) members

Bright Future CC

Asia,
10 members

Kathak Dharohar

Asia,
7 members

Green Prophet CC

Middle East and North Africa,
20 members

URI Lima CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
10 members

Jerusalem Peacemakers CC

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Religion Pour La Paix - Benin

Africa,
10 members

Trail of Dreams World Peace Walk CC

Multi-Region,
7 members

Good Hope

Asia,
7 members

The Arabic Speaking CC

Middle East and North Africa,
15 members

New Jerusalem Unity CC

Africa,
50 members

Vidyasagar Society

Asia,
101 members

Belo Horizonte CC

Latin America and the Caribbean,
10 members

Interfaith Council at Stapleton

North America,
40 members

The Walk DC

North America,
9 members

Maitray CC

Asia,
8 members

URI Busan/Gyeongnam CC

Asia,
30 members

Kasinje CC

Africa,
15 members

TRUST WIN CC

Middle East and North Africa,
50 members

Salima CC

Africa,
11 members

URI-UK CC

Europe,
30 members

Karonga Nthora

Africa,
10 members

Springtide Opus CC

Asia,
11 members

URI Chuncheon/Gangwon CC

Asia,
17 members

Sanabel Tounsia

Middle East and North Africa,
1000 members

Women Transcending Boundaries

North America,
70 members

Los Descendientes de Guatemaya

Latin America and the Caribbean,
8 members

Tambal Para Kay Inang Kalikasan (Medicine for Gaia) CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
9 members

The Quiet Voice

Africa,
10 members

Afrikayyah Interfaith Council

Multi-Region,
18 members

Kalinaw CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
7 members

Dishari, Bangladesh CC

Asia,
35 members

Gulshan Foundation CC

Asia,
7 (seven) members

Women helping Women

Middle East and North Africa,
9 members

Pathfinders’ Commune CC

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
9 members

Atma Darshana-Yoga CC

Asia,
10 (ten) members

Spirit of Truth Foundation CC

North America,
124 members

Manipur URI CC

Asia,
24 members

Council of Arakhna (elders) and Wise in Egypt

Middle East and North Africa,
3000 members

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

Middle East and North Africa,
7 (seven) members

Sacred Currents

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
7 members

Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics CC

North America,
12 members

Albadiya for Intercultural Dialogue Initiative (AIDI)

Middle East and North Africa,
7 (seven) members

Global Peace Tourism

Asia,
500 members

Iraq Youth for Dialogue and Coexistence CC

Middle East and North Africa,
7 members

Rohini CC

Asia,
7 members

Dialogue Center - Bulgaria

Europe,
11 members

World Organization for Reconciliation Link and Development

Southeast Asia and the Pacific,
9 members

Upasana CC

Asia,
12 members

United Religions CC Beira

Africa,
9 members

Sangrur District CC

Asia,
7 members

Sadar Hills and Valley CC

Asia,
9 members

URI Incheon/Gyeonggi CC

Asia,
29 members

Vidyasagar Academy

Asia,
10 (ten) members

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The Weekly Shot: Interfaith Prayers at Standing Rock

A panoramic shot of the Oceti Sakowin Camp, the largest camp of Water Protectors at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota.

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December 5, 2016 9:41 AM

Standing Rock Day of Interfaith Prayer

Over the weekend, a URI delegation traveled to the Oceti Sakowin Camp, the largest camp of Water Protectors at Standing Rock, to deliver a collection of prayers and support from the worldwide URI community, and to participate in a Day of Interfaith Prayer on December 4. 

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December 2, 2016 12:56 PM

Good News from URI North India and Afghanistan

This newsletter includes: Cooperation Circle members speaking out against nuclear weapons, organizing youth leadership and engagement activities, leading blood donation drives, providing vocational training for girls' and women's equality, and much more.

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URI North India

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November 30, 2016 1:23 PM

Interfaith Education Conference in the Netherlands

It was a joy to join our colleagues in the Hague at a conference on Interfaith Education on November 18th.

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November 11, 2016 8:22 AM

Where do we go from here

As we grapple with division and uncertainty, we ask: where do we go from here?

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November 2, 2016 4:52 PM

URI Europe Assembly in Belgium: A Story in Photos

See photos from the United Religions Initiative Europe Assembly in Damme, Belgium.

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Europe Region

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October 13, 2016 5:30 PM

URI Europe Assembly

The URI Europe Assembly achieved many successes.

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Sally Mahé

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October 12, 2016 5:19 PM

President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge

Father James Channan OP (URI-Pakistan) joined the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge (Washington, D.C.), and shares his insights in this report.

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October 12, 2016 1:48 PM

My Experience in IHEILF

We gathered with different religions and cultures, selected by a common element: the experience working in interfaith and community service on university campuses, schools and other places of religious leadership formation.

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September 22, 2016 12:48 PM

URI Europe September Proverb

URI Europe prompts reflection on how our personal journeys influence our treatment of others. 

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