The name AflaIai is the word used by the Mapuche people to mean “eternal.” This group came together to revive their cosmovision and ensure its eternity through promoting their language, culture, its values and spirituality. In doing so, they hope to heal the earth and enrich the larger community. One of the highlights of their work has been to promote gatherings between Mapuche women, the ones who have been entrusted to share their ancestral knowledge. Another highlight has been to restore the cultivation of medicinal plants, a practice which has been replaced by the commercial venture of ornamental plants.
CC Alianza por la Espiritualidad Maya Q’ eqchi’, Mopán e Itzaj-APEM is located in San Benito, Peten, Guatemala. This Cooperation Circle serves as a bridge between Mayan communities in Peten, Guatemala, and the nonindigenous world. Members share the wisdom of their cultures through ceremonies, demonstrating the use of plants in medicine, music, decision-making processes, scheduling, education, and the conservation and protection of natural resources through customary law. Alianza por la Espiritualidad Maya Q’ eqchi’, Mopán e Itzaj work impacts women in Peten by providing training and skills in the agriculture and crafts industries.
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We have dedicated ourselves to spreading URI’s truth with perseverance. We believe that this truth will help sustain an enduring culture of peace. Our work is oriented toward youth, who are the future of our people. We hosted the Spanish Speaking CCs Regional Assembly "Practicing Equity, Reciprocity, and Naturality" in November of 2004. It was a great experience of shared wisdom and collaboration. We are planning to develop an apprenticeship program among members of different communities and villages. We celebrate International Day of Peace with the community in Ayacucho with media coverage.
All members of this CC were participants in the first URI gathering in Latin America in 1997 and are today very active in interfaith work and very much engaged in supporting URI development in Argentina. This CC has a range of diverse activities and meets regularly.
Our activities started in November and since then we have organized two principal events with the objective to introduce URI’s Purpose and Principles to the community. During the first event, we counted 70 participants representing more than 30 religions. For the second one, more than 500 participants attended and learned about URI. Our objective now is to strengthen the group and reach out, integrating more people and developing projects together with the community.
Bridge Builders is a group of young adults active in their Christian, Jewish and Muslim Communities who participated of a program ran by URI, Fundación Judaica and Fundación de la Amistad Argentina Turca and chose to continue working and involving in social service action together. They organize events, activities and workshops with a social /solidarity base to learn the practices, manners and beliefs of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. They meet periodically to determine initiatives that we will carry out according to the needs of the community in Buenos Aires where the CC is based. They are committed to improve the life of people. Among their highlights: Interfaith Camps, Interfaith Movie Debates, the Creation of Interfaith Calendar, youth encounters, baking bread for friends in the streets, thanksgiving, theatre for children.
In our community we get together for interfaith dialogue and we organize diverse activities that have to do with spirituality, education, health and cooperation. Dialogue about peace and respect to all beings in Mother Earth has to do with our life in our community. We celebrate the birthdays of the elders as a community as a way of claiming the respect for those natural transmitters of wisdom and indigenous knowledge. We plan recreational activities highlighting the possibility of multiculturalism, and respect for other spiritual beliefs. We share experiences and celebrations such as Inti Raymi, Pachamama, the day of our Dead, the Santos Reyes, Earth Day, and Mother's Day. We stand together as a community on the basis of peace, respect and cooperation, taking into account the different faiths. This is what we want to share with other communities.
Caminhos da Terra CC organizes healing meetings, workshops, lectures, events for self-development and self-improvement, artistic presentations, social work, and peace building actions. This broad spectrum of activities is focused in Indigenous Rights and Wisdom, and Interfaith Dialogue and Education and Peace-building. Members of such an array of traditions enjoy being together in the feeling of wellness and oneness, celebrating peace, honoring different paths on Earth. They warmly welcome people, study together, and get to know more about other religions.
Our members are always offering to organize activities consistent with our purpose. This is why we participate in meetings and events in Campinas to offer interfaith dialogue projects. We continue to participate in the Human Right Committee in Campinas to contribute in Human Rights and religious tolerance issues. We are also participating in the weapon disarmament network in Brazil. This year, we started a microcredit program for a small community in Campinas, associated to Sonha Bar. We have designed the creation of the Center for Best Practices. This project has been recognized with the Bowes Award.
We were born on April 18th, 2009. On that special day we counted 16 members. From then on we had six meetings of URI Goia Cooperation Circle. Some words to describe our CC are happiness, smiles, satisfaction, emotion, harmony, tranquility, peace, spirituality, silence, cooperation, listening, discretion, discussion and participation. We have participated and organized many activities and movements so far. We worked together with the SINTEGO (Union of Education Workers of the State of Goia´s) to sponsors a sound truck for World Peace Walk in April 2009 and participated in the Campaign for Disarmament in the Legislative Assembly of the State of Goia´s and the Public Audience on the Establishment of the Parliamentary Council for Culture of Peace of the Municipality of Goia^nia. We also held Prayer and Meditation for Peace sessions at midnight, twice a month, from April to September 2009. We will continue with this activity of prayer and meditation for peace. In addition, we have created an open, flexible blog of exchange dialogue, cooperation with news and information exchange between native and espiritual traditions and URI GO and URI BRASIL, with the history, principles, objectives and purposes of Global URI (http://urigoias.ning.com).