1God is a platform for people around the world to showcase their interfaith work and come together to experience other religions, organize and participate in music festivals bringing together sacred music and religion, and many other interfaith activities. 1God was formed by Ben Bowler and the people he met throughout various charitable endeavors in over the years, including founding the NGO Blood Foundation, which supports people living on the ThaiBurma border. This program started the “monk for a month” program, inviting people from all over the world to stay in a Buddhist Monastery on the border and experience life as a monk firsthand and learn about Buddhism experientially. This was followed by a program called “Muslim for a Month”, run in Turkey a few months later. 1God has since then organized international music festivals, and runs the website 1God.com to celebrate and showcase interfaith on the global scale, using modern marketing techniques to tell a positive narrative about how people around the world from various faiths work together to create good.
1God is focused on inter-spirituality in many of their projects and they are clear this is their target audience and that interfaith is much broader than inter-spirituality. Interfaith in Australia does great work but struggles to get the kind of publicity that would lead to having public conversations about how people relate to each other in a multifaith world. 1God work will enhance URI work in the region.
A-cause-tics came about when like-minded musicians affirmed the need to spread peace and love in its many dimensions through the songs that they make and play. These activities are geared towards personal development, mainly utilizing the talents and resources they can offer. A-cause-tics’ most memorable activity was their monthly gig at Conspiracy Bar. There, they were able to affirm their call as artists who want to impact change. They hope to encourage more supporters and members to the cause of peace and hope to stage bigger and more concerts, organize conferences, peace camps and venues to introduce inclusive, humanitarian and interfaith principles.
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This organization was created to promote understanding and build unity and solidarity between people of different religions and traditions and work together side-by-side for the common good in Pagadian City. The conflict in the Philippines has been there since time immemorial, was more visible and articulated during the colonization period, and is still alive. The easiest way to spark a conflict is to use religion as a vehicle to instigate the interfaith communities. Members are advocates for grassroots interreligious cooperation. They address prejudices and biases accompanied with cultural discrimination by providing a platform of interfaith dialogue for grassroots leaders, and they advocate for reconciliation and healing to one another. They conduct regular monthly meetings among circle members and discuss varied issues and devise action plans; develop relevant modules designed for capacity building for the benefit of members; conduct capacity building workshops among members; lead in peace and solidarity promotional activities; and resolve conflicts and advocate solutions to different social issues. They have been able to lead and observe two big peace-promotional activities in their locality, participated in by hundreds of people, particularly the youth.
Asian Resource Foundation (ARF) was established in 1996 as an Asian initiative to respond to the needs of vulnerable communities particularly in the areas of children education, child rights, women empowerment and youth leadership development.
ARF is conceived as a mechanism to mobilize human and financial resources to respond to the emergency needs of the people affected by natural disaster which includes emergency relief and reconstruction programs.
Asia being a multi-cultural region is a platform for interfaith and intercultural cooperation for peace and development. Despite its Asian origin, since its inception, ARF has established links and cooperation with philanthropic individuals and organizations around the world.
The international secretariat is in Bangkok, Thailand is responsible for programs operating across over 20 Asian and Middle Eastern countries. ARF has 3 county field offices in Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan.
Main objectives are: To build awareness to mobilize and share resources for welfare, emergency needs and holistic development, To support the participatory local initiatives of young people, the poor and marginalized sections of society in order to stimulate self-reliance and sustainability, To develop interfaith, inter-ethnic and inter cultural understanding and cooperation for the promotion and protection of human rights, peace and social harmony, To undertake participatory action research and publish works that promote greater awareness and policy advocacy. To achieve these goals ARF mobilizesfunds and campaign launches for emergency needs and to support people’s initiatives in the fields of education, empowerment and economic self-reliance , builds capacity of young leadership, NGOs and networks for the promotion of cooperation in the areas of peace education and development, organizes trainings, workshops, seminars, conferences and exchanges on major issues which affect people’s livelihood, peace, progress, sustainability and freedom, cooperates with academic institutions in the fields of policy research and publication, promotes of trans border cooperation and solidarity networks.
ARRCC is a multi-faith, member-based organization of people from around Australia who are committed to taking action on climate change. They bring together representatives from all the major faith traditions to work together in addressing climate change. ARRCC believes that as people dedicated to the common good, inspired by their beliefs and energized by their spirituality, people of all faiths can and should be at the forefront of creating a safe climate. While celebrating the uniqueness of their different traditions, they stand together in working for an ecologically and socially sustainable future. ARRCC’s mission is twofold: to promote ethical, environmentally sustainable, healthy and contented lifestyles which respect the Earth’s precious natural resources, and to advocate, from a faith perspective, for public policies which contribute to climate justice. They carry out their mission through a number of campaigns and working groups.
ARRCC envisages Australia embracing a sustainable future, one which is based on a more ethical understanding of human prosperity and the flourishing of all. To help create this, ARRCC aspires to influence religious communities of all kinds and all across Australia to actively reflect religious values in the lifestyle choices.
ARRCC organizes multi-faith forums, prayers vigils and advocacy opportunities, as well as encourages people of diverse faiths to shape their lifestyles so that they are more caring towards the limits of the earth. They facilitate advocacy whereby leaders in various faith communities join their voices together to advocate for public policies which would move our nation away from the mining and burning of fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. They advocate for policies which could assist developing countries, e.g. via contributions towards UN Green Climate Fund.
ARRCC is unique in the Australian context, being both multi-faith and focused on climate change as the key issue of concern. We respect each other’s faiths and seek, through the spirit of collaboration, to be a powerful voice advocating for a sustainable future for all.
In pursuit of the realization of URI's Purpose and Principles, the Bohol Goodwill Volunteers CC has held the following notable activities. We initiated and galvanized support for the signing of a Statement for Peace and Nonviolence among the major religious groups in the Province of Bohol, Philippines on the occasion of the heightening of conflict in Iraq. We received unequivocal support from the province's legislative body. In pursuit of ecological imperatives and "healing for the Earth and all living beings." We have also embarked on a vigorous campaign for animal welfare and vegetarianism.
Our goal is to make Cebu City the heart of interfaith movement in the Philippines by 2020. Our collaboration with the Cebu City Mayor’s office resulted with the city passing a resolution in July 2008 declaring September month as an Interfaith, Peace and Good citizenship month in Cebu. As a recognized interfaith sector, we now sit on the Board of Cebu City Solid waste management; river management and coastal management boards. Every year since 2009 our International Day of Peace celebrations attracts huge participation, especially the youths from various schools and other organizations in the city. We are planning to put up a “Peace Park” with a Labyrinth & a Peace Pole at the back of Fort San Pedro with the cooperation of the Cebu city government.
Our CC recently directed and produced the opening and closing Melbourne and International Plenary at the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions. We are actively involved in school programs and have visited 3,000 schools with audiences as big as 300,000. We also produce numerous events across Australia for various communities and councils.