The B. V. Foundation for the Promotion of Peace and Harmony was created in 2006 to promote peace in the Visakhapatnam district of India. Our CC holds monthly interfaith meetings, observes religious festivals, and organizes special programs to celebrate United Nations Day, International Day of Peace, and International Day of Nonviolence. We also visit religious sites to promote interreligious understanding and harmony.
The URI Charter Principles and URI's commitment towards religious harmony and global peace attracted different religious groups in our community, and we decided to form our CC in Andhrapradesh, South India. We donate spiritual books of all traditions to the rural libraries. We run a bi-monthly magazine called Satyam (Truth) and we also celebrate different religious festivals.
We were formed at the European URI conference in Dobogoko near Budapest, Hungary in March 2000. Our aim is to organise a conference in Bosnia and Herzegovina, ""Millenium Rainbow of Mostar"" (English) / ""Mostarska Duga Novog Milenija"" (Bosnian). This event will bring young people together in Mostar, half of them from Bosnia and Herzegovina (of Bosniak, Croatian and Serbian background), the other half from various European countries. The conference programme will be comprised of different elements, e.g. workshops on communication skills; lectures and discussion-groups; a pilgrimage to important places of different traditions in the Mostar-region (Catholic, Muslim, Serbian- Orthodox, Jewish); an art-exhibition, fashion-show and a concert; prayers for peace of all religions involved; trip to seaside; workshop on environmental challenges; ceremony on Mostar-bridge with an inter-religious choir; introduction to URI; and to develop an action-plan for further activities.
Under the direction of Dr. Mumtaz Ali Khan, Executive Director of the Centre for Research and Development of Dalits, the Bangalore CC programs for integration and understanding are helping breakdown the isolation and separation of Muslims. Our chief purpose is to quell inter-religious and inter-cultural violence.
This is the second CC registered in the hi-tech city of India called Bangalore. National integration and unity is our chief goal. We collaborate with Rotary Club, Y.M.C.A and other similar organizations to promote peace and harmony. We regularly attend the Leadership Training under the South India Zone. We deputed two delegates for the TPA training in Peace Building at Kottarakkara and we are thinking of starting a seeding program in Bangalore.
Bangladesh Minority Board was founded in 1948. It has been uplifting human and constitutional rights by working with government and its administration to sustain a peaceful country. Their main focus is directed to educate the children helping poor pupils with books free of cost , distributing good to those in need providing legal help, establishing interfaith cooperation through social services .They have promoted leaders in the Muslim community so that it can acquire confidence to take part in the development of the country, motivating common people in taking leadership role for promoting communal harmony and trying that they don’t fall in fundamentalisms
We are working with women and child rights in combating violence against them which is also part of maintaining overall peace in the community and society at large. We have worked with police sensitivity on gender issues and child rights so that women and children get social justice in the hands of the law enforcing agencies. We do advocacy for pro-women and child-friendly policing at all levels. Our future plans will be to coordinate with our South Asian partners and share each other's experiences. Our members advocate for peace and tolerance through their deliberations in various seminars and workshops. Our expectation is to organize a South Asian Regional Seminar at Dhaka and disseminate the purpose and principles of URI more widely in the region.
Being There CC serves the community through food distribution to facilitate interfaith dialogue. The group started with mostly Muslim volunteers cooking and feeding the homeless, but then expanded to include members of the Charlotte Interfaith Young Adult Council. It continued to expand to include volunteers from eight congregations of different faiths in the Charlotte area. They have obtained 501(c)3 status, developed a robust program of cooking for and serving the homeless, created education programs for Lent, Ramadan, and partnered with "Stop Hunger Now" in early 2014 when nine congregations and 60 volunteers made 10,000 food packets for international hunger relief.
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.