During the year 2009 the Lahore CC Pakistan carried on several programs for youth, women, religious leaders, scholars and children, and also collaborated in organizing programs such as the Symphony of Peace Prayer in May and the International Day of Peace in September. Moreover, the members of this CC have been very active in providing relief to the internally displaced people of Swat Valley, Pakistan. We visited these refugees and gave them food, clothes and some cash. Fr. James Channan, the URI Pakistan Coordinator, was interviewed by a Spanish television network on the present situation of Pakistan and role of URI in promoting peace and harmony among people of different religions. Fr. Channan gave 6 interviews to Radio Vatican, including two on inter-religious dialogue in Pakistan. The activities of URI in Pakistan were mentioned and how URI is serving as agent of change in our society and doing its utmost best to bring healing and reconciliation in our region.
Lalitamba Mandiram is a temple in New York City. Cooperation Circle members have come together to foster inter-religious harmony and global peace, and alleviate poverty. They achieve this goal through a small publishing house, a soup kitchen and shelter in NYC, global poverty relief efforts, and global interfaith prayers via local events and an online message board. They have also contacted URI friends in Africa with the hope to work with street children there. In expanding outside the U.S., Cooperation Circle members plan to build something on their shelter model, work with schools and/or children to distribute educational materials, etc.
Larsa Organization is a well-established non-profit organization working to restore peace in Iraq, a country that has been suffering from sectarian violence since 2003. Larsa has accomplished many bridge-building projects between different religious traditions and minorities. They focus on promoting minorities' rights and a culture of tolerance and active citizenship. The group is proud of its involvement in the "we are all citizens" project in Iraq, which was developed by the Dutch organization (PAX) in partnership with them and in cooperation with the EU and Dutch MOFA. The project aimed at reinforcing the citizenship and avoiding the sectarian tension and violence in Iraq. They organized many activities, campaigns, events, workshops and festivals as well. In addition, they screened many documentary movies. They published a religion heritage book with the supervision of the director of antiquities and heritage inspectorates in Basra and representative of UNESCO in Iraq. The book is dedicated to the documentation of archaeological sites and to educate the young people about the cultural heritage and the importance of preserving it.
We hold interfaith dialogue sessions, sharing ways in which our doctrines can help us work together. We have carried out interfaith visits to people's homes which has increased the trust and love among our CC members. Despite our diversity, we are defining goals for developmental programs to create a greater sense of community. We also work with young people to promote the use of solar cookers. Some families have used this knowledge to cook all their daily meals.
To spread awareness among all Lebanese youths on pluralism, democratic rule, interfaith dialogue, transparency, human rights' education, gender equality through workshops, multimedia tools, and advocacy campaigns. To gather Lebanese, Arab and Middle Eastern youths from all sects, religions, ethnics, and non-partisan groups to discuss and solve cultural and religious clashes. To train young activists on leadership, intercultural, conflict resolution, peace building in an attempt to help them become initiators, each in his/her own community. To advocate human rights education as the first and essential guarantee for transition toward full democratic Middle Eastern societies.
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CC members feel that this is the time for the LGBTQ community to have a stronger presence in working to end the violence often, religiously and culturally motivated, perpetrated on members of the LGBTQ community globally. They understand that, individually and collectively, their combined years in URI provide them a strong foundation to work towards justice, bridge-building and ending religiously motivated violence. They are together to address issues of inclusion of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and queer in interfaith dialogue; and human rights, equality and peace building initiatives and activities..
Dialogue; advocacy, and engagement are the foundation of their activities. They seek to create opportunities for open dialogue and diversity training that addresses issues of bias and inequality affecting the LGBTQ community in: communities of faith; the general public; family and the workplace. They also seek to provide safe spaces for open dialogues among the LGBTQ community.
Our CC was created by members of the League of Scouts of Mozambique and co-operated with the Inter- Religious Council of Mozambique. Our aim is to promote education of the culture of peace, Scouting and the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities. The method of achieving this aim is by providing enjoyable trainings and discussion, organizing national and international events, and promoting values based on religious values as well as the Scout
This Cooperation Circle wants to spread message of peace, interfaith dialogue and harmony and in this way bring a positive change in the troubled society of Lahore. They plan to achieve this goal through education of children and youth and empowering women. They will organize seminars, training workshops and participate in International events to promote dialogue, peace and harmony among religions and cultures.
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Aiming to have a well matured society formed by responsible citizens, Liliongwe Central Cooperation looks to find homes for street kids and mentor them until they become strong, productive citizens. Their hope for the future is to help build a better nation for everybody. This might seem like an immense task, but CC members believe that by working together, little by little and with the goal of improving the nation, they can make a change. They have set up meetings with city and health authorities. Already orphanages have been located, homes found, and the wheels put in motion to establish a program to guide these “lost” children into productive adulthood.