Traditions: Islam, Christian Catholic , Christian Orthodox , Christian Protestant
Action Area:Health and Social Services
Sacred Currents Inc is an initiative of Richard Petkovic and aims to produce arts and cultural projects that facilitate a shared experience that transcends difference and creates community. Basically this group is a mix of people from different ethnic backgrounds and religious backgrounds: Croatian Tibetan, Buddhist, and Serbian Orthodox, humanist/atheist, and many others. They have managed the Sydney Sacred Music Festival annually for five years in a row to showcase diverse devotional music, art and ceremony. Sacred Music Festival opens up hidden faith and cultural treasures in the community, giving people a positive spin on their culture. They also create art (music, theatre, visual etc.) to promote understanding of cultural and/or spiritual diversity in Australia, highlighting sacred traditions and facilitating arts projects that use collaborative and inclusive cultural development processes to empower its participants. They also meet their purpose by creating new sacred music concert with interfaith concert, Zen, Aboriginal, Mongolian Shamanist, Chinese, Catholic and Animist, and Bobby Singh who is Sikh. They put together a new orchestra, “Sydney Word Music Chamber Orchestra” and made a new sacred symphony and three sides of love and death. There is a documentary about this on the Facebook page. They also brought together **Shohrat Tursun Trio**, featuring a Chinese Uighur Sufi singer - one of the only ones of his kind.
Our CC promotes communal harmony through celebrating festivals of different religions and also by organizing interfaith prayers. We participated in the Global Assembly in India, Zonal meeting of the URI North Zone and other activities of URI organized by HSS.
Sadhbhawana Foundation is a movement for peace and communal harmony and the city Indore. It has important association to Gandhi’s work for the betterment of downtrodden people and minorities. Gandhi’s second home was Indore and his wife Kasturba Ma set up a nursing college and girl’s hostel to educate Tribal girls. Sadhbhawana Foundation members are the trustees of this important institution, keeping alive Kasturba’s mission. The advisory committee of Sadhbhawana consists of Gandhians, Social activists and retired higher-order army personnel are who are committed to religious amicability. They are engaging NGOs and individuals at a national level to promote interfaith cooperation and to contribute in nation building. Their advisory members are living legends; in fact, Gandhians who championed for peace and communal harmony during India’s Independence. Members have been in the forefront of holding interfaith festivals in the most sensitive areas and inviting prominent people to support the cause.
This organization is formed by prominent activists from Sikh, Jain, Muslim and Hindu communities who constitute a strong network of people well-versed in strategic planning and implementation. They are working together to support the livelihoods of the local people, providing them with legal support, offering education to children, and organizing health awareness camps. Together, they raise their voices against exploitation in the name of differences, social discrimination, and illegal coal mining. They also have undertaken environmental cleaning and worked for safe drinking water. These projects have gotten a lot of local response and it is rewarding for them to see the community walking together to address this common social problem.
Purpose: To promote Peace Building and interfaith unity by connecting different communities through common issues.
Safar CC is dedicated to the promotion of oneness and religious amicability. They hold Interfaith Gatherings, counter communal propaganda, and promote awareness of Indian Constitutional Rights that protect religious diversities. Their activities take place in Rehabilitation Camps post conflict where they take part in dialogue with conflicting communities.
8 (eight) members
Sagara CC is the first URI unit in a government school in Kerala. The school has about 1000 students who belong to various religious communities. Students usually fight on various grounds. Forty students and several staff members, who belong to different religions such as Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Dalits, have decided to form the Cooperation Circle to help bridge differences. Their intention is to create awareness among the student community with regard to interreligious understanding. They want to be a model to the seniors in fostering harmony and peace in the society. This young group is also concerned about the protection of Mother Earth, which is very vital to existence. To achieve their purpose, they have conducted training programs for students, teachers and community leaders on leadership building, skill development, nature protection, etc.
We concentrate on health care. We have a blood donation forum. We promote rehabilitation of T.B. patients and supply their medication. Other activities include educational promotion, inter-religious workshops, child welfare projects and so on.