Traditions: Islam, Christian, Hindu
Action Area:Community Building, Health and Social Services, Interfaith and Intercultural Understanding and Dialogue, Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, International Day of Peace, Interfaith Peacebuilding Guide
Purpose: To promote community peace building, religious harmony and revive religious values through interfaith community events such as their Kite Festival.
Udaan CC holds group discussions and raises awareness of religious harmony by visiting similar groups. At the center of their peace building and community activities are the values of truth and equality.
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The strong cultural traditions of song and dance of the different cultures are not always acknowledged or respected. Engendering pride in the traditional song and dance is how Umbiyozo Cultural Diversity CC brings people together and fosters understanding and builds back pride and identity in groups where these things have not been strong for a long time.
Together, members of this group have created a project through which they believe they can make a true and lasting contribution to those who follow in their footsteps. In the South African townships, children are very often lost to gangsterism, drugs and hopelessness because of the persistent poverty that surrounds them. It is not only poverty in terms of economics, but also a deeper and more soul-destroying poverty of relationship and family. This is why the work of uniting children, keeping them off the streets and giving them a positive, joyful expression of self is so important. By performing traditional South African song and dance, and organizing workshops on leadership in a diverse cultural community, CC members look forward to preserving the customs of traditional South African song and dance and to cultivating holistic living on ethnic youth growing in an increasingly globalized world. Group members are the light and the hope because they have seen a desperate need and they have answered a primal cry for help.
Umodzi Youth Organization (UYO) is located in Mbayani Blantyre, Malawi. Umodzi Youth Organization’s focus work includes issues of conflict resolution, health, education, human rights, and government. UYO operates and facilitates various programs in low-income areas of Mbayani and Chirimba. The major objectives of UYO’s programs are: to advance spirituality in communities, working in peace and harmony, as well as supporting each other regardless of origin, skin color, creed, and tradition, religious or cultural beliefs.
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The purpose of our group is to mould and polish the character of the individuals who comprise the four ethnicities and faiths in our group (Buddhists, Muslims, Christians and Hindus)
Undugu Family CC is a youth-led effort that works with young Christians and Muslims in the Kibera community in Nairobi, Kenya. “Undugu” means brotherhood in Swahili, and this CC aims to continue the current peaceful relations in Kibera, even in an increasingly polarizing political atmosphere. CC members use their deep ties in the community to promote the message of cooperation and peace in schools and different Kibera neighborhoods. They primarily engage in environmental efforts: cleaning up their community and educating their peers on the importance of conserving the environment. They aim to lead by example, fostering relationships within their group as they spread the peace to those outside.
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UNIFY CC launched on December 21st of 2012 with 284 events around the world. They then supported Idle No More for their J11 event where events in Canada and The United States were highlighted. They organized an event in +54 on World Water Day in +309 locations and most recently inspired a meditation at sacred sites around the world on June 21st, 2014. Also, since their start, they have been key organizers of synchronized global events and meditations for International Day of Peace. Unify has been interested and involved with marking, in and with ceremony, the equinoxes, and leveraging these events via social media. They have also marked several special events with our meditation circles and worked to identify and protect sacred sites. UNIFY uses technology, social media, and events to inspire shared connection across cultures, religions and countries. They also have a robust social media presence where they propagate inspiration, knowledge, and invitations to take action in line with Unity. It has strong partnerships with like-minded organizations.
On June 13th, our CC will celebrate a year with URI and nineteen years promoting the integration among various spiritual, religious, philosophic and scientific organizations. During the past year, we held seminars about the environment, always reflecting on the vision of different religions on the subject. We organized panels with experts from different perspectives – ecological, economic, culture of peace and social vision. We held prayer sessions for a Sustainable and Peaceful Planet. We have a monthly meeting of people of diverse religious traditions on the topic “Ecological Imperatives for a Sustainable and Pacific Planet.” We are collaborating in the creation of a program for Religious Education in Bahia State.
This group, Unite, Share for Peace & Prosperity, is a very well connected, highly skilled and networked group which includes lawyers, business owners, writers, shopkeepers, full time moms, and accountants – in essence, it is in itself an entire community determined to galvanize and make as much of a positive impact as possible in South Africa. They are motivated by the vision of Nelson Mandela of 1994, of an inclusive society that honors and respects all its citizens.
People from the villages are very mixed in terms of culture and religion. It is not always easy to reach out. It is very important to note that sometimes cultural beliefs can act as a barrier to development. There are those who plant hate in children. CC members are convinced that hate and division are slowing the nation’s growth process. They believe that if they reach out and create unity in diversity, more people will understand each other and they will choose to plant love in their children. In this way community leaders will more likely be involved in the changes that are needed and to support development. Creating the “Let’s Move Together Girls group” has been a great start. CC members teach girls sewing because they no longer learn this at school due to lack of resources. They bought some fabric and they have started teaching the girls to make bags. Once they have practiced by making their own, they can make more and sell them to the rest of the children. Another memorable moment was providing balls because the kids said they wanted sport. Also they are involving women in a Village Savings scheme.
United for Humanity and the Spirit of the Earth (UHSE) works towards a new universal solidarity, drawing together plural and diverse cultures indigenous traditions, ethnicities, religions and spiritual expressions. Collectively, according to members’ experience, involvement and talent UHSE takes action on care for creation aligned with 2020 green Vancouver. As members of URI they will be involved with Interfaith Harmony Week ,continue with the Sacred Spaces Tours at Greater Vancouver in intervals throughout the year; support The People’s Climate Convergence bringing together more diversity and participation of interfaith groups on climate action in the Pacific Northwest. Other CC expressions of beauty and harmony include Candlelights Vigils, Interfaith Celebrations, Yoga Practice, Refugee Support, with a major goal of receiving designation as host city for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Vancouver.