Europe

URI Europe’s Cooperation Circles build social cohesion in their communities by holding peacebuilding and conflict-resolution trainings, organizing rural development programs, creating interfaith safe spaces, and more.

 

Europe - friendship and collaboration

URI Europe’s work is strategically linked to changing demographics, particularly the influx of immigrant populations into historically Protestant and Catholic communities. In recent years, increased immigration, economic uncertainty and the threat of terrorism have heightened inter-religious tensions in urban areas throughout Europe. URI Europe’s Cooperation Circles build social cohesion in their communities by holding peacebuilding and conflict-resolution trainings, organizing rural development programs, creating interfaith safe spaces, and more.

Regional Support Staff

  • Karimah Stauch, Regional Coordinator
  • Lejla Hasandedic, CC Liaison Officer (Turkey/Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Angelina Vladikova, CC Liaison Officer (Bulgaria)

Here’s one example of URI’s work in this region:

The refugee children arrived in Germany homesick and frightened, without even knowing their host country’s language. So URI Cooperation Circles volunteered with refugee families. In addition to organizing clothing and toy donations, URI members personally acclimated the children to their new surroundings. Language lessons took the form of art lessons. “They have such a lot of fun with painting,” observed URI Trustee Marianne Horling. “This is a medium to express themselves." The art mentoring not only helped the refugee children learn a new language, but allowed them to work through complicated emotions in a safe and welcoming environment.

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Living Our Values

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Swapping Cultures

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Golden rule tour in Europe

Dear all

the golden rule tour in Europe is now taking place marts 2011. Would your CC in europe like to have a visit from Mussie Hailu From Etiopia and Lone Klemmensen from Denmark. then please contact Lone on lone@lingchiskolen.dk . most of the funding has been found but we will accept donations to help fund our travelexpenses getting from place to place in europe.
If you feel inspired to organise an event to promote the golden rule. We most welcome your help.

If anybody from other parts of the world would like a visit from us or has great ideas on how to promote the golden rule or would like to donate to the tour please get in contact with Lone