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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Stories From URI Europe

Tubalar celebrations

Altaian ethnic groups have gone through, what can be called “ clinic death” in the XXth century, nowadays it is the time of “recovering” which is not an easy process. “Progress of humanity can not be led by incidents, the Creator have no “small deeds or small people”, for everything in the life serves to the Big”-says the Eastern Wisdom. In the course of Altaian history the biggest syoks(tribes) have become more vivid, while some small of them have almost been erased out of the people’s memory towards the end of the XXth century, so we see a great spiritual potential for Tubalars in the words of the Eastern Wisdom. The time of the revival of Tubalar consciousness, has come; they should become recognized as a respected, knowledgeable syok within sacred Altai and within a big World Nation of People.

Stopping the Islamization of Europe?

In the 17th century, the logical conclusion to interreligious conflict was holy war. A handful of extremists would argue for that conclusion today. But for most of us, violence in the name of God, any God, is not an answer, it is a blasphemy. But if the point is not to take up arms in the cause of exclusive righteousness, then what can people do to cope with the very real changes happening in their communities?

Lessons from Asia Minor

I couldn’t resist. URI’s newest Cooperation Circle resides in Siberia. And here are its members forming a circle. Striking, isn’t it? How did we ever go from a dream to Siberia? I..