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

Posting #4 from the UK

I awoke this morning in the Gurudwara Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha in Birmingham eagerly anticipating a day that I had no idea would end with me sitting in front of a television in the Coventry home of my dear friend and colleague, Deepak Naik, watching the outpouring of jubilation in Egypt.

Posting #3 from the UK

Wednesday, 10 February 2011 was the center of my trip – a day hosted by the URI UK, bringing together members, current and potential partners, and representatives of URI Europe and the global URI to receive an extended briefing on URI UK’s innovative work as it renews itself with seven new trustees, average age 34.

Posting #2 from the UK

I spent the morning into early afternoon in my room writing -- finishing a short article on interfaith dialogue for Dialogal, a fine periodical published by the UNESCO Centre of Catalonia in...