North America

Working in nearly 100 communities across North America, URI Cooperation Circles are bringing together people from across traditions to create social change.

North America: interfaith celebration

Cooperation Circles in the URI North America region are based in the United States and Canada. They provide support for the poor and homeless; mobilize interfaith communities to engage in environmental issues like climate change, energy conservation, and renewable energy; address gang violence and the need for safe after-school programs in low-income communities; and build interfaith understanding and cooperation in communities with growing numbers of religious minorities.

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Regional Support Staff

  • Sari Heidenreich, Regional Coordinator
  • Jaya Reinhalter, Coordinator for US Western States

Learn more about our interns and Regional Leadership Team, the URI North America Leadership Council.

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

When the governor of Tennessee stated that he did not want refugees to resettle in his state, the Northeast Tennessee Chapter URI Cooperation Circle joined a chorus of voices to express their support for refugee rights. They published an advertisement in their local newspaper and declared, “Let us all speak out against religious, racial and ethnic animosity and encourage all people to compassionately welcome.” A few months later, the governor reversed his position.

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Stories From URI North America

Seeking Change for the Poor, Cooperation Circles Participate National Campaign

Fifty years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., many feel it is time for another revival — not a religious revival, but one that will initiate a new era of dignity and honor for all people. And so, in 2018, thousands of participants are launching a new Poor People’s Campaign.

The Power in the Breaking of Bread Together — Super Suppers

Three Cooperation Circles/Affiliates in the United Religions Initiative North America region have unique approaches to using food to build community. We present their stories in a three-part series on this topic. Keep reading to hear the story of Super Suppers - how cooking and serving food to those who need it can bring people together.