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.

Regional Support Staff

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

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

Building Peace in the Middle East Through Music

URI Leader and first Global Council Chair Rita Semel reflects on the recent concert by Musaique, a URI CC from the Middle East:

There’s magic in music. And that magic was on display March 23 at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center, where 10 musicians — Jews, Muslims and Christians from Israel, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian territories — held an audience of more than 300 enthralled for more than two hours as they sang, played and danced.