Community Building

Strong, healthy communities are at the core of URI’s work.
Youth for Peace CC's summer school in Bosnia and Herzegovina

URI encourages neighbors to help each other by reaching across religious, ethnic, and cultural lines, creating a culture of respect and safety that fosters peace even during difficult times.

Examples of our work in this Action Area:

  • In Pakistan, the URI MCC Islamabad office works for inter-religious peace by addressing local Muslims' and Christians' joint need for necessities like roads, sewage systems, gas and water
  • In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Youth for Peace CC's summer school brought together young people from different backgrounds to serve their community through volunteering efforts like helping disadvantaged families, painting houses, and repairing old cemeteries
  • After a Helsinki mosque was vandalized, URI members from the URI Multiregion formed an interfaith group to clean it, sending a strong message that they would not allow their community to be divided
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Stories

Every Voice – The Drum

The voice of the drum is heard as the heartbeat of URI. From URI’s first planning meetings to the current work of Cooperation Circles, the voice of the drum has been revered as a way to heal, to teach to call forth, and to make peace.

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.