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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Being Change

It is a pleasure and privilege to share insights and reflections with you on the lessons learned from my endeavors at building relationships of mutual respect, understanding and cooperation between and among peoples of diverse cultures and beliefs in my part of the world. One of the most powerful moving force for me in the endeavor is the vision of a better world that the URI--with its global community of people of diverse religions, spiritual expressions, and indigenous traditions--has ingited in me.  In striving to "be the change that I wish to see", I have gained lessons learned that I wish to humbly share here with you.