Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

URI addresses widespread conflict at a human level, encouraging individuals to reach past stereotypes and build the foundations of lasting peace.
Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

URI Cooperation Circles work at every level, from influencing policymakers to providing training at the grassroots, to build peace, heal existing tensions, and prevent new conflicts.

Examples of our work in this Action Area:

  • EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East CC gathered Israelis, Jordanians, and Palestinians to join their voices in calling for cooperative restoration efforts in the Jordan River.
  • In Africa, Shalom Ghana CC ended a 10-year feud between Christians and Muslims by getting youth from both sides together to plant trees the village badly needed.
  • After an increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes in California, USA, the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County CC co-sponsored a "Ring of Solidarity" where over 200 people joined hands around a mosque to show community support for their Muslim neighbors.
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Stories

Women’s InterFaith Network Foundation CC presents a sacred music concert for victims of Japan earthquake

The Women’s InterFaith Network Foundation CC presents a Sacred Music Concert in aid of the victims of the Japan Earthquake at Collingwood College Auditorium in Collingwood on Sunday 19th June 2011 from 3pm to 5pm. The concerts line up includes: Dya Singh, Fuefukuro, Uncle Reg Blow, Parvyn, Josh Bennett, NIGGUN Collective (Jewish), Fo Guang Shan – Buddhist Lite International Victoria, various Gospel choirs and more.

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.