Europe

URI Europe’s Cooperation Circles build social cohesion in their communities by holding peacebuilding and conflict-resolution trainings, organizing rural development programs, creating interfaith safe spaces, and more.

 

Europe - friendship and collaboration

URI Europe’s work is strategically linked to changing demographics, particularly the influx of immigrant populations into historically Protestant and Catholic communities. In recent years, increased immigration, economic uncertainty and the threat of terrorism have heightened inter-religious tensions in urban areas throughout Europe. URI Europe’s Cooperation Circles build social cohesion in their communities by holding peacebuilding and conflict-resolution trainings, organizing rural development programs, creating interfaith safe spaces, and more.

Regional Support Staff

  • Karimah Stauch, Regional Coordinator
  • Lejla Hasandedic, CC Liaison Officer (Turkey/Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Angelina Vladikova, CC Liaison Officer (Bulgaria)

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

The refugee children arrived in Germany homesick and frightened, without even knowing their host country’s language. So URI Cooperation Circles volunteered with refugee families. In addition to organizing clothing and toy donations, URI members personally acclimated the children to their new surroundings. Language lessons took the form of art lessons. “They have such a lot of fun with painting,” observed URI Trustee Marianne Horling. “This is a medium to express themselves." The art mentoring not only helped the refugee children learn a new language, but allowed them to work through complicated emotions in a safe and welcoming environment.

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Stories From URI Europe

Every Voice – Galina Ermolina

Galina Ermolina is remembered for her passion for Russia, her embrace of Bilik (a collection of spiritual traditions from the Altai region of Siberia), and her zest to build bridges of peace between Indigenous traditions and the religious traditions of East and West.

Join the "Rain of Friendship"

URI Cooperation Circle (CC) Lienz/Austria shares a beautiful plan for World Interfaith Harmony Week, which is February 1-7 every year. They invite you to join their project, "Rain of Friendship."