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Welcome Krithika and Matthew

URI welcomes new staff to guide URI’s Young Leaders Program after the departure of program founder Sarah Talcott. Former URI Global Council Trustee Matthew Youde will coordinate the Global Youth...

We give and receive hospitality

URI’s sixth principle reads “We give and receive hospitality.” Welcoming the stranger among us is not just a URI concept; it is a core human value that transcends cultures, nationalities, faiths and spiritual expressions. It affects Muslim, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs alike, and underlies much of the economic pressures and interreligious tensions facing our communities today. And as such, immigration needs be made central to the interfaith agenda.

Stopping the Islamization of Europe?

In the 17th century, the logical conclusion to interreligious conflict was holy war. A handful of extremists would argue for that conclusion today. But for most of us, violence in the name of God, any God, is not an answer, it is a blasphemy. But if the point is not to take up arms in the cause of exclusive righteousness, then what can people do to cope with the very real changes happening in their communities?

URI information translated into many Indian languages

URI is proud to announce translations of URI material in several more languages spoken in East India. Gratitude to Biswadeb Chakraborty, Regional Coordinator, India east  zone, and all those who contributed to these translations.  Read on to learn more about the languages of India.

Vivian Baraguir facilitates the Adopt A school of Peace Project

ADOPT A SCHOOL OF PEACE PROJECT- is an intercultural and Interfaith Community Project where seven elementary schools will be given three component projects such as 1.) Training on Healthy Preparation of Snacks for Mothers; 2.) Culture of Peace Training for Teachers and 3.) Convergence of Services where each recipient school will receive free medical missions/medicines, bags, seedlings, feeding and tree planting. The source of funds is the Goldin Institute, Chicago and materialized by the Goldin Institute, Philippines and other partners of different offices in the ARMM like DepEd, DSWD, DTI, DOH, DA, 6th ID Phil. Army, Local Givernment Units and the PYLP8-Adult Leader.

URI's Mussie Hailu to speak at international interfaith conference on the Golden Rule

We have all heard the phrase: “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” With roots in most religions and cultures, the Golden Rule has become a basic concept in modern human rights work. It is also the passion of URI Regional Director for Africa, Ambassador Mussie Hailu, who will travel from Ethiopia to Phoenix, Arizona later this month for the North American Interfaith Network Conference (NAIN Connect 2011). A keynote speaker, he will address the theme, "Many People, Many Faiths, One Common Principle – The Golden Rule."