The participants were Muslim, Druze, Christian, and Jewish women who had lost sons and husbands to religiously-motivated violence. Most had never celebrated the holiday before and were thrilled by the new experience.
In total, close to 300 people were gathered with an overarching goal of joining together to learn from one another and to brainstorm new ways of galvanizing interfaith leaders and activists to take interfaith work to the next level. The desire to make a difference in our troubled times was a common thread among participants
Circles have always been an essential part of URI. In a circle, there is no head of the table; all voices are heard and valued. This is why URI’s grassroots, interfaith groups call themselves “Cooperation Circles.”