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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Global Spices Live

Twice a week, Global Spices brings you the culture of a country in an hour.

This is the basic idea of my radio show on WHYS 96.3 Eau Claire community radio, a progressive liberal 8 years old local station. Global Spices started with the beginning of the spring semester 2011, when I had to find myself an internship that could demonstrate and develop my skills in Media. I got to come up with an idea to propose for the station, nothing sounded better than diversity to spread awareness about.

PCSW&HR Participation to Express Solidarity & Peace Prayer at Peace Prayer Service in Memory of Late Shahbaz Bhatti Federal Minister for Minorities Rights and Chairman Minorities Alliance Pakistan

A delegation of Pakistan Council for Social Welfare & Human Rights comprised by the Chairman Mr. Muhammad Ijaz Noori, Secretary General Mr. Shakeel Younis and Executive Member Mr. Muhammad Usman specially participated in the Peace Prayer and memorial service to express the solidarity by the Muslim members of Pakistan Council for Social Welfare & Human Rights with the Catholic Fathers & Sisters on the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti. To express the solidarity the delegation let the candles and also offered the peace prayer as per Muslim traditions and also participated in the prayer led by Rev. Sr. Marie Cecile. The delegation also attributed the efforts of Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti for the protection of minorities’ rights, peace and interfaith harmony in Pakistan

'Today, I am a Muslim too!' rally in support of Interfaith Solidarity held Sunday 3/6/2011 Times Square, New York City

The Muslim Public Affairs Council and the Islamic Society of North America today welcomed a speech by Denis McDonough, President Barack Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser, on Sunday, March 6th.

Ahead of Rep. Peter King’s (R-NY) controversial hearing on “radicalization within the Muslim American community,” McDonough’s recognition of Muslim Americans as part of the “American family” and focus on the importance of community partnerships are an important message for all Americans.

The speech, a first-of-its-kind by the Obama administration in a mosque, outlined the important roles all Americans of faith are playing in contributing to a vibrant pluralistic society and in keeping our nation safe. 

Report of Extraordinary Urgent Meeting of Executive Committee of Pakistan Council for Human Rights to Condemn the Murder of Shahbaz Bhatti Federal Minister for Minority Affairs Govt. of Pakistan and Chairman Minority Alliance

An extraordinary and urgent Meeting of Executive Committee of Pakistan Council for Social Welfare & Human Rights held under the chair of Muhammad Ijaz Noori Chairman. In the meeting great concerns were shown over the murder of Mr. Shahbaz Bhatti Federal Minister for Minority Affairs Govt. of Pakistan and Chairman of Minority Alliance in Pakistan. While addressing the meeting Mr. Ijaz Noori said that murder of federal minister is purely security laps. He attributed the efforts of Shahbaz Bhatti for the promotion of Inter religious dialogues, harmony and human rights.