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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Following the Path of Transformation

This is an inspiring message sent by Weston Pew, one of the members of our URI Global Youth CC, to the URI global youth community at the beginning of 2010, as a New Year's Greeting.... "In this universal breath that is this moment we hold the power for absolute destruction or absolute transformation. Each of us feels this possibility from within and I believe that each of us is here right now at this time to access our greatest human potential, our greatest individual gifts and direct them towards the transformation of the greater good. In a sense we are all here as midwives to usher in this new chapter of human existence on earth and within the universe." Weston is traveling on the Sacred Door Trail right as we speak. We look forward to hearing of his experiences when he returns!

Golden rule tour in Europe

Dear all

the golden rule tour in Europe is now taking place marts 2011. Would your CC in europe like to have a visit from Mussie Hailu From Etiopia and Lone Klemmensen from Denmark. then please contact Lone on [email protected] . most of the funding has been found but we will accept donations to help fund our travelexpenses getting from place to place in europe.
If you feel inspired to organise an event to promote the golden rule. We most welcome your help.

If anybody from other parts of the world would like a visit from us or has great ideas on how to promote the golden rule or would like to donate to the tour please get in contact with Lone

URI Young Leaders in Action - YLP in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, April 2010

This report shares details about the youth leadership training that took place from April 13-15, 2010, followed by the URI Southeast Asia and the Pacific Regional Assembly from April 15 - 19. 12 young people from Australia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and the U.S. took part in this leadership training, organized by Sharon Vaswani and Shakuntala Vaswani, and facilitated by Youth Programs Director Sarah Talcott Blair. The training offered workshops in interfaith dialogue, interfaith peacebuilding, an environmental symposium and team-building. Youth Ambassadors from both Asia and Southeast Asia also participated. Written by Sarah Talcott.