February 2015

Feb 25 2015

Audri Scott Williams: CC members attend Building Creative Communities Conference

 Global Council Trustee for Multiregion Audri Scott Williams (right) with fellow CC member Karen Hunter Watson at the conference Last week, I was joined by Karen Hunter Watson and Angie Blackwell of the Multiregion,Trail of Dreams World Peace Walk CC and NOWTIME Radio CC to attend the Building Creative Communities Conference in Colquitt, Georgia, home of Georgia's play, Swamp Gravy.  Colquitt, Georgia is a national model for community and economic development through the Arts, Heritage and Culture. Colquitt, in partnership with Florida State University, Department... Read more »

Feb 14 2015

Bishop Swing: Responding to George Shultz’s Testimony

In his testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services on January 29, 2015, former Secretary of State George Shultz closed his remarks by speaking of ways - beyond military and diplomatic efforts - that are relevant for harmonizing Christian and Muslim societies. Specifically, he mentioned the United Religions Initiative (URI).  As an honorary member of URI’s President’s Council and as a participant in URI’s nuclear disarmament efforts, Dr. Shultz is well acquainted with... Read more »

Feb 14 2015

Bishop Swing: Reflections on Jordan

With Jordan’s king, seeking a solution to killing of innocentsI was getting ready to travel to Amman, Jordan, at the invitation of King Abdullah II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, who have been doing interfaith work together for over 20 years. There was to be a meeting of a select group of religious scholars and leaders who had a double task. First, we were to focus on how to hold so-called religious leaders accountable... Read more »

Feb 14 2015

Secretary George Shultz, President Obama and URI

Dear URI sisters and brothers, This past week was a big week for URI. In his testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services on January 29th, former United States Secretary of State George Shultz singled out the United Religions Initiative as the kind of positive, non-military approach that we must support to deal with the rising violence of religious extremism. "I would like to call your attention to something important that has come out of San... Read more »

Feb 13 2015

URI North America: After Chapel Hill shooting, respond with peace

From URI North America: (L-R) Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, were shot dead near the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Feb. 10, 2015. Photo from Al Jazeera. On this tragic day, we mourn with the families of Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha and send our prayers to their families, the Chapel Hill... Read more »

Feb 13 2015

Interfaith/Interspiritual Ministers Wisdom Circle

(Even though this launch event has passed, please contact if you are interest in joining for future events...) We have a new on-line Wisdom Circle starting on Wednesday Feb. 11th, at 7pm EST that we are very excited about. This Circle will be facilitated by Saundra Porter Thomas. Contact Saundra to be a part of this Circle via email - [email protected] or phone - 704-916-9839  Please share this information with anyone you know who may be interested... Read more »

Feb 01 2015


It's International Interfaith Harmony Week Let's flood the world with photos of peace and brotherly love #whatsthefuss  Newspapers are often filled with acts of hate, but we know that you value, work for, and live the ideals of peace. To celebrate, we ask each of you, adults and, especially, please share this with your children, to show what it looks like. Please participate and promote the #whatsthefuss campaign on Facebook and Twitter (and follow and like us!). - You can... Read more »

Feb 01 2015

Gender Crosstalk

A big Hello to the Gender Crosstalk Outreach Team! We are going to use Adobe Connect for Tuesday evening's online get together. Meeting begins at 7:30 pm, Pacific Time. Please sign in early at 7:15. I suggest you try to visit the meeting room today or tomorrow. If you have a problem, let me know.  The meeting will not go beyond 8:45.    Here is a link to test your setup to make sure you will be... Read more »

Feb 01 2015

Building bridges through the Arts between the creeds and cultures of the East and West

1 DAY TO GO! ALL ARE INVITED TO "THE BRIDGE" In the wake of the recent terrorist tragedy in Paris, France, CARAVAN'S interfaith peace-building art exhibition titled THE BRIDGE will open in Paris at the historic Church of St. Germain des Pres, the oldest church in Paris on February 2, 2015 to commemorate the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week. * * * * Dans le sillage de la tragédie terroriste à Paris, France, des artistes contemporains renommés se rencontrent et portent... Read more »

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