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June 2015

Jun 28 2015

Happy Anniversary URI!

Dear URI Family, Amazingly, when Sally Mahe's recollection of "birthing values" arrived, I was reading my opening speech given at that same Summit, June 24, 1996.  Here are a few things that I said.  Please keep  in mind that I was aiming for a United Religions, not a United Religions Initiative. "Greetings!  I marvel that I am standing here talking about something that has never happened in the world, and almost everyone who has had access to... Read more »

Jun 25 2015

Hope in Life Foundation - Inaugural Luncheon

The Hope in Life Foundation recently came together for a luncheon to discuss ways to end religiously motivated violence, and how to bring in the major faith traditions united under one roof to discuss ideas and strategies to end this violence.  Here are images of some of the participants.   Read more »

Jun 25 2015

You’re Invited: UN 70th and URI 15th Anniversary Celebration

SAVE THE DATE: June 27, 2015 United Nations 70th & URI 15th Anniversaries  Bishop Swing signs the URI Charter in 2000 in Pittsburgh – Photo: The Interfaith Observer SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, June 27, 2015United Nations 70th & URI 15th AnniversariesGrace Cathedral San Francisco, CA, USAFREE EVENT - MUST REGISTER  Keep the Dream Alive In celebration of the 1945 signing of the Charter of the United Nations in San Francisco, the day will include speakers, educational workshops, Appreciative Interviews led by URI staff... Read more »

Jun 24 2015

The Interfaith Observer’s (TIO) commitment to the URI Charter

Greetings and blessings to friends who share The Interfaith Observer’s (TIO) commitment to the URI Charter. If you haven’t seen us before, TIO is a four-year-old, monthly digital journal about all things interfaith. Issues include an interfaith news roundup, reviews, reports from around the world, an interreligious calendar, and special opportunities. Except during the American summer, each month a particular ‘theme’ gets unpacked by ten or 12 contributors.                   ... Read more »

Jun 21 2015

Blessed Ramadan!

Blessed Ramadan!  Multicolor pennant banners decorating the ceiling of an alley in the old city of Nablus, West Bank, during Ramadan. Photo by Guillaume Paumier, via Wikimedia Commons Blessed Ramadan! During the month of Ramadan, followers of Islam abstain from food and water from dawn to dusk, engage in prayer and spiritual reflection, refrain from unholy thoughts and actions, and give generously to charity. Celebrating each other's holidays has become a way for the United Religions Initiative family... Read more »

Jun 21 2015

Statement on the Violent Shooting Deaths at the Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina

On the eve of my 60th birthday, violence reared its head in unimaginableproportions. 9 dead. 6 females. 3 males. Mothers/daughters.Fathers/Sons. Pastor. Elected official. Family/Community. Innocent. Nowgone. Forgive my staccato but my heart is heavy and my mind is straining tomake sense of gun shots from a professed racist released withdeliberate and calculated precision at the historic Emanuel AME Churchin Charleston, South Carolina. On the walk we often spoke of the "simple truths" that dismantle thenotion of difference... Read more »

Jun 18 2015

A Statement of Concern - A Call to Action from the Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian Jr.

A Statement of Concern - A Call to Action from the Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian Jr. The URI community is shocked and saddened by the horrible violence that took place yesterday in Charleston, South Carolina in the United States. The murder of nine innocent people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a sacred site for the American Civil Rights Movement, is heartbreaking. We send our prayers to the families of those who died in this tragedy... Read more »

Jun 14 2015

Invitation to THE BRIDGE exhibition in London

The Bridge A ground-breaking interfaith exhibition of premier and emerging visual artists at St Martin-in-the-Fields, from 1 June – 31 July 2015 The Bridge is an East-West travelling art exhibition organised and curated by CARAVAN, an interreligious and intercultural peacebuilding NGO. It showcases the work of 47 premier contemporary visual artists from 15 countries. Each artist has submitted one original work (created specifically for the exhibition) addressing the theme. The Bridge is an unparalleled gathering of international artists focusing... Read more »

Jun 14 2015

Please visit URI Multiregion on Facebook!

Please make sure to visit and "follow us" on Facebook! Click here to visit us Now!  URI Multiregion Religious Organization Like FollowMessage More options   Read more »

Jun 07 2015

Saturday’s Artists Brighter than EVER

The artists at Our House are doing extraordinary work, for themselves and the community. You still have time to support artist Andrea Brooks in her endeavor to go to the next round of grant selection for Chase's Mission Street Grants. Her work to make a difference for those who are challenged to do the simple tasks of day-to-day living is worthy of your attention. Andrea has taken inspiration from the plight of someone she cares... Read more »

Jun 07 2015

IYLI 2015 Summer Program Applications Open for LA next week, June 9-11th! Long Beach and OC programs in July!

Sign up this week and join us at IYLI!! IYLI-LA is next Tuesday-Thursday, June 9-11th, and we have a fantastic program in store for students!  Beginning next week, from June 9th-11th, New Vision Partners will hold its fourth year of the Interfaith Youth Leadership Initiative (IYLI) for high school students in Los Angeles, followed by our July IYLI programs for students in Long Beach and Orange County!  During the three-day programs, students build relationships with people of other faiths, deepen their own faith... Read more »

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