June 2016

Jun 29 2016

Follow up: Istanbul, Mogadishu and seeking non-violent pathways to peace

Dear URI Friends, We acknowledge with sorrow the violence and chaos being created by vicious actions of hatred, vengeance and distorted religion in Mogadishu, Istanbul, and around the world. The antidote is loving action to strengthen love, harmony, and the truth of our religions. Last night many TRUST WIN women attended the Ramadan Iftar in Fureidis in the north of Israel, hosted by Ibtisam Mahamid and organized by Eliyahu McLean for the Abrahamic Reunion and attended by... Read more »

Jun 28 2016

Istanbul, Mogadishu and seeking non-violent pathways to peace

Dear sisters and brothers, Two days ago it was Mogadishu, 15 loved ones killed and scores wounded. Today it is Istanbul, 36 beloved human beings dead, at least 147 injured. Each of these people loved and was loved by a circle of friends and family. Each family is now suffering and forever scarred by the actions of those who believe that violence is a legitimate means to an end, a strategy to win a conflict. The... Read more »

Jun 15 2016

Why Mourning Orlando in Diverse Communities is Powerful and Necessary

From our friends in the North American Region - URI North America Why Mourning Orlando in Diverse Communities is Powerful and Necessary With Sunday's shooting in Orlando, Florida, our hearts break. We mourn. We grieve. We weep. In this difficult time, we are grateful for those creating opportunities for ALL of us to be together, mourn together and heal together. "Through our tears, we connect to those who suffer, and we humanize a situation caused by the dehumanizing actions... Read more »

Jun 12 2016

Terrorist attack on Gay Bar in Orlando Florida

Dear URI Family, It is with great sadness that the members of the LGBTQ CC received the news of one of the most tragic shootings in America, the worst since 911. This occurred last evening as a gunman entered a bar, Pulse nightclub - a gay bar in Orland, Florida, and began shooting. In the end, according to CNN this morning, 50 were killed and at least 53 injured and many more traumatized.  We send our condolences and our love to all... Read more »

Jun 10 2016

Finding Ways to Live Together

IMPOSSIBLE THINGS HAPPEN EVERY DAY! "Impossible is just a word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it.Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing." ~ Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) Since May of 2012, an idea was born to teach a curriculum that would make us better thinkers, better workers, and better activists for our community. Not... Read more »

Jun 08 2016

Ramadan Kareem

As our Muslim sisters and brothers begin the Holy Days of Ramadan, we give thanks for the beauty and wisdom, historic and contemporary, of Islam.  At a time when this gift is too often obscured by prejudice and fears from non-Muslims, and violence and hate by those who would misuse Islam for their own political purposes, let us commit ourselves to knowing more fully Islam as a religion of peace and Muslims around the world as... Read more »

Jun 06 2016

Memorial Day Interfaith Prayer

Memorial Day Interfaith Prayer God of all peoples, to whom all life flows as the rivers flow to the sea, we call you by many names, approach you through many paths. Yet we are one human family seeking together clarity amidst confusion, love amidst hate, success amidst struggle and truth amidst illusion. Although our traditions may differ, we know that our understanding of Truth is greater together than when we are alone.  We ask you to bless... Read more »

Jun 02 2016

President Obama Visits Hiroshima, Echoing URI Prayer

President Obama Visits Hiroshima, Echoing URI Prayer  A screenshot from the Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons CC video featuring prominent figures praying for an end to nuclear weapons - view it here. “Obama in Hiroshima Calls for 'World Without Nuclear Weapons'” - Read the CNN article here. Read URI's press release here. Today, Barack Obama stands in Hiroshima, Japan, honoring the residents of the city and all who were affected by the tragic nuclear bombing of WWII. He is... Read more »

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