May 2016

May 29 2016

Prafull Oorja Needs Your Help — Join this exciting event fundraiser!

Namaste, We are excited to announce "Stars and SuryaNamaskars", an event in honour of International Yoga Day. This is a family-fun event, with activities for children, Surya Namaskar practice for youth and adults, and a special Yoga Nidra lead by Swami Yogaratna Saraswati.  Please join us in supporting our Children with Special Needs, and invite your friends and contacts. Register online today! With gratitude, Sowmya AyyarExecutive Director  Read more »

May 24 2016

Global Partnerships Building Community

April 16th was a rewarding and memorable time as I reconnected with individuals I've know for a couple of decades, those that are one degree of separation from those I've known this long, and those I've recently met for the first time in San Francisco. The Circles of Light Gala is an annual event to raise money to support the work of this incredible organization, an organization that changed my life. As a Black woman... Read more »

May 22 2016

Women’s Walk to build interfaith sisterhood and to heal continuing suffering — Goldman Promenade, Jerusalem

From Elana Rozenman - Trustee of the Multiregion, and from our friends in the Middle East... TRUST WIN -- Women's Interfaith Network of Christian, Druze, Jewish, and Muslim women -- Israeli and Palestinian -- walked slowly and silently on the Goldman Promenade in Jerusalem to strengthen women's interfaith sisterhood and heal past suffering during this period commemorating Holocaust Day, Israeli Memorial Day, Land Day, Nakba Day.  Because two Israeli women were stabbed last week where we walked, we had a police escort.  There were... Read more »

May 22 2016

URI Global Council Election Results

Greetings sisters and brothers of the URI community, Following a vibrant trustee election process in which more candidates ran for positions than ever before, we are pleased to announce the URI Global Council Trustees in Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, Multiregion, and North America. Saludos hermanos y hermanas de la comunidad de URI,   Después de un proceso electoral vibrante en el que se presentaron más candidatos que nunca antes para las posiciones... Read more »

May 15 2016

What’s Love Got To Do With Dismantling Islamophobia?

What's Love Got To Do With Dismantling Islamophobia?    Islamophobia in the United States is not new. However, studies compiling FBI data, such as the one conducted by Georgetown's Bridge Initiative, state that, today, U.S Muslims are five times more likely to be the victim of a hate crime than they were before 9/11 - a startling statistic, to say the least. For Rev. Will McGarvey and the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County (ICCCC), a United Religions Cooperation... Read more »

May 15 2016

Creating New Tools for Our Journey

Creating New Tools for Our Journey  The First Course of  'The Next Steps' Series for 2016" What's the difference between "The Next Step Series" and other spiritual transformation courses?  Your wisdom, shared with the wisdom of others, becomes part of a higher collective consciousness which is very powerful. Your wisdom will inform the collective wisdom and the collective wisdom will inform you. This will not be sit and listen, then walk away and forget everything you heard. The more you give in... Read more »

May 09 2016

URI’s Circles of Light 2016 Gala Speeches

Please enjoy these speeches, which were delivered by featured guests at URI's Circles of Light 2016 gala. The gala was held April 16 at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco, California, USA. This year's theme honored Cooperation Circles who build peace through the arts: painting, dance, theater, music, sculpture, and more. The following speakers came from URI groups around the world to share their experiences in interfaith peacebuilding.To view more you can also visit our news section and... Read more »

May 08 2016

Join the Soul of WoMen Global Campaign

Dear URI CCs, Next week, Monica Willard and I will be traveling to Japan to take part in the celebration of the Soul of WoMen global campaign on May 15th, as part of the Symphony of Peace Prayers marking first anniversary of the Fuji Declaration. Kiran Bali will be featured in the grand festivities.  I want to invite you and your CCs to be a part of this worldwide celebration of the rise of the Divine Feminine... Read more »

May 08 2016

Happy Mother’s - Mother’s Day Proclamation from Julia Ward Howe - 1870

Dear Friends, Another Mother's Day arrives and it's significant to remember the still timely call of Julia Ward Howe to women to unite for peace.  She wrote this Proclamation in 1870 after seeing the suffering brought on by the U.S. Civil War. Her stirring words ring true today and are still a relevant call to action to women worldwide.  MOTHER'S DAY PROCLAMATION Julia Ward Howe - 1870 Arise then...women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts!Whether your baptism be of... Read more »

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