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URI adds new Cooperation Circles (CCs) each month. Cooperation Circles are created by people who share a common vision: that our religious and spiritual lives, rather than divide us, can guide us to build community and respect for one another.  When you and your group create a Cooperation Circle you become part of an extraordinary force for good in the world.

A Cooperation Circle is formed to initiate acts of interfaith cooperation and peacebuilding.  CCs share perspectives from different traditions; offer humanitarian relief; organize music festivals; clean rivers, offer hospice counseling; develop educational programs; create opportunities for intercultural encounter and interfaith reflection, and a host of other activities.

  • Imagine a growing global community of Cooperation Circles. Imagine yourself as a part of that community.
  • Imagine how a URI Cooperation Circle could take root where you live to address a particular community need or interest.
  • Discuss how such a group could develop from the passion, determination, creativity and resourcefulness of people from diverse backgrounds who gather together.
  • Explore why an existing group to which you already belong might desire to engage as a URI Cooperation Circle as part of its work.
  • Discuss benefits of connecting with other circles around the world.
  • Imagine what your circle could do to serve the worldwide community.

​Existing Groups and Organizations

An existing group may choose to become a Cooperation Circle (CC). For example, existing interfaith organizations might join URI as Cooperation Circles because they desire to be part of a global interfaith network of individuals and networks for collective action.

Faith communities or spiritual groups dedicated to one tradition may create a CC by inviting in others from different traditions and forming an interfaith group to pursue a particular purpose.