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Walking A Path of Healing and Sacred Action

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Walk a path of healing & sacred action with me…
Join me & a Sacred Unprecedented Gathering of Indigenous Leaders,
Nov 18-19, 2014 on the Shift Network!

In these times, it’s easy to feel dispirited and hopeless when listening to the talk about the crises facing our Beloved Mother Earth and all of us who may struggle to thrive here. Everywhere you turn, you hear about environmental destruction, economic and political corruption, social and cultural disintegration, violence, human rights abuses and more.

It can be so difficult to know where to turn to find the deep wisdom, inspiration and guidance we need to overcome these many challenges and end the suffering from this long “spiritual wintertime” that we all have endured. That’s why I want to invite you to an unprecedented, free online Global Indigenous Wisdom Summit, taking place November 18 – 20.

I’m honored to be among 20+ Indigenous leaders from around Mother Earth – including people like Hereditary Chief Phil Lane, Jr., Grandmother Faith Spotted Eagle, Grandmother Mona Polacca, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Dave Courchene, Winona LaDuke and so many others – who are coming together for this amazing virtual council gathering to share how we can nurture a budding “spiritual springtime,” in which we walk a new unified path of healing and sacred action.

You can sign up for FREE here:
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During this beautiful 3-day event, you will hear wisdom from Indigenous voices representing the four directions. We will share prayers, sacred songs, prophecies, spiritual teachings and pathways to healing, as well as inspiring examples for birthing a new era – one in which all members of the human family are treated with respect, understanding, compassion and justice.

The Global Indigenous Wisdom Summit Program Includes:

  • Nov. 18 – Indigenous Prophecies & Wisdom 
  • Nov. 19 – Challenges & the Healing Journey 
  • Nov. 20 – Bringing Our Prophecies & Highest Visions into Reality

You’ll also discover actions you can each take in your daily life to protect and restore what is truly sacred, as well as become inspired by all of the positive and constructive things that are now coming to fruition based upon the Indigenous principles.

That’s why I’m inviting you to learn more.
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We are all Indigenous to Mother Earth. And the participation of ALL the relatives – including YOU – is key to overcoming our challenges and actualizing the vision for our forward progress and positive future.
Register for The Global Indigenous Wisdom Summit if you are ready to bloom into the spiritual springtime foretold of by ancient Indigenous prophecies by learning to build a just, sustainable and harmonious world that can fully realize the unlimited potential of the human family, both individually and collectively.

Yours truly,
Audri Scott Williams

The Weekly Shot: Victor & Kiran work with WASH

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

The Weekly Shot: Victor & Kiran work with WASH

The Weekly Shot: Victor & Kiran work with WASH

URI Executive Director Victor Kazanjian celebrated Arti with H.H. Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, URI Global Council Chair Kiran Bali, and URI UN representative Patrick Nickisch in Rishikesh, India. Here, they visit a cow care program with Project Hope, a disaster relief agency in India. 

Patrick Nickisch (in yellow, far left) is a member of the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, a URI Multi-Region Cooperation Circle. Learn more about our Multiregion here.

U.S. and China Strike Historic Climate Change Deal

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Important and relevant for the sake of our planet!

The U.S. and China, which together account for more than a third of all of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, have negotiated a sweeping agreement to cut emissions drastically by 2030, a deal that President Barack Obama called a “major milestone” Wednesday at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing.

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URI Multiregion Newsletter

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

We are proud to announce our new quarterly Newsletter!

To view our Newsletter online please click here.

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Hope in Life Foundation – National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Hope in Life Foundation Cooperation Circle had another opportunity to reach out to community

members on Saturday, October 18, 2014 and share during National Domestic Violence Awareness

Month. We shared facts and figures collected and published by the NNEDV for 2013 on domestic

violence. We were able to communicate to the audience that the issue has becomes the fastest growing

epidemic in the world and needs attention. During the interaction we asked the audience awareness

questions, e.g. were they aware that October is considered to be National Domestic Violence Awareness

Month? Why the Golden State of CA was turning purple this month?


Domestic Violence is not just a criminal issue but also a social issue and a health priority. In the

U.S., 24 percent of adult women and 14 percent of adult men have been physically assaulted by a

partner at some point in their lives. According to Robert Pearl, M.D. it triggers not just personal suffering

but also leads to lesser productivity, absenteeism and raises health care costs to disproportionate levels.

Each year, an estimated 8 million days of paid work is lost in the U.S. because of domestic violence.

Domestic violence costs $8.3 billion in expenses annually: a combination of higher medical costs ($5.8

billion) and lost productivity ($2.5 billion). Abused women are not just victims of mental harassment,

depression, and low self-esteem but also fall prey to chronic diseases including heart disease and



The NNEDV statistics revealed lack of shelter and the number of unmet requests due to

unavailability of staff, government funding, lack of legal representation and various other issues.

We wish to motivate people from various religious backgrounds to proactively combat this issue

through education and training as opposed to offering help to abused individuals after the fact even

though such services are available. We are addressing the root cause of the problem by working with

children and community members and we realize that it will take, maybe, over two decades to eradicate

the problem.



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