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A prayer for those carrying the weight of nuclear weapons

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Dear Friends,

As we prepare for our
webinar on nuclear abolition next week, this prayer from URI Founder Bishop Swing has been in our hearts. 

During the upcoming March 25 webinar, these world-class speakers will sharing more about how you can help abolish nuclear weapons. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so now! One more thing: Would you be willing to share this prayer and announcement with your network, family and friends? We would be most grateful!

William Swing - URI

Webinar Invitation: Let’s Eliminate Nuclear Weapons!

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

An important message from our Friends at URI North America:

URI - let's eliminate nuclear weapons

Join URI North America for a webinar you don’t want to miss:

“Let’s Eliminate Nuclear Weapons!”

 A ‘How To’ Webinar with information & practical steps 

When: Wed. March 25, 2015 at 10 – 11 a.m. (PDT) (Find your time zone, here.)


Space is limited. RSVP now. 

Why Join?

Nuclear weapons are not a past problem. They pose a very real and current threat to life and our planet — but there are tangible steps we can take to eliminate them. Join our speakers as they help empower Cooperation Circles to participate in a movement toward nuclear abolition. Plus:

  • Hear from world-renowned speakers
  • Learn how to address the nuclear threat
  • Qualify to win special giveaway items
  • Ask questions
  • Get to know URI Cooperation Circles, Affiliates and other organizations

World Interfaith Harmony Week 2015: Music, Art, and Interactive Activities

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

URI - World Interfaith Harmony Week 2015

The Arizona Interfaith Movement’s “Souper Bowl Kickoff Luncheon”

In celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week 2015, Cooperation Circles around the world organized gatherings where participants of all faiths could find common ground in music, art, and interactive activities. Taking part in these activities together reaffirmed the human need for connection and collaboration. Below are some reports submitted by Cooperation Circles detailing their experiences.

To view more inspirational stories and images from around the world please click here

International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

 URI - International Women's Day

Victor Kazanjian with the Interfaith Task Force on the Middle East at Wellesley College

On International Women’s Day we were reminded of the power of women to give life, shape life and sustain life in all aspects of every society around the world. Having served as dean for two decades at a women’s college, (Wellesley College,) I had the privilege of being reminded not once a year, but every day of the power of women to create positive change in our world.

One of the major contributions made by the Wellesley College Centers for Women has been identifying relational-cultural theory as a key model for human behavior. This theory, which is derived from women’s teachings and women’s leadership throughout history, teaches us that people grow through and toward relationships throughout our lifetimes, and that culture powerfully impacts our relationships and relationships powerfully impact culture.

The principles and practices of URI are also based on a kind of relational-cultural theory in which we practice deep respect and appreciation of one another and affirm that we are whole only when we are in right relationship with all others around us. This kind of right relationship between the peoples of all religions, spiritual expressions and indigenous traditions is at the heart of URI and is at the heart of bringing peace, justice and healing to our world. 

Let us celebrate today and every day the women of the world and also the women of URI for the wisdom that you bring to all our lives and the possibilities for peace that you bring to our world. 

In peace… Victor  

URI Circles of Light

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

URI Circles of Light


URI welcomes you to the 12th annual Circles of Light Gala, which honors URI’s Cooperation Circles focusing on environmental issues. Read about our special guests who will be present at this highly anticipated event.

The URI Charter commits us “to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings,” and to “act from sound ecological practices to protect and preserve the Earth for both present and future generations.”

More than 675 Cooperation Circles, in 85 countries, comprising the URI network, are actively exploring ways to realize these environmental commitments both globally and locally.

Saturday, 14 March 2015

The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel

Reception: 6:15 pm | Dinner: 7:00 pm

Cocktail or festive attire  

For more information or to sponsor a table, please call Diana Conan at (415) 561-2300 ext 2018 or send an email to