Archive for the ‘URI Multiregion Blogs’ Category

“What’s Possible” – A New Film for World Leaders on the Urgency of Global Warming

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Below is a short film that was shown at the UN last week:


A Tribute to the International Day of Peace

Monday, September 29th, 2014


A Tribute to the International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace was September 21st, enjoy Audri Scott Williams’ Tribute to Peace Day on NOWTIME Radio by clicking here or on the URL below or 

Let’s make Peace Day the beginning of “everyday a peace day” and live like we meant it!

Audri Scott Williams

Important Message from URI CC Voice for a World Without Nuclear Weapons

Monday, September 29th, 2014

URI Voices for a World Without Nuclear Weapons CC wants all URI members to know that Sept 26, 2014 

is the first observance of the Intentional Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. 

There is a great deal of information about this day at:

On this website is a short video about the day. It features URI member Jonathan Granoff, who has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for his dedication to abolishing nuclear weapons.  I invite URI members to join me in congratulating Jonathan on this recognition.  

Jonathan was the key organizer of UN events last April at the UN and is planning a special event for the conference in Vienna this December. Both of these important meeting feature William Swing presenting a moral call to action to eliminate nuclear weapons.    

For this first International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, I invite you to read the attached paper (HERE) from our CC,  A Call to Conscience Statement and to go to the Unfold Zero website. 

There are so many issues that need to be addressed at this time.  Nuclear Abolition is only possible if we demand it.  To demand it of our governments, we need to care about making this happen.


May Peace Prevail on Earth,


Monica Willard

URI UN Representative  


Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Greetings of love and peace.

As the International Day of Peace begins in Australia, I am delighted to announce the launch my new website —

I chose this day to launch because I want my website, as I want my life, to be dedicated to promoting peace, compassion, justice and healing in our world.

Since I left my position as the founding executive director of the United Religions Initiative fifteen months ago, I have thought often of my friends and colleagues around the world and the remarkable and diverse work you all do to make our world a more peaceful, compassionate and just place, where healing replaces wounding, and where despair is overcome by commitment to build a better world.

I pray my website will be one way I can remain in community with you and, from time to time, share my reflections, whether in the form of poems, blogs or excepts for a book I’m working on. I also see this website as one way I can make public my availability for speaking engagements, workshops and consulting.

 Over time, I imagine this website expanding to include links to inspiring work all over the world, and other features that may emerge in time.

With this intention, I’ve created this e-list to receive news of my launch and, if you wish, future periodic postings. If you don’t wish to receive further postings, please feel free to unsubscribe.

In launching this website, I want to acknowledge an enormous debt of gratitude to my friend and former URI colleague Kristin Lee Swenson. Kristin and her colleagues Tiffany Gonzalez and Andrew Bastes, are the surrogate parents of this website. Their loving, creative, professional talent created this website out of my dreams. They have my deep and abiding gratitude. You can learn more about their work at Kreativiz (

I welcome your reflections about the website. If you find it of value, I invite you to share it with your friends and colleagues.

In any case, I offer my profound gratitude for each of you and wish you each a blessed International Day of Peace. May your individual light and our collective lights shine ever more brightly in our wounded and violence-weary world.

May peace prevail on Earth.





Invitation to Peace Forum 2014

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Dear Friends, 

I am happy to tell you that we are going to hold the 5th Peace Forum.

This year, the forum will be held on November 15, 2014. Peace Forum 2913 was a great success and 95% of participants responded to come back the forum 2014.

The website for registration of breakout groups will be ready soon.

Tomiko Nojima
Planning Team