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Multiregion CC get together during URI India National Assembly

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Greetings of love and peace from India.

URI India National Assembly will be held from November 14-17, 2014 at AMRITASAR, Punjab. URI India team lead by Biswadeb are kind to allot about ten members free participation from Multiregion CC representatives. This means lodging and food will be free for the participants. This is a great opportunity for Multiregion CCs in and around URI India subcontinent to interact with other URI Multiregion CCs and URI India CCs. This would be especially inspiring and refreshing as Multiregion gathering does not happen very often.

Brief program:

  • 14th November 5 pm, Inauguration // at Amritasar
  • 15th November – full day conference
  • 16th November full day conference 
  • 17th Morning tour ( optional) &  Departure till evening

We, therefore, encourage and invite Multiregion CC representatives  to participate in this event. Interested members may contact me on or before Sunday October 26, 2014.




Women of Action (Seeds of Peace) visit to Samaritanson Mt. Gerizim

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

From our friends in the Middle East: 

Dear Friends,

On Friday I was part of a group of Palestinian and Israeli women from the Women of Action (Seeds of Peace) who visited Mt. Gerizim – Har Bracha (Mount of Blessing) the home of the Samaritans near Nablus/Schem.  See attached photo.  The arriving women all embraced and kissed and expressed delight to see each other after many months and such a hard summer of war and violence.  

The Samaritan community reveres Mt. Gerizim as their holy site and trace their ancestry back for thousands of years.  We were hosted by a lovely Samaritan woman who shared with us their practices and customs.  The Christian women shared the story of the Good Samaritan from their Bible.  The Muslim, Christian, and Jewish women discussed the differences between the Samaritan marriage practices with the different religions.  We visited their synagogue where eveyone sits on the floor, and heard about their Shabbat rituals from a Cohen/Priest.  Later we went to the Samaritan Museum where the brother of their High Priest explained their history and practices.  It was fascinating to learn about this ancient sect.  We went up to the top of Mt. Gerizim where you can look out over a panoramic view of the area, and visit the ancient ruins there. 

At this spot we had listening circles where all of the Israeli and Palestinian women shared about the difficulties we have suffered over the summer during the war, and the ongoing struggles now.  Women expressed anger, hurt, shame, despondence, frustration, and much pain.  As one woman reported “everyone on every side said that they had the worst summer of their lives and had sunk into depths of despair”.  And when discussing our feelings about being together, one said “I didn’t come here to visit the Samaritans, I came here to be with my sisters.”  Everyone expressed relief and happiness to feel the support of each other and to experience our sisterhood of suffering together. We look forward to another gathering next month being arranged by Lisa Waldbaum and Karen Abuzant, the coordinators.  

I carry the smiles and embraces in my heart.  


Blessings and love,



Elana Rozenman
Executive Director

“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