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Introducing the #TangibleHope Campaign!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

From our friends in URI North America:

URI Tangible Hope

We are excited to announce the #TangibleHope Digital Campaign and wanted you to be the first to know about it!

The past several months of conversations with Cooperation Circles and Affiliates have inspired us. The innovative ways you have been addressing the fear- and hate-based rhetoric and violence present in your communities give the world Tangible Hope that together we are cultivating cultures of peace, justice and healing by confronting fear and hate. 

And, guess what?

We want to share this hope with the WORLD! 

How will we do this?

By tapping into the powers of storytelling and social media, we will inspire people to create their own moments of Tangible Hope through sharing written and audiovisual stories on our social media channels using the hashtag #TangibleHope. This hashtag is one of our campaign’s biggest assets and is the easiest way for YOU to participate. For more information about the power of hashtags in social media campaigns, click here.

#TangibleHope is a campaign of…

  • GRATITUDE: You deserve recognition, so we are revamping our social media channels to amplify the work you’re doing. We’ll also be highlighting stories of #TangibleHope from other like-minded organizations to recognize and thank them for their work.  
  • AWARENESS: Your work tells incredible stories of values-based collaborations across all lines of difference. These stories change the hearts and minds of people who then turn around and change their own communities. 
  • ACTION: Hope spurs action. When others hear about the work you do, they will be inspired to create their own moments of #TangibleHope, ranging from community picnics to random acts of kindness. 

Want to get involved? Here’s how: 

    • Starting TODAY, use the hashtag #TangibleHope in your social media posts. Use #TangibleHope to “tag” stories or moments that highlight values-based collaboration across lines of difference on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and beyond. (If you don’t know how to use a hashtag, click here for a tutorial.)
    • Do you have a story of #TangibleHope in mind? Reach out and let us know about it, so we can share it with the world! Send Anissa an email at
  • SHARE:
    • Tell your friends, family and colleagues about this campaign. 
    • Forward this announcement to other members of your Cooperation Circle. 
    • Share the news with your e-mail list or in your next newsletter. We will send you sample social media posts and graphics in the coming weeks.
    • Do you have contacts at other organizations we should invite to join the campaign? Email

In the meantime, check out the stories that have been inspiring #TangibleHope around North America by clicking here and following us on Twitter at @urinorthamerica

Stay tuned for more information on how to contribute your moments of Tangible Hope.



Anissa Abdel-Jelil

Message of Peace from URI

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Dear Friends,

In times of uncertainty or conflict, it can be easy to give up hope, despite the silver lining of opportunity to do better together. URI’s Cooperation Circles choose strength, resilience, and unity in driving progress in their local and global communities. Our 791 CCs build bridges around the world based on the belief in the goodness of humanity for a better peace for us all. We are so grateful to all our CC members and supporters for their efforts in bringing change and hope to the world, and are proud to share their work with you!

As always, we invite you to share your news with the worldwide URI community. We would love to hear from you.

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May peace prevail on Earth!

Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings: Prayers for Peace

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings: Prayers for Peace

I would like to share that this morning during the Holy Mass on August 6, the Nuclear Prayer of the Rt. Rev. William E. Swing was read jointly by a group of Dominican priests and students at St. Albert’s Chapel in Lahore, Pakistan. Each one of us found this prayer very moving. For the Holy Mass, I was the Main Celebrant, with Fr Marcus Daniel OP and Fr Roccus Patras as the Co-Celebrants. 

We also prayed for all 140,000+ people who were killed and those who are still suffering as result of atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

I pray that our human race may never ever again experience such kind of destruction caused by nuclear weapons. May the dream of the Rt. Rev. William E. Swing and URI CC ” Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons” become a reality! 

Thank you very much Bishop Swing for your dream! 

May Peace Prevail in Japan!
May Peace Prevail On Earth! 

In peace,

Father James Channan OP

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Friday, August 5th, 2016


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From Bishop William Swing: Message to Regional and Global Staff/Call to Prayer

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Dear URI Colleagues,

When August 6 rolls around and the world remembers the first atomic bomb hitting Hiroshima, deep inside many of us, we shudder. And we try to kid ourselves that the nuclear threat, now thousands of times more menacing, is successfully being held in check.

But….what if it isn’t in check?  What if accidents happen?  What if, the strongest nations are only kidding themselves, because they think that they are relevant by virtue of possessing the bomb?  Or more relevant because they possess many such bombs? What if their smug sense of domineering relevance is a mistake about how human nature actually works? What if people are flawed? Nations are flawed?  Can you imagine that political leaders could sometimes be flawed?  And make big mistakes?  

We cannot continue to put weapons of mass destruction, or beyond mass destruction, in the hands of non-perfect politicians and nations and trust that nothing cataclysmic is ever going to happen. The height of naivete!  If they can threaten all of life with collective annihilation, then, for starters, we can offer a collective prayer on behalf of all life. Next,  we can live into our prayer.

A Cooperation Circle of URI, Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons has such a prayer (see information below).  As August 6 roles around, the URI family is encouraged to join in saying this prayer and living into its primal cry. 

Thank you,    +William E. Swing


  • Watch the prayer at
  • Share this link with your friends: - via email, Facebook or Twitter (make sure to use the hashtag #NuclearPrayer)
  • Encourage your friends to share the link and the video with their networks as well
  • Organize a small group of people from different faith groups to say the prayer between Aug 5-8
  • Download the PDF of the prayer at
  • Take a short video of you saying the prayer, and send that video to
  • Download the attached press packet and send to media contacts, political figures and other people of influence in your community

Our House – The 31-DAY Countdown

Sunday, July 24th, 2016


Our House

This is NOT about saying Goodbye. Goodbye can be forever and forever is a long time. Instead, this is about saying “so long” and it is but a breath, a moment and then we’ll meet again. I have always used my birthday as a way to say, “Thanks,” “Forgive me,” and “What’s up with you?” For four years, I have had the pleasure and honor to serve you at Our House, the place where ideas incubate and become reality. There have been a LOT of IDEAS that floated into realities for each of us at one time or another, and I’m grateful to have been a part of some of the best IDEAS for our future. Whether its social justice or artistic creativity, WE’VE DONE IT ALL. 

So, as always, I use my birthday as an excuse to explore, to dialogue, to PARTY and this year is no exception. We’re even going to do it as a 2-day event. For those artists whose work deserve a showcase, I’m offering you an opportunity to procure a booth (a small donation of $15, but NO ONE will be turned away) to share your wares. That’s both Saturday and Sunday (no food vendors) and then Sunday, artists who want to showcase their performing talents will be give a chance to perform on PRH’s stage.

We’ll be open at Noon on the 30th and 31st and hope to party until 7. Music is provided on Saturday with a DJ, but Sunday is a talent showcase led by “The Tents of Qadar” musical group. To sign up, please call Ameenifu at 832.897.9317. To sign up as a vendor, contact Eryon at 713.429.7587.

Officially, Our House will no longer be facilitated by me as of August 31st. It is my hope, however, that this HOUSE will always be known as “our house” as it belongs to the community. This will also be a time to pick up artwork that has been left and to get a HUG from me. You have meant so much to me. EACH of YOU. No exceptions.

So, as I use to say at the end of my radio broadcast: This is a time when the IMPOSSIBLE becomes POSSIBLE, the POSSIBLE becomes PROBABLE and the PROBABLE becomes inevitable. There’s nothing Impossible in our tasks. Impossible is only something that hasn’t been done. PEACE. ~ Miss P.K.

Healing and Transforming Ourselves – Our Humanity

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Healing and Transforming Ourselves – Our Humanity
7 (Cleansing) + 7 (Discipline) + 7 (Clarity) = 21-Day Fast Invitation

July 26 to August 15, 2016 / Audri Scott Williams

I have meditated and prayed — calling on my Ancestors; on the wisdom teachers that guide me (past, present, and future); on my Angel Guides – the Grandmothers; on my higher self; and on the younger generations, and those yet to be born. The questions I continue to ask are, “What is being called forward at this time for us? What is being called forward in us in response to all that is happening in our communities and in the world? How do we respond in a way that will move us beyond this tragic moment in our history?”

I do not believe I will be wrong in acknowledging that many of you are in the same quandary. And to ALL I say, “Thank you for at least taking the time to ask the questions that very well may lead us, individually and collectively, to actions that can become the foundation for an end to the genocidal practices that are affecting our black, brown, and red communities; immigrants; the LGBTQ, and increasingly vulnerable poor communities.”

In pursuit of the answers to the questions resounding in my heart, I am being led to do a “21-Day Fast” that takes place in three 7-day increments, beginning July 26 and ending July 15. Why this timing? To many ancient cultures, July 26 serves as the day marker for the helical rising of the star Sirius, signaling a time for renewal and recommitment to the new year. In this fast, we have the opportunity to renew and recommit to ourselves and our shared humanity.

I invite all who may feel called to join me. There will be a community call on July 25th (the day before we start) at 7pm Eastern Time. The call-in number, for this and all calls, is 712-775-7031 and the Access Code is 366-243-015.

Below is the process I will follow for the 21 Days. If you choose to join me, feel free to modify this to create a process that works for you.

The first 7 days are for cleansing (mind, body, and spirit); the second 7 days are for discipline; and the third 7 days are for clarity. The intention for this 21-day period is for Healing and Transforming Ourselves – Our Humanity.

*The type of fast should be determined by each person and based on each person’s dietary needs. The objective is to give up something that will be a real test for you. Please do your own research and consult with practitioners who can advise you on whether you should fast or the best way for you to fast.

1.       The First 7 Days: I will be doing a liquid fast (water and juicing). And I will engage in sunrise/sunset meditations and exercises such as yoga, Qi Gong, walking, dancing and journaling. As this is a cleansing time, I recognize that I will be releasing on every level and will use a buddy system so I will have someone I can share with during this 7-day period. I suggest you also have a Fasting Partner during this time.

My affirmation: “I celebrate this opportunity to cleanse and clear my body temple.”

There will be an open call on August 1st, (the end of the first 7 days) from 7 to 8:30pm – USA Eastern Time, for a group check in.

2.       The Second 7 Days: This is the time that I will be mindful of my thoughts and actions, learning to take each thought and examine what is coming up for me. I will be journaling and sharing with my Fasting Partner at a designated time each day. This is also the cycle where I will begin to minimize external conversations – going deeper and deeper within. I will continue with my body work and become more conscious of my breathing. I will use meditation techniques to assist me in maintaining my focus.

My affirmation: “I release and let go of any limiting thoughts. I am free to explore new possibilities and creative opportunities to examine my life, my family, and community. I am disciplined and consistent in my fasting, meditation, journaling, and body movements.”

There will be an open call on August 8th (the end of 14 days) from 7 to 8:30pm – USA Eastern Time, for a group check in.

3.       The Third 7 Days: These 7 days are centered on reflection and clarity. During this 7-day period I will seek to slow down, learning to gently begin a process of opening to the world, but not moving so fast that I become overwhelmed. This is a time when I will honor myself and others for holding an intention for 21 days. In the journaling process, I will highlight thoughts and actions that can be embraced by the collective body on this journey.

My Affirmation: I see the world through new eyes. I now know the right action for me to take for my highest good and for the highest good for humanity. I am grateful and feeling great! I am ready to face the world with energy, excitement, and courage.”
On the evening of August 15th, (the end of the 21 days of fasting) from 7 to 8:30pm – USA Eastern Time, there will be an open call for sharing and to ground this experience so it will guide and inform our actions forward in our daily lives and the lives of our families and communities.

We are the Ones — Wait No More,

Audri Scott Williams

Invitation to the opening of THE BRIDGE exhibition in Portland, Oregon, USA

Thursday, July 7th, 2016


CARAVAN - East - West Bridge Tour


Opening Reception & Program

Portland, Oregon, USA

Sunday, 10 July, at 6:30 pm

peacebuilding East-West
interreligious art exhibition, 


47 Artists of Middle Eastern origin
15 countries
3 faiths

Interfaith Memorial – 7th July 2016

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Today people of diverse communities and cultures have remembered and honoured the victims and all those affected by the London bombings. 11 years ago London came under attack with 52 people killed and over 700 injured in four coordinated suicide bomb attacks.

We are seeing terrorist attacks almost everyday across our world. We must never allow terrorism in any form to beat us and we hold before the Almighty all those who are victims of atrocities.  As we reflect on daily horrific events, let us continue to be vigilant and keep each other safe. Let us strengthen our commitment to end hatred, and to build harmonious and hospitable communities.

May peace, love and light prevail on Earth,

In prayer,

Kiran Bali MBE JP  –  Global Chairperson
phone: +44 7944 335855
skype: k.bali2


Eid Mubarak!

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016


From URI Pakistan:

I wish very happy Happy Eidul- Fitr to the Muslim community and especially members of the URI. 

May this feast bring you many blessing from God Almighty and may there be peace all around the world. 

I am sharing an official message in Arabic and English from the Vatican to the Muslim community around the globe at this great feast of Eidul Fitr. This message is written and sent by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican. This message puts a lot of emphasis on mercy, forgiveness and mutual respect among Christians and Muslims. 

I express my deep condolences at the terrible attacks in Saudi Arabia. It is really very painful to read about this horrific attacks on innocent people. I am also very saddened at several other suicide attacks and bombings that took place in Orlando, Istanbul, Baghdad, and Dhaka. 

Such attacks make us realize that we need to further enhance our URI work to promoting culture of peace, reconciliation, respect and healing. 

May Peace Prevail on Earth! 

Father James Channa, URI Pakistan