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This month we celebrated the International Day of Peace with millions of people from around the world. Keep reading to learn how reporting your event could land you at the United Nations. We also share about openings on our Leadership Council, how a Cooperation Circle that will be featured on Oprah and much more!  
Around North America
Participants place ceramic bones in the center of the labyrinth. Photo Credit: Alison Pruitt.
On and around Sept. 21, United Religions Initiative members joined hundreds of thousands around the world celebrating International Day of Peace (IDP). In the photo above, students and members of the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada gathered at the University of Nevada for a musical and artistic celebration of peace. Read more about their event and celebrations around the world at this link.
 
See this story and more at the links below!
Apply for the Leadership Council!
United Religions Initiative in North America has a 13-person Leadership Council that helps to provide regional support, guidance and legal oversight. We will have several open seats at the end of this year! Applications will be accepted until October 31. For more information click here. If you have questions for a current staff or Leadership Council member,contact us at northamerica@uri.org or 415-762-2713.
Upcoming Events
  • The Parliament of the World's Religions will take place in Salt Lake City from Oct. 15-19. At least 200 URI members from the US and Canada will be attending, along with many others from around the world. If you are attending, please take a minute to fill out this brief survey so we can communicate with you! Click here for the survey 
  • URI members will be gathering on Saturday, October 17 for a Celebratory Gathering and a time to meet URI Family from all over the world. Click here for more information. 
  • URI North America will also host a Hospitality Space for the duration of the Parliament. Please come by and say hello! More information here.
  • From Oct. 18 - 24, the Oprah Winfrey Network will air the BELIEF Series, which shares personal stories of believers from many traditions around the world, including two URI members from Nigeria. Oprah believes the series is best watched with other people, and is encouraging group screenings. If you can't access the OWN Channel, register your screening event by October 1 for a DVD or link.
  • As the end of 2015 draws near, the URI North America leadership team will be putting together our 2016 Work Plan. If there are programs or projects you would like to see included, please email northamerica@uri.org
To view religious and spiritual holidays for the upcoming season, click here!
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Save the Date!
 
The next installment of our URI North America webinar series will cover a topic we receive questions about time and time again....
Where's the money hiding? FUNDRAISING for the Grassroots
You'll hear from interfaith leaders who have successfully funded their activities and then have a chance to ask your questions. More details to come! 
 
We still have one open speakers slot, if you would like to recommend someone, contact us at northamerica@uri.org or 415-762-2713.
Visit the United Nations!
Did you celebrate the International Day of Peace? When you submit a report of your activities, your Cooperation Circle or Affiliate will automatically qualify to apply for a partially-funded visit to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Special consideration will be given to youth. Click here to learn more and submit your report!
Global Spotlight
With the world’s eyes fixed on the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East, URI Cooperation Circles from Germany to Bulgaria to Bosnia and Herzegovina are building “safe places” and “giving hospitality” to refugees (excerpts taken from URI’s Charter). Cooperation Circles across Europe are mobilizing to welcome refugees, providing for basic needs and more.

While Cooperation Circles' work with refugees has increased in recent months, many Cooperation Circles have been working in this field for many years. To read more, click here. 
Resources
Since our inception 15 years ago, URI has emphasized a unique way of doing things though principles such as Appreciative Inquiry, equality of voice and consensus building. The following are a sampling of URI's vast library of resources. Click here to browse more. 
  • The Interfaith Peacebuilding Guide is an incredibly rich and robust guide that employs an approach to peacebuilding that involves individual self-examination and grounding in a personal spiritual path. It fuses proven conflict transformation skills and methods with positive change approaches, in particular, Appreciative Inquiry.
  • The Partners in Leadership guide was published seven years after URI's founding to share practices that exemplify URI values and enliven leadership. 
  • The Talking Back to Hate Toolkit provides practical suggestions and guidance to help individuals and groups counter rising hate, discrimination, and bias-motivated violence around the world. 
Artist's Corner
15th anniversary song
To mark International Day of Peace, several Cooperation Circles in India held drawing and essay contest. Pictured here are students from the North Zone of India. Read more here. 
Share With Us!
  • To submit an agenda item for the Leadership Council's monthly meetings, email sari@uri.org by the 2nd Thurs. of every month. 
  • To submit a story, piece of art, resource or event for our next e-newsletter, send an email to Sari by October 31, 2015.
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