World Interfaith Harmony Week Reflections and more!
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With World Interfaith Harmony Week at our heels, URI North America is inspired and re-energized by the messages of hope, solidarity, and love shared by Cooperation Circles in the region and beyond. Join us in welcoming a new member to the URI family, celebrating upcoming events and grounding ourselves in powerful resources for talking back to hate. 
Around North America
 
Participants place ceramic bones in the center of the labyrinth. Photo Credit: Alison Pruitt.
 
Cooperation Circles (CCs) all over North America and the world are wrapping up their World Interfaith Harmony Week celebrations. From Indiana to British Columbia, CCs held meditations, film screenings, interfaith worship services and musical events promoting harmony among people of different faiths. 
 
For more on this story and other news from our region, click on the links below!
The URI North America Trustee Selection Process is well underway. By March 16th, Certified Cooperation Circles will receive election packets with information on the nominees and a ballot for the election. In the coming weeks, CCs will also receive an invitation to participate in a series of Candidate Calls to get to know the nominees. Keep an eye out for further details!
For more information
on the Trustee Selection Process
click here. 
Upcoming Event

Join the United Religions Initiative on
Saturday, April 16, 2016
at 6pm
at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco 
to honor Cooperation Circles that 
build peace through the arts.
This year, URI's 13th annual Circles of Light Gala will feature 10 Cooperation Circles from around the world that utilize Arts as tool for interfaith dialogue in their community. For more information on the event click here.
 
To view religious and spiritual holidays for the upcoming season, click here.
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  • The URI network is here to serve you. If you are in need of resources or connections, contact Regional Coordinator Sari Heidenreich.
  • To submit an agenda item for the Leadership Council's monthly meetings, email Sari by the 2nd Thursday of every month. 
  • To submit a story, piece of art, resource or event for our next e-newsletter, send an email to Sari by April 1, 2016. 
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A Big Welcome to
The World Religion and Tolerance Club!



 
We are thrilled to welcome a new member to the URI family. The World Religion and Tolerance Club, based out of Gilbert, Arizona, is North America's first high school Cooperation Circle! These students have a mission to promote interreligious education and tolerance among high school students both in and out of the classroom.  
Global Spotlight


 
In honor of World Interfaith Harmony Week, the Youth of Peace Cooperation Circle, based out of San'aa, Yemen, produced a youth radio segment called "Radio Harmony" broadcast from the Ahtrom Girls' School located in the capital. Youth of Peace shared messages stressing "the culture of peace and its importance in achieving development in Yemen" through songs, poems, and theatrical readings. 
 
In reflecting on "Radio Harmony's" purpose, Awad Alwan writes, "Peace is the basic foundation for any human development and prosperity in various moral and material aspects. Peace becomes an urgent necessity demanded by every human being on the face of the universe..." Read more.

For more news of
World Interfaith Harmony Week celebrations around the world, click here.
Resource NookInternational Day of Peace Postcard
With the rise in Islamophobia, URI Cooperation Circles and others are standing in solidarity with their Muslim neighbors. Here are some resources for your community: 
  • Islamophobia Guidebook - The Charter for Compassion has put out a robust Islamophobia Guidebook compiling tools, tips, and links to outside resources on how to understand and counter Islamophobia.
  • Responding to Hostility Against Faith Communities - Take a look at URI's Toolkit on responding to hostility experienced by faith communities to brainstorm ways to act in solidarity with the affected faith communities. 
  • Talking Back to Hate - With toolkits,  toolcards, sample social media posts and graphics, URI's Talking Back To Hate program has a robust library of resources and ideas for taking positive action in response to hate.
  • Planning Countering Islamophobia Events -  As Islamophobia continues to permeate our communities, CCs across the region are standing in solidarity with their Muslim neighbors. In the spirit of remembering that we are each other's greatest resources,  get inspired by how fellow CCs are taking action to stand in solidarity with Muslim communities by clicking here.
Artist's Corner
15th anniversary song
Note: Peace Donkey in photo was painted by artist Daniela Guevska of Bulgaria.
In Malta, the CARAVAN Cooperation Circle's exhibition "Mediterranean Peace Donkey" served to both highlight the need for peace and bring attention to the migrant and refugee crises occurring in the Mediterranean. Paul-Gordon Chandler of CARAVAN shares, "One of the highlights was to see how schools in Malta, encouraged by the Ministry for Education, used these painted peace donkeys as a creative teaching vehicle to children and youth to address themes of harmony, tolerance, peace and respecting religious and cultural diversity."
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