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Today we "celebrate the joy of blessings and the light of wisdom in both movement and stillness" as spoken of in URI's Charter. We celebrate movement - World Interfaith Harmony Week observances, trips to the United Nations and upcoming conferences, as well as the continuation of the #TangibleHope campaign. We celebrate stillness - recognizing during this season when bridge building is so needed, our own need to take time to refresh, renew and stay grounded.
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URI Youth at the UN

World Interfaith Harmony Week (WIHW) is a time when people all across the world celebrate, in unison, the love of Divine and neighbor. Cooperation Circles celebrated WIHW across North America, creating space for transformative experiences in their communities - click here to read about their events! (You can submit details of your event here). And at United Nations headquarters in New York City, four URI young leaders were having the experience of a lifetime. Read reflections about the impact of the experiences on their lives from Jaxon and Kelly and watch a video from Leah
 
+ Across the country, interfaith groups rallied to support refugees, immigrants and Muslims 
+ URI and members called on the government to reaffirm U.S. values
+ URI members encouraged more people of faith to speak up during a tumultuous time in the US
+ San Francisco-area faith leaders denounced incidents of hate targeting religious groups
+ URI members joined 3.2 million people for the Women's March 
+ Cooperation Circles celebrated the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. 
+ LISTEN: URI staff  reflected on Standing Rock Interfaith Day of Prayer and how to move forward
+ Regional Coordinator Sari Heidenreich reflected on "What I learned about movement and stillness at Standing Rock"
+ URI's delegation to Standing Rock was featured in a Huffington Post photo essay
+ Nashville Cooperation Circle invited attendees for March release of The World Wisdom Bible
+ URI Global Council Trustee Jaya Priya Reinhalter reflected on living in an intentional, interfaith community
#TangibleHope Campaign Update

 
While much hsa happened in recent months to create fear, despair and division, the work of peacebuilders is creating spaces, moments and environments where joy, hope and healing can take place. One piece of this beautiful tapestry is the #TangibleHope campaign, URI North America's social media campaign that spreads stories of hope to counter the narratives of hate and fear that so often take the headlines!

In January, Megan Gibson and Ryan Polsky joined our team as social media and storytelling interns. With their help, we continue to share stories of hope on social media, and publish a #TangibleHope Digest and #TangibleHope Diary once a month. If you would like to contribute to the #TangibleHope diaries series, we'd love to feature you. Simply fill out this form and we'll be in touch.
 
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Upcoming Events

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+ The Festival of Faiths in Louisville, Kentucky is an annual interfaith event of music, poetry, film, art and dialogue. URI members from at least two Cooperation Circles will attend. If you will be there and are interested in connecting with them, email sari@uri.org.

+ The North American Interfaith Network will host their annual Connect conference from August 6-10 in San Diego. Register before March 1 for an early bird discount.

+ URI Asia's annual Holy Books Conference (Sep. 1-2) will be held in Bangkok, Thailand with the theme "Holy Books and Creation Stories - In Search of the Original Cosmic Design." Accommodations and food will be provided. Participants are responsible for their own travel. If you are interested in presenting, the deadline for papers is May 31. For more information, email karickam@uri.org.

 
A Big URI Welcome to Two
New Cooperation Circles! 

 
We are thrilled to welcome to our dynamic URI family:
 
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Grounding, Re-Focus, & Living the Best Expressions of our Faiths

What does it look like to both stay grounded and take action in the current political climate? Watch faith leaders share their experiences, or peruse these resources for wisdom and practices relevant to our work: 
 
Staying Grounded:
 
+ Read these grounding and uplifting quotes.
+ Hold an interfaith candle lighting service.
+ Say these prayers for peace from different religious traditions. 
 
Taking Action:
 
+ Get ideas for programs that build bridges from this program bank and toolkit.
+ Follow one or more of the actions in the Interfaith Toolkit: Responding to Executive Actions on Immigration & Refugee Resettlement.

Two ways to share your stories

 
One benefit of belonging to the United Religions Initiative global network is the opportunity for a global audience to learn about your work. But how can you make the most of this opportunity? We've created this guide with tips for writing a compelling story that you can submit to our blog, post on your blog, or both.
 


We recently became partners with Know Your Neighbor: Multifaith Encounters, a national grassroots know your neighborcampaign created and led by Islamic Networks Group (ING). In addition to accessing their resources, you are welcome to add your upcoming events to their interactive map.
Global Spotlight

women learn to build toilets

In India, nearly 600 million people don't have access to toilets. So, in enters the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance's Toilet Building 101 Class: participants learn to build twin-pit composting toilets that they can later build for their neighbors. Read more.

Opportunities


+ There are several projects URI North America would like to embark on to improve the way we support and empower grassroots interfaith work in Canada and the US. But we need help! Click here to view a list of volunteer opportunities and email sari@uri.org to get involved.

Path to Anandam, a URI Cooperation Circle based near San Francisco, California, is looking for 5-10 hrs/week Administrative and Marketing Assistant. This paid position can be done remotely. Email Satya (satya@pathtoanandam.org) to express your interest.
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