Community members encircle a local mosque, women find healing walking a bone labyrinth in the rain -- read these stories and more inside
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Everyday members of United Religions Initiative in North America are taking action to bring peace and healing to this Earth and those who live on it. From community members encircling a local mosque to women finding healing walking a bone labyrinth in the rain -- these stories and many more, shared in this newsletter, give us hope for better and brighter tomorrows.
Around North America
Participants place ceramic bones in the center of the labyrinth. Photo Credit: Alison Pruitt.
It has been a busy Spring already for Cooperation Circles in the U.S. and Canada. Almost every day they are taking steps towards creating cultures of peace in their communities and world. Here are a few highlights from the past eight weeks:
Upcoming Events
  • April 22 is Earth Day! Click here to see how Cooperation Circles are celebrating and, if your event is not listed, let us know by emailing northamerica@uri.org
  • The Parliament of the World's Religions is the world's oldest, largest, and most inclusive gathering of people of all faith and traditions. The gathering will take place this year in Salt Lake City from Oct. 15-19. If you are planning to attend, please tell let us know
  • The North American Interfaith Network (NAIN) will hold their annual NAINConnect from July 19-22 in Regina, Saskatchewan.
To view religious and spiritual holidays for the upcoming season, click here!
Artist's Corner
Books published by URI authors in the past few months

In the past couple of months, several authors in the URI community have celebrated the publication of their books. 
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 July 1, 2015. 
Save the Date: 
Anti-Human Trafficking Webinar
Anti-Human Trafficking Webinar
We started our 2015 webinar series strong with an interactive discussion on the eliminating nuclear weapons. (Listen here.) Our next webinar will focus on human trafficking, also referred to as modern day slavery.

Approximately 20-30 million people in the world today - the majority women and children - are bought, sold and treated as property in the third largest international crime industry in the world. And it's happening right here in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Register to join us on for this important conversation on Wednesday, May 27 to find out how you can make a difference. 
If you or your Cooperation Circle are doing work on the issue of human trafficking, please let us know!
Survey
Our webinar series is meant to serve YOU! Would you take 30 seconds tell us what topics you would like to see highlighted in the future?
Global Spotlight
Yemen
The past weeks have been difficult ones for our brothers and sisters in Yemen. Yet they are standing for peace. Just weeks before suicide bombers attacked two local mosques the Youth of Peace CC carried out a silent stand aimed at pointing toward peace, forgiveness and coexistence as societal mainstays. Read more.
Resources
In just a few short day, world powers will meet at the United Nations to review the treaty that is meant to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. In light of this, we are bringing you resources to help you get involved in the movement to rid the world of nuclear weapons. 
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