Founded in 2000, the United Religions Initiative (URI) is a global
grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging
people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the
good of their communities and the world. We implement our mission through the
support of more than 700 grassroots interfaith groups called Cooperation Circles in over 85 countries. URI’s global network supports local
and global initiatives that build the capacity of our member groups and
organizations to engage in peacebuilding activities such as conflict resolution
and reconciliation, intercultural and interreligious dialogue and
understanding, environmental sustainability, education, health, women’s and
youth empowerment, and advocacy for human rights.
URI’s global work is guided by a Global
Council of Trustees elected by the 8 global regions, and is coordinated by the
Global Support Office located in the Presidio National Park in San Francisco,
CA. There are 16 global support staff members in San Francisco, one member in
Buenos Aires and another in London, as
well as 18 regional coordinators around the world.
URI believes in a grassroots approach to social change and peacebuilding and in a shared leadership model in which each
person is essential to success of the mission to promote enduring, daily
interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence, and to create
cultures of peace, justice and healing for the earth and all living beings.