The United Religions Initiative (URI) is a not-for-profit organization aims at promoting enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to ending religiously motivated violence, and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings. URI is very active in Middle East & North Africa (MENA); its registered office in Jordan supports URI’s affiliate groups/members to contribute to peace-building and environment protection efforts in MENA countries.

URI MENA support and escort the work of 53 affiliate groups (we call them Cooperation Circles) working on themes related to peace-building and interfaith dialogue in 12 MENA countries ,with more than 600 members, from 11 countries across MENA region including Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Syria, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, UAE, Iraq and Iran.

URI groups are engaged in different activities on local, regional and global levels, including peace building, intercultural understanding, strengthening civil society, and environment protection. URI in MENA has succeeded in deepening understanding and cooperation among the historic faith communities in MENA as well as empowering youth initiatives to play a vital role in building their societies.

Each year, the URI Office in Amman organizes a regional assembly for all MENA CCs to enhance their interfaith knowledge and peace-building competencies. Additionally, the gathering enables CCs to exchange best practices and share resources.

 

URI is Organized Locally, Regionally and Globally

The heart of URI is the global network of locally organized “Cooperation Circles.” The Regional teams, made up of Global Council trustees and regional coordinators, work in eight regions to sustain local Cooperation Circle (CC) membership groups, provide communication links, and develop URI through interfaith partnerships. The Global Council Trustees are elected by the Cooperation Circle member groups and serve three-year terms of office. Affiliates are individuals or groups, such as single-faith groups, who choose to affiliate with URI, are in alignment with URI’s principles, but do not have the rights and responsibilities of Cooperation Circles.

The Cooperation Circle is the basic unit of URI membership and consists of local or virtual groups that include at least seven members and at least three different religions, spiritual paths and indigenous traditions. CCs organize around local needs and visions and operate within the parameters of the Preamble, Purpose and Principles of the URI.

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