The United Religions Initiative at the United Nations
The URI-UN was established to provide an ongoing presence for the United Religions Initiative at the United Nations and to engage the URI in initiatives and agendas of the United Nations. For information about the United Religions Initiative global network, please visit www.uri.org.
URI-UN is a member of the Multi Region of the United Religions Initiative. For information about the Multi Region, please visit www.urimulti.org.
The URI-UN is coordinated by a council made up of dedicated representatives of a number of varied religious and/or spiritual organizations. All decisions are made by consensus, often after meditative reflection.
URI-UN worked with the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations (www.rngo.org) to help launch World Interfaith Harmony Week (www.worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com) at a special breakfast on February 3, 2010. We are planning an event in the UN General Assembly hall on February 2, 2012 with the Office of the President of the General Assembly to observe World Interfaith Harmony Week.
In 2009, the URI-UN put our focus on the UN International Year of Reconciliation. We hosted a number of events throughout the UN calendar. On May 28th, URI-UN invited Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to speak on "Reconciliation: Healing the Wounds (see News report). We also had gatherings as side events for the Commission on Sustainable Development on May 4th (see News report), a side event for the Commission on Social Development on Feb. 12th (see News report) and the Commission on the Status of Women on March 4th (see Photo Gallery).
URI-UN welcomed the Trail of Dreams CC to the United Nations at a launch event for the 2009 International Year of Reconciliation and the annual Gandhi-King Season for Nonviolence. The event included a World Peace Prayer Ceremony with the flags of all nations in the chapel of the UN Church Center, and a talk by Trail of Dreams leader Audri Scott Williams for the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns-NY. (Please visit this Photo Gallery as well.)
Bernice B. Cousins, Martha Gallahue, Anele Heiges, Michelle Kim, Audrey Kitagawa, Swamini Sri Lalitambika Devi, Deborah Moldow, Roger Ross, Laurence Singer, Betsy Stang, Rebecca Tobias, Monica Willard
Golden Rule Day was celebrated by URI-UN, along with the working group on Sacred & Transcendental Arts of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global...
Golden Rule Day 2011 at the UNLast Updated on 2011-04-14 00:00:00URI at the UN Celebrates Golden Rule Day on April 5, 2011
Golden Rule Medal Awarded to Mohammad Al Nsour of the Mission of the
Hashemite Mission of Jordan to the United Nations
The United Religions Initiative at the United Nations joined with the Sacred and Transcendental Arts Working Group of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns-NY to celebrate Golden Rule Day at UN headquarters on April 5, 2011.
The observance began in the Meditation Room at 11:15. The group then moved outside the room to the beautiful Chagall windows on the UN lobby. After some heartfelt sharing from those present, Monica Willard, URI’s Representative to the United Nations, introduced Mr. Mohammad Al Nsour, First Secretary of the Mission of the Hashemite Mission of Jordan to the United Nations, explaining why he had been chosen to receive a very special recognition: the 2011 Golden... More »
Bishop Swing and Charles Gibbs Visit the UN, Oct. 2010Last Updated on 2010-10-25 00:00:00Report by URI Executive Director Charles Gibbs, on a visit to New York and the United Nations he made with Bishop William Swing, Founder of the URI, in October 2010:
Greetings of love and peace.
I have just returned from two and a half days in New York City where I was privileged to participate in activities organized by our UN representative, Monica Willard, and the URI UN CC, including the leadership of former Global Council Trustee, Deborah Moldow; as well as participate in a Call to Action conference and gala dinner honoring the 50th anniversary of the Temple of Understanding, whose late founder Juliet Hollister, UN Representative Sister Joan Kirby and Executive Director Allison Van Dyke were all valued partners in URI’s chartering process.
Monica, Deborah and I met at the UN and spent about 20 minutes together in the beautiful meditation room, a small... More »
Golden Rule Day at UN, 4-5-10Last Updated on 2010-04-07 17:21:43Golden Rule Day was celebrated by URI-UN, along with the working group on Sacred & Transcendental Arts of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns-NY. Diane Williams, founder of the Source of Synergy Foundation, was the first North American to be awarded the Golden Rule Medal, established by the Interfaith Peace-building Initiative in Ethiopia. More »
Golden Rule Day 2010 at the UNLast Updated on 2010-04-01 00:00:00A lovely event was held at the United Nations to celebrate Golden Rule Day on April 5, 2010. The gathering began in the UN Meditation Room with a silent meditation. Then Sharon Hamilton Getz of Project Harmony and the CSVGC-NY Sacred and Transcendental Arts Working Group, welcomed everyone and spoke about Golden Rule Day. Monica Willard, UN Representative for the United Religions Initiative spoke about the URI and the history of Golden Rule Day, which was developed by the Interfaith Peace-building Initiative in Ethiopia and is supported by the URI Golden Rule Cooperation Circle. Deborah Moldow, UN Representative for the World Peace Prayer Society and facilitator of the United Religions Initiative at the United Nations (URI-UN), read portions of the Golden Rule message from Amb. Mussie Hailu, URI Regional Coordinator for Africa.
Deborah then presented the Golden Rule Medal to Diane... More »
Reconciliation with Our Earth: Wisdom from Faith TraditionsLast Updated on 2009-10-30 00:00:00The Eco-Spirituality Working Group; Spiritual History of the United Nations Working Group;
Women Rising Working Group present:
RECONCILIATION WITH OUR EARTH:
WISDOM FROM SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS
Co-Sponsored by URI-UN
October 27, 2009 1:00-4:00 pm
Church Center for the United Nations, 2nd Floor
This beautiful event was organized by Dr. Michelle Kim, SFO, Ph.D. of Franciscans International with several working groups of the UN NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns. The purpose was to discover and celebrate through an interfaith dialog ecological wisdom that can be shared by all, transcending all cultural, religious boundaries. More than 70 people attended.
Rev. Dr. Thomas Downes opened the event and introduced Angelica Cubides of Women Rising for a blessing to... More »
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