Noticias de URIALC


Circles of Light 2019

This year is annual benefit to support URI will be held in conjunction with its international Accelerate Peace Conference being held at Stanford University.

In celebration of URI’s 20th Anniversary, the Circles of Light Gala will be held in partnership with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. The Gala is a separately ticketed event. Conference attendees are invited to register for this dinner.

Honored Guests at Circles of Light:

Former US Secretary of State The Honorable George P. Shultz and Dame Charlotte Mailliard Shultz will be honored for their work in global and local peacebuilding alongside their steadfast support of URI.

Sponsorship Information

URI is grateful for your consideration to sponsor the 2019 Circles Gala of Light and/or the Accelerate Peace Conference. Please click here for the sponsor information. Sponsorship received by March 31, 2019 will be included in pre-Gala/Conference materials.

Ticket Information

Individual Tickets will be available starting on March 15, 2019.

More Information

For more information, please contact URI via email at or by phone at 415-561-2300.



Feminist resistance and Women's struggle: roundtable under the coordination of URI Borborema CC at the Meeting of the New Consciousness

On Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 4:20 pm, the roundtable "Feminist Resistance and the Women's Struggle" took place in the auditorium of SESC Centro, in Campina Grande, Paraíba, Brazil. Manu Alves, as representative of URI Borborema CC, was the mediator of the table, with the participants: Dafne Campos, master of science in gender studies by NEIM-UFBA and member of the Bruta Flor Coletivo Feminista (Gross Flower Feminist Collective); Bruna Santiago, from the Coletivo Cafuné (Cuddle Collective); and Renata Oliveira, Psychologist and Mediator of the Reading Club “Read Women” Campina Grande. The event was part of the 28th Meeting of the New Consciousness, a big event of national projection that takes place annually in Campina Grande, occurring this year from 1st to 5th of March.

Dafne Campos, from the Bruta Flor Feminist Collective, addressed the issue of feminist resistance through the view of intersectional social and feminine movements, and the work and demands of the Collective she represents. Bruna Santiago, of the Cafuné Collective, spoke about the struggle of the black woman, the fight against racism, the place of speech and the work of the Cafuné Collective. Renata Oliveira presented the role of the “Read Women” Reading Club in the viabilization, debate and awareness about the space conquered and to be conquered by women, both in literature and in society. The mediator of the table, Manu Alves, made important considerations on the subjects discussed. The table generated a valuable discussion that contributed to the advance of the theme among all the people present.




As part of the celebration of International Women's Day on March 8, Quinaroes CC organized a motivational talk to young students of Biology at the University of Los Andes in Trujillo. Changing the vision from the example in the University is a training space that seeks to motivate women to be empowered in their self-support through entrepreneurship in times of crisis. This activity was held on February 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., attended by about 60 young people who were eager to learn about entrepreneur experiences in difficult times.


2019 International Conference and Circles of Light


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2019 to THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2019

URI (The United Religions Initiative) will be hosting a two-day international conference on interfaith strategies for global peacebuilding in partnership with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

URI will be hosting the international conference titled Accelerate Peace: Interfaith Action in Global Peacebuilding, June 26-27, 2019 in partnership with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

“Interfaith efforts like the United Religions Initiative are the kind of positive, non-military approach to dealing with the rising violence of religious extremism that we must support.”

— The Hon. George Shultz testifying at a hearing of the US Senate Armed Services Committee on global threats and national security strategy

In a world of rising violence fueled by tensions between peoples of different beliefs, interfaith peacebuilders work together daily in countries around the world to resolve conflicts and create the conditions essential for sustainable peace by bridging religious, cultural and political differences for the good of their communities and the world.

Accelerating Peace: Interfaith Action and Global Peacebuilding will bring together grassroots interfaith peacebuilders, policy experts, and religious leaders, as well as representatives from the United Nations and international and interfaith organizations to explore issues of promoting interfaith cooperation to end religiously motivated violence and build cultures of peace, justice and healing in communities and countries around the world.

Participants will develop a deeper understanding of interfaith efforts towards global peacebuilding and consider targeted action steps to be undertaken locally and globally.

Sponsorship Information

URI is grateful for your consideration to sponsor the Accelerate Peace Conference and/or 2019 Circles Gala of Light Gala. Please click the links below for the sponsor information. Sponsorships received by March 31, 2019 will be included in pre-Conference/Gala materials.


Ticket Information

Individual Tickets will be available starting on March 15, 2019.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

9:00  to 10:00   


East Arcade

10:00 to 11:30 

Welcome and Opening Interfaith Ceremony 

Hauck Auditorium

11:30 to 12:15

Opening Keynote – Global Peacebuilding through Different Lenses: Development, Interfaith and Military Approaches 

Hauck Auditorium

12:15 to 1:30

Lunch and Discussion Groups at Dining Room Tables

Blount Hall

1:30 to 2:45

Session I: Peacebuilding through Promoting Enduring, Daily Interfaith Cooperation: From Dialogue to Action

Hauck Auditorium

2:45 to 3:00



3:00 to 5:00

Session II: Ending Religiously Motivated Violence Case Presentation: Violent Extremism and Interfaith Peacebuilding in Nigeria

Hauck Auditorium

5:00 to 6:30 


East Arcade

6:30 to 9:00 

Circles of Light Gala   Dinner and Program

Blount Hall


Thursday, June 27, 2019

8:00 to 9:00    

Late Registration

East Arcade

8:00 to 9:00 

Breakfast and Networking 

Blount Hall

9:00 to 11:00

Session III: Building Cultures of Peace, Justice and Healing for the Earth and all Living Beings Case Presentation: Women’s Empowerment and Environmental Sustainability in India

Hauck Auditorium

11:00 to 11:15



11:15 to 12:30

Session IV: Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons

Hauck Auditorium

12:30 to 1:30

Lunch & Keynote: From NextGen to NowGen: Young Leaders as Interfaith Peacebuilders

Blount Hall

1:30 to 2:30

Facilitated Discussions by Young Leaders at Tables

Blount Hall 

2:30 to 2:45 



2:45 to 4:00

Closing Session – Developing Action Plans

Blount Hall  

4:00 to 4:30

Closing Ceremony

Hauck Auditorium

4:30 to 5:30 

Closing Reception

Fairweather Courtyard  

More Information

For more information, please contact URI via email at or by phone at 415-561-2300.




Dear URI Members,

Here is a way to look at the UN Sustainable Development Goals, also called the 2030 Agenda. These goals address the pressing problems in our world and offer a way to connect the work and programming of CCs with the goals approved by each government

Bring the UN into your CC meetings by mentioning a goal or goals you are addressing.

May Peace Prevail on Earth,


Monica Willard

United Religions Initiative

United Nations Representative


Discussion: Empowerment of Women

CC Mukua

Within the framework of the International Women's Day, the village of Veracruz, located in the city of Panama, invited the CC Mukua to participate in a discussion session called the Empowerment of Women.

In this conversation, our colleague Fany Ávila was honored and recognized as a woman who fights for traditional and artisan education for many years, who has been persistent in transferring her ancestral wisdom to the children and youth of her community.

On March 8, he did not go unnoticed in Veracruz, where he recognized valuable women who, through their abilities, have made great contributions to our community and who, through their work, have represented us nationally and internationally. Do the exercise of recognizing the contribution made by women of yesterday Panama allows us to understand that today we occupy a space, different roles and assume responsibilities from the inheritance left us by our ancestors.


Encounter of Indigenous Culture, Art and Architecture

Indigenous Peoples of Argentina CC

Cosmic Community CC

In the city of Buenos Aires, the Meeting of Indigenous Culture, Art and Architecture was held at the National Library, at the Borges Auditorium, on the first floor, on Tuesday, March 19 at 18 Hs., Located at Aguero 2502 (Las Heras and Aguero ). The meeting began on Monday 18 with an opening ceremony by authorities, communities, organizers and national and international guests. Within the framework of this event, Rosalía Gutiérrez, representative of the CC Indigenous Peoples of Argentina presented a paper on the Worldview of Indigenous Peoples in the search for the teaching of intercultural and interreligious dialogue so important in these times for the coexistence of unity in the diversity. It is important to point out that thanks to the efforts of Francisco Morales, representative of the CC Cosmic Community, we managed to obtain passages so that other CC members living in the North of the country could attend and share their experiences in such a significant event.


Women's Knowledge Fair in Campinas - SP - Brazil

On March 10, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the WOMEN’S KNOWLEDGE FAIR was held by COMPAZ - Municipal Council of Culture of Peace of Campinas, in which the president is Mostafa Bartar, coordinator of URI Campinas CC.

The project, in celebration of International Women's Day, was written by Salette Aquino, URI Global Council Trustee, and Mostafa Bartar, as a starting point for a series of activities that will be developed during the year 2019.

In this Fair of Knowledge we had: LOVE IN MOVEMENT - Marathon of Embrace (Free Hugs); GRIOTS - Storytelling; CEAMO - Combating Domestic Violence; OAB Committee on Women - Legal Orientation; ECO TOYS - Toys and Treats for Children; Liang Gong Gymnastics; Craft Workshop with Newspaper; Circular Dance; Talk Wheel about refugee women; Yoga; Flower and Being (Holistic Therapies); Poetry and Literature; Female Self Rescue; Debate about Abusive Relationships; Scouting; The Sacred Feminine; Systemic Constellations; Humanized birth; Female Empowerment in Education; Bach Flower Therapy; Female Entrepreneurship; The Woman in Chinese Philosophy; Essential oils; Tribute to the Life that Enchant; Time for Me - Health and Wellbeing in the Menstrual Cycle through Ayuveda (traditional Indian medicine) You and your Love... for you; Self makeup; Choir of the Syndicate of Professors.


In the Women's Month, Brasilia received a walk and chatter wheel

Christians, Bahá'ís, Axé women, healers, witches and from many other traditions of faith, different social and popular movements with distinct experiences on the sacred gathered to discuss the role of the feminine in religious spaces and faith in their lives in the event "Voices of Women on the Sacred", in the auditorium of the Paulus Bookstore, Brasília, Brazil, on March 13 at 2:00 p.m., with a Chatter Wheel. Then there was the Interfaith Walk "In Memory of Them - For the Life of All" to Zumbi dos Palmares Square.

In the Chatter Wheel were present at the table women of different religious denominations with different experiences about the sacred: Salette Aquino, Jane Vilas Boas, Iris Pacheco, Rosangela Piovesan, Manijeh Soltanian, Jolúzia Batista, Edleuza Penha de Souza, Maria Diva Airy Gavião, Paula Benett, Jihan Fawzi Arar, Talita Victor, Lucimara Cavalcante, Elizângela Alves Barros, Martinha do Coco, Jackeline Silva and Sueli Belato.