URI was founded in 2000. The United Religions Initiative is an international organization whose purpose is 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.
Through URI's network of 587 grass roots interfaith organizations called Cooperation Circles, CCs, located in 83 countries, half a million people of different faiths are working together to improve their communities, mediating deep rooted religious hostilities, addressing problems of the environment, improving schools, orphanages and health clinics; campaigning for anti - arms laws and more.
Its work reaches 2 ½ million people around the world, through self-organized and independent Cooperation Circles, URI CCs, which work in different ways to achieve the purpose of URI, taking on urgent problems with the creativity of the common person.
URI cultivates and supports them through eight regions around the world and our global office in San Francisco. URI is governed by a Global Council elected by Member CCs. For more information, visit www.uri.org