Giving Games Champion Spotlight: United Religions Initiative

by | Dec 3, 2016 | Champions of Compassion, Compassion Relay, Giving Games

For Day 6 of the Giving Games, we are excited to pass the Compassion Torch from the International Institute for Child Rights Development (IICRD) to the United Religion’s Initiative (URI)! URI has taken up the Compassion Torch for the second Compassion Games coopetition in a row, and we are continuously inspired by their work to bring interfaith peace to reality.

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. The purpose of the United Religions Initiative 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.

This mission is carried out through local and global initiatives that build the capacity of more than 600 member groups and organizations, called Cooperation Circles, to engage in community action such as conflict resolution and reconciliation, environmental sustainability, education, women’s and youth programs, and advocacy for human rights.

On September 19th, in the Global Unity Games, the United Religions Initiative accepted the Compassion Torch from the Parliament of World Religions.  They then passed the Torch to Compassionate Louisville, a model Compassionate City four years in a row. Having the Parliament and the United Religions Initiative pass the Compassion Torch was such a great example of Global Unity in action.  Thank you to Molly Horan and Isabelle Ortega for working together to make this happen. You can watch the Torch passing in the following video of a Zoom call in which the Compassion Torch was passed.

You can find out more about the United Religions Initiative here: website, Facebook, Twitter