United Religions Initiative
Cultivate peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world; engage in community action such as conflict resolution and reconciliation, environmental sustainability, education, women's and youth programmes, and advocacy for human rights.
The idea for URI came to California Episcopal Bishop William Swing, in 1993 after an invitation by the United Nations to host a large interfaith service in San Francisco to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter. Bishop Swing hired a small staff in San Francisco and launched a four-year organisational design process that included meetings among hundreds of stakeholders of diverse religions, cultures and disciplines all over the world. What emerged was a group of committed founders who formed the heart of URI's global community, and a highly regarded, inclusive Charter that provides a unique grassroots-based structure and set of principles for action on behalf of the common good. With the signing of this Charter, the global URI organisation was born on June 26, 2000.