Interfaith Resources

The Interfaith Pray for Peace Circle is part of a larger organization called the United Religions Initiative or URI. Here is some information about our mother organization directly from their website:

United Religions Initiative (URI) was founded in 2000 by an extraordinary global community committed to promoting enduring, daily interfaith cooperation and to ending religiously motivated violence. Today the URI includes thousands of members in over 104 countries representing more than 100 religions, spiritual expressions, and indigenous traditions.

URI is a global community with spiritual heart. Members from diverse backgrounds pioneer interfaith dialogue and peacebuilding skills. Its core organizational principles include inclusive membership, self-organizing initiatives and decentralized governance. Together, we are designing an effective communications and knowledge sharing network and exchanging best practices for local, regional and global organizing. We are deepening friendships and fostering solidarity. URI believes that people everywhere when inspired to cooperate for the common good, will find solutions to end religiously motivated hate and violence and will create initiatives that build cultures of peace, justice and healing. You are invited to participate in this unique global organization and imagine how to ignite the spirit of URI in your community.

URI is Organized Locally, Regionally and Globally:

The heart of URI is the global network of locally organized “Cooperation Circles.” The Regional teams, made up of Global Council trustees and regional coordinators, work in eight regions to sustain local Cooperation Circle (CC) membership groups, provide communication links, and develop URI through interfaith partnerships. The Global Council Trustees are elected by the Cooperation Circle member groups and serve three-year terms of office. Affiliates are individuals or groups, such as single-faith groups, who choose to affiliate with URI, are in alignment with URI’s principles, but do not have the rights and responsibilities of Cooperation Circles.

Cooperation Circle is the basic unit of URI membership and consists of local or virtual groups that include at least seven members and at least three different religions, spiritual paths and indigenous traditions. CCs organize around local needs and visions and operate within the parameters of the Preamble, Purpose and Principles of the URI.

The Abrahamic Reunion
The Abrahamic Reunion is a team of spiritual peacemakers, including religious leaders from the Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Druze communities, dedicated to uplifting man consciousness and building peace in the Holy Land by opening hearts to the love and wisdom of all spiritual traditions.

The Charter for Compassion

Alliance for Interfaith Ministries
AIM is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization serving Albemarle County and Charlottesville residents experiencing an unexpected temporary crisis. We help qualified clients stay in their homes and avoid eviction, keep their utilities on, and provide case management to ensure clients receive the wrap-around services necessary to support them

The Harvard Pluralism Project
The mission is to help Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources.

Interfaith Calendar

This website shows the primary sacred times for world religions and includes links to the Religions News Desk with links to current news of the world’s religions and a complete glossary of terms from all of the world’s faiths.

Interreligious Insight

A journal of dialogue and engagement.

LOTUS – Light of Truth Universal Shrine
The Light Of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS) is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths. Individual altars represent and honor the different world religions. The vision, design and inspiration of Sri Swami Satchidananda, the LOTUS was dedicated in 1986.

North American Interfaith Network

Interfaith, Spiritual, Cultural and Non-Denominational Wedding Ceremonies in Charlottesville, VirginiaThe North American Interfaith Network is a non-profit association of interfaith organizations and agencies in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

One Spirit Learning Alliance & Interfaith Seminary
One Spirit Learning Alliance was formed to provide in-depth education and training for individuals seeking to further their personal and spiritual growth, to be more skillful in all areas of life, or to enter a professional ministerial career.

Rutgers University Virtual Religions Index

The Temple of Understanding
The TOU has developed ongoing programs that offer interfaith education for adults, seminarians, college students, and youth. At the foundation of our interfaith educational agenda is the firm belief that religion is one of the most profound and intimate aspects of culture and that interfaith education is essential to the task of creating a culture of peace. The TOU works to support the aims, principles, and activities of the United Nations by advocating for recognition of religious, spiritual, and ethical values in UN documents, committees, programs and conferences.

United Religions Initiative

Interfaith, Spiritual, Cultural and Non-Denominational Wedding Ceremonies in Charlottesville, VirginiaThe 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.

World Congress of Faiths
WCF works to develop better understanding, co-operation and respect between people of different faiths.

Chaplaincy Institute
An interfaith seminary in Berkeley, CA