While participants in URI's projects have included leaders such as the Dalai Lama, URI's primary constituents are common citizens working on a grassroots level in their own communities. These individual community and spiritual leaders connect to the URI network through one or more of URI's 400 local groups based in 70 countries worldwide, called Cooperation Circles. Developed to directly assist and further the work of these interfaith Cooperation Circles, the 2008 Global Assembly in Mayapur will bring together 300 global interfaith leaders, from 44 countries, as well as the first interfaith youth delegation in an unprecedented grassroots global gathering. It aims to address questions and share experiences of respected and recognized leaders in grassroots organizing, in order to further the work of world wide interfaith peacebuilding.
The Assembly's theme this year is 'Pilgrims of Peace: Many Paths, One Purpose.' Members of Cooperation Circles from around the world, all of whom are working on interfaith projects, will speak face to face, learn from one another's successes, build further alliances within the URI network and further worldwide interfaith cooperation.
Attending the Mayapur Assembly from the Philippines are the Cooperation Circles of the Peacemakers' Circle Foundation, Inc. (Metro Manila), Kalinaw-CC (Cebu), Pakigdait, Inc. (Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte), Bohol Goodwill Volunteers, Inc. (Tagbilaran, Bohol) .
United Religions Initiative (URI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of enduring and daily interfaith cooperation in order to end religiously motivated violence, and to the creation of a culture of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings. Founded in 2000, with a central hub in San Francisco , California , URI has 400 Cooperation Circles representing over 100 faiths working on community-based projects, which serve over one million people, in more than 70 countries worldwide. Having attained special consultative status with the Social and Economic Council of the United Nations in 2007, URI's network continues to grow and expand in areas of interfaith peace building, conflict resolution, economic development, heath, ecology and education. For more information about URI visit: www.uri.org
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