United Religions Initiative -Middle East & North Africa (URI – MENA) welcomes your interest. If your group or organization wishes to join URI MENA (to become a URI Cooperation Circle), please read and reflect upon the URI Vision and Mission Statements, URI’s Preamble, Purpose and Principles, and the Rights and Responsibilities of URI Members (attached below).
What is URI Cooperation Circle (CC)?
URI members are called Cooperation Circles “CCs”, which are self-organizing groups of at least seven members from at least three religions, spiritual expressions, or indigenous traditions—including atheists and agnostics. CCs work on two levels: by giving people of different backgrounds a chance to work together, and by tackling important community issues their members care about, including poverty, social and economic inclusion, human rights, education, intercultural understanding, peace building, religiously motivated violence, environment protections, …etc.
CCs are created by people who share a common vision: that our religious and spiritual lives, rather than divide us, can guide us to build community and respect for one another. URI welcomes already-established groups to join as CCs to connect to this global movement. By joining the United Religions Initiative (URI), you will be part of the world’s largest grassroots interfaith peacebuilding network, with over 900 affiliate groups/ members operating in at least 102 countries. URI brings people of different faiths and cultures together to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing. To learn more about URI Global, please visit (www. uri.org)
Below is an in-depth description of this process as well as some helpful resources different steps along the way.
Explaining the Process of Joining URI
We are very excited that you are considering embarking on the process to become a member of URI’s global family. Below is an in-depth description of this process as well as some helpful resources different steps along the way.
Learn what it means to be a URI member by reading about Cooperation Circles, URI Principle, Preamble and Purpose (URI PPPs) and the Rights and Responsibilities of members (attached- CC Application and Information). To get more of a flavor for URI global family, you can also watch the “We Unite video”, read about our Organizational Design and view our Annual Reviews (all are available on www.uri.org). You may also visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mena.uri/
Consensus building is one of the core values of URI and this is reflected in our application process, in which we encourage the entire group to be a part of the decision to apply to become a member of URI.
To apply, your group must read the Rights and Responsibilities of members, meet the requirement of having at least 7 members of at least 3 different religions, spiritual expressions or indigenous traditions, and fill out CC application form (attached- CC Application and Information/ please ask us to provide you with this document in a word format), and send it to the URI Regional Coordinator for MENA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Soon after you submit your application, the URI Regional Coordinator, or a staff member or a volunteer will contact you to conduct an Appreciative Interview, which is more like a conversation. It designed for you to become more familiar with URI and for us to become more familiar with your group. Ideally, this interview will take place with as many of your group members as possible.
Become a CC:
Following the interview, the interviewer will share a rough transcript of the interview with the Cooperation Circle Approval Committee, a subset of URI’s elected Global Council. This committee meets once a month to review and vote on applications. Upon approval, you will receive a welcome email, followed by a welcome packet.