Religiously motivated (and justified) violence is all too common. But ironically, the teachings at the heart of most religions encourage peace, compassion and kindness. And the majority of believers are more tolerant of other religions than extremists might have us believe. That’s why the work of the United Religions Initiative (URI) is so important.
The URI is a global interfaith network for world peace that engages local religious leaders across the religious spectrum to unite in taking on religiously motivated violence and the social, economic and environmental crises affecting their communities. The URI has created a network of nearly 500 interfaith Cooperation Circles (CCs), whose members number more than 320,000 worldwide. Locally rooted, these groups and organizations work together for the good of their communities. CCs address issues as diverse as AIDS, economic empowerment, civil war orphans, climate change and urban conflict.
On this program, we are honored to feature Reverend Canon Charles P. Gibbs. Canon Gibbs, Executive Director of the URI, has been a featured speaker at many international gatherings, including: the Parliament of the World’s Religions in South Africa, Spain, and Australia; the Annual Symposium of the International Association of Sufism, San Francisco, CA and at the United Nations, New York, NY. He co-authored Birth of a Global Community, contributed a chapter to Interfaith Dialogue and Peacebuilding, published by the United States Institute of Peace, and co-authored a chapter in Positive Approaches to Peacebuilding. His essay, “Opening the Dream: Beyond the Limits of Otherness,” appears in the anthology, Deepening the American Dream. As an Episcopal priest, Canon Gibbs brings to his work a deep commitment to spiritual transformation and to work for peace, justice and healing, as well as an abiding belief in the sacredness of all life on this planet.
To learn more about Canon, please visit www.URI.org!