URI Europe Assembly "Walking The Talk - Bringing Interfaith Action to Each Town in Europe"

ISTANBUL, OCTOBER 27-31, 2010

URI Europe (United Religions Initiative Europe) will hold its 7th Regional Assembly from October 27 to 31, 2010, in Istanbul, Turkey. The conference title is "Walking the talk - bringing interfaith action to each town in Europe".

Approximately 55 participants will come from 17 countries all across Europe, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

URI Youth Ambassadors and special guests will come from Australia, Lebanon, Morocco, the UAE and the USA.

The participants belong to a variety of religions and worldviews and have a passion for interfaith cooperation for peace, justice and healing.

This is particularly important at a time of economic difficulty, where in many European countries easy judgments and the stigmatisation or exclusion of whole groups are on the rise.

In response to this situation, URI's interfaith circles are working on a daily basis to promote respect, friendship, mutual understanding and community cohesion.

URI is so pleased to be graciously welcomed in Istanbul, a city that bridges the continents and is a European Cultural Capital 2010.

The programme will include the creation of an action plan for promoting interfaith work across Europe. As URI aims to expand its network and deepen the impact of its work, special training on how to create and carry out new interfaith activities will be offered.

United Religions Initiative (URI) is a global interfaith network of over 450 interfaith Cooperation Circles in 75 countries on all continents. It has consultancy status at the United Nations (UN) with representatives at UN headquarters in New York and at the UN in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It was founded in 2000, when the URI Charter was launched in Pittsburgh. URI Europe is registered in Antwerp, Belgium.