|United Religions Initiative Europe|
URI Europe Dialogue Letter
2008 - June 2009
Dear friends, peace and all good to you!
We are happy to present you news from the United Religions Initiative in Europe.
URI Europe projects
URI Europe is planning a pilot project to make Living Values Education (LVE) available to European URI Co-operation Circles from the end of 2009 on.
Living Values Education (LVE) offers practical steps for values based conversations, personal development and community activism. It is supported by UNESCO and many other organisations, agencies, governmental bodies, foundations, community groups and individuals.
Please contact us, if you have experience with LVE and/or would like to participate in this pilot project, working on the project team, with your Co-operation Circle or otherwise. Please contact URI Europe Co-ordinator, Karimah Stauch, by email under kstauch [at] uri.org.
URI Co-operation Circle and supporter Bond zonder Naam (BZN) has been using Living Values Education (LVE) in a pilot project with 7 schools in Flanders/Belgium for two years. The project involves entire school communities, i.e. students, teachers and parents. They discuss and explore values in a world café process. From their conversations, action plans are developed.
Three members of the URI Europe Executive Committee - Patrick Hanjoul, Karimah Stauch and Patrick Nickisch participated in a LVE training day on April 21, 2009, at the Bond zonder Naam headquarters in Antwerp.
The training was led by Anniek Gavriilakis, who is the project co-ordinator for the LVE school project at BZN.
One month before the training, the three participants were asked by Anniek Gavriilkis to complete an online survey, using the "Cultural Transformation Tool" (CTT). All three were asked about their 10 most important values at this moment: a) personal values in their personal experience, b) organisational values in URI Europe at work right now, c) organisational values important for URI Europe's success. The data from this online survey were processed by BZN.
Mussie Hailu, URI's
continental Co-ordinator for Africa, visited
The visit was organised by
the Union for Christian Culture in
Musie Hailu participated in
the Finnish Social Forum. He was one of the international panellists on
the opening panel, where he talked about the Global Ethic and the global
Together with Heidi
Rautionmaa and activists of the Union for Christian culture, he attended
various meetings and workshops, among others with Finnish Member of
Parliament, Pekka Haavisto, officials of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, the new Ambassador of Finland to Ethiopia.
A meeting with the
Bishop of the Orthodox Church was also organized, where he addressed
students of a business college and participated in a peace prayer.
Mussie Hailu awarded a Golden
Rule medal to Prof. em. Reijo E. Heinonen for his outstanding work for the
last 30 years on the Global Ethic and peace and to Ms. Heidi
Rautionmaa for her excellent interfaith work in
Activities of URI Co-operation Circles:
European Co-operation Circles (CCs):
30th, 2009, the annual peace prayer in the "Mauerpark"
took place for the seventh time. The "Mauerpark" is the
park at the former Berlin Wall, the park which connects former parts of
East and West-Berlin.
CC, Malawi, looking for partnership with a European CC
"We would like you to be our friends and supporters, so that you can help us appear on the world map since we believe, most of you do not know where Malawi is located on the world map.
If you are interested in partnership, please contact Prescot Peter Mkhewma under prescotmkhwema [at] gmail.com
Younes Naoumi of the One Maghreb CC in Marocco is looking for a partner organisation for handing in a funding application for an intercultural youth project this summer (Euromed programe).
If you are interested, please contact Younes Naoumi under contactyouth [at] gmail.com.
The URI Europe CC is looking for partners in the Living Values Education (LVE) project, such as individuals who would like to join the project team or European Co-operation Circles interested in taking part in the pilot project.
members of the URI Europe Executive Committee:
unite to use our combined resources only for nonviolent, compassionate
Vi forener os for at anvende vores kombinerede ressourcer, udelukkende til ikke-voldelig, medfølende handling, for at vågne op til vores dybeste sandheder og manifestere kærlighed og retfærdighed for alt levende i vores verdenssamfund. (Danish)