The United Religions Initiative (URI) will present an interfaith program, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on CBS TV Christmas Eve, December 24. The hour-long program will include music from an interfaith Christmas Eve celebration at St. Gregory’s of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco along with video greetings from interfaith leaders from many of the countries where URI is active. The program will air Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 11:35pm Eastern and Pacific Time and 10:35pm Central. It can also be seen on the URI website. A preview is available on YouTube.
Viewers will hear from leaders from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America, speaking from Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Humanist, Indigenous, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Native American, Sikh, Shinto and Unitarian Universalist traditions. They will also learn the stories of interfaith peacebuilders who are working in high-conflict areas of the world, finding ways of making peace and building cooperation among people of differing cultural, spiritual, and religious traditions.
“At a time when horrific violence in the name of religion dominates the news, and prejudice and intolerance threaten to undermine our diverse communities,” said URI Executive Director, the Rev. Victor Kazanjian, “the world needs to know that peace among religions is possible in our communities, in our country and in our world.”
Established in 2000, the United Religions Initiative (URI) is the world’s largest grassroots interfaith peacebuilding network operating in 92 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. Member groups, known as Cooperation Circles, must include at least seven people from at least three different religious traditions. They commit themselves to upholding the preamble, purpose, and principles of URI, ” to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings.”
“This program is a gift of light and hope in the midst of a world too often filled with darkness and despair,” said URI Founder, the Right Rev. William E. Swing, former Episcopal Bishop of California.” “It is the gift of a far larger story than what we often see, a story of ordinary people of different faiths living together peacefully, working together and making contributions to their communities together. This message is a gift of peace for the whole world at Christmas.”
For more information, visit www.uri.org.