Noticias de URIALC

Visit of the Regional Coordinator to Yacu Yura CC, Córdoba

Last June 2018, the Regional Coordinator Enoé Texier was invited by UNESCO to participate in the CREE that was held in the city of Córdoba in Argentina. Taking advantage of his stay in Cordoba, the CR visited the members of the CC Yacu Yura with whom he was sharing about one of the activities that this circle is currently doing. We append the information about the activities sent by Mario Frontera, first contact of CC Yacu Yura.


International Yoga Day

The International Day of Yoga was celebrated on June 21st. Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice of ancient tradition, which originated in India. The word yoga comes from Sanskrit and means unity because it symbolizes the union of body and mind. Currently, various forms of yoga are practiced and their success and the number of followers is increasing all over the world.

On December 11, 2014, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga, with resolution 69/131. in recognition of the universal popularity of this discipline. Yoga is a healthy practice that can contribute in a holistic way to achieve a balance between the mind and the body, which is projected to the search of humanity to achieve sustainable development and move towards lifestyles that are in harmony with the nature. The celebration of this Day serves to raise awareness among the population about the benefits of practicing yoga.

In Caracas, 3 multilevel yoga classes were held, each lasting one hour. Sun greetings, standing postures, torsions, breath control were performed and at the end a breakfast was shared, as a token of appreciation.



Friday, July 20.

  • 7.00 Departure from the RIOS SECO PROVINCIAL TERMINAL. Concentration in the door of the terminal.
  • 10.00 Arrival.
  • 10.30 The act of welcome and organization.
  • 12.00 Lunch.
  • 14.00 share experience of being a pastor and being a Chhaman.
  • 16.00 Theme The Andean cosmovision.
  • 17:00 pm The rite of the WAXT’A.
  • 18.00 Dinner.
  • 19.00 Ch’uxta: experience of silence on the shore of the lake and the forest.
  • 21.00 Repaired rest

Saturday, July 21

  • 7.00 Prayer Evangelical Church.
  • 8.00 Breakfast.
  • 8.30 Sharing experience of being yatiri and being a permanent Deacon.
  • 10.00 snack
  • 11.00 Share being a layman and being a jampiri.
  • 12.30 lunch.
  • 14.30 group work.
  • 16.00 Refreshment
  • 16.30 Plenary
  • 19.30 Dinner and bonfire of coexistence.
  • 21.00 Break.

Sunday July 22

  • 7.00 Prayer. Quechua spirituality.
  • 8.00 Breakfast.
  • 8.30 Challenges.
  • 10.00 Snack.
  • 11.00 Eucharist and closing.
  • 12.30 lunch.
  • 14.00 Farewell and return to La Paz.


PARTICIPATION OF THE INTER RELIGIOUS MOVEMENT (MIR) at the invitation of ISER (Institute for the Study of Religion), IN THE SUSTAINABLE TURN – VIRADA! RIO DE JANEIRO 05-10-2018

What is Virada? Virada Sustentável is a mobilization movement for sustainability that organizes the largest festival on the theme in Brazil. It began in 2011 in São Paulo and has already edited in the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Salvador and Manaus, among others. It involves the articulation and direct participation of civil society organizations, public agencies, cultural collectives, social movements, cultural facilities, companies, schools and universities, among others, with the objective of presenting a positive and inspiring vision about sustainability and its different themes for the population, in addition to strengthening the networks of transformation and social impact existing in the different cities. The thematic design of the Sustainable Turn is currently backed by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, which are also the guiding principles for the festivals programming in all cities.

Programming of the Virada Sustentável Rio 2018: #viresuacidade #euvirorio #viradasustentavel #paineisdavirada

2018 is the year we celebrate 70 years of the declaration of human rights by the UN, 30 years after the promulgation of our Federal Constitution that validated our citizens rights. We are 12 years away from achieving the 2030 goals of the Sustainable Development Goals and we have much to go forward together! 2018 is the year of elections, the year of strengthening of our young democracy. Time to engage everyone in a powerful citizen participation. Virada is the year of the 2nd edition of Virada Sustentável Rio. Part of the Knowledge axis, Viradas panels are propositional dialogues with experts on the themes chosen by the people of Rio de Janeiro.

Interreligious Panel - Interreligious Table for Rights and Citizenship.

How to guarantee and deepen rights and democracy from spiritual traditions.


Part of the Knowledge axis, the Virada Panels are propositional dialogues with experts on the themes chosen by the people of Rio de Janeiro. All panels were free of charge and subject to stocking.




How to guarantee and deepen rights and democracy from spiritual traditions? The religious dimension, an important part of social life, is directly connected with the existence of people and their worldviews, resulting in ethical relationships of rights and duties. Recognizing this reality, particularly in these times of intolerance, manifests itself as a political act of affirming respectful coexistence in a context of growing diversity. Rights, therefore, for the common good!

In 2018, it completes 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and 30 years of the Federal Constitution of Brazil, indispensable documents in this walk of defense of rights, but that need our citizen and political action for its strengthening and effective orientation of our social and institutional practices.

Based on this understanding and considering the social-political-economic-environmental scenario of our country and in particular of our city and Greater Rio, we will dialogue with various religious leaders about the guarantee of rights and the mobilization of citizen forces committed to deepen and radicalize the values of our young democracy.

>> HOST: ISER - Institute for Religion Studies CLEMIR FERNANDES PhD in Social Sciences (PPCIS-UERJ, 2017). He is a researcher at the Institute of Religion Studies (ISER), where he has done research as a Social Action of Evangelical Churches, Religion and UPP, Religion and Prisons, and is the coordinator of the Faith Initiative in the Climate, which brings together religious leaders from different traditions, around the discussions on climate change. Member of the National Committee for Respect to Religious Diversity and the State Council for the Defense and Promotion of Religious Freedom of the State of Rio de Janeiro.

>> RELIGIOUS LEADERSHIP CONFIRMED: JUDAISM >> RABINO DARIO BIALER Formed by the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary Marshal T. Meyer, with a degree in Sociology from the University of Buenos Aires, with a masters degree in Rabbinic Literature from the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Coming from The Senior Educators Program at The Melton Center for Jewish Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he wrote his final thesis on Adult Education. Also, came from the "Leatid". Postgraduate in Leadership and Institutional Management by the Joint Distribution Committee. He was a representative of the "International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation", where he promoted interreligious dialogue and currently serves as Rabbi at the Israeli Religious Association of Rio de Janeiro (ARI).

CATHOLICISM >> OMAR FATHER He is rector of the Christ Redeemer Shrine and parish priest of the Church of São José da Lagoa, Father Omar, is in constant contact with interreligious dialogue and music. Since September 2017, he has presented the program "Vai na Fé", on Rádio Globo, where he receives personalities and leaders from all religions in a chat with current themes. The program airs from Monday to Friday, starting at midnight, the priest talks about stories of good, always giving a message of optimism. The main purpose of the spirituality program is to motivate dialogue.

PROTESTANTISMO >> LUSMARINA CAMPOS GARCIA Doctorate in Law and Social Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Bachelor in Theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Brazil (1985). His work connects Human Rights, Society, Theology and Art through the liturgical and humanitarian bias, seeking to identify and discuss themes related to the reality of various social segments, mainly minority groups. Inserted in the context of international campaigns, its work has the objective of sensitizing its public in order to deconstruct discriminatory attitudes and create spaces of dialogue. Has developed projects related to HIV / AIDS, Urban Violence and Peace, Gender Issues and Ecology. She is one of the founders of the Interreligious Movement of Rio de Janeiro and composes the State Council for the Defense and Promotion of Religious Freedom of the State of Rio de Janeiro.

CANDOMBLÉ >> IYÁ WANDA DOMOLÚ Black woman, Yalorixá, activist, educator, coordinator of the Ylê Asè Egi Omim - Guaratiba Island Cultural Center of Afro-Brazilian Traditions, directing cultural projects using elements from the universe of African-born peoples to hold a discussion in a perspective of building afrocentrados, (2010), Images of Axé (2010 and 2014), Electronic Magazine Pitan Dudu (2012), Orin Dudu (2015), Conversations of Terreiro (2016/2017). Im from Terreiro (2018).


  • 1. Hare Krishna (Raga Bhumidd)
  • 2. Native Traditions (Nowa Cumig Center for Native Traditions (Athamis Barbara), and Eagles Nest (Carlos Sauer)
  • 3. Protestantism (Lusmarina Campos Garcia)
  • 4. Umbanda (House of Forgiveness)
  • 5. Candomblé (Mother Wanda)
  • 6. Wicca (Og Sperle)
  • 7. Buddhism (Thai Monks)
  • 8. Catholic (Priest Omar)
  • 9. Spiritist (Luiz Augusto
  • 10. Judaism (Rabbi Darius)
  • 11. Islam (Fernando)
  • 12. Great White Brotherhood (Wanda Linhares / Charlemagne)
  • 13. MIR (Graças Nascimento) and CC MIR R.J. URI (United Religions Initiative) - (Alice Gress)
  • 14. TAOS - Temple of the Angels of the Order of Shidha (Belisa of the Archangel Michael)
  • 15. Native Peoples - Fulni-ô Xumaya Xya and Guarani Coral

Participation of Native Traditions and Native Peoples in the Ancestral Moment ... Location - Lagoa Parque das Figueiras ... "InDios" - Meeting between Native Cultures in the Sustainable Turn¬if_id=1528129992462799

"The way of life, philosophy and spirituality of indigenous peoples are of great importance in helping modern man to meet todays challenges of life." Carlos Sauer

*12h Wheel of conversation and indigenous singing Fulni-ô Xumaya Xia

*13h Guarani Coral - Composed by young Guarani, the choir presents itself with dances and native songs

*14h Healing Wheel with Native Songs to Celebrate Life to the sound of Mother Drum (Pow Wow) with Carlos Sauer. "The way of life, philosophy and spirituality of indigenous peoples are of great importance in helping modern man to meet todays challenges of life. " Carlos Sauer


Meeting of the EXPO RELIGION WG on June 13, 2018 with King Ooni of Ifé - Nigeria & Comite Interreligious Event in the Christ the Redeemer with the presence of the King of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ojaja ll, leader of the Yoruba culture.

On June 13, 2018, around twenty leaders of different religions and beliefs that are part of the Group of the Religion Expo coordinated by Luzia Lacerda, participated in the interreligious event in the Christ the Redeemer with the presence of the king of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, ojaja ll, leader of Yoruba culture. The king completed today three days of visit to Rio de Janeiro, when he was honored in the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro (Alerj) and received the medal Tiradentes, the highest honor of the state.

During the event, a prayer was made for the city of Rio and its residents, and religious leaders remembered the fight against religious intolerance. From January to March this year, cases of religious intolerance rose by more than 56% in the state of Rio de Janeiro compared to the first quarter of 2017. In absolute terms, the number rose from 16 to 25 complaints in the period, according to the Secretariat of State of Human Rights and Policies for Women and the Elderly. The most prevalent type of violence is discrimination (32%). Then there are depredations of places or images (20%) and defamation (10.8%). The religions of African matrices are the main targets: candomblé (30%) and umbanda (22%).

Comitiva do Rei OONI..

Luzia Lacerda (Expo Religion) - Rei Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi

For the director of the Institute of Religion, Luzia Lacerda, religious intolerance is a result of lack of information. "As this is a subject that has been veiled for a long time not only in homes but also in schools this is a reflection. You have to bring information to the public. What is religion of African matrices, what is the gypsy that is not religion, what are the Sunni Shiite Muslims, do not mix what is happening in other countries, "she said.

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In the photo, Queen Diambi Kabatusuila of the Congo, who also participated in the tribute, recalled that it is necessary to pass the African culture to the young. "We have to do our job to pass on the information of our ancestors to promote justice, equality and balance society," she said.

NOTE: At this Meeting I represented the Native Traditions through the Nowa Cumig Center. I was very impressed with the words of the King of Nigeria from the city of Ifé, which in the translation means Ife = Love! And indeed all the energy of amorousness was emanated during the ceremony of this Event, by All representatives of the various religious segments present. It was a precious moment to have had the opportunity to talk to the Queen of Congo and members of the Kings entourage and to exchange experiences and customs in this exchange!

Migweth! Gratitude!

Alice Gress (CC MIR R J - URI).


A NEW Circle of Cooperation is added to our region, we are already 52 CCs ... Welcome the CC Borborema in Campinas, Brazil.

The Coordination of URI AL & C announces with joy the creation of the Borborema Cooperation Circle. With this new CC we add 52 Circles in the region. This group has weekly meetings for the presentations of each religion and register testimonies to promote all beliefs. They are also organizing to request the creation of a local Interreligious Council and prepare to support the education of local teachers and professors in this dialogue, among other actions. This group is made up of representatives of 12 religions and spiritual traditions: Catholic, Umbandano (Afro-Brazilian), Hare Krishna, Spiritualist, Kardecista, Daimista, Wiccano.

Your first contact is Emanoella Alves, your email is: The secondary contact is Wittenburg, your email is:



Celebrating with a party of deep feelings of joy, love and gratitude in my soul, the 18th Anniversary of URI, family to which I belong since May of 2017, fruit of the II International Festival of Sing Authors "Una Canción por la Paz tribute to Facundo Cabral and Gilberto Gil ", where the Latin American CC of URI Musicians for Latin America and the Caribbean was created, of which I am a member for the construction of a better world.

I am very proud of the work that you have been doing throughout these 18 years, fully complying with the mission that made it possible to create this valuable global network of interreligious base that cultivates peace and justice for the good of your communities and the world, which seeks to bring people closer to religious and cultural diversity, where cooperation, love of the land, respect for the traditions of the indigenous peoples that have left us a present full of identity represent the heart of URI.

In the future I am certain that URI will continue to address spaces in different parts of the world, with the presence of a global community of Circles of Cooperation, thus fulfilling its purpose, supporting itself with the talent of its members in the various activities that they program.

With honor I affirm that, I will continue being part of a flag with the name of URI ... destined for the Peace of the World.

big hug from Venezuela.

Grateful and committed!

Andrea María

Cantautora of the Latin American C.C. of Musicians.


Happy Anniversary

The Coordination of URI AL & C and the 52 Circles of Cooperation, with presence in fourteen countries of the region, join in a feeling of gratitude and joy to celebrate the N ° 18th Birthday of URI as interreligious and intercultural network that works for the respect to unity in the diversity, justice and healing of Mother Earth. We are all proud to belong to the great URI family.

Happy Birthday!




The First Mesoamerican Youth Encounter "AWAKENING THE AWARENESS OF LEADERSHIP FOR PEACE" of the United Religions Initiative (URI) for Latin America and the Caribbean was organized by the Regional Coordination and the Global Office with the collaboration of the Circle of Cooperation The Descendants of Guatemaya.

The vision of the Encounter "AWAKENING AWARENESS OF LEADERSHIP FOR PEACE" was to develop a dynamic agenda aimed at appreciating unity in diversity and training as cells that inspire each other, are accompanied and supported. The 'Circles of Cooperation' are one in the diversity of local actions whose common denominator is the sowing of peace in the world.

The Caserío Vasconcelos of the department of Sololá, Guatemala, where the members of the CC Los Descendientes de Guatemaya reside, was chosen as the venue for the meeting.

The Meeting was attended by members of four (04) CCs, from Argentina, Guatemala, El Salvador y Panamá.


  • CC Cosmic Community: Francisco Morales-Facilitator

  • CC The Descendants of Guatemaya- CC Host
  • CC of Confederation of Ajqijab Main Councils Originating from the Mayab People
  • CC Apem

El Salvador:
  • CC Kuxkatan

  • CC Mukua

The Director of Global Programs of URI was also present: Alice Swett (USA), who together with the Regional Coordinator Enoé Texier arrived in Guatemala City to hold work meetings for four days that would allow them to get to know each other, share the successful work experiences that each CC develops in its locality and together define the activities. There were a total of twenty participants.


Dear friends- brothers:

Good Morning. As every year our Organization and the Circle of the Indigenous Peoples of Argentina carry out this activity in conjunction with the Christian Association of Youth of the City of Buenos Aires, this meeting strengthens the Dialogue with Religions and helps to achieve greater understanding between different Cultures and Religions

For us it will be an honor to be able to count on your presence.

Greetings and have a nice day.

Rosalía Gutiérrez
President of CEPNA and Contact of the CCs. Indigenous Peoples of Argentina.
Celu. 116351107

Francisco Morales
Contact of the CCs. Cosmic Community
Indigenous Writers.