Malawi hosts United Religions Initiation southern Africa assembly

The United Religions Initiative (URI), a global grassroots interfaith  network that promotes peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world, is this Sunday meeting in Malawi.

Fr Ng’oma (L) with other priests

“The Regional Assembly will take place at St. John’s of the Cross Conference and Retreat Centre which is near Nyungwi Roman Catholic Parish in Chiradzulu district.

“The theme for 2017 Regional Assembly is ’Together for Peace: Respect, Safety and Dignity for All,’ and will be conducted from 1st October, 2017 to 6th October 2017,” said Malawi National Coordinator Father John Ng’oma.

Fr Ng’oma added: “Every year, URI Southern Africa organises a regional assembly in order to discuss the successes and challenges the
organisation is acing in its work.

“It is an opportunity to inspire and encourage each other as all the cooperation circles in the region strive to promote the much needed peace.”

The URI Southern Africa has its headquarters in Cape Town, South Africa and is currently present in the following Southern Africa countries; Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa.

URI Regional coordinator, Reverend Karen Barensche said that she is excited to be in Malawi, the warm heart of Africa, disclosing that the regional office decided to have this event in Malawi upon looking at the excellent work that the URI cooperation circles are doing in promoting peace among people of different religions and cultures.

“There are also efforts to spread URI to other Southern Africa countries,” said the head of URI Southern Africa Region Rev. Karen.

The Malawi National Coordinator Fr. John Ng’oma explained that URI operates through cooperation circles and that globally there are over 750 cooperation circles but in Malawi alone there are 15 cooperation circles that are scattered across the country.

During the Regional Assembly Youths from all the cooperation circles in Malawi will also be trained on leadership by URI International Youth Trainer Nyambura Mundai, from Kenya.

The National Coordinator for URI Malawi, Father Ng’oma said that he is excited to host this international assembly and he looks forward to the event.

“It will be great and unforgettable to have this important event in Malawi. It means that URI Malawi is being recognised well both locally and internationally,” said Fr. John.

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