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United Religions Initiative – Building a Global CommunityThis presentation introduces the United Religions Initiative (URI), its founding story and a brief summary of its eleven year history. Sally will discuss the keys to successfully building a global community: Sharing the sacred; Appreciative/respectful culture; Charter held in common – shared Purpose and Principles; Simple organizing design – Cooperation Circles; and Freedom to create, act, achieve aspiration to meet local needs.


Sally Mahé is Director of Organizational Development with the United Religions Initiative, an international interfaith organization that relies on locally rooted interfaith communities to transform religious tension into positive social good. In that role, Sally helps build and sustain URI’s organizational infrastructure by supporting eight regional leadership teams from around the world. She is co-author of Birth of a Global Community: Appreciative Inquiry in Action, 2003; and, A Greater Democracy Day by Day, 2004. Sally holds an M.Ed from Harvard and a MA in Theology from General Episcopal Seminary. Prior to serving as core staff for URI, Sally developed a nationally recognized curriculum in the basic principles of democracy, Law in Action Series, 1980 and created spiritual education programs, “Spirit of Place”, “Deepening the Journey,” “Educating for Democracy.”