"We need to be the change we wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi
URI Europe AISBL* functions as an umbrella for different European interfaith organizations and groups. It is registered as an international non-profit organization in Antwerp, Belgium.
URI Europe works - among others - to support the URI network, organize face-to-face interfaith-meetings, edits the 'URI Europe Dialogue Letter', an e-mail newsletter.
An international team meets several times a year in Brussels for promoting URI's work for peace, justice and healing in Europe. The team members work as volunteers.
The URI Europe Regional Support Team
Sheikh BASHIR Ahmad Dultz - URI Europe Vice Chair (GC trustee 2005-2012) (Bonn, Germany)
Sheikh BASHIR is a Muslim leader, co-founder of the oldest Islamic organization in Germany, the German Muslim-League, co-founder of the national Islamic umbrella organization Central Council of Muslims in Germanyand Sheikh, i.e. spiritual leader, of the Sufiorder Tariqah As-Safinah and of the German Muslim-League Bonn. He has been strongly involved in interfaith dialogue for decades and is part of about 20 different peace and interfaith efforts, among them the Christian-Islamic Society, which he has served for 20 years as a board member, 12of these as president. Being very involved in Abrahamic dialogue e.g. on the planning teams of the “Standing conference of Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe” (1985-1999) he has also co-founded the “Jewish Christian Muslim Summer School” at Ammerdown, UK, and has served as its Muslim team-leader (1991-2014). Another longstanding residential event he has co-founded is the annual “Christian-Islamic conference at Pentecost” which runs uninterruptedly since 1988, and he serves as Muslim team-leader on the conference team. All these happenings are residential events for several days up to a full week. Since 1997 Sheikh Bashir has been involved founding and building URI, he has served URI for two terms as elected Global Council member of the Europe region and continues to serve on the URI Europe board and as president of URI Germany.
Jonas Yunus Atlas - URI Europe Treasurer (Ghent, Belgium)
Jonas is a scholar and activist from Belgium. He writes and lectures on religion, mysticism and societal change. Spiritually, he’s rooted within the Christian tradition, although, for many years, he also immersed himself into various Eastern religions. After his studies in philosophy, anthropology and theology at different universities he became active in all sorts of local and international peace work, often with a distinct focus on cultural and religious diversity. His texts, essays and books can be found atwww.jonasyunus.net.
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Vjekoslav Saje - URI Europe Secretary (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Architect and Facilitator in Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving & Negotiation, Position Project Manager and URI Europe Secretary of the Board.
Vjeko is involved in interfaith work since 1986 when he was living in Baghdad. From 1994 to 1996 he has been working for UN in Sarajevo, assisting various missions and started a project CSIS-Center for Strategic & International Studies in Conflict Resolution for Religious Communities. In 1997, together with CSIS, WCRP-World Conference on Religion and Peace and USIP-United States Institute for Peace, he has assisted in forming of Inter-Religious Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He was taking part in various international interfaith forums and event as: 2005 Goldin Institute for International Partnership and Peace, in Amritsar, India; November 2005 - Peace Conference in Hague, hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and organized by Clingendael Institute; June 2007 United Religions Initiative - URI Europe Assembly in Belgium/Antwerp "Interfaith Dialogue: A tool for peace in Europe"; August, 2009 - Global Majority “Promoting Peace by Dialogue” international training seminar in Jerusalem, Israel.
During the meeting in Budapest, where URI Europe was established in 2000, he set up a Cooperation Circle, Balkan as a Soul Bridge, with representatives of 4 traditions , to contribute to rebuilding a broken and divided society after the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Through storytelling and inter-religious dialogue, all sides had an opportunity to speak about the atrocities committed during the war, and find the ways to reconciliation.
He has been attending or organizing various URI meetings, conferences and workshops until now, such as PIttsburg, Salt Lake City, Barcelona, Antwerp, Berlin, Sarajevo, Mostar, Pristina, Brussels, Bonn, Paris, Plovdiv.
Elisabeth Attar Lheure - URI Europe Board Member,
Global Council Trustee (Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)
Elisabeth Attar Lheure is collaborating with AUDIR [Associació UNESCO pel Diàleg InterReligiós] in Barcelona since 1999, and has worked in the field of mediation for social cohesion in urban areas, using interfaith dialogue as a tool for prevention and resolution of inter-convictional conflicts in different cities and suburbs of Catalonia (Spain). Elisabeth is serving on the United Religions Initiative-Europe Board since 2006, and as a Trustee of URI's Global Council, since 2009.
Marianne Horling Bonn - URI Europe Board member,
Global Council Trustee (Bonn, Germany)
An artist and teacher, Marianne Horling is a member of an intercultural choir and has worked with migrant children from many different backgrounds, teaching them to explore and reflect upon the world of art. She spent many years working with a member of the German Parliament, has participated in several interfaith conferences and organized seminars on the hidden meanings of fairy tales.
Deepak Naik MBE - URI Europe board member (GC trustee 1998-2005)
(Coventry, United Kingdom)
Rev. Hierodeacon Petar Gramatikov - URI Global Council Trustee (Plovdiv, Bulgaria)
Mr. Gramatikoff is a hierodeacon of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, as well a Doctor (Didiaskalos) of the Universal Orthodox Church. He is currently the Chief Expert in religious questions in the municipality of Plovdiv, as well as Vice President of the Eastern European Forum for Dialogue-Bridges NGO. He has been working for years in the field of human rights, defending the traditional view of the Orthodox church in terms of respect for all beliefs, beside all theological conceptions.
Bart ten Broek - URI Global Council Trustee (The Hague, theNetherlands)
Mr. ten Broek is a longtime friend of URI: he co-founded the Steering Committee URI the Netherlands CC in 2003, and attended the Mayapur Global Assembly in 2008. He works as a school director, a Gestalt Therapist, an advisor of a Dialogue House in the district of Segbroek in The Hague, as well as member of Interreligieus Beraad Segbroek (IBS), a URI CC.
Karimah K. Stauch - URI Europe Coordinator (GC trustee 2002-2005) (Bonn, Germany)
Karimah holds an MA degree in Economics from the University of Frankfurt/Main and an MA degree in Islamic Studies from the University of Bonn. Karimah works at the IT Department of Welthungerhilfe, a development NGO in Bonn, as officer for IT training and IT knowledge management. Since 2003 she is the European co-ordinator of the URI; she works with the URI Europe board and regional support team to support URI development in Europe. She is actively involved, including in board functions, in various NGOs, interfaith efforts and planning teams as well as Muslim organisations. Her research thesis "An Empirical Study of Islamic culture in Germany with special consideration of women’s issues" was published by Weissensee Verlag publishers.
Lejla Hasandedic - Dapo - URI Europe CC Liaison Officer (Antalya, Turkey)
Lejla is psychologist, psychotherapist, activist, peace builder and volunteer from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Currently working as lecturer at Akdeniz University, Antalya, Turkey and as URI Europe CC Liaison Officer.
She was URI Youth Ambassador and she is co-founder of Youth For Peace URI CC from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Friendship Among Cultures in Turkey URI CC.
Everyday trying to build bridges among people mind, hearts and souls, believing that small things are making big changes.
Angelina Vladikova - URI Europe CC Liaison Officer (Sofia, Bulgaria)
Angelina is an activist and peacebuilder from Bulgaria. She is Eastern Orthodox Christian with Master degree in Ecumenical Theology from Geneva University and Chateau de Bossey, Switzerland. She is a chair of BRIDGES – Eastern European Forum for Dialogue – an NGO for intercultural and interfaith dialogue; actively involved in practical dialogue among people from different faiths in Bulgaria. Her interests are: working with youth, art as a tool of dialogue, ecology and women's issues. Currently Angelina serves as URI Europe CC Liaison Officer (since 2015).
* association internationale sans but lucratif / international non-profit association
"We need to be the change we wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi