The United Religions Initiative (URI) was introduce in Pakistan during 1998 by Justice® Dr.Javaid Iqbal Lahore, Bishop Romal Shah of Peshawar and Sr.Livina Herman Gill from Lahore. They participated in the first meetings of the URI which were held in San Francisco-USA in 1997. Later on Fr. James Channan OP, become part of this organization in 1998. All of these personalities from Pakistan participated in the international meetings which were organized to make and finalize the URI Charter. This Charter was signed on 26th June 2000 at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania-USA. Justice ® Dr. Javed Iqbal, Fr.James Channan,OP and Sr. Livina Herman Gill participated in the Charter signing ceremony from Pakistan and signed the Charter of the URI.
Since its introduction in Pakistan, the URI is playing an important role to promote interfaith harmony, peace, and create culture of reconciliation and justice. It is a matter of great pride that in this short period of ten years the 30 URI Cooperation Circles (CC) are established around the country such as in: Karchi, Lahore, Sialkot, Gujrat, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Pir Mahal, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Multan, Jatoi, Sargodha and Azad Kashmir. All of these CCs are working at different level of life particularly at grass roots level for this noble cause of dialogue among cultures and religions.
There are many other organizations who are inspired by our interfaith activities and they have formed their own groups. They are collaborating with us in different activities
We are confident that in future many more CC will be formed to further strengthen the vision of URI and make its dream reality.