World Goodwill

World Goodwill is an organised movement founded in 1932 to help establish right human relations based on the principles of brotherhood, human unity, sharing and cooperation and on the fundamental rights and freedoms embodied in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human rights. World Goodwill is a global service organisation working to solve humanity’s problems through the constructive power of goodwill and practicing the principle of non-discrimination in race, religion, ideology, and political and economic convictions. Its activities are essentially educational.

The objectives of World Goodwill are to:

  • Stimulate and encourage all people of goodwill everywhere to establish right human relations between races, religions, nations and classes through understanding and communication.
  • Assist people of goodwill in their studies of world problems and promote cooperation and sharing for the common good.
  • Cooperate with other organisations in constructive activities contributing to world unity, stability and right human relations.
  • Make available up-to-date information on constructive current action in the main areas of human life through publication of a quarterly newsletter and goodwill commentaries on issues of world interest.
  • Aid in establishing goodwill as the keynote of the new civilization.
  • Support the work of the United Nations and its specialized agencies as the best hope for a united and Peaceful world.

These goals have been actively pursued through:

  • the World Goodwill Newsletter, a quarterly publication highlighting the energy of goodwill in world affairs, and presented with a universal spiritual approach to topics of concern.
  • study papers dealing with some of humanity’s major problems.
  • publications in many languages presenting the principles underlying right human relations, and the fact of a divine Plan as spiritual reality working out in crucial areas of human affairs, including education, religion, finance, political and world events, etc.
  • commentaries displaying evidence of the emerging new age civilization with comment on current world events.
  • symposiums and forums which provide platforms for information and discussion of world problems and issues.

United Religions Initiative

a) The purpose of the United Religions Initiative is to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence, and to create cultures of Peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings. We are a global, grassroots organization, with locally active groups on all continents who are globally connected by the principles of URI. We are widely open to participation and collaboration. Any group of at least seven individuals including at least three diverse religions, spiritual expressions and indigenous traditions may be a member of URI.

b) Our Peacebuilding activities come under several of the paths, including Education, Environment and Culture, however, all are done as interfaith community actions. Despite the difficulties in the Middle East, the Israel Interfaith Association has continued a program in which Muslims, Jews and Christians come together to share their beliefs and thereby deepen understanding and trust. In Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi and other countries in Africa, URI Cooperation Circles have ongoing work that includes interfaith dialogue, education, AIDS prevention, economic development and conflict transformation. We have planned a program of multi-cultural and inter-religious conflict transformation workshops that would provide training of trainers in Uganda, Ethiopia and the Philippines. Our Manipur, India, group led a successful effort to have curfews lifted and violence reduced in their state. The leading work for our Circles in Korea is a program of religious education, presenting different religions to a diverse audience. And in Latin America, work ranges from Viva Rio’s program to turn in handguns (100,000 at a recent event) to creating inter-religious curricula for public schools programs in Argentina as a result of their new national law on religious freedom.

We continue to bring forth in all our endeavors a positive approach to Peacebuilding, notably through the use of the Appreciative Inquiry, an innovative methodology for organizational development, as well as through our commitment to include those voices not often heard.