We Advocate for Interfaith Values in the Secular Setting of the United Nations

  • We support peace, justice, human rights, and environmental sustainability.
  • We offer an in-person Summer Internship Program for international students aged 18-22 to teach about the peacemaking work at the United Nations, which includes site visits to different religious settings and service projects.
  • Our annual free FORUM webinar focuses on the global climate crisis and offers a variety of moral, religious, Indigenous, scientific, and youth perspectives.
  • We present the ECO JUSTICE FOR ALL Dialogue monthly free webinar series, an in-depth look at current environmental issues with international experts and activists.

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Kindness emerged as a fundamental value, and this year many men came to stand in full support of women's empowerment.  Many made this a family event.

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Planetary Grief and Species Extinction

Planetary Grief and Species Extinction

  “Planetary Grief and Species Extinction” Dec 14 Thursday 10-11am ET Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota, Founder "First Voices Radio” Prof Larry Rasmussen, Union Theological Seminary, author, “The Planet You Inherit” Arlana Redsky,...

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UN Calls for Humanitarian Ceasefire

UN Calls for Humanitarian Ceasefire

The Temple of Understanding, as a UN Department of Global Communication accredited NGO, offers this information about UN humanitarian efforts in the Israel / Gaza crisis. We pray for the continuation of truce and for ceasefire. According to UN Secretary-General...

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The Ordination of a Tree: Engaging the Rights of Nature

The Ordination of a Tree: Engaging the Rights of Nature

  The Ordination of a Tree: Engaging the Rights of Nature Presented November 16, Thursday 10-11am ET Susan M. Darlington, President-retired, Deep Springs College, Professor emerita of Anthropology and Asian Studies, Hampshire College, author “The Ordination of a...

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