The Bowes Awards were established by the URI to recognize and catalyze innovation and cooperation among Cooperation Circles and the individuals and organizations in their communities. CCs are doing amazing interfaith work throughout the URI community, and the Bowes Awards is to lift up model action projects in each of the eight regions, all which embody the Preamble, Purpose and Principles of URI.
The Awards are made possible by a generous financial gift from John and Frances Bowes, in honor of William K. Bowes, brother of John and noted venture capitalist, philanthropist and major supporter of URI.
Beginning in 2008 in Mayapur, India, the Bowes Awards will be given at URI’s Global Assembly. The award is a financial gift to support the project and provide scholarships to attend the URI Global Assembly and will be presented to the 8 applicants (one from each region) whose proposals stand out and can be a model of interfaith cooperation for others to replicate.
The 2008 Bowes Award for the Southeast Asia & the Pacific region was awarded to the Peacemakers’ Circle for its project on leadership training in the region. Ours is a region with clusters of island-countries separated not only by bodies of water, but by diverse cultures and beliefs of their people. Although there are numerous interfaith activities and initiatives already going on in various parts of this region, there is a need to build bridges that would connect people and help them to be agents of change. The Peacemaker’s Circle CC project would fulfill this need by providing a URI leadership training program that would create a core team of leaders who would help deepen and strengthen the sense of being URI among CC members, uniting all parts of the region to realize its vision to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings in this part of the world.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE URI-SEAP BOWES AWARD WINNER—THE PEACEMAKERS’ CIRCLE CC and the SEAP region!