Bishop William Swing is the President and Founder of the URI. Bishop Swing had the original vision of URI in 1993 in response to an invitation from the United Nations which asked him to host an interfaith service honoring the 50th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter. Bishop Swing served as the Episcopal Bishop of California from 1980 until his retirement in 2006. In that capacity, he was a national and international leader in response to the AIDS crisis, co-founded Episcopal Community Services to address San Francisco’s homeless problem, and co-founded Community Bank of the Bay to support local businesses and the economy.
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Read Bishop William E. Swing's "Nuclear Weapons and the Moral and Spiritual Compass" speech given at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, October 17, 2015, on a panel with Jonathan Granoff and Jane Goodall.Read more...
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This a speech was given by The Right Rev. William E. Swing, URI President and Founding Trustee, at the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and the 15th anniversary of URI's charter signing.Read more...
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This speech was given by URI founder and president Bishop Swing at the Holy See & Global Security Institute's United Nations program "Nuclear Weapons and the Moral Compass" on April 9.Read more...
April 9, 2015 3:03 PM
This prayer was written by the United Religions Initiative founder for “those whose hearts carry the weight of nuclear weapons.”Read more...
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