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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.

April 9, 2015 4:36 PM

Bishop Swing's 'Nuclear Weapons and the Moral Compass' Speech

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.

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April 9, 2015 3:03 PM

A Prayer for Those Whose Hearts Carry the Weight of Nuclear Weapons

This prayer was written by the United Religions Initiative founder for “those whose hearts carry the weight of nuclear weapons.”

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February 12, 2015 9:30 AM

Bishop Swing: Reflections on Jordan

There are always religions, plural and together in competition. Right there, at the intersection of God and gods, is the problem and the solution. 

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February 3, 2015 9:00 AM

Bishop Swing: Responding to George Shultz's Testimony

As Founder and President of URI, I would like to build on former Secretary of State George Shultz's testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services to say a little more about our mission.

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August 1, 2014 10:30 AM

Bishop Swing: Carrying the Agony in Hope

In the midst of the insanity, someone has to model sanity.  Someone has to demonstrate a better alternative. Someone has to nudge civil society toward its best promise.  

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May 8, 2014 2:21 PM

Bishop Swing: Reflections on my recent trip to the UN

URI's United Nations representative, Monica Willard, invited me to participate in an interfaith service at the Church Center in the morning...

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May 6, 2014 2:02 PM

Speech at the UN's "Nuclear Weapons and the Moral Compass"

What do the following tragedies have in common?

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December 25, 2013 11:36 AM

A Christmas Prayer from Bishop Swing

Lord, “We Need a Little Christmas. Right This Very Moment.”

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November 14, 2013 2:38 PM

Summary of the Second Retreat of the Environmental Satellite CC

Before getting into the relevant issues it needs to be said that "There'll Be Some Changes Made, Today."

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September 18, 2013 11:42 AM

"My House shall be a House of Prayer for all People"

The following is a sermon given by the Rt. Rev. William E. Swing on July 28th, 2013, at St. Andrew’s Dune Church in Southampton, New York.

Isaiah   56: 3 – 8
Mark  11: 15 - 19

Jesus did not make up these words:  "My House shall be called a House of Prayer for all people."  Those words were written about 500 years before He was born.   Jesus didn't make up those words, but he thought about them....a lot. And he added a few words of his own.  And he did something dramatic to make those words come alive in the great temple in Jerusalem.

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