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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.

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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June 24, 2013 10:01 AM

A Tribute to URI's Founding Executive Director, Charles Gibbs, on the Occasion of his Retirement

With self-effacing humor Charles Gibbs laughs about his singing voice.  We, his friends, go along and beg him not to sing Happy Birthday or the National Anthem.  

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April 30, 2013 2:11 PM

Remembering Harvey Masonek

The Right Rev. William E. Swing, Founder and President of URI, reflected on the life and career of longtime URI supporter Harvey Masonek during Monday’s memorial service in San Francisco. 

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April 30, 2013 1:48 PM

The Religious Dimension of the Boston Marathon Bombing

In an essay on the Boston Marathon bombing, the Right Rev. William E. Swing notes that it is important to consider the context in which religiously-motivated violence occurs.  

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March 5, 2013 3:55 PM

Laboring in the Soil of Interfaith, Searching for the Soul of Interfaith

URI Founder and President the Right Rev. William E. Swing presented these thoughts on faith, ecumenism and interfaith on Feb. 25 as the annual Paul Wattson Lecture at the University of San Francisco.

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