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.
February 12, 2015 9:30 AM
February 3, 2015 9:00 AM
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.Read more...
August 1, 2014 10:30 AM
May 8, 2014 2:21 PM
URI's United Nations representative, Monica Willard, invited me to participate in an interfaith service at the Church Center in the morning...Read more...
May 6, 2014 2:02 PM
What do the following tragedies have in common?Read more...
December 25, 2013 11:36 AM
November 14, 2013 2:38 PM
Before getting into the relevant issues it needs to be said that "There'll Be Some Changes Made, Today."Read more...
September 18, 2013 11:42 AM
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.Read more...
June 24, 2013 10:01 AM
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.Read more...
April 30, 2013 2:11 PM