Visionary of the Year Finalists Include URI Founder Bishop Swing

5 March 2018, 10:07 AM

URI's Founder and President, the Right Rev. William E. Swing, has been chosen as one of six finalists for the San Francisco Chronicle 2018 Visionary of the Year.

Bishop Swing Chosen as Visionary of the Year Finalist

URI's Founder and President, the Right Rev. William E. Swing, has been chosen as one of six finalists for the San Francisco Chronicle 2018 Visionary of the Year. (The winner will be announced on March 27.) 

The San Francisco Chronicle has published a feature on Bishop Swing's work, and the creation of the United Religions Initiative (URI). The article delves into the challenges URI has overcome since its inception, and triumphs URI's success, against overwhelming odds, in building peace among people of differing beliefs and paving the way for a world free of religiously-motivated violence.

"How Swing effected change for the good around the world is a story of ingenuity and, some might say, extraordinary vision nourished by compassion."

An excerpt from the article:

"Bill Swing’s big idea ran into trouble almost immediately after he thought of it 23 years ago. Yet Swing’s widely rebuffed notion — to create a United Nations equivalent for the world’s religions to work together in peace — is today a million-person global powerhouse that educates children, fends off terrorist recruitment and, improbably, turns religious opponents into allies in 104 countries. So far. How Swing effected change for the good around the world is a story of ingenuity and, some might say, extraordinary vision nourished by compassion.

Read the full article in the San Francisco Chronicle: "SF Bishop Swing Builds Global Powerhouse for Good."

"The United Religions Initiative is one of the most constructive things going on anywhere in the world today" - George Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State


URI'S UPCOMING CIRCLES OF LIGHT GALA

Please join us for Circles of Light on March 15 if you would like to meet Bishop Swing and congratulate him on his nomination. There are still tickets available here (advance registration required through our website).

On March 15, 2018, in San Francisco, URI will celebrate its 15th annual Circles of Light gala on the theme “People Uniting.” This event of public unity brings together women and men of different religions, cultures, political beliefs, and age groups for a common cause: building bridges of empathy and working together for peace. In today’s climate of rising hate, prejudice, terrorism and deepening mistrust between neighbors, URI gives hope to all who believe in the possibility of peaceful coexistence among all people in this country and on the planet.

Circles of Light 2018 Event Details:

Ritz Carlton Hotel San Francisco
Reception: 6:00 pm | Dinner: 7:00 pm
Cocktail or Festive Attire

Get Tickets Here

Circles of Light - 15th

ABOUT THE UNITED RELIGIONS INITIATIVE

The United Religions Initiative is the largest grassroots interfaith network in the world. It cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities. We implement our mission through local and global initiatives that build the capacity of more than 900 member groups and organizations, called Cooperation Circles, in 104 countries, to engage in community action such as conflict resolution and reconciliation, environmental sustainability, education, women’s and youth programs, and advocacy for human rights.

URI holds the prestigious distinction of being a non-governmental organization (NGO) with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and has long-standing partnerships with several other UN agencies 

Contact us at info@uri.org for more information.