The Rt. Rev. William E. Swing

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President and Founding Trustee

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.

Bishop Swing is an inspirational speaker and an author, most recently of A Bishop's Quest: Founding a United Religions and The Sacred and the Silly: A Bishop's Playful and Eventful Life. Both books are available on Amazon.com; the proceeds of book sales will benefit URI.

URI Stories

Gulf Oil Spill

I recently went to a fund-raiser for the URI CC Interfaith Power and Light. The speaker was the eminent American biologist and author about the global environmental crisis, Dr. E.O. Wilson. It was a fascinating conversation and it got me to thinking about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  What are we saying to God in the face of this catastrophe?