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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 31, 2017 11:50 PM

A Message About Charlottesville From The Right Rev. William E. Swing

Like most everyone, I watched with shock the scenes in Charlottesville as I listened to the President of the United States speak.

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June 7, 2017 6:12 PM

The Shaking of the Foundations

Witnessing innocent lives dashed by profound evil, spurred people to gravitate to a place where good was celebrated. Ultimate forces were then in play. Solace and hope were sought above all else. 

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June 2, 2017 12:51 PM

Pittsburgh, URI and the Paris Climate Accord

In June 2017, the President of the United States, declared, “I was elected to represent citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” as he pulled this country out of the Paris Climate Accord.

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February 9, 2017 11:35 AM

A Eulogy for William K. Bowes, Jr.

Read the complete transcript of the homily offered by The Right Rev. William E. Swing, URI President and Founder, and lifelong friend, at Bill Bowes' memorial service on February 6, 2017.

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February 3, 2017 4:40 PM

Growing the URI Network in Florida

A congregation in West Palm Beach, Florida, wanted to jump into interfaith work and got in touch with me.

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December 30, 2016 1:20 PM

Christmas Day Sermon at Grace Cathedral

There are two kinds of Christmas sermons, because there are two kinds of Christmas stories in the Bible.

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December 29, 2016 9:25 AM

Celebrating Sidney Drell

In the early 1980’s, I invited Sidney Drell, a renowned physicist from Stanford University, to speak at Grace Cathedral about nuclear weapons. That occasion was the start of a twenty-five-year friendship.

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November 15, 2016 3:14 PM

A URI Perspective on the US Presidential Election

At the end of the day, the voice of the people determines the direction, whether in the USA or URI.

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October 25, 2016 5:30 PM

Eulogy for Jeanne Taylor

Read the eulogy delivered by Bishop Swing for Jeanne Taylor, longtime friend and supporter of the United Religions Initiative.

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July 8, 2016 1:46 AM

The Problem of Good

URI's founder, Bishop William Swing, penned the following after the recent spate of ISIS attacks. 

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