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
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
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