The Right Rev. William E. Swing

United States

Location of Activities

North America
Episcopal Community Services
President and Founder, United Religions Initiative

Co-Founder, Episcopal Community Services

Retired Episcopal Bishop, California, USA

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.

Biography as at 20.02.18
The above narrative biography is sourced from https://uri.org/who-we-are/our-team/staff
Main Publications: 

1.) Swing, William E. 1998. The Coming United Religions. San Francisco, Calif: United Religions Initiative.

2.) Swing, William E. 2015. A Bishop's Quest: Founding a United Religions.

3.) Swing, William E. 1999. The Surprise of Inter-religious Life. Cincinnati, OH: Forward Movement Publications.

4.) Swing, William E. 2017. The Sacred and the Silly: A Bishop’s Playful and Eventful Life.

Areas of Actions: 
Freedom of Religion or BeliefYouthInterreligious DialoguePeace and ReconciliationConflict Resolution and TransformationDemocracy, Social Cohesion and CitizenshipShared Human ValuesIntercultural DialogueWomen's Rights
Forms of Actions: 
Educational ProgrammesInformation DistributionNetworkingResearchCommunity BuildingSocial Work and Community ServiceAdvocacyDialogue