Bishop William E. Swing (Ret) has been the longest serving; active Episcopal bishop California has had in recent times. Wider world issues were never far from Bishop Swing's mind, or desk. After reading of the round-the-world trip
Bishop William E. Swing
taken by his predecessor, Bishop Nichols, Bishop Swing undertook his own sabbatical world trek in 1987, visiting Anglican, Orthodox and Protestant leaders, the Pope, and Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist leaders. He found them linked by a common desire for world understanding and peace. From this experience came his idea for the United Religions Initiative (URI), linking all faiths in the cause of world justice, healing and peace, and ending the scandal of religious-based violence. Now past its tenth year, URI has proved to be a compelling and inspirational organization. Bishop Swing will spend much of his retirement, beginning June 22, 2006, working for this international community of hope.Andrew Nesky and “Outer Streams” were present at the inception of this organization and many of the shows guests are founders and supporters of this group.