The XXXIII Paul Wattson LectureLaboring in the Soil of Interfaith:Searching for the Soul of InterfaithRight Reverend William E. Swing, Retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of CaliforniaMonday February 25, 2013 - 5:00 PMMcLaren 252, University of San Francisco
Bishop William Swing is the President and Founder of the United Religious Initiative. He had the original vision of the 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. The Paul Wattson Lecture Series honors the memory of the Rev. Paul James Francis Wattson, SA (1863-1940), Founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and Pioneer for the cause of Christian Unity. Each year the Friars bring to the University of San Francisco international leaders of ecumenical or inter-religious expertise.