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Envisioning Peace: The United Religions Initiative

Presented by: The Commonwealth Club’s Middle East Forum


Location: 110 The Embarcadero, Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium, San Francisco • Time: 11:30 a.m. check-in, noon program, 1 p.m. book signing • Cost: $20 non- members, MEMBERS FREE, $8 students (with valid ID) • Reserve your tickets at common- wealthclub.org or call 415-597-6705 • Note: In association with the San Francisco Interfaith Council

  • The Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian Jr., Executive Director, United Religions Initiative
  • Michael Pappas, Executive Director, San Francisco Interfaith Council
  • Rita Semel, First Global Chair, United Religions Initiative
  • The Rt. Rev. William E. Swing (Ret.), Founder and President, United Religions Initiative

Our distinguished panel will discuss the United Religions Initiative (URI), which was begun by Bishop William Swing in 1993 after he was invited by the United Nations (UN) to hold a large interfaith service to mark the UN’s 50th anniversary. The URI envisions a world at peace sus- tained by a global grassroots interfaith network (known as cooperation circles) that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences.

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