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Wisdom of Our Elders: Looking Back to Go Forward

About This Webinar

The Multiregion of the United Religions Initiative is offering the first webinar in the Sankofa Webinar Series: "Wisdom of Our Elders: Looking Back to Go Forward."

Join us for a conversation with our three interfaith elders about lessons learned. URI is a global grassroots interfaith network that cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities and the world. Imagine the wisdom our elders possess, and the life experiences they will share to offer participants an opportunity to be inspired and recommit themselves to their passions for interfaith networking, bridging differences and making a difference in the world!

Sankofa is an African word from the Akan tribe in Ghana.  The literal translation of the word and the symbol is “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” The symbol for Sankofa is based on a mythical bird with its feet firmly planted forward with its head turned backwards. There must be movement and new learning as time passes. As this forward march proceeds, the knowledge of the past must never be forgotten.

Our presenting elders will be: Bishop William E. Swing, Founder and President of URI and author of A Bishop’s Quest; Joy Jinks, leader of the SAASE Cooperation Circle, the NOWTIME Radio CC, and author of Dynamic Aging: I Intend to Live Forever. So Far…So Good!; and PK McCary of Think Peace International, Inc. CC and author of the Black Bible Chronicles.

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Webinar ID: 492db7a2daaf
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter Audri Scott W
Ms. Audri Scott Williams, Alabama, USA. Ms. Williams was first introduced to URI in 2005 as a walker on the Trail of Dreams World Peace Walk on their world tour. She is currently a member of several CCs in the Multiregion. Being a CC member and experiencing the network of support inspired her to become an advocate for interfaith and inter-generational dialogue as a foundation for creating peaceful and just communities. She has received several awards for her service, including the Presidential Certificate of Merit from President Bill Clinton; HBO’s Hearing Her Voice, Telling Her Story Award; Volvo for Life’s American Heroes Award; and the 2008 URI Bowes Award to the Trail of Dreams Team. She has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Tampa, a Masters Degree from Naropa University and post graduate studies at Harvard University and University of North Carolina. She continues to lead walks for peace and for the environment; conduct national and international dialogues for building bridges among people of diverse backgrounds; and nonviolent direct actions for peace, global unity and interfaith collaboration. She is committed to protecting Indigenous rights; ending racism, homophobia, ageism and gender bias. Her roots in nonviolent social change began when, as a child, her family was at the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement in the south.
Webinar hosting presenter William Edwin S
Founder and President of URI and author of A Bishop’s Quest
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.
Bishop Swing is the author of A Bishop’s Quest
Webinar hosting presenter PERRI M
Leader of Think Peace International, Inc. CC and author of the Black Bible Chronicles.
P.K. McCary is an interfaith activist, storyteller, and writer. Her books include Black Bible Chronicles: from Genesis to the Promised Land (1993) and Rappin with Jesus: The Good News According to the Four Brothers (1993). PK, a much-loved speaker, was included by Bill Moyers in a PBS series on storytelling in scripture. She has worked as a print and broadcast journalist and a playwright. PK founded and hosts Think Peace Radio, a web-based program. Long an ecumenical and interfaith activist in Houston, Texas, and globally, she has been a trustee and secretary of United Religion Initiative’s Global Council and remains active in URI Multi-Region.
Webinar hosting presenter Joy J
Leader of the SAASE Cooperation Circle, the NOWTIME Radio CC, and author of Dynamic Aging: I Intend to Live Forever. So Far…So Good!
Joy Jinks worked for the State of Georgia as a child protective services worker, and as a community Mental Health services supervisor. She used her skills in community organizing to provide non-profit day care for the children of the working poor, and to found a school for the training of Licensed Practical Nurses. As an international volunteer with the Institute of Cultural Affairs, she traveled to several countries. Realizing the importance of revitalizing rural areas such as her home town, Colquitt, GA. Joy became an entrepreneur; organized a Chamber of Commerce; and founded Swamp Gravy, Georgia’s Folklife play, based on the stories of local people and performed by volunteers. Swamp Gravy has become a national model for community revitalization through Arts and Culture.   She is a member of the Social Artistry Alliance of South East United States CC of North America and author of Dynamic Aging: I Intend to Live Forever. So far…So Good.
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