In Memoriam: Elandria Williams, UUA Co-Moderator, 1979–2020

Photo: elandria williams_uua.org_gen_session_ii_30UUA, October 2, 2020

On behalf of the entire Association, we share our heartbreak for the profound loss of our recent past Co-Moderator Elandria Williams, a dear friend to so many and incomparable leader of our faith, who died unexpectedly on September 23, 2020.

We especially lift up in our prayers and in deep care Elandria’s parents, Elnora and Erven Williams, and E’s twin brother Frederick. We know that innumerable people, communities, and organizations across the world are grieving and honoring Elandria’s life, leadership, activism—and E’s love that knew no bounds. (Links are included below which share some of the outpouring of tributes to Elandria.)

What is lifting up my spirit is holding that I am unbound. What is lifting up my spirit is that I will break the chains. What is lifting up my spirit is that I am deserving of a 100% radical love, care and worthiness. And I will accept nothing less.

– Elandria Williams, Source: United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC)

Elandria was a joyous presence and an indomitable force in our Unitarian Universalist community and beyond, a righteous organizer for justice and liberation who inspired so many. We will be forever grateful for Elandria’s legacy in our faith tradition, helping us transform our faith communities to build the inclusive, anti-oppressive world we imagine, in which we all are held in the circle of love and care. More here.

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The Organizing Collective Board of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism smiles at the camera.

As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all people as a core principle of our faith. Yet the dignity and worth of Black lives is under direct threat in every community from disproportionate infections from COVID-19, from police violence, from economic insecurity and collective trauma. The devaluing of black lives is not new – it has been ingrained in our country’s history for over 400 years. The Unitarian Universalist Association has committed to dismantling white supremacy and patriarchy inside our faith and in the wider world, which has included supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, working expand sanctuary and decriminalize Black and brown, immigrant and Indigenous communities, flanking movement organizing to end the oppressive systems of policing, mass incarceration and detention, and now calling on UU’s to pursue alternatives to contacting the police support the wider push to defund the police and invest in Black communities. And yet there is still so much more to do.











Taking A Collective Breath: Deepening our alignment with the Side with Love and UUSC logo artMovement for Black Lives Webinar Series
August 11 – October 13

In collaboration with UUSC, Side With Love is offering an exciting new webinar series to deepen our collective activism and participation in the Movement for Black Lives.

We invite you to participate in Taking A Collective Breath: Deepening our alignment with the Movement for Black Lives, a five-session series built around the elements of the BREATHE Act. The webinars will explore the components of the BREATHE Act and utilize its structure as a way to focus our energies to effectively support ongoing racial justice work. Come learn and build with local and national partners who are shaping conditions to make liberation possible. This is an invitation to locate yourself in this moment as well, we each have a role to play.

Learn more about this webinar series here. Register for this webinar series here.