Building covenantal relationships among Unitarian Universalist women that equip us all to be better co-conspirators and allies in the movement for collective liberation.

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Elandria Williams Leadership Circle

Elandria Williams (1979–2020) was known for leadership both in the Unitarian Universalist community and the wider community. In the UU world, E is best known for serving as a co-moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Association (Sept. 2017–June 2020). In addition, Elandria coordinated the General Assembly Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM), was a consultant to the UUA Young Adult Office, was a founding member of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) Organizing Collective, and served on the Board and the Anti-Racism Transformation Team for E’s district. Elandria was also a member of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, TN, which is where E grew up.

In the greater community, E was involved with the Highlander Research and Education Center, co-editor of Beautiful Solutions, and executive director of PeoplesHub. E was an advocate for collaborative justice and collective liberation. Elandria’s passions included racial justice along with gender justice. E was particularly devoted to centering youth and young adults in the UU faith. E was also passionate about ableism, advocating for equal inclusion for all.

But, more than anything, it was E’s expressive love and passion that made the most impression. There was an energy and vibrancy along with an ability to create personal connections, that embued Elandria’s spirit. Elandria was an incomparable leader, joyous presence, and indomitable force in our Unitarian Universalist community and beyond.

The UUWF Elandria Williams Leadership Circle has been created in E’s name as a way for local women’s groups, congregations, and individuals to honor women and femme-identifying folx aged 35 and younger who have been leaders in their congregations and communities, particularly in the areas of promoting justice. This honor serves as a gateway to being a part of a special community of women who will learn together, support each other, and continue to lead the movement for collective liberation.

Who Is Eligible

A congregation, a covenantal community, an individual, or a women’s group can honor a UU woman or femme-identifying person who is 35 or younger, and whose life and work you wish to recognize, by recommending their induction into the Elandria Williams Leadership Circle.

The Elandria Williams Leadership Circle is a covenantal community comprised of those we understand to be carrying out E’s legacy in the world. This recognition of leadership will serve to acknowledge and support younger folx who are active and engaged in creating change.

How We Honor Young Leaders

By being invited into the Elandria Williams Leadership Circle, the honoree will become part of a special community of women supported by the UUWF. The UUWF will connect the Elandria Williams Leaders to each other through gatherings, workshops, special projects, communications, and other ideas that the community itself identifies. The UUWF will invite this community of young leaders to co-create with us ways for the UUWF to realize our mission—to build covenantal relationships among Unitarian Universalist women that equip us all to be better co-conspirators and allies in the movement for collective liberation.

The Circle is inspired by our long-standing Clara Barton Sisterhood, which honors Unitarian Universalist women leaders age 80 or older. The Elandria Williams Leadership Circle aims to honor young UU woman and femme-identifying leaders and nourish connections among them for decades. They will receive public recognition on the UUWF website and at annual gatherings.

Your Elandria Williams Leader will be awarded a certificate suitable for framing and a letter recognizing their accomplishments.

How to Submit a Nomination

Nominations may be submitted at any time and there is no fee. Use this form, supplying as much information as you are able. Please allow four to six weeks for processing.

Unitarian Universalist Women's Federation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.


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