What Now? What's Next?

December 2, 2018 - 10:15am

Richard Williams, Director of the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN) will present a service on the topic of "What Now? What's Next?" It's a brief description of the current state of social justice in Pennsylvania and the nation. It includes some thoughts about how our faith might be more effective. UU Plan works together in common cause to embrace, articulate, and advocate for all goals of social and environmental justice. Some of the current political trends in PA are directly threatening to UU values regarding the rights and dignity of individuals, the democratic process, caring for our environment, and the rights of women and people of color. Through monthly online justice team meetings, action alerts and lobbying efforts they promote values to policy makers to advance just legislation.

Richard Williams grew up in Sioux City, Iowa and has been a UU since birth. After studying architecture in New York State, he settled in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and formed an architectural firm that has evolved into Williams Kinsman Lewis Architecture. The firm provides a variety of planning and architecture services throughout the northeastern United States.

In 1991 with support from the Joseph Priestley District and the Pennsylvania Universalist Convention, he was part of the group that chartered the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Wyoming Valley.

In 2011, Richard was the only Independent elected to the 11-person Luzerne County Council. His service on the Luzerne County Council ended in early 2018. He chose not to run for re-election. He lives in Kingston, Pennsylvania.