Sara A. Williams

Candidate for Nominating Committee

Sara A. Williams

Cathedral member since 2016

 

Cathedral Ministry Involvement

  • Member, Noon Service Leadership Team
  • Member, Outreach Committee
  • Cathedral representative, Churches Active in Northside (CAIN)
  • Facilitator, “Becoming an Ally,” 2017 Lenten Series: Privilege

 

Education

  • Coursework completed for a PhD (Christian Ethics), Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • MA (Christian Ethics), Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT
  • MSW (Community Social Work and Nonprofit Management), University of Georgia, Athens, GA

 

Professional Experience

  • Case management, partnership development, human rights and fundraising development for domestic and international nonprofits and non-governmental organizations (8 years)
  • Assistant manager, Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry and Clothing Closet, The Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James, New Haven, CT (1 year)
  • Faculty member teaching Christian ethics, religion and social justice; staff member leading interfaith and community engagement initiatives (5 years)

 

Community Volunteer Experience

  • Member, board of directors, The Interfaith Center at Miami University
  • Member, board of directors, Scriptural Reasoning Network
  • Volunteer consultant, Prospects for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine, Presbyterian Church USA (2015)
  • Volunteer, East Atlanta Community Association (2015)
  • Volunteer, Cabbagetown Neighborhood Improvement Association (2013–2014)
  • Volunteer grant writer, The Kenya Project (2008)

 

Candidate Statement

I am excited and humbled at the prospect of serving on the nominating committee. So often in churches, as in any organization, the same small group of people end up leading everything. The result is burnout and lack of representation. I would bring my experience in nonprofit board recruitment to identify leaders emerging in the corners and at the margins of our church community, who may have profound contributions to make but currently have no platform with which to make them.

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