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The Reverend Doctor William J. Gardiner

Bill Gardiner is an anti-racism organizer and trainer with many years working as a consultant for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). He develops resources for white Unitarian Universalists (UUs) to address issues of racism and white power and privilege. He also works with anti-racism transformation teams in UU congregations and districts.

Along with The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Bill is the Co-chair of Allies for Racial Equity (ARE) Education and Training Team. This team develops anti-racism training resources and educational materials for white people in the Unitarian Universalist Association who are committed to working for racial justice in the Association and in the wider world. They have developed the Whiteness Curriculum and the Transforming our Whiteness weekend workshop.

A member of the Board of Crossroads, Bill is also a Crossroads trainer. Crossroads trained the first five hundred Unitarian Universalists who participated in a power analysis of racism program. (This power analysis program is called the Jubilee Two in the UUA.)

From 1994-2004, Bill worked in the Department for Faith in Action at the headquarters of the Unitarian Universalist Association located in Boston, MA. Bill was co-director, with The Rev. Melvin Hoover, of the Faith in Action Department. He later coordinated many of the Journey Toward Wholeness anti-racism initiatives. Additionally, Bill is a Jubilee Two trainer. He has led over fifty power analysis of racism training in the UUA, and had an important role in supporting the development of anti-racism transformation teams throughout the United States. Additionally, Bill helped develop and coordinated the Social Justice Empowerment Program, which focuses on how Unitarian Universalist congregations can develop effective social justice programs.  He has worked with thousands of people (in the Unitarian Universalist Association and in other faith communities) across the country and consulted in over two hundred UU congregations, districts, and seminaries.

Bill served as Associate Minister at All Souls Church in Washington, DC, from 1967-1972. He was the minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville, TN, from 1972-1980. While in Nashville, he studied for a Doctorate of the Ministry at the Vanderbilt Divinity School. In July of 1980, Bill moved to Philadelphia to begin his ministry at the Unitarian Society of Germantown where he served until December of 1989.

During his ministry Bill worked intensively on a number of social justice issue, including racial justice, peace and disarmament, housing, community organizing, gender justice, and environmental issues. He has also been an ally for members of the bi-sexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender community.

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