Getting to Know Rev. Sky Williams-Tao
Sky Williams-Tao (they, them), who is 27 years old, grew up in Scottsdale. Williams is their mother’s maiden name and Tao is their husband’s mother’s name. They chose Sky as a first name because it is more gender neutral than their birth name.
Sky’s best friend attended preschool at UUCP and at age 12 was attending Our Whole Lives [OWL] (a lifespan sexuality education curricula). Their friend’s father wanted Sky to attend as well and they did. They also attended the “Coming of Age” program, studying a curriculum to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and to become aware of their own beliefs. Sky also attended winter and summer camps at Camp de Benneville Pines and it was through helping with those worship services that they began to think about studying for the ministry.
Sky attended Middlebury College in Vermont, majoring in dance and minoring in Arabic. Asked about why Arabic, Sky indicated having heard about the Iraq war and the continuing conflicts between Israel and Palestine, they wanted to learn more about the conflict from the point of view of people and in the people’s own language.
After graduating from college, Sky worked on Susan Frederick-Grey’s campaign for UUA president. They believed Rev. Susan was the right person for the job at the right time. They carried out various duties from communications to donor information processing to handing out tee shirts.
After the UUA campaign, they attended Starr King School for the Ministry and finished in May. Sky’s husband has a degree in computational analysis and public policy. Sky was first drawn to the UU church because of the casualness and informality of it. Since then, they have been drawn to the theology of covenant and the value of relationships in the UU faith. The focus on love as a central theological ideal and the anti-oppression work that is grounded in caring for each other and the earth is a tenet that speaks to them.
Sky enjoys reading, watching tv, crocheting, and art. They have a movement meditation practice. They especially like science fiction and fantasy books and enjoy comic books as well.
Sky is looking forward to getting to know the WVUUC congregation and learning more about what supports our faith and our spirituality. They are also applying for fellowship through UUA.