Challenging Injustice, Advancing Human Rights

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee advances human rights through grassroots collaborations.

Rev. Dr. William Schulz

President Emeritus

William F. Schulz was designated President Emeritus of UUSC in 2016 after six years as UUSC’s President. He now serves as a Senior Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and as Affiliate Professor of Preaching and Public Ethics at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Before coming to UUSC, he served for 12 years as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA. An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, William is a former president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

He has appeared frequently on radio and television news and analysis shows and is the author or contributing editor of several books, including In Our Own Best Interest: How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All; Tainted Legacy: 9/11 and the Ruin of Human Rights; The Phenomenon of Torture; and The Future of Human Rights: US Policy for a New Era.

The New York Review of Books said in June 2002, “William Schulz has done more than anyone in the American human rights movement to make human rights issues known in the United States.”

Schulz graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio, received a master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School at the University of Chicago, and holds eight honorary degrees.