Amanda Udis-Kessler is a hymnwriter, songwriter, composer, and writer who specializes in music and lyrics for liberal/progressive religious people and communities, including inclusive, social justice-minded Christians, Unitarian Universalists, and other open-hearted religious traditions. Amanda's religious music is in use across the US and in Canada, the UK, South Africa, and New Zealand.
She has served informally as composer-in-residence at Vista Grande Community Church (UCC, Colorado Springs, CO) and (also informally) as the consulting long-distance music director for Affirming God's People UCC in Las Vegas, NV. Amanda was the featured hymnwriter/composer for the Fall 2020 through Summer 2021 issues of the UCC Musicians' Association journal Worship, Music, & Ministry. She was also the June 2021 Musician of the Month at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing (MI).
Her hymns have appeared in Sing Justice! Do Justice! (Selah/Hymn Society, 1998), Shaping Sanctuary (Reconciling Congregation Program, 2000), Singing the Journey (Unitarian Universalist Association, 2005), Sing Your Faith (General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches (UK), 2009), Selah Songs of Rejoicing (Selah Publishing Company, 2011), and Songs for the Holy Other (Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, 2019). Her song about domestic violence survivors, "Love Her before You Judge Her," was included in the 2021 book Domestic Violence: Tragedy and Hope (Frances T. Pilch. ed., Robert D. Reed Publishers).
Amanda is a member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, the United Church of Christ Musicians' Association, and the Association of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries. She presented a sectional, "A Holy Discomfort: The Spiritual Work of Singing Welcome" at the 2021 Hymn Society Annual Conference.
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