About Amanda Udis-Kessler

"Thanks again for your amazing work, Amanda!!!  What a gift to the whole progressive Christian movement!" - Rev. Jim Burklo, author/songwriter/pastor

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.

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).

Her responsive readings are available on the Unitarian Universalist WorshipWeb (www.uua.org/worship) and in Lifting Our Voices (Unitarian Universalist Association, 2015). Other sermons, academic writings, and video clips are available at https://amandaudiskessler.com.

Amanda’s worship music and readings are also available at progressivechristianity.org, hymnsandbooks.blog (UK), at worshipwords.co.uk/authors/ and at the Australian site Singing from the Lectionary (lectionarysong.blogspot.com). Practical Resources for Churches lists this website as a music resource.

Amanda's hymns are available in score form on the Scores subpage, with more added regularly; recordings are available for some hymns and songs on the recordings subpage, also with more added regularly. Videos are linked on the YouTube videos subpage.

Amanda is a member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, the United Church of Christ Musicians' Association, the Fellowship of Worship Artists, and the Association of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries. 

Contact Amanda at amanda@amandaudiskessler.com with questions and requests for particular hymn settings, songs. or other creative materials. This includes requesting scores in other keys or requesting recordings for scores in which a broadcast-ready recording is not posted.