Bio

About Amanda Udis-Kessler

Amanda Udis-Kessler is a hymnwriter, songwriter, composer, and writer who specializes in music and lyrics for liberal religious people and communities, including inclusive, social justice-minded Christians, Unitarian Universalists, and other open-hearted religious traditions.

She has served informally as composer-in-residence at Vista Grande Community Church (UCC) and will be the featured hymnwriter/composer for several upcoming issues of the UCC Musicians' Association journal Worship, Music, & Ministry.

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 responsive readings are available on the Unitarian Universalist WorshipWeb (www.uua.org/worship) and in Lifting Our Voices (Unitarian Universalist Association, 2015).

A number of her 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. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Amanda is working to make broadcast-ready recordings available for churches to use during virtual worship at no charge.

Some of the hymns were recorded as part of Amanda's latest album of liberal religious songs and hymns, Rejoice!; the album can be found in its entirety for free at everysoulmusic.com/music. Contact Amanda at the email address below for a copy of the CD.

A small number of responsive readings and other worship materials are available on the "Other Materials" subpage; any of these may be used freely in worship services and other settings as long as Amanda's name remains attached to them as author.

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.

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.