Author Bio

Amanda Udis-Kessler (PhD, sociology, Boston College; certificate, Iliff School of Theology) is the author of Queer Inclusion in the United Methodist Church (Routledge, 2008), Abundant Lives: A Progressive Christian Ethic of Flourishing (Pilgrim, 2024) and Cultural Processes of Inequality: A Sociological Perspective (Anthem, 2024). She has essays, chapters, and other materials in an additional 13 books. Amanda’s liturgical materials are available at several compilation websites in the US, UK, and Australia.



Amanda offers antiracism and anti-oppression trainings specifically as a white person for other white people. These workshops focus on the cultural processes underlying inequality, the issue and nature of white discomfort with racism, and concrete actions people in socially valued groups can take to work for inequality.



For information about Amanda’s work as a hymnwriter, songwriter, and sacred music composer, please see her bio at The music on this website is all available for free, with no licensing or reporting requirements.



Amanda is a covenantal partner, musician, and lay worship leader at Vista Grande United Church of Christ (Colorado Springs, CO, US) and a regular visiting speaker at the Progressive Christianity Network Britain St. Albans Group.