Dear Friends at Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, 

I am beyond thrilled to be named your candidate for ministry.

You know that feeling you get — when a hunch turns into a hope, the hope turns into a prayer, and then, by a miracle, that prayer turns into a plan? That’s the feeling I have. And it is pure JOY. With a big dollop of gratitude on top.

From the day I first studied your website, to the hours I spent with the  good people on your search committee, to the feeling I got when I stepped into your sanctuary, to everything I learned in my long talks with Rev. Anita, everything kept adding up — Melrose is the place for me!

Here’s some of the reasons I love Melrose:

  • Your commitment to social justice shines through. I really admire how you’ve all dug into the Diversity topic this year, with meaningful participation from all corners of the church. Your Green Sanctuary group is going strong, and Melrose Organizes for Racial Equality is transforming the city. And the vacation school lunches program — Who wouldn’t love that?
  • Your community is strong. From the successful Spring Fling to the upcoming Talent Show, from the Chili/Chowder Cookoff to Community Singing Night, you all know how to have FUN together! And isn’t that a core part of a thriving community?
  • Your religious education program is solid and growing, backed by dedicated volunteers and an energetic new leader. And I hear such good things about your talented Music Director. I can’t wait to meet these colleagues and start planning out our team dreams.

That goes for all of you.

Melrose UU Church is already a vibrant religious community. With a hard-working, kind-hearted, and deeply committed minister at the helm, there’s no telling where we can go together!

What are you dreaming of for MUUC? Let’s talk. I can’t wait to begin our grand adventure in faith!

In the meantime, please take a look around my website and get to know me a bit. Read my resume, watch a couple sermons.  Find out about my religious journey. Then you’ll have plenty of questions ready for me when we meet during candidating week. See you then!

Sincere thanks to all the members of the MUUC Search Committee, for their hard work and commitment: Eric Lambiaso, Erin Hobin-Audet, Cathy Sang, Daniel Griscom, Dan Franklin, Carol Farese-Viola, and Randall Grometstein.

In faith and hope and love,

Rev. Susanne


Watch “Unlock Your Heart” September 17, 2017

“Cultivate Hope” August 20, 2017

“Changing the Narrative” August 13, 2017


About Rev. Susanne

Currently the Director of Community Engagement at Follen Church in Lexington, MA, Rev. Susanne Intriligator holds an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School and a PhD in Digital Media for Community Engagement from Bangor University in Bangor, Wales. She lives with James, her husband of 18 years and a professor at Tufts, and her three children, Eli, Lily, and Theo, in Lexington, MA.

Susanne’s Resume

Susanne’s Religious Journey and Call to Ministry

What Others Say About Susanne




Worship is the living center of parish life and ministry. It is where and how and when we unite as a community, connect with one another, gather inspiration, and recommit to our deepest values.

Creating meaningful worship is a sacred responsibility and a deep joy.

Rev. Intriligator is pleased to provide samples of worship materials she has created. For more, see Sermons.

New Member Welcome, November 2017

Sample Prayer: Thanksgiving, 2017

This coming week many of us will gather with family and friends, people with whom we may have long and complicated relationships. It helps to prepare.

Let us enter into the spirit of prayer or meditation.

Dear Spirit, Great Mystery that has blessed us with Life, help us to feel grateful.

We give thanks in this moment for lungs that breathe in and out, for hearts that beat, for bodies that work.

We give thanks for this coming holiday, however and with whomever we will spend it. We give thanks to be alive, to be able to mark the day in whatever way we choose.

We give thanks for all our previous Thanksgivings, however they were. We give thanks for family, for friends, for those who gather around us in body or in spirit, in flesh or in memory.

We give thanks for all those people who came before us, who — flawed and damaged as they were — loved us into being, shaped us into who we are now. We remember with gratitude.

We give thanks for mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers — they did their best.

We give thanks for wacky uncles and rebellious aunts, for rambunctious cousins and unexpected guests.  We give thanks for overcooked stuffing and dry birds, for burnt rolls and over-sweet pies and even for sinks full of dishes. We give thanks for long car rides, dashes through airports, parades and football games and endless rounds of Monopoly.

We give thanks for the awkward conversation, the strained pause, even the slammed door. We give thanks for disagreements that forced us to grow and move and evolve.

We give thanks for all of it. All of it. For all these wild and hungry people – our family, our friends, our congregation — people just as flawed as we are, all dealing with more than we can see, all part of a larger whole, every last one doing their best.

We give thanks for the glory of being alive. We give thanks for Thanksgiving.