Rev. Susanne Skubik Intriligator
Education and Credentials:
PhD in Digital Media for Community-Building, 2015 Bangor University (Wales)
Masters of Divinity, 1999 Harvard Divinity School
Bachelor of Arts, 1987 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ordination to UU Parish Ministry, 1999 First Parish, Lincoln, MA
Preliminary Fellowship with the UUA, 2001-2020
Full Fellowship, 2020
Unitarian Universalist and Ministry-Related Experience:
Minister, Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church, Melrose, MA, August 2018-present
Director of Community Engagement, Follen Church, Lexington, MA January 2016-July 2018
Preaching monthly. Leading “New UU” class, facilitating workshops. Providing collaborative leadership with committees on anti-racism, nominating, Partner Church, Adult Programs, stewardship. Responsible for volunteer recruitment, leadership development, communications, social media, and membership-related activities.
Online Strategist, Unitarian Universalist Association, Boston September 2013 – June 2014
Led innovations in digital media at the national level. Worked across departments to invigorate and redesign website and social media approach. Rewrote key web pages. Led staff trainings and workshops at GA. Developed a webinar on “Writing for the Web.” Working both remotely from Wales and travelling to the US. Position absorbed into new department.
Communications Officer, 2020: Growing British Unitarianism, United Kingdom 2013-2015
Managed communications and web presence for national movement to revitalize British Unitarianism. Served on leadership team, presented at workshops and national GA.
Founding Member and Leader, Undodiaid Bangor Unitarians, Bangor, Wales, UK 2007 – 2015
Helped to create, lead, and grow a fellowship affiliated with British Unitarians. Served as worship leader, board member, communications volunteer, and lead RE teacher.
Funeral Celebrant, British Humanist Association, North Wales, UK 2009 – 2010
Conducted personalized funeral services representing Britain’s largest humanist organization.
Director of Religious Education, UU Church of Santa Monica, Santa Monica CA 2001 – 2003 Professional leader of a Sunday school for 250 children. Led transition to “Way Cool Sunday School” model. Led children’s worship. Chose curricula. Inspired and led 60 RE teachers.
Intern Minister, UU Church of Reading, Reading, MA September 1998-June 1999
Created, led, and preached in worship services for children and adults; taught classes for all ages; provided pastoral care. Functioned as a parish minister in all aspects, full-time.
Student Minister, First Parish, Lincoln, Lincoln, MA September 1997- June 1998
Created, led, and preached in worship services; taught religious education classes for adults; provided pastoral care. Learned to work as a parish minister, half-time.
Chaplain Intern, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston MA May – August 1997
Tended to the spiritual and religious needs of patients at large urban hospital. Visited, counseled, prayed with/for people of many faiths.
Special Assistant to the President for Public Witness, UUA, Boston MA Sept 1996-June 1997
Researched and edited sermons and speeches for president of a religious denomination. Served as his liaison with political organizations.
Editorial Assistant, World Magazine, UUA, Boston MA May 1996-September 1996
Researched and wrote articles for denominational magazine.
Other Professional Experience:
Creator/ Manager, “Anglesey: A Bridge Through Time” Website, Wales, UK 2011- 2013 Designed, wrote and edited 25,000-word website that integrates fresh heritage interpretation with community-building, volunteer moderation, user-generated content and social-media elements. Website later absorbed into larger county-council-sponsored site.
Cover Supervisor, Guidance Mentor, Ysgol Aberconwy, Conwy, Wales 2008-2009 Supported and taught students in a large public secondary school, both individually and in whole classes, during teacher absence. Started a new student newspaper.
Assistant, then Associate Editor, Ms. Magazine, New York, New York 1990 – 1995 One of seven top editors of national/international magazine. Chief writer of international news briefs section. Chief editor of religion department. Also associate copy editor — responsible for grammar and syntax of 100 pages of text per issue. Wrote up to 10 original stories per edition.
Sample Recent Publications:
“Local Heritage as Participatory Digital Culture: The Rise and Fall of ‘Anglesey: A Bridge Through Time’ Website”
This adademic paper, based on my PhD research, was accepted as a presentation at the prestigious upcoming conference Cultural Heritage Communities: Technologies & Challenges in Dublin 28 June 2015.
“Anglesey: A Bridge Through Time” Website (wrote, designed, and/or edited entire site) “Writing for the Web” video webinar that trains UUA staff to write more compelling web pages (wrote, presented, recorded, uploaded)