Raised in a large Polish Catholic family in the Detroit area, Rev. Susanne earned a BA in English and history, before moving to New York City in 1990. There she worked as a journalist and editor at Ms. Magazine and sought inspiration and community at All Souls Unitarian Church, where she became active and founded a new young adults group. After receiving a scholarship to attend Harvard Divinity School, she graduated with a Masters in Divinity and was ordained as a UU minister in 1999.
After her ordination, Rev. Susanne and her new husband, James, an academic, moved to California where she worked as a Director of Religious Education in Santa Monica, until James was offered a post as a professor of psychology in Wales, United Kingdom. Their growing family lived in Wales for 13 years, during which time Rev. Susanne raised her kids, studied the Welsh language, helped to found a Unitarian fellowship, received her PhD in Digital Media for Community Engagement, and worked remotely for the Unitarian Universalist Association in Boston.
In January 2016 Rev. Susanne took a position at the Follen UU Church in Lexington, MA, as Director of Community Engagement. After two years at Follen, Rev. Susanne was called to be the settled minister of MUUC in May 2018.
Susanne and James now live in Lexington with their two teenagers (Quinn and Lily), plus a dog and a cat. Their oldest, Eli, attends Tufts University, where James is on the faculty.
To get to know more about Rev. Susanne, please read through some of her sermons (click HERE) Better yet, after reading, do stop in for a Worship Service and say “Hello!”.
As sung by our choir (paraphrased) on the joyful day in our church history when Rev. Susanne accepted the call to be our next Minister:
Our hands are ready, our hearts are ready, our voices are ready, our spirits are ready – God, what do we do now?