A Letter From Our Ministerial Candidate, Rev. Susanne Intriligator

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 L., Erin H-A., Cathy S., Daniel G., Dan F., Carol F-V., and Randall G.

In faith and hope and love,

Rev. Susanne