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Susan DeSelms

Music director and organist

Susan DeSelms has served as minister of music and organist at the United Parish in Brookline since 2001. She began laying the groundwork for the Negro Spiritual Royalties Project in 2020 and facilitated its launch in October 2021. She is also the choir director and Shabbat pianist at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, Massachusetts, and annually brings the church and temple choirs together to lead joint worship services.

She was the chair of the 2017 UCC Musicians Association National Conference in Boston: “Empowering Musicians, Transforming Communities.” In 2016, she helped launch and facilitate the End Mass Incarceration initiative at the United Parish with a churchwide reading and discussion of Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow.”

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Nurturing Children Through Worship and Prayer Initiative

A new grant is available to support endeavors that help children come to know and love God and grow in faith.

The Nurturing Children Through Worship and Prayer Initiative aims to support programs that help congregations strengthen worship and prayer practices that respect how children experience God and express their faith, include children with disabilities, draw upon the arts, create opportunities for Bible storytelling, and connect worship to the daily lives of children and families.

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. (ET) on May 6, 2024.

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