About

First Church in Boston logo I’m a Unitarian Universalist minister, educator and consultant specializing in the worship arts,  team ministry and community building.  In 2013, I joined the ministry team at First Church Boston.  Co-founder of Leading Congregations and a certified Healthy Congregations ® facilitator, I help religious leaders develop the skills and strategies needed to build thriving ministries.

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Testimonials

“Amy Freedman is centered in heart and mind, and coordinates all aspects of her life from that center. Her sense of using both artful language, and intellectual honesty blended into a whole contributes to her worship style, her teaching gifts and her organizational skills. Her aliveness and presence embodies her message, and illumines her path.”
Rev. Dr. Mark Belletini, Senior Minister, 1st UU Church of Columbus, OH

“Amy’s strengths are considerable.  She is a strong speaker, an excellent listener, a warm, caring presence.  I have used some closing words she has written many times in worship—and these words have brought people to tears.  She has considerable skills across generational lines from infants and up, creatively well utilizes the arts in her ministry, and leads moving worship.”
Rev. Keith Kron, Unitarian Universalist Association Director of Transitions 

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Family

Family is very important to me.  After studying at the University of Michigan and Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA, I returned to New England.  I love to travel and experience new places, but Cambridge is my home where I grew up and now reside.  Continue Reading…

Family on Martha's Vineyard

Parish Ministry

Following seminary, I served as the Interim Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Martha’s Vineyard.  I was invited back to be their Consulting Minister this Fall. For ten years, I served as the Senior Minster of Channing Memorial Church  in Newport, RI.

Channing Memorial Church  - Photo by Matthew Cohen

As Unitarian Universalists, we are change agents—bringing a liberating message of equality, inclusion, and love. Part of my ministry includes inviting people of all ages to engage in social action and service.  Through dialogue, education, working together in the community and partnering with people beyond our church walls we become more effective in changing the world and changing ourselves.

Education

I received my Masters of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA.  While attending seminary, I served as Director of Religious Education of Starr King UU Church in Hayward, CA, and Research Associate for the Reimagining Worship project. During my Clinical Pastoral Education, I served as a chaplain on the Trauma Unit of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.

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