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Just, entirely too much info if you want it. 

I am a Storyteller and Artist.

This is, like, all the stuff you take off your adult resume.


My journey began as a bossy 10-year-old writer in the DMV-- that's the immediate Dc, Maryland, Virginia area cluster that only includes select parts of each state, which we are very specific about for no logical reason.

 Fast-forward to my teen years and I was an art student at St. John's College High School in Dc, making found-object sculptures and poetry. My time was divided between volleyball, swim instruction, and art until I graduated college. 


In my 20s, I was a Communications student at Cheyney University of PA ( the first HBCU) -- which is incidentally where I met my husband).

Graduating 7th in my class of 200, I skipped off with a Bachelor of Arts, lots of honor cords, and awards. Re-collected my husband about 10 years later but as we say, "you, too, can find your boo at CU".

Anyway, after college, I worked as a live-in counselor at a really posh group home before going to graduate school. No seriously--it was built by the Extreme Makeover show!

Graduate School

I graduated from Wesley Seminary with a Masters's of Theological Studies.

I also dabbled in anthropology, neuroscience research, and First Amendment law at American University and the Newseum's Religious Freedom Institute, respectively. 

My thesis was an ethnography on the God-brain and the religiosity of Black women. I can be found on file in Wesley's library and I pray it made a lot of sense. Ask me about it.

Ministry Internship - The Sanctuaries, Dc

I spent my 3 years in seminary as a community organizer-activist-minister at The Sanctuaries, DC which was an interfaith non-profit for social justice, arts, and spirituality. This picture <-- is at a laid-back church type of event I led with my partners and was eventually filmed by CBS in a special called Faith, Spirituality, and the Future. I had to give up my spot to be interviewed in the special because of a time crunch. I'm still super sad about that but I have a page where you can view it.

Current Affiliations 

Anywhoo-- now I am an itinerant minister in the Unitarian Universalist faith which is a big group of seekers that is united by commitment instead of doctrines.

I specifically am agnostic and practice Buddhism, while people surrounding me can be anything from Orthodox Jewish to Atheist. We celebrate everyone's faith together. I really dig this new online world because I am generally barefoot and eating something. 

As of March 2024, I am the Executive Administrator of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Community Ministers (UUSCM)

Professional Stuff

I consult across various disciplines most of the year

(check out my long-term client/company that I run and do seasonal work as a recreation specialty instructor for the Parks & Rec Dept because pool is life. I made every single thing on this website and would love to help you get your web page in the world. I do a full design, logo, and launch service. See my websites. 


I have four kiddos and one husband, which remains my favorite ministry. 

Let me help you tell your story.

Amanda Swiger Photography


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