Amy Butler

Amy Butler

Amy Butler is senior pastor of The Riverside Church in New York City.

We are not alone

There’s significant power in having the courage to name the pain we carry.

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The camp of the litmus-testers

Just when you think you know the lay of the land, the gospel invites you to love harder.

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Life isn’t fair

Life is most decidedly not fair. People gain success when they’re kind and good and loving. And people gain success when they live with blatant and sometimes even harmful disregard for others.

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Beginning a journey

This columnist, who was called as pastor of Riverside Church in New York City June 8, shared this letter with her new congregation the same day.

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Remember, new ministers — you’re incidental

Seminary students often graduate believing they’re essential. They’re not. But that’s a good thing.

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Reframing reality

We all need someone to help us see beyond the morass of the present to a hopeful reality for the future.

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The pressure cooker

Pastors grapple with a deep-seated worry: how can I get everybody to believe?

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Thinking inside the box

When I look closely, I can see the fraying edges of the church-box we’re in. If I listen intently, I can hear the faint call to come on out into something new.

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It’s a no-win for the voices of exclusion

World Vision may have set a table for us to gather around and begin the conversation we must have.

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Finding grace in Lent

In our overachieving, performance-driven society, we’re tempted to tackle the work of Lent like we would a challenging homework assignment.

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