Amy Butler

Amy Butler

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

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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Trendy? Maybe, but the church needs more of it

After overcoming initial reluctance, the experience of offering ashes on a busy Washington street revealed the deep needs of passersby.

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Where’s that bishop on my speed dial?

Congregational polity requires us to have a little more skin in the game, to put more of ourselves into the nurture of healthy communities. That can hurt.

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Considering seminary? Get ready for the unexpected.

There are things I wasn’t taught in seminary. But there was plenty I did learn — some of them unexpected.

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