Rev. Amy Butler, Senior Pastor at Historic Riverside Church in Manhattan

October 1, 2014

“In 2014, three of the nation’s most influential mainline Protestant congregations called female senior pastors for the first time: Rev. Shannon Johnson Kershner at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church; Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., and [Amy] Butler at [New York City’s] Riverside, which is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the American Baptist Churches USA.”

Today’s link features an interview from the PBS program Religion and Ethics Weekly with Rev. Amy Butler, the first female pastor of the famed Riverside Church in NYC.  It’s a short video (with transcript) which also features Diana Butler Bass commenting briefly on the history of women in the pulpit.

Click here to check out this story and video on the PBS website.

For a related link, readers can watch and listen to a  20-minute video of the Rev. Dr. Butler’s candidacy sermon here on Acts 2, preached on Pentecost Sunday.  This is powerful and well worth listening to. (And she weaves in inclusive language and imagery in speaking about God beautifully.)

suggested by Letha Dawson Scanzoni, posted by Marg Herder

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