Amy Butler

Amy Butler

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

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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Sometimes spiritual discipline requires a 'thumbs up'

Following Jesus is hard. An encouraging word may be what keeps us at it.

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Finding a place to ask the tough questions

The church must find a way to welcome and love and honor individuals honestly grappling with questions we can never fully answer anyway.

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Ghosts of Christmas past

It’s a beautiful irony of human experience that we work so hard to keep things static, and all the while they are always constantly changing.

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Not afraid of miracles

Miracles happen, because God is with us through everything.

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Embracing conflict

Welcome to the season of conflict avoidance.

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