The final segment of the fall 2019 Campolo Fellows Lecture Series will take place next week, November 7-9, 2018, when the Rev. Dr. Amy Butler delivers a series of talks for the Campolo Center for Ministry, Eastern University and Palmer Theological Seminary. The spring 2019 visiting fellows will be announced soon.
The three-day series will conclude with Dr. Butler’s lecture on Friday, November 9th entitled, Preaching the Gospel when the World is Falling Apart. She summarizes her talk as follows:
Jesus didn’t start a church, he started a movement. Many people are talking about whether the church can survive. The more important question is, should we? If the church is not preaching a gospel relevant to people’s lives or that speaks prophetically to the brokenness of our world, is it time we pass the microphone to someone else?
We invite you to join us for these public sermons, lectures and discussions.
10 AM: Eastern University Chapel “Fear, Forgiveness and Faith” John 20: 1-18 (Gym)
(watch via live stream here)
11:30 AM Lunch with Campolo Scholars, students, faculty, staff and guests (Baird Library)
11:30 AM Lunch with Campolo Scholars, students, faculty, staff and guests (Walton Hall)
1 PM: Class: INST 150: Intro to Faith, Reason and Justice (HHC 104; limited seating)
4:30 PM: Social Work 110: Human Diversity & Social Interaction (HHC 222; limited seating)
6 PM “Chapel & Chew” Devotion with Campolo Scholars and Seminary (McInnis 251)
10 AM: Windows on the World Lecture: “Preaching the Gospel when the World is Falling Apart” (McInnis Auditorium)
11:30-1 PM: Luncheon and Q & A with Faculty/staff, Campolo Scholars, student campus ministry leaders, seminarians and special guests (Baird Library)
For questions about the Campolo Fellows Lecture Series, please contact the Campolo Center at CampoloCenter@eastern.edu or 610-341-1715.
ABOUT Rev. Dr. Amy Butler
Pastor Amy Butler is the seventh Senior Minister and first woman to serve at the helm of the Riverside Church. She holds degrees from Baylor University, the International Baptist Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary. Pastor Amy’s professional ministry career began as the director of a homeless shelter for women in New Orleans, Louisiana; she later became Associate Pastor of Membership and Mission at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in the city of New Orleans. In 2003, Butler was called to the position of Senior Minister of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown, where she was also the first woman to lead that historic congregation. After 11 years in Washington, D.C., the congregation of The Riverside Church voted to call Pastor Amy to the Senior Minister position. She often talks about what a gift and responsibility it is to be here at The Riverside Church in this moment, working to live into a legacy of social justice advocacy and gospel community building.
When she’s not busy leading the church, Pastor Amy enjoys exploring New York, taking in a concert or a Broadway show, or hosting friends for dinner. She is an avid reader and loves to write, recently completing her first memoir which was be published by Penguin Random House Books in 2018. Pastor Amy is a single mom to three amazing young adults who are each making their way in the world; they are her favorites. She is nourished by the support and care of the Riverside community, excited for the voice and witness of this church, and optimistic about the impact faith communities have on the world. She played the cello in high school but that has absolutely no relevance to her current life. Her children would say that her status as a licensed motorcyclist is the direct result of a midlife crisis, but she disagrees.
Follow Pastor Amy on her blog www.talkwiththepreacher.org or on social media @PastorAmyTRC.