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First female senior minister of NYC’s Riverside Church to speak at Whitworth April 9

April 8, 2015

The Rev. Amy Butler, senior minister of the historic Riverside Church in New York City, will deliver a lecture, “Wishful Thinking: Diversity, Community and the Future of the Church,” on April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Hixson Union Building’s Multipurpose Room. Butler’s Whitworth lecture is sponsored by the university’s political science, women’s and gender studies, and U.S. cultural studies departments. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Butler is the first female senior minister in Riverside Church’s 84-year history. Since the church’s founding, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson and Nelson Mandela have made appearances at its pulpit.

In her lecture, Butler will speak about diversity in the contemporary Christian church, focusing on how to grow congregations and build better communities. Butler’s ministry works toward bridging gaps between evangelicalism and mainstream Protestantism.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate programs.


LuElla D’Amico, assistant professor in English, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3267 or

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