An Evening with Rev. Amy Butler
Come listen to and be in the presence of one of America’s most prominent ministers as she talks about her inspiring and provocative new book, Beautiful and Terrible Things, a reflection on the necessity of community, the inevitability of conflict, and the transformative power of radical love. Amy will read from the book, engage in a dynamic and “real” conversation with Rev. Erica Thompson, and with the audience in Q & A. The event will be ASL interpreted.
Following the event there will be a reception in Drew Hall where Rev. Amy will continue to have conversation with people and sign books.
Event only – $15 | Event + signed copy of book – $45
Event registration/tickets and book purchase here: https://www.ahcc.org/civicrm/event/info/?reset=1&id=194
Tickets & books may also be purchased at the door
About Rev. Amy & the book:Theologian Frederick Beuchner said, “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.” Pastor Amy Butler, the first woman at the helm of New York’s historic Riverside Church, knows firsthand that to navigate such a world, one must be courageous, honest, and compassionate. In Beautiful and Terrible Things, Pastor Amy draws on the most meaningful, challenging, and soul-shaking moments of her own life to offer larger lessons on theology and relationships. Pastor Amy grew up in a conservative Evangelical family in the diverse culture of the Hawaiian Islands. As she realized she was more inclined to be a pastor than to marry one, she began an unlikely journey, breaking one stained-glass ceiling after another. Holding increasingly high-profile ministry positions in New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and New York City, Amy weathered rigidly unwelcoming congregations and enormous trials, ultimately learning that only the radical love of community could generate healing. As she describes her experiences leading a church to publicly affirm its LGBTQ community members, losing a child, and undergoing an unexpected divorce, Amy offers a thoughtful lens on all the ways life can push us to see the world from another’s perspective. In her signature compassionate, witty voice, she offers fresh, nonjudgmental perspectives on faith – which, at its most beautiful expression, allows for the possibility that there is more than one way to experience God.
Amy is the founder of the philanthropic initiative Invested Faith. She is the mother of three children and currently resides in Hawaii.