Jack Gray Lecture Series Welcomes Theologian Amy Butler Oct. 11-12

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WILSON, N.C. — September 18, 2019 — What does it mean to breathe new life into one’s faith? How does one re-energize leadership within the Church in the face of today’s challenges? Join St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and Barton College as they co-sponsor this year’s Jack Gray Lecture Series featuring the Reverend Dr. Amy Butler, renowned public theologian. Dr. Butler will address these timely topics for church and society.

The Jack Gray Series Lecture, “Revitalizing Our Faith,” will be held on Friday evening, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. While there is no charge for this event, reservations are required, as there will be limited seating available. Please register online at https://www.barton.edu/jackgraylecture/The registration deadline for the lecture is Friday, October 4.

The conversation will continue as participants discuss “How Does the Church Lead in the Face of Challenge,” in the Jack Gray Series Workshop, hosted by Barton College on Saturday morning, Oct. 12. The workshop will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall on campus and will begin at 10 a.m., with lunch included. The workshop cost is $15 per person, and advance registration is required. Please register online at https://www.barton.edu/jackgraylecture/The registration deadline for the workshop is also Friday, October 4.

About the Speaker:

A public theologian, the Reverend Dr. Amy Butler serves on the advisory council of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School. She most recently served for five years as the seventh senior minister and first woman at the helm of The Riverside Church in New York, N.Y. Her professional ministry career began as director of a homeless shelter for women in New Orleans, La., where she later served as associate pastor of membership and mission at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church. In 2003, she was called to the position of senior minister of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown, the first woman to lead that historic congregation.

Dr. Butler holds degrees from Baylor University, the International Baptist Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary. Though leading institutions of faith in today’s society can be one of the most challenging roles of leadership, Dr. Butler is optimistic about the impact that faith communities have on the world.

For additional information about this year’s Jack Gray Lecture Series, please contact Dr. Gary Daynes, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Barton College, at 252-399-6343 or gdaynes@barton.edu.

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