Preacher of the Week: Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray

Murray(outdoor1b)(fullres)Bringing his expertise on the history and contemporary relevance of Christian theology and ethics, religion and the arts, inter-religious dialogue and homiletics, the Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray will serve as Preacher of the Week from August 7-11. This week is supported by the Tropf family in memory of Warren and Joan Tropf.

The Rev. Dr. Butler Murray is a distinguished academic and theologian. He earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion from Bucknell University, his master’s degree from Endicott College, a Master of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School and a Master of Philosophy and a Doctorate in Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

His depth of experience and knowledge have allowed him to broaden the scope of people he can reach.

He was raised as an Episcopalian, but in parish ministry, he has served as a pastor of American Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Unitarian-Universalist and United Church of Christ congregations in urban, suburban and rural settings in Massachusetts, Michigan and New York.

In higher education, he served as the chaplain and on the faculty of Endicott College, Skidmore College and Suffolk University, was an administrator at Yale University’s Dwight Hall Center for Public Service and Social Justice and has also taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York and Auburn Theological Seminary.

He currently serves as the president and professor of Systematic Theology and preaching at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Mich., a position he stepped into in 2014.

At the 10:30 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, Aug. 7, the Rev. Dr. Butler Murray will provide a message based on Philippians 4:4-9. His sermon is titled “A Dream of Peace.”

During his week at Lakeside, the Rev. Dr. Butler Murray will also preach at the combined Faith for Living Hour and education lecture at 10 a.m. Monday-Thursday in Orchestra Hall.

At 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9, he will lead Vespers by the Lake, held at the Steele Memorial Bandstand. He will preach about “Seeking Peace in a World that Rejects Peace,” based on Romans 12:9-18.

Guests may obtain a complimentary Church Pass between 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday, valid until 3 p.m. A complimentary Faith for Living Hour Pass is available from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Both of these passes include admissions for guests and auto.

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