Easter Greeting – Rev. Dr. Amy K. Butler

Easter Sunday greeting from the senior minister of The Riverside Church in the City of New York, The Rev. Dr. Amy K. Butler. April, 2015.

Palm Sunday Message – The Rev. Dr. Amy K. Butler

Palm Sunday Message from The Riverside Church’s senior Minister, The Rev. Dr. Amy K. Butler. March, 2015

Riverside Youth Filmmakers' film chosen for the Second Annual White House Student Film Festival

On March 20, 2015, a group of Riverside Youth was honored by President Barack Obama at the White House as one of 15 winners of the 2nd Annual White House Student Film Festival!

Apse Windows Restoration Project

Beginning this Easter season, we will begin some important and necessary work on our beautiful and historic Nave, including restoration of the apse windows, the choir stalls, the woodwork of the pulpit canopy, and sections of the organ. In the coming weeks, you will see scaffolding being set up in the Nave as the work begins.

Welcome to new staff

Director of Stewardship. Please help me welcome Christian Peele to our staff. Christian comes to The Riverside Church from the staff of the Obama White House, where she has served in various capacities, most recently Deputy Director for White House Operations. As Deputy Director, Christian managed a large staff, reviewed budgetary matters for The White House, worked to build alliances, created buy-in, and presented a shared and compelling story about strategy, mission, and vision. The daughter of a Baptist minister, Christian grew up in North Carolina and, after finishing college at Mary Baldwin College, went on to earn her Master of Divinity at Duke Divinity School. Christian brings a fresh and out-of-the-box approach to guiding the stewardship and development function of The Riverside Church. Christian begins her work on the staff March 16, 2015.

Minister of Worship and the Arts. April Stace Vega will join The Riverside Church senior staff at the beginning of May in a newly created role, Minister of Worship and the Arts. In this function April will help us assess and align all of our worship offerings, supervise worship administrative functions, and help us engage and expand the use of all artistic expression in the life of our community. April holds a Ph.D. in Religion and Culture from The Catholic University of America; she currently teaches on the faculty of Marymount University in Arlington, VA. April is also a trained musician whose most recent engagement in parish life has been through her work of liturgical consultation with the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. April finds deep joy in helping communities design worship and liturgy that create opportunities for the meaningful engagement of people from many different backgrounds and life experiences. With the added background of seminary training (M.T.S., Leland Seminary, 2006), April brings a theological and ecclesiological perspective to the work of worship. April will move to the city with her husband, Nucleo Vega (“Nuc”), a music teacher and professional jazz drummer, and their 7-year-old, Luke. April and Nuc perform together regularly with their band, Harp 46. Please join me in welcoming April and her whole family to The Riverside Church.

Letter from Pastor Amy re: staffing updates

February 16, 2015

Dear Riverside Church Family,

This letter comes as another update for you as we continue to work through transition and change together. My commitment and hope is to engage in regular and transparent communication as I work to shape a staff team to lead us into the future.

Letter from Pastor Amy

Dear Riverside Church Family,
Many blessings for a happy, happy new year. It has been a gift for me to experience this first Advent and Christmas together with you, my new church family. Thank you for the many ways in which you welcomed me into your traditions and helped me learn and celebrate with you.

, The Riverside Church Safe Haven

As we begin 2015, we take another step forward in our faith journey as a community – another step in fulfilling our mission to care for those on the margins of our society – and we are blessed with an opportunity to offer an expression of our love in the simple act of providing a safe warm bed to those sleeping in our doorways and on park benches.

Update on Riverside's Response

As the days have passed since the verdicts in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases and, as Charles Blow so eloquently describes, “the jagged slope of truth replaces the soft slope of fantasy,” all of us have watched the protests all around the country, wondered about the ways in which our own hearts and minds need to change, and pondered the challenge and opportunity of a thoughtful response. I’m deeply grateful for the ways in which you have shown up to pray and act and be in community during these days.

, Riverside Responds

In response to recent unjust events in Ferguson, MO and Staten Island, and violence on our streets around the country, The Riverside Church has been adding its voice one of the most important conversations of our time.

A Pastoral Letter Regarding Ferguson

Dear Church Family,

The judgment is in, there will be no trial for the officer who shot and killed unarmed eighteen-year-old Michael Brown. …

Riverside Ringers Korean Trip

This past summer, 34 ringers from the New York City area came together to form the NY Handbell Choir to travel to South Korea. The NY Handbell Choir was led by Abigail Gray (Riverside Church), Eiko Cornelius (Emanuel Lutheran Church in Pleasantville), and Eileen Laurence (Katonah Presbyterian Church).

Veterans Day Remembrance

Today, The Riverside Church urges you to take a moment to remember those who go to war in our name. …

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Minute For Mission: Supporting Low Age Workers

This Sunday during Worship, we will hear the story of Mr. Darrell Roper, a fast-food employee making only $9 per hour after 11 years of service.

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We Will Not Go Back March

Join The Riverside Church in Supporting Rev. Al Sharpton & the Family of Eric Garner

Saturday, August 23, 2014, Staten Island, NY

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