J. Mary Luti
Director of Wilson Chapel and Visiting Professor of Worship and Preaching
B.A., Emmanuel College
M.A., Boston College
Ph.D., Boston College
Phone: Ext. 2371
Mary Luti’s latest sojourn at Andover Newton began in 2008. She previously taught on the Hill in the departments of Church History and Church and Ministry from 1984-1998, also serving as Director of the Center for the Ministry of the Laity and as Associate Dean for Academic Programs as the school developed new M.A. programs and launched its first evening and night courses.
She is author of Teresa of Avila’s Way, a volume in the series “The Way of the Christian Mystics” (The Liturgial Press), and numerous articles on topics of Christian life. A sought-after conference speaker, workshop leader, and preacher, Luti was recognized for outstanding teaching by the United Church of Christ at its 2011 General Synod.
Luti previously taught English at the high school and college levels in Boston, Miami, and Mexico City. In 2000, after serving for two years as a consultant for congregational development at South Church (UCC) in Springfield, MA, she was called as senior minister of First Parish in Cambridge, Congregational (UCC) — its first woman pastor in 375 years of continuing congregational life.
Following an intense period of church visioning and renewal, Dr. Luti returned to The Hill in 2008 as Andover Newton’s Visiting Professor of Worship and Preaching and as Director of Wilson Chapel. Her teaching has centered on the many ways people of faith have sung, prayed, preached, shaped communities, and handed down the meaningful traditions of the Christian church over the centuries.
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