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News from the Hill March 08, 2011 | back to index

Director of Wilson Chapel and Visiting Professor of Worship and Preaching Mary Luti Extends Contract


Encore! Encore!

On March 7, 2011, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sarah B. Drummond announced to the Andover Newton faculty that the Rev. Dr. J. Mary Luti has extended her contract as Director of Wilson Chapel and Visiting Professor of Worship and Preaching for an additional year. Initially, Professor Luti’s commitment to Andover Newton was to come to an end after Commencement, 2011.

Dean Drummond writes, “Mary Luti has been a gift to this community, but we have yet more work to do together before we are ready to bring this relationship to a close. Our faculty needs leadership and vision as we consider future directions for Christian preaching and worship in the midst of a multi-faith future. Mary has committed to working with the whole of the faculty, with me, and with President Nick Carter in casting that vision.”

Professor Luti will continue to teach courses on preaching and worship, and one of her courses next year will include a master seminar available both to advanced students and to ministers engaged in congregations. She will continue to provide leadership for Wilson Chapel and coordinate Wednesday Community Worship. In addition to these responsibilities she has held in the past, Professor Luti has been charged with leading faculty discussion on the role of preaching and worship in the Andover Newton community, especially as Andover Newton partners with other seminaries in a new, university-like structure.

Professor Luti returned to Andover Newton in the fall of 2008 after having served previously as Associate Dean. She served as Senior Minister at First Church in Cambridge, UCC, and is a founding member of the interfaith women’s movement, The Daughters of Abraham. She and her spouse Anne Minton reside in Lowell, MA.