Harold O.J. Brown Lecture: Rosaria Butterfield

Rosaria Butterfield: Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert
February 20, 2018

Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner, in which they provided hospitality to students and activists that were looking to make a difference in the world. In the community, Rosaria was involved in volunteer work. At the university, she was a respected advisor of students and her department's curriculum. 

Then, in her late 30's, Rosaria encountered something that turned her world upside down-- the idea that Christianity, a religion she had regarded as problematic and sometimes downright damaging, might be right about who God was. That idea seemed to fly in the face of the people and causes that she most loved. What follows is a story of what she describes as a train wreck at the hand of the supernatural. Come and hear her story.

This lecture was held at Christ Covenant Church on February 20, 2018. You may watch her lecture HERE. Rosaria Champagne Butterfield was a tenured professor of English and women's studies at Syracuse University when God saved her in 1999 in what she describes as a "train wreck conversion." Her memoir, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, chronicles that difficult journey, and her second book, Openness Unhindered, furthers the conversation about sexual identity and union with Christ. Rosaria is married to Kent, a Reformed Presbyterian pastor in North Carolina, and is a homeschool mother, author, and speaker. 


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