The 2024 MacKenzie

Lectureship Welcomes

Dr. Anthea Butler

First Congregational Church of Boulder/UCC is honored to welcome Dr. Anthea Butler as its speaker for the MacKenzie Lectureship Weekend, February 23 and 24. Please join us for the Lecture, Reception and Workshop!

Religion, Race, and the Struggle to Retain Democracy in America


Friday, February 23 – Noon

Meeting with Students on the CU Campus


Friday, February 23 – 7:00 PM

MacKenzie Lecture, Followed by Reception

Location: First Congregational Church UCC, Boulder

1128 Pine St Boulder, CO 80302


Saturday, February 24 – 9-11:30 AM

Workshop on Religion, Race and Politics Nationally and Internationally, Featuring

CU Faculty and Graduate Students Interacting with Dr. Butler

Location: First Congregational Church UCC, Boulder

1128 Pine St Boulder, CO 80302

About the Speaker

Anthea Butler is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor in American Social thought and Chair of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. A historian of African American and American religion, Professor Butler’s research and writing spans African American religion and American Religious history, race, politics, Evangelicalism, media, and popular culture.

Butler’s recent book is White Evangelical Racism: The Politics of Morality in America on Ferris and Ferris/UNC Press. Professor Butler also is a contributor to The 1619 Book: A New Beginning, with a chapter entitled “Church”. Her first book is Women in the Church of God in Christ: Making A Sanctified World, also published by UNC Press.

Professor Butler is the winner of the 2022 Martin Marty Award from the American Academy of Religion. Her grant awards include a Luce/ACLS Fellowship for the Religion, Journalism and International Affairs grant for 2018-2019 academic year to investigate Prosperity gospel and politics in the American and Nigerian context. She was a Presidential fellow at Yale Divinity School for the 2019-2020 academic year. Currently Professor Butler is a co-director of the Henry Luce Foundation funded Crossroads Project for Black Religious Histories, Communities, and Cultures. She is past president of the American Society for Church history, and has been honored with Honorary doctorates from Lutheran Theological Seminary and Meadville Lombard Theological School.

A sought-after commentator, Professor Butler is an op-ed contributor for MSNBC. Her articles have also been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NBC, and The Guardian. She has also served as a consultant to PBS series including Billy Graham, The Black Church, God in America and Aimee Semple McPherson.