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Employment History

Grace & Truth Books

Pilgrim Books

Crown & Covenant Publications

Tenured Professor of English

Syracuse University

Affiliations

Member
LGBTQ community

Board of Trustees
Geneva College

Member
Unitarian Universalist Church

Education

Ph. D.

Ohio University

Ph.D.
English Literature
Ohio State University

Ph.D.
English literature
The Ohio State University

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Dr Rosaria Butterfield was ...

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Dr Rosaria Butterfield was an English professor at Syracuse University specialising in queer studies, sharing a house and mortgage with her long term female partner. Gradually she became convinced that Christianity was true, but she also realised that it would cost her everything: her job, her house, her relationship, most of her friendship circle. She agonised, "How could God ask me to make my life a train wreck?"

She went round her church asking people, "What has it cost you to follow Jesus?"
She knew that if Christianity was true, then it must have cost everyone in her church a great deal and she was right because Jesus calls all of us to come and die:


Wheaton students protest Rosaria Butterfield | Denny Burk

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Wheaton students protest Rosaria Butterfield ByDenny BurkonFebruary 12, 2014inChristianity, Culture

Over the weekend, I read the news of Rosaria Champagne Butterfield's recent visit to Wheaton College. The reports I read focused on a demonstration led by Wheaton students who were concerned about Butterfield's testimony. It's no surprise when students on a secular university campus stage a public protest against Butterfield. But it is quite surprising when about a hundred students demonstrate at an evangelical bastion like Wheaton. The question is this: Why did these students feel the need to demonstrate?
It turns out that they did not like the message that Butterfield was bringing to the college. And the message they didn't like was the story of her own conversion to Christ. As I have noted here before, Butterfield was formerly a tenured lesbian professor specializing in feminist studies at Syracuse University. But the Lord intersected her life and won her to Christ through the witness of a local minister and his wife. In her book, Butterfield is very clear that following Christ meant repenting of her lesbianism. And that's the part that the Wheaton demonstrators didn't like.
The students who demonstrated said that it was wrong for the university to give the impression that Butterfield's "story" was the only valid story. According to the demonstrators, there are gay people who follow Christ and who see no need to repent of same-sex behavior. Their stories are just as valid as Butterfield's, and Butterfield'd story of repentance from sin should not be held out as the norm on Wheaton's campus. If you want to read about these student demonstrators you can do so here. You can read about Butterfield's "talk back" session with the student demonstrators here.
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There was a very brief point in my life where I would have agreed with Rosaria. No longer, but I would not have objected to listening to her story.
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The organizers of the demonstration disagreed with Rosaria Butterfield's presupposition that homosexuality is a sin, but they framed it as an appeal to hear everyone's story and love them.
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The problem I have with the protesters is precisely that "the organizers of the demonstration disagreed with Rosaria Butterfield's presupposition that homosexuality is a sin," since, assuming they were all Wheaton students, they had signed the covenant before coming there, that they actually DID believe homosexuality is a sin.
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I was so encouraged by Dr. Butterfield's testimony video. Blessings to you.
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Dr. Butterfield's story is truly miraculous, and I'm glad Wheaton gave her the opportunity to share it with the students during her chapel message and the talk-back session afterwards. I hope and pray that the students who heard her there were impacted by the gospel, and its claim on their lives.
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In actuality (as this article does not mention) every student in demonstration went in and listened to her story and met with the administration and Rosaria afterward. From my understanding having seen the statement the Wheaton students posted, they were concerned that every student who is trying to live their sexuality in faithfulness to God would see her story as the only way God works.
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I am currently reading Dr. Butterfield's book and am fascinated by her story (or, God's story in and through her). My heart longs to engage and accept and love and disciple those who may be open to it - for the long haul. If God can reconcile this former boozing, fornicating, lying faker, He is able to bring anyone to Him. May the church lovingly move forward in grace and Truth!
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[...] then had a special announcement about the fall, and were going to discuss the protest of Rosaria Butterfield, a former lesbian feminist studies professor who placed her faith in Christ, at (of all places) [...]
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[...] Wheaton students protest former lesbian's testimony Collegians at Christian university Wheaton College protested a Jan. 31 presentation by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, a former Syracuse University professor and author of ""The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert.


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Harvest USA Celebration Banquet - Rosaria Butterfield

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Rosaria Champagne Butterfield will be our keynote speaker. Rosaria is a former tenured professor of English at Syracuse University. After her conversion to Christianity in 1999, she developed a ministry to college students. She has taught and ministered at Geneva College and is a full-time mother and pastor's wife, part-time author, and occasional speaker. Banquet Details: Date: September 24th, 2016 Time: 12:00pm - 3:00pm Place: Calvary Church ...


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Rosaria Champagne Butterfield will be our keynote speaker. Rosaria is a former tenured professor of English at Syracuse University. After her conversion to Christianity in 1999, she developed a ministry to college students. She has taught and ministered at Geneva College and is a full-time mother and pastor's wife, part-time author, and occasional speaker.


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Crossroads: The Secret Thoughts of Dr. Rosaria Butterfield by eugene@barewebdesign.com | posted in: Faith In Action TV, Marriage| 0 Facebook

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That is the context for our Crossroads program this weekend as Rita Dunaway and I join Pastor Todd Pruitt from Covenant Presbyterian Church, to discuss the provocative experiences and ideas presented by former lesbian and LGBT activist Dr. Rosaria Butterfield in a recent book entitled The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert-an English professor's journey into Christian faith.
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Dr. Butterfield received a Ph. D. from Ohio University and then became a tenured Professor of English and Women's Studies at Syracuse University. At the time, she identified as a lesbian and worked in her teaching and community activism to advance the cause of LGBT "equality".
However, after her conversion to Christ, she came to see the sinfulness of having any identity apart from God, and her life changed dramatically - what she describes as a train wreck. She left her teaching position, married a church pastor, became the home-school mother of four adopted children, began writing about her experience, and now travels the country telling her story.

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