Morning Devotional: Rev. Dr. Mary Luti
A native of Boston, MA, Mary Luti is a pastor and teacher ordained in the United Church of Christ, retired as a seminary educator and administrator.
After many years as a member of a Roman Catholic women’s community, with assignments in Rome, Madrid, and Mexico City, Mary returned to Boston and earned a PhD in theology in the Jesuit faculty of Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA.
From 1984-1998, she taught the history of Christian Life and Thought at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA (now Andover Newton Seminary at Yale). During this period, she also served as Director of the school’s Center for the Ministry of the Laity and as Associate Dean for Academic Programs.
After serving two years as a consultant for congregational development at South Church, UCC, in Springfield, MA, she was called in 2000 to serve as senior minister of the historic First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, in Harvard Square, the 16th minister and the sole woman pastor in the community’s 382 years of continuing life.
After an intense period of congregational renewal at First Church, she returned to Andover Newton in 2008 as Visiting Professor of Worship and Preaching and was appointed first Director of the newly inaugurated Wilson Chapel. A sought-after conference speaker, workshop leader and preacher, she was recognized with the outstanding teaching award of the United Church of Christ at its 2011 General Synod.
Dr. Luti is the author of Teresa of Avila’s Way, a volume in the series, “The Way of the Christian Mystics” (Liturgical Press), and numerous other publications on topics of the Christian life and practice. A longtime member of the UCC’s Stillspeaking Writers Group, Mary is well-known to many in the denomination and beyond for her regular contributions to the UCC’s online Daily Devotional. She has also pastored several Boston area churches during sabbatical and interim periods, most recently at the Wellesley Congregational Church in Wellesley, MA.
Mary is a founding member of The Daughters of Abraham, a national network of interfaith women’s book groups formed after 9/11 whose mission is to provide a replicable grassroots platform for greater understanding, respect, and reconciliation among women of the Abrahamic faiths. (www.daughtersofabraham.com).
In retirement, Mary continues to teach, offer workshops, and preach about all the ways people of faith have sung, prayed, preached, shaped communities, and handed on the meaningful traditions of the Christian Church. She and her spouse also organize and lead small group study tours and retreats to southern Spain, Jerusalem, and Assisi that help participants connect great figures and movements of the past with current questions of faith, spirituality and social concern.
She lives with her spouse, the Rev. Dr. Anne M. Minton, a retired college professor and Episcopal priest, in a restored textile mill on the Merrimack River in Lowell, MA, the historic city that catapulted the nation into a new industrial era in the early 19th century. Both Mary and Anne are irrationally devoted fans of the Boston Red Sox.