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Reverend Stephen Butler Murray

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray is Minister of The First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Detroit. In higher education, he has served as President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Preaching at Ecumenical Theological Seminary, as Dean of the College and Associate Professor of Religion at Barrytown College, and as chaplain and on the faculty at Harvard University, Skidmore College, Endicott College, and Suffolk University. Formerly Executive Minister and Head of Communion of the International Council of Community Churches, he has served as the pastor of American Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Unitarian Universalist, and United Church of Christ congregations in urban, suburban, and rural settings of Massachusetts, Michigan, and New York. He also has taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Auburn Theological Seminary, and the Advanced Studies in England Program in Bath, affiliated with University College, Oxford University.

Dr. Murray earned the B.A. in philosophy and religion from Bucknell University, the M.B.A. from Endicott College, the M.Div. from Yale University Divinity School, and the M.Phil. and Ph.D. in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. A scholar in the fields of historical and systematic theology, religious ethics, homiletics, and interfaith dialogue, he has published five books in these fields. The Center for American Progress named Dr. Murray among "16 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2016" for his advocacy of LGBT issues with the Michigan state legislature. In 2015, the Metropolitan Christian Council of Detroit-Windsor presented him with the Stewart Kerr Ecumenical Award, and in 2017, the Detroit City Council presented him with a "Spirit of Detroit" Award for his work in religious and spiritual leadership in Detroit. He has served on the Governing Board of the National Council of Churches and the Board of Directors of the Dwight Hall Center for Public Service and Social Justice at Yale University.

Todd Ballou
Music Director:
Todd Ballou
Todd Ballou grew up in Hickory Corners, MI, near Kalamazoo. He earned his Bachelors of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Michigan, and has served as Music Director of the 1st Unitarian-Universalist Church of Detroit since 1997. Since 2005, Todd has owned his own architectural firm specializing in residential architecture. He lives with his partner, Dan, on a small farm in Ypsilanti with a few horses and goats.
Nancy Shattuck  
Office Administrator:
Nancy Shattuck
Omar Davis  
Social Hour Coordinator:
Omar Davis

Officers & Trustees

Dan Hale
Vice President
Nathan Strickland
Past President
Kathe Stevens
Dan Wiest
Bob Lauer
Joel Fortgang
Dan Secrest

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