|Rev. Dr. Forrest Church|
|Born||Frank Forrester Church IV
September 23, 1948
Palo Alto, California
|Died||September 24, 2009 (aged 61)
|Residence||New York City, New York, United States|
|Education||Stanford University (A.B.,
Harvard Divinity School (M.Div., 1974)
Harvard University( Ph.D., 1978)
|Occupation||minister, author, and theologian|
|Employer||Unitarian Church of All Souls, New York City, New York|
|Title||Minister of Public Theology|
|Religious beliefs||Unitarian Universalist|
|Spouse(s)||Carolyn Buck Luce, (m. 1992–2009)
Amy Furth Church (m. 1969–1991)
Forrester Church III
Bethine Clark Church
Frank Forrester Church IV (born September 23, 1948 in Palo Alto, California, died September 24, 2009) was a leading Unitarian Universalist minister, author, and theologian. He was Senior Minister of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City, until late 2006 when he was appointed as Minister of Public Theology.
On February 4, 2008, Church sent a letter to the members of his congregation informing them that he had terminal cancer. He told them of his intention, which he successfully realized, to sum up his thoughts on the topics that had been pervasive in his work in a final book, entitled Love & Death.
Church is best known as a leader of liberal religion. Between 1985 and his death, he wrote or edited more than 20 books. These include technical studies of Christian and Gnostic literature, as well as over a dozen books addressing a wider audience.
Books authored by Church include:
Books edited by Church:
Church can be seen offering commentary in the History Channel documentary Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas.
Love & Death, Beacon Press, 2008, ISBN# 0807072931