After 15 years as a college chaplain and professor of religion, William R. Murry became a Unitarian Universalist minister in 1977. He served the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, Indiana, and in 1982 began a 17-year tenure at the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1997 Murry became President and Academic Dean of Meadville-Lombard Theological Seminary in Chicago and is credited with saving the school fiscally, rebuilding the faculty, doubling the enrollment and reviving it's reputation for providing a world-class pastoral education. After retiring in 2004, Murry has been in demand nationwide as a speaker on religious humanism and religious naturalism. He is the author of several articles and three books: A Faith for All Seasons: Liberal Religion and the Crises of Life; Reason and Reverence: Religious Humanism for the 21st Century; and Becoming More Fully Human: Religious Humanism as a Way of Life.
Murry's M.Div. degree is from Yale and his Ph.D. in theology and culture is from Drew University. Married and the father of three sons, he lives in Rockville, MD.