The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones

Denomination: United Church of Christ (UCC)
Organization: Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the 16th president of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.

The first woman to head the 174-year-old nondenominational seminary, which is in Manhattan and neighbors with Columbia University, Jones came to Union after seventeen years at Yale University, where she was the Titus Street Professor of Theology at the Divinity School, and chair of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She was co-principal investigator on the "Women, Religion, and Globalization Grant" for the Henry T. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs at Yale.

Dr. Jones is a prolific and popular scholar in the fields of theology, religion, globalization, and gender studies. Her most recent book, Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World, explores the devastating social and personal effects of violence on the human psyche and the role religious communities can play, both negative and positive, in healing wounds. Her book, Feminist Theory and Christian Theology, is a standard textbook in feminist theology. In addition to three other books, and 37 articles and book chapters since 1991, she has delivered a long list of professional papers and public lectures across the United States and around the world.

She holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma, Yale Divinity School and Yale University. Jones is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ.

Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones

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When Awakeness Feels Like Dreaming

Tuesday February 08, 2011
The Apostle Peter's experience in Acts 12 guides the Rev. Dr. Serene Jones into a reflection on the grace of God as it comes into the midst of fear, turmoil and chaos.

Articles by The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones

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Serene Jones: God's Spirit at Work: Marriage Equality and the LGBTQ Movement

Thursday June 13, 2013
The religious debate over marriage equality has often been framed as a question of whether same-sex relationships are blessed by God and the Bible. Both sides can find proof texts to support their positions, and debate the matter endlessly. I believe that God loves all human beings equally and that Scripture supports the notion that God wants people to love God and one another, and this includes in marriage.

Dr. Serene Jones: Why Attend Seminary?

Thursday July 19, 2012
As president of Union Theological Seminary, I am very proud of this institution's 175-year history as a force for socially-engaged Christianity in America and around the world. It's fascinating to me, though, how many people know of Union but have absolutely no idea what happens on our campus, or at other seminaries.

Odyssey Networks: Dr. Serene Jones on Our "Ceilings"

Saturday August 27, 2011
While much is made of the "glass ceiling" that prevents women from reaching senior positions in organizations, the Rev. Dr. Serene Jones says there are many little glass ceilings that exist within each of us and determine our openness to others.

Video by The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones

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The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones - Day1 Conversations with Peter Wallace

Friday March 04, 2011
The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, sits down with Day1 host Peter Wallace to discuss a range of issues including the challenges facing seminaries in today's world, what makes Union Theological Seminary unique, and the new world of social media and how it might affect preaching and seminary education. Dr. Jones, well known for her views and teaching on feminist theology, discusses those who say feminism is dead and where the movement is today. Join us for another great interview on Day1.