Jane Shaw

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Jane Shaw
Jane Shaw speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2012.jpeg
Jane Shaw speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2012
Born 1963
Norwich, United Kingdom
Alma mater University of Oxford, M.A.
Harvard University, M.Div.
U.C. Berkeley, PhD.
Occupation historian, Anglican priest

Jane Alison Shaw (born 1963) is a British historian and Anglican priest. She is currently the Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. On July 22, 2014 Stanford University announced that she would be the next Dean for Religious Life at the university and a professor of Religious Studies.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Jane Shaw grew up in Norwich, England, on the grounds of The Great Hospital, a medieval hospital with its own chapel and cloisters where her father was Master.[2][3][4] She attended Norwich High School for Girls, before reading modern history at Regent's Park College, University of Oxford (BA 1985, MA 1991) and theology at Harvard University (MDiv 1988).[5] She completed a PhD in history at the University of California, Berkeley (1994).[6] She has received honorary doctorates from the Episcopal Divinity School and Colgate University.[6] In 2013, Shaw gave the Baccalaureate Address at Colgate University.[7]

Shaw taught history and theology at Oxford University for sixteen years.[4] She was a fellow of Regent's Park College from 1994 to 2001 (Dean 1998-2001), and then Official Fellow and Dean of Divinity of New College, Oxford (2001-2010).[8] Having trained on the St Albans and Oxford Ministry Course, she was ordained deacon in 1997 and priest in 1998.[8] On 25 June 2010, Shaw was named the eighth Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco.[8]

Shaw holds appointments as Honorary Chaplain and Honorary Canon of Christ Church, Oxford, Director of the Oxford University Summer Programme in Theology, and Canon Theologian of Salisbury Cathedral, a new post created in 2007 to assist the Bishop and Cathedral Chapter in their theological reflections.[8][9] She served as a Governor of the British public boys' school, Winchester College.[10]

Writing[edit]

Shaw's interests include the Enlightenment, modern religious history, ethics, and issues in gender and sexuality. She has published several books, including Miracles in Enlightenment England (Yale University Press, 2006), Octavia, Daughter of God (Jonathan Cape, 2011), and A Practical Christianity (SPCK, 2012). She edited Culture and the Nonconformist Tradition (with Alan Kreider; Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1999) and The Call for Women Bishops (with Harriet Harris; afterword by Marilyn McCord Adams; London: SPCK, 2004).

Shaw's academic writing focuses on lived religion which Robert Orsi describes as 'the volatile and unpredictable nature of religious creation'.[11][12] "Miracles in Enlightenment England" showed how the experience of miracles in Enlightenment England challenged the elites.[13][14] Her book "Octavia Daughter of God" won the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival History Prize, sponsored by JM Northern Media LLC.[14][15] It unearthed the story of a female Messiah figure living in Bedford, England in the early twentieth century.[16] The book was praised for showing how, and under what circumstances, a religion grows.[17][18][19]

Shaw's work often appeals to doubt and questioning of one's faith, 'If we think faith is about certainty then we can become arrogant and think we know God wholly and that is very limiting'.[4] Themes of loss, doubt, and forgiveness are explored in A Practical Christianity. She also focusses on art and spirituality, and what she calls the moral imagination which she describes as 'a deep responsiveness to that which is different from us'.[20][21] In The Mystical Turn, a series of five programmes on BBC Radio 3, Shaw explored the relationship between spirituality and mysticism in the work of Russian artist Kandinsky and his contemporaries.[22][23]

Activism[edit]

Shaw has combined the work of a church historian with active participation in the life of the Anglican Church and much campaigning for the admission of women to the priesthood and the episcopate.[4][24] She served as vice-chair of WATCH Women and the Church.[25] She regularly writes for The Times[26][27][28][29][30] and the Guardian on issues pertaining to politics, religion, and the arts.[31][32][33][34][35][36] Shaw was an original member of the thinktank, the Chicago Consultation, advocating for LGBT Christians, and she has worked with V-Day on behalf of women who are victims of violence.[37][38][39] In 2013, she joined the Board of the NGO Human Rights Watch in California.[40]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dean of Grace Cathedral to become Stanford dean for religious life". Stanford Report (Stanford University). 22 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Masters of the Great Hospital". 
  3. ^ Phillips 1999, p. 44
  4. ^ a b c d May, Meredith (30 March 2013). "Very Rev. Jane Shaw, Grace Cathedral Dean". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  5. ^ "Slideshow:Jane Shaw, MDiv ’88, Speaks at HDS". Harvard Divinity School. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Jane Shaw, Department of History". University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Very Reverend Dr. Jane Shaw delivers baccalaureate address". news.colgate.edu. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Shaw JA". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 21 August 2014.  (Subscription required)
  9. ^ "Salisbury Cathedral’s Canon Theologian". salisburycathedral.org.uk. 25 June 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Winchester College Annual Report". 
  11. ^ Reckson, Lindsay (12 Jan 2012). "Back to the Garden: Jane Shaw's "Octavia Daughter of God"". Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 5 Sep 2014. 
  12. ^ Ingram, Robert G. (Dec 2007). "Miracles in Enlightenment England". Anglican and Episcopal History. www.questia.com. Retrieved 5 Sep 2014. 
  13. ^ Jenkins, Ellen (Oct 2007). "Jane Shaw 'Miracles in Enlightenment England'". The Journal of British Studies. Cambridge Journals Online. Retrieved 5 Sep 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Miracles in Enlightenment England". Yale University Press. Retrieved 5 Sep 2014. 
  15. ^ "Litquake Celebrating 15 Years". Retrieved 5 Sep 2014. 
  16. ^ Twells, A. (Feb 2013). "Jane Shaw. Octavia, Daughter of God". The American Historical Review (oxfordjournals.org). Retrieved 5 Sep 2014. 
  17. ^ Ridley, Jane (6 June 2011). "Paradise in Bedford". Literary Review. Retrieved 5 Sep 2014. 
  18. ^ Stanford, Peter (3 June 2011). "Octavia, Daughter of God: The Story of a Female Messiah and Her Followers by Jane Shaw - review". The Observer (London: Guardian News and Media Limited). Retrieved 5 Sep 2014. 
  19. ^ Carey, John (29 May 2011). "Octavia, Daughter of God by Jane Shaw - review". Sunday Times (London: Times Newspapers Limited). Retrieved 5 Sep 2014. 
  20. ^ Zurcher, Ariane (3 June 2012). "Ideas that make a difference at the Aspen Ideas Festival". Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Jane Shaw Reminds Us to Develop Moral Imaginations". Aspen Idea Blog. 1 Nov 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  22. ^ "The Essay". BBC Radio 3. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  23. ^ "The Mystical Turn". radiolistings.co.uk. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  24. ^ Beeson 2011, p. 259
  25. ^ "WATCH news and events". Retrieved 5 Sep 2014. 
  26. ^ "After 70 Years, it’s high time for action on women priests". The Times. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 5 Sep 2014. 
  27. ^ The Times (25 May 2013). "The shock of the new signaled a real spiritual revolution in art". Retrieved 5 Sep 2014. 
  28. ^ http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/faith/article3019107.ece
  29. ^ http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/faith/article3003322.ece
  30. ^ http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/faith/article2859714.ece
  31. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/oct/06/religion.gayrights
  32. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/sep/22/afghanistan.terrorism6
  33. ^ http://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2013/26-april/comment/opinion/men,-women,-and-difference
  34. ^ http://www.thinkinganglicans.org.uk/archives/006026.html
  35. ^ http://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2012/20-january/comment/when-the-c-of-e-wanted-to-talk
  36. ^ http://www.thinkinganglicans.org.uk/archives/003928.html
  37. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQNyLAxvCqw
  38. ^ http://www.chicagoconsultation.org/?p=21
  39. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=936-YoC1Ja8
  40. ^ http://www.hrw.org/san-francisco/committee

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