Paul Jones (bishop)

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Paul Jones (25 November 1880 – 4 September 1941) was the Episcopal Bishop of Utah (1916–1918), a socialist, and a prominent pacifist. He was forced to resign his see in April 1918 because of his outspoken opposition to World War I. Although in 1929 he was chosen as temporary bishop of Southern Ohio while the next incumbent was being selected, he never again held a permanent diocese.[1] In 1933, presiding bishop James DeWolf Perry restored Jones's seat, but not his vote, in the House of Bishops.[2]

Jones spent the rest of his life advocating for black civil rights, social reform and economic justice. He served as a chaplain at Antioch College and was instrumental in founding the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Episcopal Peace Fellowship. Just prior to his death, he helped resettle Jews displaced by the Nazis and advocated a more understanding US relationship with Japan.


Jones is honored with a commemoration in the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church (USA) on September 4.


  1. ^ "Again, Bishop Jones," Time Magazine, November 11, 1929.
  2. ^ "Reseated Bishop," Time Magazine, March 12, 1934.

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