Serene Jones

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Lynda Serene Jones
Born (1959-07-31) July 31, 1959 (age 59)
New Haven, CT
TitlePresident and Johnston Family Professor for Religion and Democracy at Union Theological Seminary
Academic background
EducationUniversity of Oklahoma (B.A.)
Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary
Yale Divinity School (M.Div.)
Yale University (PhD)
Thesis"Fulfilled in your hearing": Rhetoric and doctrine in John Calvin's "Institutes of the Christian Religion" (1991)
Doctoral advisorDavid Kelsey
Kathryn Tanner
Academic work
InstitutionsYale University
Union Theological Seminary
Notable worksFeminist Theory and Christian Theology: Cartographies of Grace (2000)

Serene Jones (born July 31, 1959) is the President and Johnston Family Professor for Religion and Democracy at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. She was formerly the Titus Street Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and chair of Gender, Woman, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University.

Biography[edit]

Born Lynda Serene Jones, she is the eldest of three daughters. Her mother, Sarah Jones, was a licensed psychotherapist. Her father, Dr. Joe Robert Jones, was a graduate of Yale Divinity School and served as Dean of the Graduate Seminary (1975-1979) and President of Phillips University from 1979-1988. Serene is a graduate of Enid High School in Enid, Oklahoma. Serene's sister Kindy Jones is Assistant Attorney General for the State of Oklahoma. Her second sister, Verity Jones, is a former Disciples of Christ pastor and editor of DisciplesWorld.[1][2]

After graduating with a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma, Jones earned a M.Div. from Yale Divinity School in 1985 and a Ph.D. in theology from Yale University in 1991. She is an ordained minister in both the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. She taught at Yale University for 17 years. On July 1, 2008, Jones succeeded Joseph Hough as President of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.[3]

Jones is the 16th president of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. The first woman to head the 179-year-old interdenominational seminary, she occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy and has formed Union’s Institute for Women, Religion and Globalization as well as the Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice. 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 is the president of the American Academy of Religion for 2016.[4]

Publications[edit]

  • Jones has published 37 articles and book chapters since 1991.[5]

Works[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Jones, Serene (1995). Calvin and the Rhetoric of Piety. Louisville, KY: Westminster, John Knox Press. ISBN 978-0-664-22070-9. OCLC 32551494.
  • ——— (2000). Feminist Theory and Christian Theology: Cartographies of Grace. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press. ISBN 978-1-4514-1822-4. OCLC 43708566.[9]
  • ——— (2009). Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World. Louisville, KY: Presbyterian Publishing Corp. ISBN 978-0-664-23410-2. OCLC 308214892.[10]

Edited[edit]

Articles and chapters[edit]

  • ——— (1995). ""Women's experience" between a rock and a hard place: feminist, womanist and "mujerista" theologies in North America". Religious Studies Review. 21 (3): 171–178.
  • ——— (2005). "Companionable Wisdoms: What Insights Might Feminist Theorists Gather from Feminist Theologians?". In Ward, Graham. The Blackwell Companion to Postmodern Theology. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing. pp. 294–308. ISBN 978-1-405-12719-6.
  • ——— (2001). "Bounded Openness: postmodernism, feminism, and the church today". Interpretation. 55 (1): 49–59.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Joe (September 17, 2011). "Remembrance of Things Past and the Present Discontent". Yale Divinity School 50th Reunion Website. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  2. ^ White, Perry (July 2, 1983). "Budding Theologian's Plans Full". The Oklahoman. NewsOK. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  3. ^ Banerjee, Neela (2008-02-26). "Union Theological Gets New President". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-02. Retrieved 2015-07-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Union Theological Seminary Appoints First Woman President in Its 172-year History". Union Theological Seminary. February 26, 2008. Archived from the original on May 1, 2008. Retrieved February 26, 2008.
  6. ^ "Dear Christians: Stop Opposing Obama's Ban on LGBTQ Job Discrimination". Time. July 3, 2014. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  7. ^ "A Discussion with Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary". berkleycenter.georgetown.edu. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  8. ^ "Serene Jones | HuffPost". www.huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2018-03-19.
  9. ^ Feminist Theory and Christian Theology: Cartographies of Grace. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  10. ^ Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  11. ^ Liberating Eschatology: Essays in Honor of Letty M. Russell. Retrieved April 18, 2016.

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