The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones will focus on religion in America today from her perspective as President of Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She is the sixteenth and first woman president of Union Theological Seminary where she is also the Roosevelt Professor of Systematic Theology. She describes the seminary students she sees as “bringing fresh energy and insight to our understandings of faith in our increasingly global society. They are earnest activists committed to ending poverty and saving the planet
they bring gusto to the task of building communities and breathing life into our next phase of Christian history. A large question remains, however: Will they fill our traditional pulpits or will their sanctuaries spring up elsewhere? What does the church of their future hold?”
Dr. Jones is a prolific and popular scholar in the fields of theology, religion and gender studies. Her books include Feminist Theory and Theology, Calvin and the Rhetoric of Piety and Trauma and Grace. She became the first woman president in Union’s 172-year history in 2008.
Previously the Titus Street Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School, Dr. Jones went to Union after seventeen years on the Yale University faculty, where she also served as chair and faculty member of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Jones has held faculty appointments at Yale Law School and in the Department of African American Studies and Religious Studies.