VISITING SCHOLAR 2018 RESCHEDULED FOR MARCH 9-10 AT VILLAGE ON MISSION
THE REV. DR. SERENE JONES
The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, the 16th president and first woman to head the 180-year-old Union Theological Seminary in New York City, is our 2018 Visiting Scholar Her presentation is titled "What is True: Theology and the American Story." She challenges us to consider courageously who we are, as a country, and what are our deeply-held, moral convictions.
7-9 p.m. Friday, March 9, in the Village on Mission Sanctuary Session 1: Sin 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10, in Friendship Hall Session 2: Grace Session 3: Redemption
Dr. Jones is: • The president of Union Theological Seminary, NYC, and Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy, 2008-present • The Titus Street Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and chair of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, at Yale University 1991-2008 Education: • Ph.D. from Yale University • M.Div. from Yale Divinity School • Special student at Tamil Nadu Theological Seminary, India • B.A. from University of Oklahoma
If you would like to learn more about Dr. Jones, you may wish to read her essay, "How to Heal the Spiritual Pain in America.” Here Dr. Jones writes, "As a theologian, I think about stories. As Americans we have a 'theological' national story." She explains how the story we tell ourselves about the U.S. is “relentlessly positive,” without a serious consideration of our wrongdoings, in particular our genocide of Native Americans and chattel slavery. Dr. Jones asserts these omissions are unhealthy and that to understand the U.S. more accurately, we need of a new story that recognizes our aspirations and successes, as well as our tragedies and errors. TIME magazine, Sept. 7, 2016. CLICK HERE to read the full essay.
Free child care is available for all sessions. Please see details on the registration page and register early as space is limited.
The Visiting Scholar Program is committed to bringing well known Bible Scholars and Theologians to Village Church and the community ...
to offer fresh and challenging new ideas
to deepen our understanding of the wisdom of the past
and to stimulate our hunger to know more fully the God we worship and rely upon.
The Visiting Scholar Program is sponsored by Presbyterian Women at Village Presbyterian Church.