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America Needs a New Econo-Theology by Serene Jones, President and Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy at Union Theological Seminary

Serene Jones 

In her Hiffington Post article, President Serene Jones draws parallels between economy and theology, and the need to reevaluate our moral values in order to address the imbalance of wealth in America.

“We live in a society where we have traded virtue for material rewards. We should have more conversations about our deep diminishing of human life; talk less of success, and more about love” writes Serene Jones, “for if we don’t, we will continue to pay the price of inequality. And that cost is high.” Read the Full Article>>

President Serene Jones Appears on CBS News to Discuss Newly Surfaced Ancient Papers that Claim Jesus was Married.

Paul Mowry 

A 1,600-year-old document, translated for the first time, has a message that could shake up Christianity. It is the first-known statement from that era that refers to Jesus, talking about having a wife. Watch the full video>>

Invitation to a Dialogue: Name That Sacrifice by Donald W. Shriver, President Emeritus of Union Theological Seminary

Paul Mowry 
In his New York Times letter to the editor Donald W. Shriver
Jr., President Emeritus of Union Theological Seminary, urges politicians to
specify details on the revisions of the Medicare and Social Security

Faith Inspires: Union Theological Seminary’s Poverty Initiative

Paul Mowry  The Huffington Post Faith Inspires highlights the Union Theological Seminary’s Poverty Initiative, based in New York City. On a mission to “raise up generations of religious and community leaders committed to building a movement to end poverty,” the Poverty Initiative educates destitute community members while organizing poverty-conscious religious leaders through Theological Education courses. Read More>>

Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy Created by $3 million gift to Union Theological Seminary

Paul Mowry  The Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, President of Union Theological Seminary, announced today that Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Johnston, of Gladstone, New Jersey, have given $3 million to create The Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy.   The chair, which is fully endowed upon its creation, will support scholars whose work explores the crucial role religion plays in American politics and society. Read More>>