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Union Faculty Visit Colleagues in India

By Rev Dr. Serene Jones
Dr. Serene Jones visits Gabriele Dietrich, professor of Sociology at TTS the Centre for Social Analysis. She was President Jones’s Professor when she was a student there in l983-84.
As we welcome one of our largest recent classes to Union, I am very excited to share some of the lessons we learned this summer when several members of the Union Theological Seminary community joined me for a two-week trip to India, as part of our five-year International Connections Initiative.  The initiative is designed to refresh and expand Union’s academic ties to theological schools around the world.  
On the journey, I was joined by Dr. John Thatamanil, Associate Professor of Theology and World Religions; Andrea C. White, Associate Professor of Theology and Culture; Rev. Winnie Varghese, Union Alum and Priest and Director of Justice and Reconciliation, Trinity Church, Wall Street; and Rev. Dr. Rev. Richard Landers, Senior Director of Special Initiatives.
During our time in India, we explored creative scholarly work on interreligious engagement, gender-based and sexual violence, India’s ecology and environmental movements, and Dalit liberation theology from Indian scholars and activists, and institutions that support them. The Dalits are members of the lowest social group in the Hindu caste system and have faced centuries of discrimination and violence from members of higher castes.  
Inauguration and ribbon cutting ceremony at the TTS Student Counseling Center (from left, Mr. Charles Mohan, Rev. Winnie Varghese, J. David Rajendran, Principal of TTS)
 
It was an ambitious four-city tour – New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai,

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