The 2023 MacKenzie
Rev. Dr. Serene Jones
Dr. Serene Jones, author of Trauma and Grace: Theology in a Ruptured World and President, Union Theology Seminary, New York City Current events – a global pandemic, ongoing racial violence, mass shootings, massive wildfires, the climate crisis – all serve to remind us that that we live in a profoundly broken world. We carry this trauma, both individual and collective, in our bodies. Drawing on recent research on the science of trauma, Dr. Serene Jones speaks to these realities, naming them and what they mean for our lives and our community, and also how in the Body of Christ, God meets us in our suffering with hope, love, and healing grace.
Friday, 2/24 “The Body of Christ” Keeps the Score: Trauma, Spirituality, and Faith
Lecture 7:00 PM – Sanctuary and YouTube
Workshop 9 – 11:30 AM – Standish Room and Zoom
Dr. Jones in Worship 10:30 AM – Sanctuary and YouTube
About the Speaker
A highly respected scholar and public intellectual, the Rev. Dr. Serene Jones is the 16th President of the historic Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. The first woman to head the 186-year-old institution, Jones occupies the Johnston Family Chair for Religion and Democracy. She is a Past President of the American Academy of Religion, which annually hosts the world’s largest gathering of scholars of religion. 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 the University’s Program in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is the author of several books including Trauma and Grace and, most recently, her memoir Call It Grace: Finding Meaning in a Fractured World. Jones, a popular public speaker, is sought by media to comment on major issues impacting society because of her deep grounding in theology, politics, women’s studies, economics, race studies, history, and ethics.