Institutes & Initiatives

Institutes & Initiatives

The Institute for Women, Religion & Globalization

Union Theological Seminary


Women Religions and Globalization

The Institute for Women, Religion and Globalization was founded by President Serene Jones in 2010. Today, when women hold an unprecedented opportunity to influence economic development, conflict resolution, peace-building, health conditions and environmental justice across the globe, there is a clear imperative to better understand the role of women religious practitioners as significant political agents on the global stage. As the Institute expands and gains momentum, we will continue to be in dialogue with students, alum, staff, faculty, non-profit leaders, and scholars to explore the relationship between women and religion in a globalized world.

Upcoming Events

Fourth Annual Judith Davidson Moyers Women of Spirit Lecture

"The Spiritual Battles that Rage at America's Heart" Featuring Marilynne Robinson

To learn more about this event please visit our events calendar>>

Women, Religion and Globalization Dinner Series for Women at Union

Several times a year a different woman-identified faculty member will host dinner (subsidized by the IWRG) for any interested female students. This would be an opportunity for professors to share stories with students to address topics and questions such as, what has your journey through ministry been like? What does it mean to be a woman in leadership? In academia? This is meant to be a casual way to create more affirming spaces for women on campus as well as encourage dialogue between faculty and students.

Please email Emily Hamilton if you might want to host one of our meetings.

For more information please visit our Events Calendar

Recent Events

Third Annual Judith Davidson Moyers Women of Spirit Lecture.

The Judith Davidson Moyers Lecture creates a public forum to discuss the most pressing global issues faced by present-day women leaders. In addition to exploring enduring questions of human value and meaning, each year its recipients reflect on topics ranging from environmental rejuvenation and maternal health to poverty eradication, war, and women’s education.

The inaugural Women of Spirit Lecture was delivered by Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee in 2010, by Dr. Vandana Shiva in 2012 and by Sister Simone Campbel of "Nuns of the Bus" in 2013. 

Support the Institute

In order to support the work of this Institute, we need funding. To make a gift online, click here>>
You may also contact Kevin McGee, Director of Special Events and the Annual Fund, at 212-280-1590 to arrange a gift to the Institute.


The IWRG is supported by two dedicated part-time staff members. As we continue to develop the vision and mission of the Institute, we are eager to meet with student groups, faculty, and interested individuals. Contact Emily Hamilton, our Program Manager, for more information and to get involved.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Directors & Advisory Committee:

Founding Director

Serene Jones 

Program Director

Karenna Gore

Program Manager

Emily Hamilton 

Advisory Committee

Katie G. Cannon
Cheryl Doss

Musa Dube
Betty Sue Flowers
Amy Kalmanofsky

Azza Kara

Daisy L. Machado


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