Jone Johnson Lewis, Interim Clergy Leader (2013-2019)
Jone Johnson Lewis is a clergyperson, coach, writer and teacher. In her work as an interim Clergy Leader with the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, she speaks on the platform one or two times a month on topics related to our lifelong ethical journey, building a more humane world and other topics important to our community. She also provides pastoral counseling on request of members, organizational consultation to the Society and its board and committees, performs life passage ceremonies for members without fee, and speaks on ethical issues in the wider community.
Jone is also the Leader at the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture, a part-time position, and has served as the Leader of the Northern Virginia Ethical Culture Society (NoVES), the Leader of the Chicago Ethical Humanist Society, and minister of the Berrien (Michigan) Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Jone’s B.A. in Management is from Mundelein College’s Women in Business program, and her M.Div. is from Meadville/Lombard Theological School, where she had a special interest in studying humanism, social reform, the Transcendentalists (Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller etc.) and the history of women in the world’s religions. She has done extensive research into the career and life of Anna Garlin Spencer, an early Ethical Culture Leader.
More of Jone’s experience includes writing on women’s history, teaching on the topic of women in liberal religious history as an adjunct faculty member at Meadville/Lombard Theological School. She has been a participant in the women’s movement and other social justice movements since the late 1960s. Jone has also served as a faculty member of the Humanist Institute (twice) and as a training instructor and executive in the private sector. (Her first career was as a computer programmer, then trainer.) As a coach, she works with today’s women and men wanting to make a difference in the world. She also created and for 20 years maintained the a major quotations website.
She also has interests in human relationships, history, science (especially neuroscience and environmental issues), progressive politics, leadership, Nonviolent Communication, philosophy, website design and content, and music.