Messy Jesus Business

Messy Jesus Business

Father David A. Jones: The Intersection of Oneness and Rugged Individualism

September 24, 2020

Season 2, Episode 1 of Messy Jesus Business, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh


In Season 2, Episode 1, we explore the following question: what does building a Church of Oneness really mean? The answer is messy.

"I think a lot of people think heaven is the suburbs. And I'm very clear that's not true," explains our guest, Father David A. Jones, who explores the intersection of church and oneness versus rugged individualism.

Father Jones also shares his unique vocation story, we'll hear his understanding of what it means to be a priest of the neighborhood, and we'll talk about how our vision of heaven can be limiting, but the reign of God has space for everyone.


Father Jones holds a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Economics at Grambling State University and a Master of Divinity degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary. On December 15, 1989 the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin ordained David to the priesthood of Jesus Christ. In 1993, after only three years of ordination, he became the youngest person appointed pastor in the Archdiocese. He is currently assigned as pastor of St. Benedict the African Parish in the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago and as an Archdiocesan Dean.

Father David A. Jones

The Scripture passage referred to in this episode is a reading from the Gospel of John 17:13-26.

MESSY JESUS BUSINESS is produced, hosted and edited by Sister Julia Walsh with assistance from Charish Badzinski.

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