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James Parks Morton, American Priest. Ordained to ministry Episcopal Church, 1954.


Morton, James Parks was born on January 7, 1930 in Houston, Texas, United States. Son of Vance Mulock and Virginia (Parks) Morton.


AB magna cumlaude, Harvard University, 1951. Master of Arts, Cambridge University, England, 1953. STB, Master of Sacred Theology, General Theological Seminary, 1954.

Doctor of Divinity (honorary), General Theological Seminary, 1996. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), New Seminary, 1992. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Pratt Institute, 1992.


Associate priest-in-charge team ministry Grace Church, Jersey City, 1954-1962. Coordinator joint urban program Executive Council Episcopal Church, New York City, 1962-1964. Director Urban Training Center, Chicago, 1964-1972.

Dean Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, 1972-1997. President Interfaith Center of New York, since 1997. Co-chair Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders, 1985-1993.

Canon St. George's Cathedral, Jerusalem, since 1997. Co-chair executive committee Joint Appeal by Religion and Science for Environmental (now National Religious Partnership for the Environment), since 1989. Co-chair Parliamentary Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro, 1992.

Chaplain The Big Apple Circus, since 1995. Co-chair United Nations Conference on World Settlement, 1996.


  • Ordained to ministry Episcopal Church, 1954.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor chapters to books, articles to professional publications, foreword Internatonal Competition for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1981.


Chairman Lindsfarne Association, 1994-1997, Homes for the Homeless, New York City, since 1985. President Temple of Understanding, 1985-1997. Board directors Ann Frank Center United States of America, Aubrey Cartwright Foundation, Blanton-Peale Institute, Johns Hopkins Bioethics Institute, New York, Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, Chicago, Earth Charter Project, Ecumenical Trust, Fountain for Youth, Freedom Institute, Global Green Council Advisors, Greyston Family Inn, Zen Community of New York, Horizon Communications, West Cornwall, Connecticut, New York School of Circus Arts, New York Therapeutic Communities Ocean Arks International, Inc., Oomoto School Traditional Japanese Arts, Kameoka, Japan, Promises, Rainforest Alliance, New York, Rocky Mountain Institute, Urasenke Chanoyu Center, New York, United States Interreligious Committee for Peace in Middle East.

Member North America advisory board United Nations Environmental Programme. Member Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, New York. Member Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Pamela Taylor, December 30, 1954. Children: Pamela Mary Morton Barton, Hilary Morton Shontz, Sophia Morton Friedman, Maria Anastasia.

Vance Mulock Morton

Virginia (Parks) Morton

Pamela Taylor

Hilary Morton Shontz Morton

Pamela Mary Morton Barton Morton

Sophia Morton Friedman Morton

Maria Anastasia Morton