Religion & Ethics


Fall 2008, EMORY UNIVERSITY, Candler School of Theology
(Adjunct Instructor)
Courses taught:
Christian Ethics

2004-2007, HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Harvard Divinity School
(Visiting Lecturer on Ethics)
Courses taught:
Overcoming Violence: Practical Theology and Conflict Resolution
Understanding Katrina: Theology, Ethics, and Praxis
Fear and Memory: Religious and Ethical Perspectives
Law, Religion, and Social Change
Religion, Liberalism, and Virtue
Work, Consumption, and Globalization: Religious and Ethical Perspectives

2002-2003 DE PAUL UNIVERSITY, Department of Religious Studies
(Adjunct Instructor)
Courses taught:
Business, Ethics, and Society


2004-2007, HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL, Cambridge, MA (Visiting Lecturer on Ethics) Designed and taught a dozen courses on religion and the ethics of work, family, bioethics, the global economy. Additional courses on law and religion, political ethics, overcoming violence, and ethical and humanitarian issues in Hurricane Katrina. Served as faculty leader of two teams of students, staff, and faculty doing spring break relief work in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2006 and 2007. Member of five working groups on ethics, sexuality, bioethics, violence, and worker justice, through the Boston Theological Institute consortium. Advised and mentored students in the undergraduate, master’s, divinity, and doctoral programs.

1996-1999, 2002-2003 RELIGION, CULTURE, AND FAMILY PROJECT, The Divinity School, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (Project Coordinator) Managed preliminary research, production company search, and consultations of family experts for the documentary “Marriage: Just a Piece of Paper?,” broadcast nationwide by PBS on Valentine’s Day 2002. Directed educational outreach for project at the 3rd annual Smart Marriages conference convened by the Coalition for Marriage Family and Couples Education. Conducted research on religion and family law for the book Marriage, Health, and the Professions: If Marriage Is Good for You, What Does this Mean for Law, Medicine, Ministry, Therapy, and Business? Co-coordinated the national conference “Religion and the American Family Debate: Deeper Understandings, New Directions” in Chicago, September 1996.

1997-1998, 1999-2002, PARK RIDGE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF HEALTH, FAITH, AND ETHICS, Chicago, IL (Research Assistant, then Research Associate) Religion, Sexuality, and Public Policy: Co-edited collection of scholarly essays jointly authored a resource guide on issues of sexuality in world religions and American religious denominations. Funded by the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. Congregations, Health, and Healing: Co-directed an interfaith, multi-denominational project on religious and public health responses to community violence. Funded by the Chicago Community Trust and Wheat Ridge Ministries. Religion Counts: Observed United Nations debates on population, reproduction, and gender for a project on the role of religion at the United Nations. Funded by the Better World Fund. Religion and Civil Discourse Project: Facilitated interfaith discussion groups and researched issues pertaining to religion, civil discourse, and reproductive health at the 1994 United Nations International Conference on Population and Development at Cairo. General Research and Education: Conducted research on issues in population and development, sustainable medicine, adolescent health, and religion and public health. Taught courses on spiritual traditions of aging and the role of congregations in addressing community violence.


Chapters and Articles

Love, Friendship, and the Sacred in Today’s World,” Il Silenzio del Sacro: La demensione religiosa nei rapporti interculturali (Colle di Val d’Elsa: Fondazione Intercultura Onlus, November 2017), 175-189.

“Sovereignty and Chastened Liberalism,” Whose Will be Done? Essays on Sovereignty and Religion, John Dyck, Paul Rowe and Jens Zimmermann, eds. (Lexington Books, 2015).

“From Third Wave to Third Generation: Feminism, Faith, and Human Rights,” in Feminism, Law, and Religion, Marie A. Failinger, Elisabeth R. Schiltz, and Susan Stabile, eds. (forthcoming Ashgate Publishing, July 2013), 141-171.

With Rodney L. Petersen and Thomas J. Massaro, S.J. “Teaching ‘Overcoming Violence’: Reflections on Violence, Peace, and Practical Theology,” Practical Matters: A Transdisciplinary Multimedia Journal of Religious Practices and Practical Theology 5 (2012).

“From Saint Martha to Hurricane Katrina: A Feminist Theopolitical Ethic of Hospitality,” in Feminism and Hospitality, Maurice Hamington, ed. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2010), 91-106.

“Hurricane Katrina and the Re-Latinization of New Orleans,” ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America (Winter 2007): 13-15.

“Service in a Time of Suffering,” Harvard Divinity School 2006 Year in Review (2006): 27-29.

“A Chance to Help Amid the Chaos in Louisiana,” Harvard Divinity Today (December 2005): 6.

“Have Faith in Irony,” Zadok Perspectives 74 (Autumn 2002) (publication of the Zadok Institute for Christianity and Society, Melbourne, Australia).

“Irony, Religion, Culture, and Meaning,” Sightings (January 10, 2002).


“Between Joy and Lamentation: Theological and Ethical Dimensions of Hurricane Katrina” Lecture at the Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, part of the Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond series, March 17, 2011.

“‘Victims,’ Humanitarians, and Bystanders: Vulnerability, Virtue, and Vantage Point in Hurricane Katrina,” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics, January 7, 2011.

“There But for the Grace: The Ethics of Bystanders to Divorce,” Presentation to the Center for Marriage and Families/Institute for American Values, May 2008.

“From Martha to Katrina: Prospects for a Feminist Ethic of Hospitality,” Paper presented at annual meeting of the National Women’s Studies Association, June 29, 2007.

“The Gender of Altruism: Between Necessity and Virtue,” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics, January 7, 2007.

“What Is Morality When You Are Dealing with Violence?” Lecture to the Theological Opportunities Program of Wellesley, MA, at Harvard Divinity School, October 12, 2006.

“Teaching Worker Justice for the Common Good in Religious Studies and Theological Education” Panel presentation of faculty perspectives at a conference sponsored by Religious Perspectives on Work/Interfaith Worker Justice, Episcopal Divinity School, December 1, 2006.

“Understanding Katrina: Theology, Ethics, and Praxis,” Presentation at the “New Developments in Religious Studies VI” conference sponsored by the Program in Religion Studies and Education of Harvard Divinity School at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 17, 2006.

“What Is Morality When You Are Dealing with Violence?” Lecture to the Theological Opportunities Program of Wellesley, MA, at Harvard Divinity School, October 12, 2006.

“Praying at the Polls,” Panel presentation on religion and politics to the Religion Newswriters Association, September 18, 2006.

“Religion, Ethics, and Economics,” Presentation to luncheon roundtable discussion of the Harvard Divinity School Dean’s Leadership Council, October 26, 2005.

“Strange Bedfellows: Vatican and Islamic Constructions of Gender Identity at Cairo and Beijing,” Paper presented at the Sawyer Seminar on Religion, Law, and the Construction of Identities, The Franke Institute for the Humanities, The University of Chicago, February 1997.