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Call for Applications: Co-Editors of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

The Society of Christian Ethics seeks a two-person team or individual applicants to serve as Co-Editors of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics for a five-year term, from January 2022-January 2027.

Future Scholars Interest Group: Call for Proposals

The Future Scholars Interest Group will host a session at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics (convened by the Student Caucus Representatives) engaging the ethical implications of contemporary contexts, experiences, and situations for human identity. We invite SCE student members to submit proposals for papers that critically and innovatively examine the category of the human in relation to other categories, namely technology, the other-than-human world, humans themselves in society, and the divine.

DaKaTeo 2020 Conference - Postponed

DaKaTeo, the Catholic Theological Society of the Philippines, has decided to indefinitely postpone their 2020 conference. SCE will provide further updates from our sister Society as we receive them.

Statement of Anti-racist Commitment from the SCE Cabinet

The Society of Christian Ethics exists to promote scholarly research in the field of Christian Ethics.  At the same time, that scholarship, and the lives of the members of the Society, are not cut off from the world.  The present moment is one in which we, the members of the Cabinet of the SCE, feel conscience-bound to speak up.  No one should remain silent in the face of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others.  No one—least of all scholars of Christian ethics, scholars of a tradition formed in discipleship to One crucified for his willingness to stand in solidarity with the most marginal and oppressed. We cannot remain silent in the face of police brutality that continues unabated despite year after year of protests in the streets.  And we cannot remain silent in the face the structural injustices that have rendered so many of our Black brothers and sisters, together with other people of color, disproportionately vulnerable to COVID-19, that condemn so many to low-wage jobs, food deserts, elevated air pollution levels, and tainted water.  Many in our Society have experienced these injustices and outrages in their own bodies, have experienced what it is like to be stopped for Jogging While Black, Driving While Black, Breathing While Black.  Many more in our Society have lived lives of White Privilege, able to ignore or step away from these realities.  In this present moment of crisis, we feel called publicly to denounce the structural injustices that are built into the fabric of our society, and commit ourselves anew to lives of active anti-racism.  We the members of the SCE Cabinet:

  • Demand justice for the brutal killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and  many others
  • Affirm the clear ethical truth that Black Lives Matter
  • Condemn the scandalous appropriation of the Bible and church buildings by the President of the United States
  • Protest the unconstitutional use and threat of military action against citizens of the United States engaged in lawful assembly
  • Call on our leaders to embody by their actions and words a civil respect for all people
  • Pray that our country may be safe for all, in particular for those who have lived in fear for too long because we have not attended to injustices against them.

Jennifer Herdt, President

Patricia Beattie Jung, Past President

James Keenan, President-Elect

Bryan Massingale, Vice President

SCE is Seeking a Digital Content Producer

The Society of Christian Ethics (SCE) seeks a Digital Content Producer to develop internal and public-facing digital content on behalf of the Society. The Digital Content Producer will collaborate with members of the Personnel Committee, the Co-editors of the JSCE, and Executive Director Andrea Taylor to promote the Society’s online visibility and impact, develop digital platforms for the Society, and share in broader strategic efforts to upgrade the Society’s communication, build our membership, and create value for our members beyond the Annual Meeting.  


The purpose of the Society is to promote scholarly work in Christian ethics and in the relation of Christian ethics to other traditions of ethics, and to social, economic, political and cultural problems; to encourage and improve the teaching of these fields in colleges, universities and theological schools; and to provide a community of discourse and debate for those engaged professionally within these general fields.

A non-denominational scholarly association, the Society of Christian Ethics draws its 950 members from the faculties of universities, colleges, and theological schools primarily from the United States, Canada, and Europe. The growth and vitality of the Society of Christian Ethics reflect the maturing of the academic discipline of Christian social ethics.

The SCE promotes research in the history of ethics and moral theology, theoretical issues relating to the interplay of theology and ethics, methodology in ethical reflection and investigation, and comparative religious ethics. At the same time, the Society addresses in national and global contexts problems in applied and professional ethics, and various human rights and social justice issues.

Membership in the Society is open to persons in the following groups: (1) college, university, or seminary teachers of Christian ethics or social ethics; (2) persons teaching in similar institutions in other fields who are concerned with the relation of Christian ethics to their subject matter; (3) persons whose full-time professional work in church, government, social agency or elsewhere is related to the purposes of the Society. Candidates for membership must have at least one of the following: a Ph.D. or equivalent degree or scholarly publications in the above-named fields, or a full-time teaching position in ethics or related fields in an accredited institution of higher learning. Doctoral students in ethics or related fields may become members of the Society upon matriculation into a doctoral program. This status ordinarily may be retained for not more than ten years.



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