2020 Future of Christian Ethics

The 2020 Committee will explore the current status of, and future prospects for, the field of “Christian ethics” as a field of scholarship and teaching in the academy.  It will do so with an eye to reporting the findings of its inquiries, and communicating what recommendations may be derived therefrom, to the whole Society of Christian Ethics, in order better to inform and guide the actions of the Society, now and in years to come.

The Committee has two objectives.  First, it seeks to understand, using all possible evidence, the current state of the field of Christian ethics — in terms of its pedagogical, intellectual, and institutional presence in the academy; in terms of its vocation (both pedagogically and institutionally) in churches and ecclesial bodies; and in terms of its vocation in public life, conceived broadly.  Second, it seeks to use that understanding to offer tentative practical recommendations regarding how best to commit the resources of the Society to the present encouragement, and future cultivation, of the field of Christian ethics in the academy, for the churches, and amidst the public.

UPDATE: December, 2013

The 2020 Committee on the Future of Christian Ethics has completed a report that is the product of several years’ hard work on the part of the members of the committee. While the committee expects to revise this report one more time after this year’s SCE meeting, it merits the Society’s general attention now.  It will form the basis of the conversation during a session on Friday morning at the SCE annual conference in Seattle in January 2014.  I hope — and the committee hopes — that wide dissemination of the report will stimulate discussion, in that session and beyond. 

This report is meant to be a conversation-starter, not a final statement of the Society’s considered views.  The hard work of this committee provides the Society an opportunity for a renewal of our ongoing conversations about what Christian ethics is, what it ought to be, and how it could get from the former to the latter.  I hope — and the committee hopes — that many of you can attend the session in Seattle, and that the discussion this report is meant to provoke continues beyond the conference itself.

Attached is the report and responses to it.

Chair:
CTMathewes's picture
(CTMathewes)
University of Virginia
Associate Professor of Religious Studies

 
GloriaAlbrecht's picture
(GloriaAlbrecht)
University of Detroit Mercy
Professor of Religious Studies

 
vcarmona's picture
(vcarmona)
Oblate School of Theology
Assistant Professor

 
Miguel A. De La Torre's picture
(Miguel A. De La…)
Iliff School of Theology/University of Denver
Associate-Professor of Christian Ethics

Past President

 
gary dorrien's picture
(gary dorrien)
Union Theological Seminary
Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics

 
David P. Gushee's picture
(David P. Gushee)
Mercer University
Distinguished Univ Professor of Christian Ethics

 
PerryHamalis's picture
(PerryHamalis)
North Central College
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

 
StanleyHauerwas's picture
(StanleyHauerwas)
Duke University
Giblert T. Rowe Prof of Theological Ethics

 
JenniferHerdt's picture
(JenniferHerdt)
Yale Divinity School
Associate Professor of Theology

 
Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty's picture
(Elizabeth Hinso…)
Bellarmine University

 
WillisJenkins's picture
(WillisJenkins)
University of Virginia
Associate Professor of Religion, Ethics, and Environment

 
gkao@cst.edu's picture
(gkao@cst.edu)
Claremont School of Theology
Associate Professor of Ethics

 
PeterParis's picture
(PeterParis)
Princeton Theological Seminary
Professor

 
toddiepeters's picture
(toddiepeters)
Elon University
Associate Professor

 
mss9vh's picture
(mss9vh)
University of Virginia
PhD Student

 
AngelaSims's picture
(AngelaSims)
Saint Paul School of Theology

 
AllenVerhey's picture
(AllenVerhey)
Duke University
Professor of Christian Ethics

President