Statement on Collegiality and Solidarity

On January 9th, 2016, the members of the Society of Christian Ethics approved by majority vote a “Statement on Collegiality and Solidarity.” The Society of Jewish Ethics has joined the Society of Christian Ethics in endorsing this statement, which is intended especially to offer affirmation and support to members of the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics in this time of rising indiscriminate prejudice against Muslims. Much of the scholarly work of members of the SCE and SJE has been directed against a wide range of forms of discrimination, and their memberships are deeply committed to respect for and the protection of the religious freedom of members of all faiths. The approved statement reads as follows:

A disturbing wave of hostility and hatred aimed at Muslims continues to sweep across the globe. The Society of Christian Ethics repudiates this hostility directed at Muslims, including anti-Muslim hate crimes, mosque closures, and proposed registration programs. The Society recognizes and respects the gifts and perspectives that diverse traditions bring to the academy. As a partner of the Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics, we will continue to foster relationships of collegiality and solidarity with our Muslim colleagues in the academy and Muslims across the globe.

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The Society of Christian Ethics, founded in 1959, is a non-denominational academic association seeking to advance scholarly work in Christian ethics. The current president of the Society of Christian Ethics is Dr. Cristina Traina of Northwestern University. For more information about this resolution or the Society of Christian Ethics, contactsce@scethics.org, or check our website at: http://www.scethics.org.