Regional & Other Groups

2020 Future of Christian Ethics

Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Charting the Future

Lutheran Ethicists

Pacific Section

PCUSA Social Ethics Network 

Task Force on Contingency

University of Chicago Writers

Wesleyan/Methodist Ethicists

2020 Future of Christian Ethics

Convener
Charles Mathewes
University of Virginia
[email protected]
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.

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.

Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Charting the Future

Conveners
Harlan Beckley
Washington and Lee University
[email protected]wlu.edu

Diane Yeager
Georgetown University
[email protected]

Lutheran Ethicists

Conveners
Roger Willer
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
[email protected]

Stewart Herman 
Augsburg College Christensen Center on Vocation
[email protected]
The Lutheran Ethicists Gathering is an annual event sponsored by the Department for Studies of the Church in Society program unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The two-day gathering fosters scholarship and dialog on topics of interest to participants with particular, though not exclusive, attention paid to themes and insights from within Lutheran traditions of thought as they intersect with discourse in the academy and challenges within the church.

Pacific Section

Conveners
Jonathan Rothchild
Loyola Marymount University
[email protected]
Roberto Dell'Oro
Loyola Marymount University
[email protected]
Each annual meeting of the Pacific Section, held a Friday in February, affords an opportunity for six or seven scholars to present their work as well as the president of the SCE to give an informal presentation of his or her research. Presenters who are SCE members are eligible to submit their work for review by the JSCE.

PCUSA Social Ethics Network

Conveners
John Senior
Wake Forest University School of Divinity
[email protected]

Letitia Campbell
Emory University
[email protected]

Presbyterian Ethicists meet at SCE to discuss academic and denominational matters of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and for an update on current developments in social witness in the PCUSA and our Reformed relatives. SCE members participating on study commissions and serving as consultant writers for the denomination report on their projects. The impacts of church/seminary/college changes are discussed. Seminary and college ethicists comprise most of the group "Social Ethics Network" (or SEN--formerly "Theological Educators for Presbyterian Social Witness")  which helps connect the academy to the denomination and the General Assembly, informing the life of congregations through policy studies and reports. The group sometimes meets in churches near the SCE annual meeting site. Liaison is provided by the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy, [email protected].

Task Force on Contingency

Conveners 
Cristina Traina
Northwestern University
[email protected]

Matthew Gaudet
Santa Clara University
[email protected] 

University of Chicago Writers

Conveners
Jonathan Rothchild
Loyola Marymount University
[email protected]

Elizabeth Bucar
Northeastern University
[email protected] 

In an effort to continue the distinct approach to ethics developed over the years at the University of Chicago Divinity School, the University of Chicago Writers Group was started in the early 1990's to enable graduates of the Divinity School's ethics programs to gather each year to discuss new and on-going projects. The group gathers on Thursday afternoon prior to the full SCE meeting schedule to discuss members' work distributed in advance. SCE members who are U. of C. graduates and would like to join the group are encouraged to contact the conveners.

Wesleyan/Methodist Ethicists

Conveners
Sondra Wheeler
Wesley Theological Seminary
[email protected]

Bradley Burroughs
United Theological Seminary
[email protected]

This group was formed within the SCE of those members 1) who work within any of the various ecclesial traditions rooted in the evangelical renewal movement begun by John Wesley, or, 2) theological and ethical reflection is shaped by distinctly Wesleyan perspectives.