Cabinet Statement on Recent Events by the Society of Christian Ethics, January 8, 2021

On January 6, 2021, President Donald Trump incited a violent mob to take control of the Capitol building precisely while the Congress was deliberating to validate the election of President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. By seeking to subvert the results of a free and fair election, by repeatedly lying to his supporters concerning that election, and by inciting an insurrection, Donald Trump has betrayed his oath of office and is clearly no longer fit to serve as President of our country. Therefore, the members of the Presidential Cabinet of the Society of Christian Ethics, joined by the SCE members whose names are listed below, call for the removal of President Donald Trump from office by any lawful process, including impeachment or the 25th Amendment. By this action, our country can begin the process of affirming the importance of truth and restoring trust in our halls of justice, governance and law. 

Jennifer A. Herdt, President, Society of Christian Ethics
James Keenan, President-Elect, Society of Christian Ethics
Bryan Massingale, Vice President, Society of Christian Ethics
Patricia Beattie Jung, Past-President, Society of Christian Ethics

Members Who Have Signed On to This Statement

Mara C. Adams St. Ambrose University
Ilsup Ahn  
Gloria Albrecht University of Detroit Mercy
John Alexander Independent Scholar
Mark Allman Merrimack College
Per Anderson Concordia College
Maria Antonaccio Bucknell University
Neil Arner University of Notre Dame
Joyce Babyak Oberlin College
James Bailey Duquesne University
Alda Balthrop-Lewis Australian Catholic University
Byron Bangert Indiana University
William Barbieri Catholic University of America
Sarah Barton Duke University
Anthony Bateza St. Olaf College
Trevor Bechtel University of Michigan
Harlan Beckley Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty. Washington and Lee University, Emeritus
Jana Bennett University of Dayton
Matthew Bersagel Braley Viterbo University
Adam Beyt Fordham University
Elizabeth Block Saint Louis University
Joseph Blosser  
Toni Bond  
Brian Boyd University of Notre Dame
John Bowlin Princeton Theological Seminary
Eugene Breitenberg, Jr. Randolph-Macon College
Luke Bretherton Duke Divinity School
James Bretzke John Carroll University
Paul Bube Lyon College
Michael Buttrey University of Toronto
Jonathan Cahill Boston College
Lisa Cahill Boston College
Letitia Campbell Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Victor Carmona University of San Diego
Kevin Carnahan Central Methodist University
Angela Carpenter Hope College
John Carter Boston College
Christopher Carter University of San Diego
Diana Cates University of Iowa
William Cavanaugh DePaul University
Alexandra Chambers Vanderbilt University
Carolyn Chau King's University College, Western University
Levi Checketts Holy Names University
James Childs Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University
Ki Joo Choi Seton Hall University
Kathy Chow Yale University
Dolores Christie CTSA Executive Director (retired)
Brian Clark Southern Methodist University
Jonathan Clemens Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
Niki Clements Rice University
Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom North Park Theological Seminary
Elizabeth Cochrane Pittsburgh, PA
Elizabeth Collier Dominican University
Emma Corey Emory University
Dan Cosacchi Marywood University
Jesse Couenhoven Villanova University
Lucila Crene Candler School of Theology
John Crowley-Buck Georgetown University
Leonard Curry Vanderbilt University
Cara Curtis Emory University
Daniel Daly Boston College, STM
Lois Daly Siena College
Shawnee Daniels-Sykes Mount Mary University
Joseph Daniels Colby College
Kerry Danner Georgetown University
Ryan Darr Princeton University
Christine Darr University of Dubuque
Maria Teresa Davila Merrimack College
James Davis Middlebury College
Zachary deMoya Southern Methodist University
Mark Doorley Villanova University
Mark Douglas Columbia Theological Seminary, Columbia University
Robert Doyle Marymount California University
Emily Dubie Duke University
Erin Dufault-Hunter Fuller Theological Seminary
Emily Dumler-Winckler St. Louis University
Jason Eberl St. Louis University
Andrew Edwards University of Lynchburg
Stephanie Edwards Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium
Elise Edwards Baylor University
Neil Elliott Fortress Academic/Lexington Books
Marvin Ellison Bangor Theological Seminary
Anne-Marie Ellithorpe Vancouver School of Theology
William Everett Andover Newton Seminary at Yale
Eileen Fagan College of Mount St Vincent
Peter Fay Boston College
Daniel Finn St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict
Marianne FitzGerald University of Notre Dame
Julia Fleming Creighton University
Nichole Flores University of Virginia
Craig Ford, Jr. Saint Norbert College
Robert Franklin Emory University, Morehouse College
Sarah Fredericks University of Chicago
Duane Friesen Edmund G. Kaufman Professor of Bible and Religion, Bethel College (KS)
Carl Friesen University of Notre Dame
RaShan Frost  
Lisa Fullam Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley
Mary Gaebler Gustavus Adolphus College
Peter R. Gathje Memphis Theological Seminary
Matthew Gaudet Santa Clara University
Roger Gench Second Presbyterian Church
William George Dominican University
Kathryn Getek Soltis Villanova University
Eric Gregory Princeton University
Tallessyn Grenfell-Lee Climate Resilience Chaplaincy
Jon Gunnemann Emory University/Candler School of Theology
Karen Guth College of the Holy Cross
Hille Haker Loyola University Chicago
Perry Hamalis North Central College
Ronald Hamel Retired
Brian Hamilton Florida Southern College
Michelle Harrington  
John Hart Boston University School of Theology
Laura Hartman Roanoke College
Justin Hawkins Yale University
Aimee Hein Boston College
Abbylyn Helgevold University of Wartburg
Robyn Henderson-Espinoza Duke Divinity school | Activist Theology Project
David Henreckson Valparaiso University
Nathan Hershberger Duke University
Kristin Heyer Boston College
Kenneth Himes Boston College
Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty Bellarmine University
Christine Hinze Fordham University
R. Ward Holder Saint Anselm College
David Hollenbach Georgetown University
Jamin Hubner LCC International University
David Hunsicker Covenant Presbyterian Church, Huntsville, AL
Janna Hunter-Bowman Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Russell Johnson University of Chicago
Simeon Ilesanmi Wake Forest University
Christian Iosso Presbyterian Church (USA).
Mary Jo Iozzio Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Katherine Jackson-Meyer Boston College
Jan Jans Tilburg University - Retired
Matt Jantzen Hope College
Michael Jaycox Seattle University
Willis Jenkins University of Virginia
Sheryl Johnson Graduate Theological Union
Kelly Johnson University of Dayton
Laurie Johnston Emmanuel College
Christopher Jones Barry University
John Jones IV American Baptist Churches of Wisconsin; Central Baptist Theological Seminary; Carthage College
Candace Jordan Princeton University
Kevin Jung Wake Forest University
Ryan Juskus Duke University
Aline Kalbian Floridal State University
Brad Kallenberg University of Dayton
Charles Kammer College of Wooster
Grace Kao Claremont School of Theology
Judith Kay University of Puget Sound
Conor Kelly Marquette University
Maureen Kemeza retired pastor/scholar
Maria Kenney Asbury Theological Seminary
Jason King Saint Vincent College
Johann Klodzen Washington D.C.
Joseph Kotva Indiana University School of Medicine -- South Bend
Ernest Krug Third Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY
David Kwon St.Mary's University of Minnesota
Alberto La Rosa Rojas Duke University
Tsz Him Lai Drew University
Virginia Landgraf Atla
Hak Joon Lee Fuller Theological Seminary
Kevin Lee Campbell University
Amy Levad University of St. Thomas, MN
Paul Lewis Mercer University
Thomas Lewis Brown University
Kathy Lilla Cox University of San Diego
D. Stephen Long Southern Methodist University
Leocadie Lushombo Boston College
Ramon Luzarraga Benedictine University Mesa
M. Therese Lysaught Loyola University Chicago
James Martin-Schramm Luther College
Thomas Massaro Fordham University
Charles Mathewes University of Virginia
Roy May Jr Latin American Biblical University
Megan McCabe Gonzaga University
Eli McCarthy Georgetown University
W. Patrick McCormick University of Cambridge and Yale Law School
David McCurdy Elmhurst College
Emma McDonald Boston College
William McDonough St. Catherine University
Nancy Menning Ithaca College
Marcus Mescher Xavier University
Alex Mikulich Catholic Social Ethicist
Rebekah Miles Southern Methodist University
Cynthia Moe-Lobeda Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Graduate Theological Union 
Margaret Mohrmann University of Virginia
Ross Moret SSME
Stephanie Mota Thurston Wake Forest University
Philip Muntzel King's College
Mark Nixon Fordham University
Kirk Nolan Presbyterian College
Dawn Nothwehr Catholic Theological Union
Kevin O'Brien Pacific Lutheran University
Timothy O'Connell Loyola University Chicago
Nicholas Ogle University of Notre Dame
Irene Oh George Washington University
Hauna Ondrey North Park Theological Seminary
Kate M. Ott Drew University
Douglas Ottati Past President, Society of Christian Ethicd
Andrew Packman University of Chicago Divinity School
Christine Pae Denison University
Scott Paeth DePaul University
Aristotle Papanikolaou Fordham University
Janet Parker Independent Scholar
John Pawlikowski Catholic Theological Union
Heike Peckruhn Daemen College
Kusumita Pedersen St. Francis College (Emerita)
Kimberly Penner University of Waterloo
Jesse Perillo DePaul University
Rebecca Todd Peters Elon University
Andrew Peterson Princeton Theological Seminary
Karen Peterson-Iyer Santa Clara University
Justin Phillips The Other Journal
Foster Pinkney University of Chicago Divinity School
Christine Pohl Retired
Jean Porter University of Notre Dame
Lisa Powell  
Matthew Puffer Valparaiso University
Bharat Ranganathan Case Western Reserve University
Larry Rasmussen Union Theological Seminary
Terry Reeder The College of Wooster
Emily Reimer-Barry University of San Diego
Rudolph Reyes Iliff School of Theology/University of Denver
Lincoln Rice Casa Maria Catholic Worker (Milwaukee, WI)
Autumn Ridenour Merrimack College
Marcia Riggs Columbia Theological Seminary
Chad Rimmer Lutheran World Federation
Raymond Roberts River Road Presbyterian Church
David Robinson Regent College
Mary Roche College of the Holy Cross
Carolyn Roeber  
Ruben Rosario-Rodriguez Saint Louis University
Karen Ross Marquette University
Susan Ross Loyola University Chicago
Marc Rugani Saint Anselm College
Ismail Ruiz Graduate Theological Union
Mark Ryan University of Dayton
Todd Salzman Creighton University
Hava Samuelson SJE
Cheryl Sanders Howard University
Hilary Scarsella Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
Jame Schaefer Marquette University
Anna Scheid Pittsburgh, PA
Daniel Scheid Duquesne University
Gerald Schlabach University of St. Thomas
William Schweiker The University of Chicago
Thomas Seat Princeton Theological Seminary
Timothy Sedgwick Virginia Theological Seminary
Peter Sensenig Mennonite Mission Network
Kristyn Sessions Villanova University
Thomas Shannon Professor Emeritus of Religion and Social Ethics, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
John Shelley Furman University
Jon Kara Shields Simpson College
Wonchul Shin Columbia Theological Seminary
Frederick Simmons Princeton Theological Seminary
Laura Simpson Villanova University
Angela Sims Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
J Smith III retired
Ted Smith Emory University
C. Snarr Vanderbilt University
Joshua Snyder Boston College
Keith Soko St. Ambrose University
Richard Sparks Paulist & PhD
Hank Spaulding Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Devan Stahl Baylor University
Meg Stapleton Smith Fordham University
Aaron Stauffer Vanderbilt University Divinity School
Lloyd Steffen Lehigh University
Darryl Stephens Lancaster Theological Seminary
Brian Stiltner Sacred Heart University
Laura Stivers Dominican University of California
Ronald Stone Osher at Carnegie Mellon University
Andrew Stone Porter Vanderbilt University
David Stubbs Western Theological Seminary
Debra Sulai  
Sandra Sullivan-Dunbar Loyola University Chicago
Peter Sulyok Carmel Presbyterian Church
Sara-Jo Swiatek University of Chicago Divinity School
Mairaj Syed SSME
Emilie Townes Vanderbilt University Divinity School
Cristina Traina Fordham University
Darryl Trimiew Atlanta Divinity Center/Christian College of Ga.
Carl Trovall Concordia University-TX
David True Wilson College
Michael Turner Georgia Gwinnett College
Sumner Twiss Florida State University
Edward Vacek Loyola University New Orleans
Elizabeth Vasko Duquesne University
Andrea Vicini Boston College
Aana Vigen Loyola University Chicago
Paul Wadell Professor Emeritus of Theology and Religious Studies, St. Norbert College
Theodore Walker Jr. Southern Methodist University
Jim Walters LLU
Kenneth Weare University of San Francisco
Darlene Weaver SCE
Jilinda Weaver Emory University
Leslie Weber Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
Traci West Drew University Theological School
Matthew P. Whelan Baylor University
Todd Whitmore University of Notre Dame
Marvin Wickware Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Roger Willer Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
Reggie Williams McCormick Theological Seminary
Sara Williams Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Stephen Wilson Spring Hill College
Tobias Winright Saint Louis University
Gerald Winslow Loma Linda University
Norman Wirzba Duke University
Regina (Gina) Wolfe Catholic Theological Union
Kenneth Wozniak  
Sameer Yadav Westmont College
Peng Yin Emory University
Christiana Zenner Fordham University
Yvonne Zimmerman Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Laurie Zoloth University of Chicago


The undersigned are non-US citizen members of SCE who wish to express their solidarity with their US-based colleagues and their support for the SCE Cabinet in the public stand it has taken concerning these recent events.

Gregoire Catta Centres Sevres - Facultes Jesuites de Paris France
David Clough  Unversity of Chester United Kingdom
Celia Evangline Deane-Drummond University of Oxford United Kingdom
Doris Kieser St.Joseph College Canada
Neil Messer University of Winchester United Kingdom
Hilary Nwainya Boston College Nigeria
Stephanie Ann Puen Fordham University Philippines
Peter Sedgwick Cardiff University United Kingdom
Robert Song University of Durham United Kingdom
Pieter Vos Protestant Theological University The Netherlands
Nelly Wamaitha Emory University  Kenya
Werner Wolbert University of Salzburg Austria
Amos Winarto Aletheia Theological Seminary  Indonesia


As members of the sister society of the Society of Christian Ethics, Societas Ethica, we fully support the statement of SCE and its demands. Although many of us are not citizens of the US we are deeply concerned about the events in the US which turn out to be a threat to democracy and peaceful coexistence all around the world.

Maureen Junker-Kenny University of Dublin, Trinity College Ireland
Christof Mandry Goethe University Frankfurt Germany
Arne Manzeschke Lutheran University of Applied Science, Nuremberg, President of Societas Ethica Germany