About the Society of Christian Ethics (SCE)

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. 

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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. 

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