Midterm Group Gatherings

Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 6, 2021

The Midterm Group Gatherings is a free virtual event hosted from August 2-6, 2021. This meeting has been created for Working Groups, Interest Groups, and Caucuses to connect outside of the Annual Meeting.  This 75-minute time slot can be used as a group meeting or presentation, the agenda is up to you!  These meetings are not eligible for submission to JSCE.

These meetings are open to all SCE, SJE and SSME members.  The Zoom Meeting link will be available below, one-week prior to the meeting (by Monday, July 26).  No registration required.  These meetings will not be recorded or managed by staff.

The chairs of the Working Group, Interest Group, or Caucus are responsible for booking a timeslot, by reaching out to Brandon at [email protected] by Friday, July 16.  The timeslots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Monday, August 2

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM ET
  • Conflict, Nonviolence and Just Peace Interest Group: (Zoom Link Meeting Room 1)

    Speaker Dan Cosacchi
    “A New Moment for Catholic Teaching on Violence”
    In this brief paper, Dan will review Pope Francis’s recent encyclical Fratelli Tutti, pointing to his section on war and the death penalty (nos. 255-270), and putting him in conversation with other thinkers advocating for a just peace approach as a way to argue that Francis is paving the way for a new Catholic understanding of war and peace. (All are welcome)

    Convener: Eli McCarthy, [email protected]

  • African American Working Group: (Zoom Link Meeting Room 2)

    How do lessons from the history of Black churches and the Nation of Islam resonate today, a moment marked by deep and divisive debates on the afterlives of slavery, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, and a resurgence of white Christian nationalism? How might African American ethics, Womanism, Ecowomanism, and Black existentialism develop new conceptual schemes for the unfolding new world? 

    Conveners: Terrence L. Johnson ([email protected]) and Shawnee M Daniels-Sykes ([email protected])

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM ET
  • The Christianity and Prison Abolition Interest Group: (Zoom Link Meeting Room 1)

    The group will host a workshop featuring early research from Rev. Dr. Nikia Robert titled "Abolitionist Sanctuary," including responses and general discussion. All are welcome to join this session, as well as ongoing conversation in our Google group at the following link: https://groups.google.com/g/sce-prison-abolition-discussion

    Convener: Nathaniel Grimes ([email protected]). 

  • The Christian Ethics and Disability Inclusion Interest Group: (Zoom Link Meeting Room 2)

    Our midterm meeting will be a roundtable forum for participants to discuss inclusive pedagogy, Universal Design for Learning, and access in our scholarly, teaching, and vocational contexts. We would welcome anyone who is interested in joining this conversation.

    Conveners: Sarah Barton  ([email protected]) and Lorraine Cuddeback ([email protected])

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM ET
  • Climate Justice Group: (Zoom Link Meeting Room 1)

    The Climate Justice Group will begin with brief sharing on what we are doing in our research and activism related to Climate Justice, and in the second part we will meet in smaller breakout rooms based on themes of choice, such as  'intersectional frontiers of climate justice,' 'regional issues of climate justice,' and 'climate justice in the classroom.' 

    Conveners: Daniel Scheid ([email protected]) and Tallessyn Zawn Grenfell-Lee ([email protected])

Tuesday, August 3

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM ET
  • Asian/Asian-American Working Group: (Zoom Link Meeting Room 1)

    The group will will briefly update our working group sessions for the 2022 SCE and then Kathy Chow will present a paper titled “Memoir, Testimony, Confession: A Critique of Asian American Theology” (All are welcome). 

    Conveners: Wonchul Shin ([email protected]) and Sunder John Boopalan ([email protected]

Wednesday, August 4

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM ET
  • Ethics and Political Economy Interest Group: (Zoom Link Meeting Room 1)

    Speaker: Christine Firer Hinze (Fordham University) will discuss ethics and political economy in the context of her new book Radical Sufficiency: Work, Livelihood, and a US Catholic Economic Ethics (all are welcome to attend).

    Convener: James P. Bailey, Duquesne University ([email protected])
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM ET
  • The Animal Ethics Interest Group: (Zoom Link Meeting Room 2)

    Trevor Bechtel will give a 20 minute presentation on Animal Celebrity and Christopher Carter will be introducing his recently published book: The Spirit of Soul Food: Race, Faith, & Food Justice (University of Illinois Press, 2021). There will be ample time for Q&A. Afterwards we’ll talk about our meeting in January which is focused on getting reacquainted and considering future directions. (All are welcome)

    Conveners: Grace Kao ([email protected]and Trevor Bechtel ([email protected])

  • The Environmental Ethics and Theology Interest Group: (Zoom Link Meeting Room 1)

    The group will be discussing a topic: Insights for Eco-Pedagogy. Participants are invited to bring an anecdote or recommendation to share: what assignments work well for environmental ethics in the classroom? What readings speak well to our pedagogical needs on this topic? What questions do we have for each other, regarding teaching at this time of environmental crisis?

    Conveners: Hartman, Laura ([email protected]), Andy Smith ([email protected]), and Dawn Nothwehr ([email protected])

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM ET
  • Latino/a Ethics Working Group: (Zoom Link Meeting Room 2)

    Title: "After the Amazon Synod: A Global Conversation with Mauricio López"

    Brief description: This conversation with Mauricio López (Executive Secretary of the Ecclesial Conference of the Amazon) from Ecuador explores the importance of the afflicted Amazon region and its implications for indigenous peoples, the earth, and the global church. (All are welcome to attend). Please direct all queries about the event to me as co-convener of the Latino/a Ethics Working Group ([email protected]

           Co-Conveners: David Lantigua ([email protected]) and Karen Ross ([email protected])

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM ET
  • The Women's Caucus: (Zoom Link Meeting Room 1)

    Meeting theme: Questioning Woman (after last year's theme "Questioning the Human"); What/who is a woman?; Should the "Women's Caucus" consider changing its name and identity to include non-binary persons? We'll have a panel discussion and conversation that considers these questions and themes.

    Conveners: Emily Dumler-Winckler ([email protected]) and Brandy Daniels ([email protected]) 

Thursday, August 5

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM ET
  • Fieldwork in Ethics Interest Group: (Zoom Link Meeting Room 1)

    This Fieldwork in Ethics Virtual Brown Bag will be a time to workshop questions and challenges in our work at any stage of the qualitative research and writing process. As with our past Virtual Brown Bags, this will be an interactive session open to any ethicist using qualitative methods or who are qualitative method-curious. We would therefore very much appreciate if you could note that we hope to draw this “audience.”

    Conveners: Sara Williams, [email protected] and Cara Curtis, [email protected] 

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM ET
  • The Family and Social Responsibilities Interest Group: (Zoom Link Meeting Room 2)

    The Family and Social Responsibilities Interest Group will host a conversation with Jason King, Emily Reimer-Barry, and Mary Kate Holman to discuss Sex, Love, and Families: Catholic Perspectives (Liturgical, 2020) and explore the moral demands of family life in the future. (It is not necessary to be familiar with this text to attend this session; All Are Welcome)

    Co-Conveners: Marcus Mescher ([email protected]) and Kari-Shane Davis Zimmerman ([email protected]

Friday, August 6

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM ET
  • The Healthcare Ethics Interest Group: (Zoom Link Meeting Room 1)

    Speaker: Breanna Lathrop, DNP, MPH, co-author of How Neighborhoods Make Us Sick and Chief Operating Officer of Good Samaritan Health Center.  Breanna will be talking about her experience coming to understand the real life impacts of the social determinants of health and how Good Samaritan in Atlanta works at these issues.  (All are Welcome)

    Convener: Joe Kotva ([email protected])
  • Student Caucus/Future Scholars' Event: (Zoom Link Meeting Room 2)

    Positionality and Vocation: A Conversation about Contemporary Ethics: During this event, student members of the SCE will hear from and talk with senior colleagues in the guild about their journey and vocation as ethicists—in particular, how they positioned themselves in the profession and as experts in their chosen field.

    Convener: Mary Nickel ([email protected]) and Catherine Yanko ([email protected])

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM ET