“Commemorating Lives Lost in Times of Pandemic and Protest” by Angela C. Carmella

A virtual conference organized in partnership with Brigham Young University Law School, Emory University Law School, Notre Dame Law School, St. John’s University School of Law, and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. View the full video and browse all essays here. Section B. Law, Religion, and Culture (Justin Latterell, moderator) “Commemorating Lives

“On Returning to Campus: What Might We Learn from Christian Ethics?” by Paul Lewis

COVID-19 presents colleges with precisely the kind of problem that those of us in the liberal arts claim that we are preparing people to address in responsible ways. The pandemic confronts us with what academics call an unstructured problem: one that has many layers and for which there is no easy answer.  Ethicists, of all

“A Spirituality of Social Justice and Peacemaking: Elements from within the Roman Catholic Tradition” by Thomas Massaro, S.J.

The word spirituality is often misunderstood and even off-putting, conjuring up images of wispy New Age-y practices and a general flakiness. I would like to make the case that spirituality is not only a positive thing, but a necessary thing for anyone who values social responsibility and harmony with all. While I will draw primarily

“Pandemic Monitoring Without Scapegoating: Lessons from the Shincheonji Community of South Korea” by Massimo Introvigne

An earlier version of this essay was published here, on Diresom. On February 19, 2020, I received the first of many phone calls from the media about a new South Korean religious movement known as the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, which was somewhat related to the spread of COVID-19 in the country. I was the

“Standing Rock: Law, Religion, and Morality in Contested Spaces” by Kamil Jamil

“Sacred Stone Camp” by Tony Webster / Flickr / CC BY 2.0 The Standing Rock demonstrations, which began in early 2016 and lasted almost a year, have been aptly characterized as the largest Native American activist movement in modern history. More than 300 tribes and scores of water protectors gathered to protest against the construction

“Should Assisted Suicide Be Legalized? A Jewish Perspective ” by Aryeh Klapper

Autonomy and dignity are standard grounds for arguments supporting the legalization of assisted suicide.  The prima facie case is excellent: forbidding suicide limits human autonomy, and compelling people to live against their will diminishes their self-determination and therefore their dignity. Counter-arguments often rest on assertions about the supreme value of life, even when life lacks

“Moral Leadership: A Vocation For the Next Generation” by Robert M. Franklin

“Spiritual, but not religious” summarizes the religious orientation of many younger Americans.  For years, those who care about theological education have puzzled over the declining interest by new college graduates in parish ministry and pastoral leadership. It has been a time of disruption and heartburn.  If future generations are likely to be less interested in