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Earth Ethics, James Martin-Schramm, Daniel Spencer, Laura A. Stivers Nov 2015

Earth Ethics, James Martin-Schramm, Daniel Spencer, Laura A. Stivers

Laura Stivers

A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Christian Environmental Ethics: A Case Method Approach, this volume introduces new topics in environmental ethics, including hydraulic fracturing, greenhouse gases, food consumption, and resource stewardship, and revisits traditional topics in environmental ethics, while expanding beyond a specifically Christian hermeneutic. ~ Amazon.com


Responding To ‘Not In My Backyard’ Advocates: A Christian Feminist Justice Approach, Laura A. Stivers Sep 2014

Responding To ‘Not In My Backyard’ Advocates: A Christian Feminist Justice Approach, Laura A. Stivers

Laura Stivers

Applied Christian Ethics addresses selected themes in Christian social ethics. The book is divided in three parts. In the first section, “Foundation,” several contributors reveal their Christian realist roots and discuss the prophetic origins and multifarious agenda of social ethics. Thus, the names of Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich come up frequently. In the second section, “Economics and Justice,” the focus turns to the different levels at which economics has significance for social justice. These chapters discuss fair housing at the local level, the dialogue between Christians and Native Americans over property rights at the regional and national


Christian Feminist Conception Of Justice, Laura A. Stivers Jun 2014

Christian Feminist Conception Of Justice, Laura A. Stivers

Laura Stivers

The Judeo-Christian tradition testifies to a God that cries out, demanding that justice "roll down like waters, righteousness like an ever-flowing stream" (Amos 5:24). Christians agree that being advocates for justice is critical to the Christian witness. And yet one need not look widely to see that Christians disagree about what social justice entails. What does justice have to do with healthcare reform, illegal immigration, and same-sex marriage? Should Christians support tax policies that effectively require wealthy individuals to fund programs that benefit the poor? Does justice require that we acknowledge and address the inequalities borne out of histories ...


Solidarity Ethics: Transformation In A Globalized World. By Rebecca Todd Peters [Review], Laura Stivers Apr 2014

Solidarity Ethics: Transformation In A Globalized World. By Rebecca Todd Peters [Review], Laura Stivers

Laura Stivers

{2] Rebecca Todd Peters writes from her personal experience of metanoia, or seeing with new eyes, when at the age of twenty-four she attended a women’s leadership development conference in Jamaica that was sponsored by faith-based organizations. At the conference she developed relationships with women whose lives were very different from her own and listened to their stories of struggle and challenge. These personal relationships gave her a new vantage point for understanding economic globalization. Her even deeper transformation occurred when after sharing her story of being called to help people by doing mission work in the two-thirds world ...


Economic Ethics, Laura A. Stivers Dec 2012

Economic Ethics, Laura A. Stivers

Laura Stivers

This survey text for religious ethics and theological ethics courses explores how ethical concepts defined as liberationist, which initially was a Latin American Catholic phenomenon, is presently manifest around the globe and within the United States across different racial, ethnic, and gender groups. Authored by several contributors, this book elucidates how the powerless and disenfranchised within marginalized communities employ their religious beliefs to articulate a liberationist/liberative religious ethical perspective. Students will thus comprehend the diversity existing within the liberative ethical discourse and know which scholars and texts to read and will encounter practical ways to further social justice.


Interviewed By Timothy Harris, On Disrupting Homelessness, Laura A. Stivers Apr 2012

Interviewed By Timothy Harris, On Disrupting Homelessness, Laura A. Stivers

Laura Stivers

Churches and helping homeless people go together like soup and sandwiches. From the Skid Row rescue missions of the 19th century right up to the present, modern Christians have responded to Matthew 25:35 by feeding the hungry and sheltering the stranger. Yet how many, asks Dominican University of California philosophy and ethics professor Laura Stivers, take the next step, advised in Isaiah 1:17, and work to "seek justice and encourage the oppressed?"

The answer, says Stivers, is not nearly enough. "Disrupting Homelessness: Alternative Christian Approaches (Fortress Press, $18) offers a manual of sorts to faith activists interested in ...


Christian Ethics: A Case Method Approach, Laura A. Stivers, Jim Martin-Schramm, Christine Gudorf Jan 2012

Christian Ethics: A Case Method Approach, Laura A. Stivers, Jim Martin-Schramm, Christine Gudorf

Laura Stivers

The case method approach, effective in disciplines from law, forms the backbone of this classroom-proven work. Designed specifically for undergraduate courses this latest revision includes ten new cases on immigration (connection with global poverty), homelessness and foreclosures, water, ethical issues in the workplace, closing hospital emergency rooms, living together v. marriage, gay marriage, and physician-assisted death. Several cases have been dropped and the remaining cases have all been updated to keep the book contemporary with real life issues, for productive discussion and fruitful learning.


Interviewed By John Shorb, On Disrupting Homelessness, Laura A. Stivers Dec 2011

Interviewed By John Shorb, On Disrupting Homelessness, Laura A. Stivers

Laura Stivers

aura Stivers, professor of ethics at Dominican University of California, recently investigated the issue of homelessness from a Christian perspective. The result was her new book Disrupting Homelessness: Alternative Christian Approaches. She shared her thoughts on how churches and individual Christians might approach homelessness on a systematic level based on biblical understandings of hospitality and justice.


Profiles Of Dominican: Dr. Laura Stivers, Laura A. Stivers Dec 2011

Profiles Of Dominican: Dr. Laura Stivers, Laura A. Stivers

Laura Stivers

Dr. Laura Stivers, Dean, School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and former Associate Professor of Ethics believes homelessness is a preventable problem in the United States. The solution begins with education about the root causes of homelessness, but the political will to change social policies that create inequality and poverty also will be necessary.


Interviewed By Joan Claire, “People Of Faith Must Hear The Cry Of The Poor”, Laura A. Stivers Oct 2011

Interviewed By Joan Claire, “People Of Faith Must Hear The Cry Of The Poor”, Laura A. Stivers

Laura Stivers


In her book, Disrupting Homelessness: Alternative Christian Approaches, Laura Stivers explores ways that people of faith can build a prophetic movement to overcome homelessness and economic injustice. She calls for churches to go beyond charity and develop a new level of solidarity with homeless people.

The ultimate goal is not only to create homes and economic justice for all, but also to nurture a new sense of compassion and sharing as an alternative to a society based on self-centered materialism.


Water As Earth's Bloodstream: Latina Ecofeminist Spirituality And Water Justice, Laura A. Stivers Jul 2011

Water As Earth's Bloodstream: Latina Ecofeminist Spirituality And Water Justice, Laura A. Stivers

Laura Stivers

Spirit and Nature is a collection of essays exploring how the resources of Christian spirituality can inform the practice of a more ecologically sustainable faith. Our current ecological situation calls for people of religious faith to reexamine the way they envision the practice of spirituality. As environmental ethicists have called us to reconsider the human-Earth relationship so that the planet is not seen as simply an endless supply of resources to fill human wants and needs, so these essays call us to reconsider spiritual practice as it relates to Earth's ecology. Rather than viewing spirituality as an escape from ...


Spotlight On Teaching: Environmental And Economic Injustice, Laura Stivers Apr 2011

Spotlight On Teaching: Environmental And Economic Injustice, Laura Stivers

Laura Stivers

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Disrupting Homelessness : Alternative Christian Approaches, Laura A. Stivers Mar 2011

Disrupting Homelessness : Alternative Christian Approaches, Laura A. Stivers

Laura Stivers

Disrupting Homelessness unmasks the futile assumptions of our present approaches to homelessness and suggests ways in which Christians and Christian communities can create a prophetic social movement to end poverty and homelessness. The American dream, as conveyed by the media, includes owning a home. Increasingly, people are homeless or precariously housed because of joblessness, foreclosure, or dislocation. Ecclesial responses to homelessness and housing vary. Some Christian organizations focus on fixing the person and the behaviors that contribute to homelessness. Others promote home ownership for low income households. Employing disruptive Christian ethics, Laura Stivers criticizes both approaches, outlines an advocacy approach ...


Resistance To Structural Adjustment Policies, Laura Stivers Aug 2004

Resistance To Structural Adjustment Policies, Laura Stivers

Laura Stivers

Protestantism, at its best, grounds both its religious and its social critique in the faith of the prophets and the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as understood and lived by the church. Its teachings and desired practice stand in start contrast to complacent religion that seems to be at ease with imperial greed, domination, and violence. Resistance and Theological Ethics collects the edited and updated essays that emerged from the meeting of the Theological Educators for Presbyterian Social Witness in Geneva, Switzerland and southern France in 1999. Inspired there by the sixteenth century forces of renewal unleashed through resistance ...