A Place for Conversation

The Stead Center for Ethics and Values seeks to be a place for conversation on relevant, current, critical justice issues. This site is a platform […]



Oppenheimer: Touching on Affective Textures and Violent Technologies

The release of Christopher Nolan’s film Oppenheimer ignited extensive discussions online about war narratives, advanced technology, and the influence of emotions in storytelling through new media. While the term “affective textures” might not be familiar to everyone, it’s the reason why people spent over $500 million to watch a movie depicting the creation of the atomic bomb and its profound impact on the world in 1945.

By Joshua K. Smith, PhD

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Jesus paired these two—peacemakers and Children of God—because children have a way of reminding adults that moral formation is an active, creative process, not simply a list of unchanging rules. Peacemaking takes creativity, collaboration, and compromise; three things children are doing all the time. We explain it this way in the Art of Ethics project at the Stead Center.

Thinking Tools on AI, Religion, & Culture

Kate Ott, Director of the Stead Center is part of the new eBook “Thinking Tools in #AI, #Religion and #Culture” edited by Dr. Heidi A […]

By Stead Center

Discipleship and Reparations: Reconciliation as Redistribution

Over the last thirty years, public discussions and private initiatives have tried to address longstanding issues of white-Black and settler-Indigenous tensions in North America. These […]

By Ched Myers & Elaine Enns

Celebrating 2022-2023!

Over the past year, the Stead Center hosted and partnered with other Garrett centers and institutes to bring audiences a wider variety of lectures, panels, […]

By The Stead Center

Self-Centered Indifference in Luke and in Pandemic Times 

Public crises drive Christian readers to make meaning with Scripture, work that requires a disciplined imagination. I propose a rhyming association between Luke’s Gospel and […]

By Dr. Greg Carey

Hermeneutics of Food in Times of Crisis

As we taste the world, we perceive it. Hence losing taste, which is one of the symptoms of Covid-19, entails losing a primary connection to the […]

By Dr. Dorothea Erbele-Küster

Exodus 16 on Affording to #Stayathome 

At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, #stayathome spread on social media. However, it entails privilege. The hashtag assumes the widespread availability of housing for […]

By Ludwig Beethoven J. Noya