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 […]



Art of Ethics Training Resources

On November 16, 2023, Dr. Kate Ott, Director of the Stead Center on Ethics and Values and Elizabeth Emis, Art of Ethics Project Coordinator for […]

Liturgy and Art of Ethics

The Stead Center and the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary worship team, guided by the creative liturgical leadership of Dean Karen Mosby, worked together to prepare an Art of Ethics service for and with the seminary community.

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