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Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF

Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF

Professor of Catholic Theological Ethics and Erica and Harry John Family Chair of Catholic Theological Ethics
M.A., Maryknoll School of Theology; Ph.D., Marquette University

Dawn Nothwehr is Professor of Catholic Theological Ethics and Erica and Harry John Family Chair of Catholic Theological Ethics at Catholic Theological Union.  The mandate of the Chair is to promote the Roman Catholic Consistent Ethic of Life, advanced by Cardinal Bernardin.  She is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis, Rochester, Minnesota.

Nothwehr’s current research explores issues of ethical normativity – especially how moral wisdom of peoples beyond the North Atlantic regions enriches and informs classical Christian ethics.  Her ongoing research engages environmental ethics through the lens of Franciscan theology, particularly the effects of global climate change on the poor.  The dialogue between religion and science, as well the ethics of power and racial justice are of equal interest. Her study attends to mutuality as a formal norm within a feminist ethics of power. Additional involvements include: the praxis of empowerment of the poor and vulnerable, moral pluralism, and relations in moral disagreement.

A Board Member of the Catholic Theology Society of America, she also was Convener of the Moral Theology section and Co-Convener of the Women’s Consultation in Constructive Theology.  In the Society of Christian Ethics she is Co-Convener of the Environmental Ethics and Theology section.  Dr. Nothwehr was listed among the top twenty-five eco-theologians in The Heartland of the U.S. by The National Council of Churches of Christ Ecojustice Programs in 2012.

Dr. Nothwehr is Co-Editor of CTU’s peer reviewed journal, The New Theology Review  She has served as Director of CTU’s Certificate in Healthcare Mission Leadership Program, and she is a frequent contributor to the Sunday Scripture Reflections found on CTU’s website

Books authored and edited by Dr. Nothwehr include - Ecological Footprints: An Essential Franciscan Guide to Sustainable Living (Liturgical Press, 2012); That They May Be One: Catholic Social Teaching on Racism, Tribalism, and Xenophobia (Orbis Books, 2008). This book received a Catholic Press Association Award – 2009.  A Franciscan View of the Human Person: Some Central Elements, Vol. 3, Franciscan Intellectual Tradition Series (The Franciscan Institute, 2005); Franciscan Theology of the Environment: An Introductory Reader, ed. Dawn M. Nothwehr (Franciscan Press, 2002); Mutuality: A Formal Norm for Christian Social Ethics ([Catholic Scholars Press, 1998] Reprinted - Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2005);

Dr. Nothwehr has published several chapters in edited volumes including the following:

“When ‘Knowledge’ is Simply ‘All Wet’ and ‘Ignorance’ is Bliss,” in Patricia Beatie Jung and Shannon Jung, eds. Moral Issues and Christian Responses, Revised Edition (Fortress Press, 2012), 276-282; “Bonaventure’s Franciscan Christology:  A Resource for Eco-Conversion toward Halting Human-forced Global Warming,” in Jame Schaefer, ed. Confronting  the Climate Crisis: Catholic Theological Perspectives (Marquette University Press, 2011), 101-123;

“Defining “Racisms: Understanding Our Globalized, Terrorized, Ecologically Threatened World,” in Peter Vethanayagamony and Edmund Chia, eds., Mission After Christendom: Emergent Themes in Contemporary Mission (Westminster John Knox, 2010), 115-127;

“The Catholic Position Against Torture: It Is NEVER Justified – Mea Culpa!.” in Bill Mefford, ed. Faithful Against Torture. (United Methodist Church, Civil & Human Rights-General Board of Church & Society, 2009), 7-10; “From Ontology, Ecology, and Normativity to Mutuality: The Attitude and Principle that Roots the Consistent Ethic of Life” in Thomas A. Nairn, ed. The Consistent Ethic of Life: Assessing Its Reception and Relevance, (Orbis Books, 2008) 132-151; and “The Kogi Máma’s Ecological Ethics: Lessons for Christians,” in Cyriac K. Pullapilly, ed. Christianity and Native Cultures: Perspectives from Different Regions of the World, Vol. XIII, Church in the World Series, (Cross Cultural Publications, 2004), 481-518.