Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America

Call For Papers

Discipleship and Sustainability Interest Group (2013-2015)

The Interest Group on Discipleship and Sustainability seeks proposals that develop ethical frameworks informed by the Catholic theological tradition (texts, scholars, visions, values, principles, norms) that analyze the justice implications of energy systems in the current carbon economy. The carbon economy means the current economic engine driven by oil, natural gas, and coal systems that release greenhouse gases and contribute to climate change. Proposals are especially sought whose frameworks identify concrete ways to assess the impact of the carbon economy on the poor, future generations, biodiversity, human health, economic growth, peace and conflict, and refugees/ population dislocation. Proposals may be oriented to the public of the church, society, or academy (but if the academy, should aim for an interdisciplinary audience). Sources might include, but are by no means limited to, Catholic traditions in human rights, proportionalism, Catholic social thought, ecofeminist ethics, virtue ethics, environmental justice movements, green economics (such as by John Cobb and Herman Daly), monastic/ ascetic/ simplicity traditions, liberation thought, etc.

Proposals should be no more than 500 words long, list the name and institution of all participants and other contact information. We also request a 100 word precis for the program. Please note any AV needs. Presenters should ordinarily be CTSA members in good standing and should not be a presenter in more than one session. Deadline for proposals is September 1st and the notification date for acceptance is September 21. Please send proposals to the interest group coordinator, Erin LothesBiviano at We look forward to your proposals.

For background on the impacts of climate change, two accessible reviews include:
The Nature Conservancy

National Resources Defense Council

The definitive scientific summary is the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change, Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007.  A
summary report is available here:

The ‘stabilization wedges’ article published by Socolow is a seminal
work that identifies options for combating climate change among
existing technologies.  The original article is technical but the
website has more accessible info (
See the original article at

“Prosperity Without Growth?,” a highly recommended report from the
Sustainable Development Commission is available at: