Kate Ott

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Assistant Professor of Christian Social Ethics

Drew University, Theological School


Kate's research is in the fields of Christian social ethics, moral theology, and childhood/youth studies.  She is particularly interested in issues of sexuality, race, and global consumerism as they shape our sense of moral agency and choice.  Her recent academic and activist work place children and youth at the center of inquiry using a feminist and critical social ethics lens.  Her most recent book is Sex + Faith: Talking with Your Child from Birth to Adolescence. Dr. Ott is also co-editor of Just Hospitality: God’s Welcome in a World of Difference and the forthcoming Faith, Feminism, and Scholarship: The Next Generation. For more information on her research and teaching visit kateott.org.

Recent Posts by Author

I was drawn to the academic discipline of ethics because it was about making moral claims, calling for actions, and evaluating the impact of current and past social and religious structures. Doing Christian ethics, I thought, could be synonymous with activism. However, as I spend more and more time in front of a computer or in a classroom it becomes more and more difficult to convince myself that being an ethicist makes me an activist. The same might be true about my identity as a feminist academic. Is writing and teaching from a feminist perspective automatically activism? More >
Today is Super Bowl Sunday.  Does it make you reflect on God? More >
A version of this blog was posted previously on Gathering Voices a blog of TheThoughtfulChristian.com. More >
In the past, I've shared my thoughts about celebrating Mother's Day. Today, I find myself considering very similar gender based issues on Father's Day. In a single thought, I'm not a fan of Hallmark Holidays that reinforce gender divisions. Instead, I hope we can use these moments to reflect more deeply on the moral act of parenting and raising children. Parenting, as a moral act, is best characterized as stewardship. More >

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