We’re thrilled to be compiling a list (alphabetical by last name) of Penn State’s peace, justice, and faith faculty members (click on the name to be taken to their faculty webpage). If you know of someone who should also be on this list, please contact us!
“I’m a lifelong Roman Catholic who lives my faith through service, study, and prayer—often outside of parish communities. I have done this in a number of ways, including a “gap year” with the Capuchin Franciscans in service to homeless people; walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage; protesting the School of the Americas; and studying Catholic Social Thought at the Jesuit School of Theology. As a sociologist, I study religious social activism, religious change, and Catholicism. Currently, I’m interviewing rural religious leaders about church-state relationships in the United States.”
“I am a scholar of Islamic history, committed to understanding the contributions of all people of faith to peace and justice. I have been an activist for banning nuclear weapons, gender and racial justice, and alternative forms of leadership. Most recently, I have been a climate activist and teach a course on the Ethics of Climate Change. I am a Christian and try to live up to the radical teachings of love of God and love of neighbor.”
“I’m a Unitarian Universalist who’s spent my adult life working to protect the dignity and integrity of the interdependent web of life, human and more-than-human. This glorious Creation, Earth, deserves the respect, dignity, and care we grant to our fellow human beings. Will you join me and ask yourself, your family, and your community: ‘How we can make our common home a safe and just place so that all life can thrive?'”
“I’ve been a member of many Peace and Justice churches like University Baptist & Brethren Church here in State College, helped Sarah Malone start the Interfaith Initiative here which welcomes people of all faiths (encouraging my many Muslim and Palestinian students to attend), participated with many LGBTQA+ groups inside and outside the church, demonstrated at many women’s marches in DC, worked with Labor, and was lucky to be a member of a church where a majority of the members were African American.”
“Raised a Catholic, but now feeling at home in the Episcopal Church, I always found the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5) to be a very clear and deeply rooted call for peace and justice. My work at Penn State focuses mostly on the economics of food and health, access to food, and organic food and agriculture.
“Raised as a Catholic and having passed through stages of agnosticism, I converted to the Mennonite faith in 2013. I did so because I was drawn to the Mennonite ethos of humility, simplicity, and service to the marginalized or excluded and those in need. My work focuses on the literature, politics, religion, and culture of seventeenth-century Britain.”
Michelle Rodino-Colocino, Associate Professor of Media Studies in the Bellisario College of Communications, affiliate faculty in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Rock Ethics Institute – email@example.com
“I believe life on Earth is a precious miracle and that we should treat each other as the full miracles that we are. Doing this requires that we practice mindfulness, empathy, and a growth mindset. We cannot survive alone or against. Creating conditions where all people and life may flourish in peace and dignity requires that we understand the people and world around us, including ourselves, that we learn to build and not blame, that we ask questions without ego, and that we bear responsibility to abolish injustices in the world and right here in our community.”
Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia is an expert on immigration law whose research focuses on the role of prosecutorial discretion in immigration law and the intersections of race, national security and immigration. You can learn more at her website, www.beyonddeportation.com
“I teach poetry writing at Penn State and maintain commitments to social justice, environmental justice, and outreach in the community. My most recent book, Shale Play: Poems and Photographs in the Fracking Fields was the consequence of a long collaboration with photographer Steven Rubin to document the human and environmental impacts of fracking in Pennsylvania. I serve as faculty advisor to the creative writing club on campus and work with a committee of local citizens to coordinate “Out Loud in Bellefonte,” a literary arts series that takes place at the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County. I am Mennonite by birth and values, with deep roots in the Amish-Mennonite settlement in Mifflin County, and Episcopalian in practice. Whereas Mennonites claim to be “neither Catholic nor Protestant,” Anglicans claim to be “both Catholic and Protestant,” so perhaps that locates me seeking a third way in a sacramental universe.”
“My faith journey has provided a core foundation for my interest in social and environmental issues. It began with a conservative church upbringing (Reformed Church of America) which gave me appreciation for the faith, community, and practices that such settings provide. My faith, however, moved to the more progressive where I was a member of a Methodist church, then a United Church of Christ, and, now, the Unitarian Universalistic Fellowship. The latter fits my current views of broadly appreciating the virtues garnered from multiple religious and spiritual paths, agnosticism and atheism, and secular knowledge with social and justice issues being core to the “Unitarian Seven Principles” (e.g., https://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-believe/principles).”