Today’s conversation features Christopher Carter, Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair & Department Diversity Officer in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego. Christopher Carter’s teaching and research focuses on philosophical and theological ethics, Black and Womanist theological ethics, environmental ethics, and animals and religion. He approaches religious studies as a liberation ethicist committed to exploring how the moral economy of U.S. religious thought and culture impact the everyday lives of marginalized populations, particularly African American and Latinx communities. He is active in the leadership of the American Academy of Religion where he serves as a steering committee member of both the Religion and Ecology and the Animals and Religion Group. Professor Carter is also a pastor within the United Methodist Church and currently serves as an assistant pastor at Pacific Beach United Methodist Church. He is married, and, together with his spouse, they have one child, Isaiah.

We at the Academy got to know Christopher through Frank Rogers, longtime Academy Faculty and Advisory Board member. He taught Christopher as a PhD student at Claremont School of Theology several years ago. Christopher served as faculty for one of the Academy Day Apart Retreats in fall of 2020 and we hope to learn alongside him again soon.

Enjoy Christopher and Claire’s conversation, which starts with parenting and ends with Howard Thurman, and is interlaced with wisdom, laughter, and joy throughout.

Show notes:

Episode tracks: “Far Side of the Sea,” “Versailles,” and “Fearless” by Amy Stroup, used with permission.

Resources mentioned:

  • With Head and Heart: The Autobiography of Howard Thurman by Howard Thurman
  • Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
  • PBS podcast called Code Switch, episode: This Racism is Killing Me

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