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What Should Catholics Do to Reduce Climate Change?"

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Location: 512 Westfield Ave, Westfield, NJ 07090

Dr. Erin Lothes is a theologian at the College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ., a researcher in the field of energy ethics, and a scholar of the faith-based environmental movement.  Dr. Lothes served as an Earth Institute Fellow at Columbia University; her research during this interdisciplinary research postdoctorate analyzed environmental advocacy at diverse American congregations for her book Inspired Sustainability: Planting Seeds for Action (Orbis 2016).  She is also author of The Paradox of Christian Sacrifice: The Loss of Self, the Gift of Self (Herder and Herder, 2007).  


Dr. Lothes is lead author of the co-authored “Catholic Moral Traditions and Energy Ethics for the Twenty-First Century,” Journal of Moral Theology .  Accessible summaries are available at  Dr. Lothes is also author of “A New Paradigm for Catholic Energy Ethics,” “Come with Me Into the Fields: Inspiring Creation Ministry Among Faith Communities,” and other articles.


Dr. Lothes has advocated for research regarding the moral dimensions of fossil fuel divestment, and has participated in the interfaith environmental movement since 2003 with groups such as GreenFaith, the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, the Catholic Climate Covenant, and the Global Catholic Climate Movement. Dr. Lothes holds a Ph.D. in systematic Theology from Fordham University, a Master's in Theology from Boston College, and an A.B. in English from Princeton University.