Temple of Understanding celebrating our 61st Anniversary in 2021
Erin Lothes, PhD is a theologian at Saint Elizabeth University, 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 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).
As an advocate for an interdisciplinary energy ethic within Catholic and interfaith circles, Dr. Lothes is lead author of the co-authored “Catholic Moral Traditions and Energy Ethics for the Twenty-First Century,” Journal of Moral Theology and author of other energy ethics essays. Accessible summaries are available at https://catholicenergyethics21century.wordpress.com/ Dr. Lothes is also author of “Catholic Energy Ethics: Commitments and Criteria,” editor of “Light for a New Day: Interfaith Essays on Energy Ethics,” and author of other articles on energy ethics and faith-based environmentalism.
Dr. Lothes has advocated for research regarding the moral dimensions of fossil fuel divestment within the Catholic community in the United States, and has participated in the activism and scholarship of the interfaith environmental movement since 2003 through collaborations 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.
Her teaching focuses on systematic theology, as well as understanding climate change and faith responses to this moral challenge. Dr. Lothes regularly addresses faith groups on faith-based environmental leadership and is a sought-after speaker on Laudato Si', Pope Francis's encyclical on care for our common home, the earth.
Erin Lothes Biviano on the climate emergency