Christopher Carter

As a theological ethicist I am committed to the praxis of theology - assessing our moral traditions to discern what we ought to do to address the injustices in our world today. In this sense, changemaking is an essential part of my scholarship and my pedagogical approach. However, to this point, I am just helping my students discern an ethical response to pressing issues of our time. I wanted to participate in the Faculty Changemaker Fellow to enable me to make changes to my courses that would allow my students to apply the critical thinking and ethical analysis skills they are learning in the classroom in the community.

One of my goals in the program is to gain the knowledge and skills to change my courses so that change making becomes a clear student learning outcome. I believe my courses are prime for this shift, and with training, I know my courses would be enhanced. I also enjoy connecting with the other Faculty Fellows who are passionate about changemaking to cultivate ideas, and in the long-term, develop co-curricular activities so that our students could benefit from multiple voices.

I am a compassionate person who strives to listen to others in order to develop a relationship built upon trust.Among the skills that I hoped to bring and model to other fellows was my ability to stay grounded while engaging in conversations on difficult topics such as racism, sexism, and other forms of systemic oppression. I was committed to helping the group fashion a definition of changemaking that took serious the multiple ways humans make-meaning in a complex world. This is Christian theological praxis at its best - and in many ways, it is changemaking at its best too.