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New, Recent and Forthcoming Publications from a number of our Speakers

Interested in hearing more from our Speakers? Here are details of their newest, most recent or forthcoming publications. Information about their other writings can be found in their Cvs on their individual pages in this site.

The Strength of Her Witness
Author: Elizabeth A Johnson CSJ

The Gospel of John recounts the story of an encounter between Jesus and a Samaritan woman at the well. After their conversation, she goes out to tell her neighbors about the mysterious stranger, and many of them believed “on the strength of her witness.” These essays, drawn from around the world, reveal the many ways that women have reflected on and borne witness to the person, teaching, and praxis of Jesus Christ in light of their own varied contexts...


Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: Orbis Books (June 1 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626981728
ISBN-13: 978-1626981720

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Turning to the Heavens and the Earth: Theological Reflections on a Cosmological Conversion: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth A. Johnson
Julia Brumbaugh (Editor), Natalia Imperatori-Lee (Editor), Mary Catherine Hilkert OP (Foreword) 

The Earth needs our attention—the best of our intellectual, ethical, and spiritual wisdom and action. In this collection, written in honor of Elizabeth A. Johnson, scholars from the United States and around the world contribute their insights on how theology today can and must turn to the world in new ways in light of contemporary science and our ecological crisis. The essays in this collection advance theological visions for the human task of healing our destructive relationship with the earth and envision hope for our planet’s future.

Contributors include Denis Edwards and John F Haught

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Michael Glazier (May 16, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0814687725
ISBN-13: 978-0814687727

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Habitat, Human, and Holy: An Eco-Rhetorical Reading of the Gospel of Matthew 
Author: Elaine Wainwright RSM

Texts are rhetorical; they have an effect; they shape the mind and emotions of the readers who engage the text. Readers, in their turn, attend to the rhetoric of a text through the interpretative lens they bring to their reading of the text at the same time as they are being shaped by its rhetoric. Elaine Wainwright's eco-rhetorical reading of the Gospel of Matthew explores this interplay of rhetoric and perspective....

Hardcover: 268 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1910928011
ISBN-13: 978-1910928011
Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press Ltd (May 31, 2016)

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Changing the Questions: Explorations in Christian Ethics
Author: Margaret A Farley RSM
Edited: Jamie Manson


A collected volume of essays by renowned ethicist Margaret Farley, including articles previously published in scholarly periodicals as well as unpublished lectures and spiritual writings.

This introduction to and an overview of the work of Margaret Farley, one of the church’s leading ethicists will be a valuable resource for students of public ethics, sexual ethics, and the ethics of relationships. Essays from throughout [Margaret] Farley’s long scholarly career, both published and unpublished, focus on the intersection of ethics and public life.

Changing the Questions also includes Farley’s sermons as well as her essays on ecclesiology and feminism, making it a far-ranging summary of her interests and contributions to theology over the past four decades.

Paperback 272 pages and eBook formats
Publisher: Orbis Books (April 10, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626981280
ISBN-13: 978-1626981287

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The Blessing of Mercy
Author: Veronica Lawson RSM

Veronica combines deep scholarship to uncover the richness of the ‘mercy texts’ that abound in the books of Old and New Testaments; and she invites us to re-read the biblical texts in light of the Pope’s encyclical Laudate Si' with its appeal for us to listen to the cry of the Earth and the Earth’s poor.

Paperback: 86pages and eBook formats
Language: English

Published in Australia by Morning Star Publishing (paperback orders from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand) 
Published in United States by Wipf and Stock (paperback orders from Europe, USA and the rest of the world; ebook version available to global market)
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Published 1 November 2015

More information about ordering the paperback can be found here


Resting on the Future: Catholic Theology for an Unfinished Universe
Author: John F Haught

Science has now demonstrated without a doubt that we live in an “unfinished universe.” Discoveries in geology, biology, cosmology and other fields of scientific inquiry have shown that the cosmos has a narrative character and that the story is far from over. The sense of a universe that is still coming into being provides a fertile new framework for thinking about the relationship of faith to science. John F. Haught argues that if we take seriously the fact that the universe is a drama still unfolding, we can think new thoughts about God, and indeed about all the perennial themes of theology... 

Kindle, Hardcover and paperback editions
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (September 24, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1501306219
ISBN-13: 978-1501306211

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On Care for Our Common Home, Laudato Si'
Author: Seán McDonagh SSC

This volume joins the full text of Laudato Si’ with reflections by Seán McDonagh, one of the foremost Catholic proponents of ecological awareness. Aside from reviewing the history of Catholic teaching and the environment, he elaborates on several of the specific themes in the encyclical—climate change, biodiversity, water scarcity, the threats to the ocean, and the crisis of food. He concludes with prescriptions about what must be done to turn the pope’s vision into a program of effective action. Each of us has a role to play. As Pope Francis observes, “All it takes is one good person to restore hope.”

Paperback and kindle editions
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Orbis Books (March 8, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626981736
ISBN-13: 978-1626981737

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Life's Delicate Balance: Our Common Home and Laudato Si'
Author: Nellie McLaughlin RSM

Following her reflection upon the text of Laudato Si', Nellie exhorts people everywhere to pay heed to the Pope's call to save our planet from destruction. With core questions included for reflection and action, this clear and concise book is an urgent and timely wake-up call in its own right.

Paperback: 80 pages
Published by Veritas (27 December 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1847305989
ISBN-13: 9781847305985

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Sr Nellie is the author of the widely read 'Out of Wonder:The Evolving Story of the Universe' (2004)


Partaking of God: Trinity, Evolution, and Ecology  
Author: Denis Edwards

The natural world around us is in crisis. We know it has a dynamic, evolutionary character. How might we understand this world in relationship to God?
Partaking of God builds on the foundations of the dynamic trinitarian theology of Athanasius. It develops into a theology of the Word as the divine Attractor and the Spirit as the Energy of Love in evolutionary emergence. Then it explores God’s suffering with creatures, the humility of God in creation, church teaching on the human soul in relation to neuroscience, and grace and original sin in relationship to evolution. It culminates in a Christian theology of ecological conversion.

Kindle and Paperback editions

Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Michael Glazier (April 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0814682529
ISBN-13: 978-0814682524