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Educational Background
BS, Indiana University (Religion, Classics, SEcondary Social Studies; MA, MPhil, PhD Columbia University in joint program with Union Theological Seminary; ABD in Comparative Sociology, Florida International University
Work, Church, NGO experience
1978-1993 Asst, Assoc , Full Professor of Theology, Xavier University, Cincinnati; 1993-2008 Full Professor, now Chair of Religious Studies, Florida International University
A little about yourself, including the issues and causes closest to your heart
Feminist Ethics, Catholic Social Teaching, Bioethics and Environmental Ethics are the areas I work in; my comparative work has been largely in Indonesia, with reference to Islam, and religious relations in Latin America

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At 1:11am on September 3, 2008, EWA Archives said…
Hi Christine. How wonderful to see you in this EWA forum. I thought we've completely lost touch with you because your mailbox seems to be bouncing mail to I still remember the revolutionary (for me) things that you taught us about body and sexuality.

Several months after the conference in Yogya, I met a young lawyer friend with full blown AIDS. The guy was gay, rejected by his parents, and afraid that he was dying. When he told me his story, I realized that when I rejected gay relationships as being immoral, I assumed that gays have sex solely for the pleasure and the thrill of having sex. Never did it cross my mind that like ordinary heterosexual humans, they also had a need for intimate relationships, a need to love, a need to be cherished as human beings with body and spirit. Because your talk did a lot to open my mind, listening to my gay friend told me how very inconsiderate and unchristian it was of me to think that gays know only animal lust, not human love. I explained to him what I learned from you and from a priest/teacher whose Christian Ethics on homosexuality and other sexual issues didn't toe the church line. My listening to him and my processing his situation with him helped him be more accepting and forgiving of himself and of people around him, his dad included.

Your joining this forum makes me hope you'll challenge us all to enter into discussions that will develop us as Asian women theologians or women doing theology, and also help develop Asian feminist theology. Meeting you and listening to you in Yogya certainly helped me to make the great leap forward.


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