Christian Social Ethicist, Feminist Theologian, and Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University
Rebecca Todd Peters is Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University. As a feminist social ethicist her work focuses on globalization, economic, environmental, and reproductive justice. Her book, In Search of the Good Life: The Ethics of Globalization (Continuum, 2004), won the 2003 Trinity Book Prize. She has published 22 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and co-edited four books including Justice in a Global Economy: Strategies for Home, Community and World (Westminster/John Knox, 2006) and To Do Justice: A Guide for Progressive Christians (Westminster/John Knox, 2008). She is the past President of the American Academy of Religion, Southeast Region and was Elon University’s 2011-12 Distinguished Scholar. She started the Poverty and Social Justice program at Elon and served as its founding Director, she now represents Elon on the Board of Directors of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty.
Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she has been active denominationally and ecumenically for over twenty years and currently represents the PCUSA as a member of the Faith and Order Standing Commission of the World Council of Churches. She served as co-moderator of the Faith and Order study on Moral Discernment in the Churches and has also worked extensively on many justice initiatives of the WCC, including Alternative Globalization Addressing People and the Earth (AGAPE); Poverty, Wealth, and Ecology (PWE); and most recently she attended the Theological Consultation on Economy of Life in India in October 2014. She is a graduate of Rhodes College (B.A.), and Union Theological Seminary in New York (M.Div., Ph.D., Christian Social Ethics). Her latest book Solidarity Ethics: Transformation in a Globalized World was published in January 2014 with Fortress Press. She is completing a book on abortion and reproductive justice that will be published by Beacon Press in January 2018.