In the 1980s Sharon Welch published A Feminist Ethic of Risk. In this groundbreaking book, Welch proposed a new model for ethics and a new life orientation for social justice. In the intervening decades, Dr. Cynthia Crysdale has developed an ethic of risk concerning the need for both surrender and resistance in a theology of the cross. What is distinctive about an ethic of risk and what makes it feminist or Christian? Is an ethic of risk sufficient? How can it be augmented by an ethic of gratitude and an ethic of love?
Cynthia S.W. Crysdale
Dr. Crysdale is an associate professor at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where she has taught since 1989. She is the author of Embracing Travail: Retrieving a Theology of the Cross (1999) and the editor of Lonergan and Feminism (1994). She holds a PhD from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto and is spending the 2006–2007 academic year as a Resident Visiting Professor at St. Jerome’s University.
The Teresa Dease Lecture was endowed by the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (the Loretto Sisters).