Erin Lothes Biviano, Ph.D.

Erin Lothes Biviano, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Office Building: Annunciation Center
Floor: Upper Level
Room: 312
Phone: 973-290-4329


PhD, Theology, Fordham University
MA, Theology, Boston College
AB, Princeton University
Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, Earth Institute, Columbia University, 2007-2010 

Courses Taught:

Graduate Seminar in Catholicism and World Religions
Church: Community of Faith
Catholic Social Thought
Hebrew Scriptures
New Testament
Graduate Ethics
Honors Women and Religion

Recent Publications:

  • Inspired Sustainability: Getting from Ideally Green to Really Green - Insights from American Faith Communities.  Book manuscript in progress.
  • Assessing Renewable Energy: Proposals from Catholic Social Teaching. Just Sustainability: Technology, Ecology, and Resource Extraction.  Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church Book Series, Vol. 3.  Edited by Christiana Z. Peppard and Andrea Vicini, SJ (forthcoming 2014).
  • Come With Me Into the Fields: Inspiring Creation Ministry Among Faith Communities.  New Theology Reviewforthcoming March 2014.

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Current Research:

  • Inspired Sustainability: Getting from Ideally Green to Really Green - Insights from American Faith Communities.  Book manuscript in progress
  • Convener, Sustainability and Discipleship Interest Group, Catholic Theological Society of America.  Three-year task force addressing the ethics of transitioning to sustainable energy.

Recent Presentations:

  • Presenter, "A Lenten Carbon Fast in the City."  Ascension Church Confirmation Classes.  New York City, February 9, 2014.
  • Speaker, Ascension Church Year of Faith Lecture, "A Catholic Response to Climate Change." New York City, October 17, 2013.
  • Panelist, “The Power of Scientific Literacy to Transform Ecological Worldviews and Spark Action.” Climate, Mind and Behavior Symposium, The Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY, June 9-12, 2013.
  • Convener, Interest Group on Sustainability and Discipleship, “Analyzing the Justice Implications of Energy Systems in the Current Carbon Economy.” Catholic Theological 
    Society of America. Miami, June 6-9 2013
  • Presenter, "Moving On to Higher Ground: A Response to Sandy," College of Saint Elizabeth, April 2013.
  • Presenter, “Understanding the Motivation for Religious Environmentalism.”  Webinar for GreenFaith Fellows, March 18 and May 10, 2013.
  • Presenter, Selected Session, “Global Ecology and the Life of the Sacraments,” Catholic Theological Society of America, St. Louis. June 2012. 
  • Panelist, Annual Meeting of the American Teilhard Association, New York. April 21, 2012.  “A Journey of Spiritual Dialogue.”
  • Presenter, ENVISION Conference, Caring for the Community of Creation: Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and Prophetic Faith, New York Theological Seminary.  June 16-18, 2011.  “Lighting the Fire of Motivating Awareness.”
  • Presenter,” 17th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference.  Earth Institute, New York City. May 8-10, 2011. “Effectiveness of Decision-Making and Advocacy for Sustainability among Faith Communities."
  • Homilist, Lenten Vespers Series, Corpus Christi Church, New York City.  March 27, 2011.  “An Invitation to Concelebrate the Sacrament of Co-creation.”
  • Panelist, The 18th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development: Exploring the Implications of the Ecological Civilization. United Nations Headquarters, New York City. May 7, 2010.
  • Homilist, Earth Day Evensong and Ecology, The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York City.  April 25, 2010. "Deep Calls Unto Deep."
  • Panelist, Climate and Society Panel: The Ethics of Climate Change. Columbia University, New York. April 15, 2010.
  • Convener, Catholic Theological Society of America, Theological Anthropology Session: Bridging Material and Non-Material Aspects of Personhood, Halifax, Nova Scotia. June 5, 2009.
  • Presenter, Earth Institute Fellows Symposium.  Columbia University, New York, May 7, 2009.  “American Religious Environmentalism: The Role of Scientific Literacy and Community.”
  • Presenter, Earth Institute Fellows Symposium.  Columbia University, New York. November 24, 2008.  “How Religious Doctrine and Other Values Motivate Religious Environmentalists.”
  • Moderator, Catholic Theological Society of America, Schillebeeckx Special Session. Miami, June 2008.
  • Panelist, Renewing Hope Conference, Forum on Religion and Ecology. Yale University, New Haven, February 28-March 1 2008.  “Next Steps: Ways Forward.”
  • Moderator and Presentor, Catholic Theological Society of America 2007 Convention.  Los Angeles, CA, June 7-10, 2007. “Practical Challenges, Shared Responsibilities:  The Bishops, the Church, and the Environmental Crisis.”

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