Catherine Wright (B.Sc, B.Ed, M.Div, Ph.D.) is an interdisciplinary Christian ecotheologian working at Wingate University (North Carolina) in the Religion and Philosophy Department. As a scholar-practitioner, she has helped to create a new institute on campus grounded in the principles of sustainable development called The Collaborative for the Common Good and was chosen to be its first Executive Director on August 1, 2020.
Her thesis work focused on the implications of the new cosmology -- cosmogenesis -- on contemporary understandings of human suffering which is the topic of her first text: "Creation, God, and Humanity: Engaging the Mystery of Suffering within the Sacred Cosmos" (Paulist Press, 2017). She was ecstatic when it won an Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) Excellence in Publishing award in the category of Theology in 2018.
As a Christian ethicist, she issues via the intertwining lenses of eco-theology, liberation theology, ecofeminism, sustainability, and service-learning and community engagement. She constantly strives to communicate her Christ-centered approach to physical, social and spiritual healing in the many talks, fundraisers, think-tanks, lyceums, advisory boards, retreats, field trips, and panels she participates in or hosts, and with the student organizations, she advises on campus.
After immersing herself in the ethos of Wingate and teaching a diverse number of courses such as Global Perspectives on Ethics, Systematic Theology, Religion and Science, Theological Responses to Our Ecological Crisis, Suffering and Joy, Christian Missions in the 21st Century, and EcoJustice another text was imagined and published in 2020 with Paulist Press. Her book is called “Caring for Our Common Home: A Practical Guide to Laudato Si'” and is intended to invite readers to new just behaviors with interactive exercises aimed to change hearts, heads, and hands. It gives new life to the tenet of being the "hands and feet of Christ" and since its publication, several book groups have used it as a guide.
Catherine also loves supporting Creation Care and Catholic Social Justice teams across many dioceses as well as spending time with her family and friends in the great outdoors -- taking time to do some ‘holy noticing.’ A great joy for her is to work alongside passionate people of faith in her local community who are laboring to empower others to wholeness and happiness.
Her fur babies keep her grounded as does her gardens, her daughter Draven, and husband Todd.