First Year at Xavier University:
A proud and grateful product of 14 years of Jesuit education, Dr. Marcus Mescher is excited to be a member of the Xavier community. His area of interest is mostly in the area of Christian ethics, Catholic social thought, and principles and practices that shape moral formation. His recent work includes a paper entitled, “Doing Likewise Today: Neighborly Solidarity in an Age of the ‘Buffered Self’” at the Society of Christian Ethics Annual Meeting in Seattle in January 2014. He also gave a talk at Marquette University in January 2015 on "Teaching to the Call of Jesuit Education Today" about making use of resources in the Jesuit tradition to enhance learning for social justice. This past May, he presented a paper on the use of digital technology and social media for engaging environmental issues at the College Theology Society Conference in Portland, Oregon. He has written about the connections between theology, ecology, and ethics for Justice Magazine in the wake of Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si’, and writes about the intersection of faith, ethics, and popular culture at Millennial Journal. A highlight of this past summer included traveling to El Salvador with Xavier's Alternative Breaks program and Dr. Mescher looks forward to finding more ways to connect theological reflection and inquiry with service and solidarity.