Riggs, Marcia

Dr. Marcia Y. Riggs

Dr. Marcia Y. Riggs

J. Erskine Love Professor of Christian Ethics

Phone: 404 687-4537

Email: RiggsM@CTSnet.edu

Office: BLC109 / Box 35F

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Dr. Riggs is interested in the relationship between social oppression and socio-religious ethical praxis, ethical discourse that bridges the gap between womanist religious scholarship and the Church’s practice of ministry, the moral foundations for public policy, and the Church`s role in social justice ministry. She was named as a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2017-2018.

Dr. Riggs is the Founder of an applied ethics non-profit center called Still Waters: A Center for Ethical Formation and Practices, Inc.  Still Waters’ mission is to provide education in conflict transformation theory and practices, particularly focusing upon the intersection of religion and violence.  The Center’s latest program is REM (Religious Ethical Mediation) PLAY, interactive dialogues for envisioning practical ways to engage during times of conflict.


  • PhD, Vanderbilt University
  • MDiv, Yale Divinity School
  • AB, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College

Denomination: Non- Denominational



Ethics That Matters: African, Caribbean, and African American Sources. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2011, book
Plenty Good Room: Women Versus Male Power in the Black Church, 2003, book
Can I Get a Witness? Prophetic Religious Voices of African American Women, An Anthology. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1997, book
Awake, Arise, & Act: A Womanist Call for Black Liberation. Cleveland, OH: The Pilgrim Press, 1994, book
"Loves the Spirit": Transformative Mediation as Pedagogical Practice in Conflict Transformation and Religion: Essays on Faith, Power and Relationship. Edited by Ellen Ott Marshall. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, article
"Engaging Historical Pain: An Ethical Imperative for doing Ministry in the 21st Century" in ARTS magazine, 2015, article
“What do 19th Century Reformers Have to Say to 20th Century Liberationists” and “Living as Religious Ethical Mediators: A Vocation for People of Faith” in the 21st Century” in Womanist Theological Ethics: Reader, Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox, 2011, chapter
“Escaping the Polarity of Race vs. Gender and Ethnicity” in Wading Through Many Voices: Toward a Theology of Public Conversation.” Edited by Harold Recinos. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011, chapter
“For Public Education that Practices and Promotes Peace.” In To Do Justice: Engaging Progressive Christians in Social Action. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2008, chapter
“The Globalization of Nothing and Creatio Ex Nihilo.” In Theology That Matters: Ecology, Economy and God. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2006, chapter
“Character Ethics and Moral Education for Liberation.” In Character & Scripture: Moral Formation, Community, and Biblical Interpretation. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmanns Publishing Company, 2002, chapter
“What Happens to a Dream Deferred?: Reflections and Hopes of a Member of a Transitional Generation.” In A Dream Unfinished: Theological Reflections on America. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2001, chapter
“African American Children, the Hope of the Race: Mary Church Terrell, the Social Gospel, And the Work of the Black Women’s Club Movement.” In The Child in Christian Thought. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 2001, chapter
“Living into the Bonds of Justice: A Challenge for Ethical Leadership into the 21st Century” in The Stones the Builders Rejected. Edited by Walter Earl Fluker. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 1998, article
“Living into Tensions: Christian Ethics as Mediating Process” in Many Voices, One God: Being Faithful in a Pluralistic World. Edited by Walter Brueggemann and George W. Stroup. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1998, article
“Taking Myself Seriously: Transformation of a Working Pedagogical Model.” Spotlight on Teaching, Religious Studies News, 1996, article
“Mediating Arguments About Family Values.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Spring, 1996, article
“Answering God’s Call in Academe” in Perspectives on Womanist Theology. Edited by Jacquelyn Grant. Atlanta, GA: The ITC Press, 1995, chapter
“The Socio-Religious Ethical Tradition of Black Women: Implications for the Black Church’s Role in Black Liberation,” Union Seminary Quarterly Review 43(1989).New York, NY: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1993, article
“Story of King’s Early Years: A Young Man’s Letters and School Essays Reveal a Maturing Genius.” The Atlanta Journal/Constitution. February 23, 1992, article
“The Logic of Interstructured Oppression: A Black Womanist Perspective” in Redefining Sexual Ethics: A Sourcebook of Essays, Stories, and Poems. Edited by Susan E. Davies and Eleanor H. Haney. Cleveland, OH: The Pilgrim Press, 1991, article
“Ethics for Living a Dream Deferred,” The Drew Gateway 59:1(Fall), 1989, article
“Roundtable Discussion: Racism in the Women’s Movement,” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 4:1(Spring), 1988, article
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