Ph.D., Boston College
Dr. Mescher’s main area of interest is Catholic social thought, and specifically the principles of solidarity, the preferential option for the poor, and ecological stewardship. The point of departure for the majority of his work is the intersection between moral and practical theology, particularly in moral formation for discipleship and citizenship committed to the common good.
To this focus in research, writing, and teaching, Dr. Mescher brings ten years of experience in parish youth ministry and college campus ministry. Taken together, he explores how practices of theological reflection, community service, and cultural immersion can form dispositions, actions, relationships, and lifestyles that promote human dignity and freedom, rights and responsibilities for right-relationship between the self and God, others, and creation. His interdisciplinary approach engages the beliefs and practices of Christian disciples as they are shaped by scripture, church documents, rituals, religious education, and contemporary culture. He continues to develop the project undertaken in his dissertation: considering the theological, moral, and political implications of “neighbor” in an age marked by globalization and unequal interdependence, individualism and secularization, and digital technologies and social media.
Dr. Mescher has been an invited speaker on justice and peace issues in a variety of pastoral and professional settings around the United States and internationally, as well. He has presented academic papers at conferences hosted at Yale Divinity School, Boston University, and the University of St. Thomas, the annual meeting of the College Theology Society, and this coming year, the Society of Christian Ethics. He has published several book reviews and book chapters, including one entitled “Neighbor to Nature” in Green Discipleship. He also contributes to Millennial, writing about the intersection of faith, culture, and politics in the world today