Marilyn Matevia recently completed a PhD in Ethics and Social Theory at Graduate Theological Union, where she was indulged – or at least tolerated – in her efforts to find rapprochement between environmental and animal ethics. In her previous grad student life she studied comparative cognition, with a focus on the great apes. These topics will show up here on the blog from time to time, but more often on her second – almost equally neglected – blog, Biocentered. Marilyn also taught college psychology and statistics, and worked as a data analyst to support her grad school habit. She is a “cradle Lutheran” and a political lefty, and started Left At The Altar back in April 2004 – out of frustration at the media’s apparent ignorance of the religious left. She has a wonderful partner, a growing nonhuman family, and probably a touch of attention deficit disorder – so she’s likely to post on just about anything that tickles her fancy or ticks her off. She now works as a web manager and science writer for a nonprofit animal welfare organization, and as part-time adjunct instructor at a local liberal arts college. In addition to Left at the Altar and Biocentered, Marilyn co-founded (and blogs even less frequently for) The Moral Mindfield with colleagues in the Ethics and Social Theory program.
Though she often forgets to check it for weeks at a time, this blog’s email address is: leftatthealtar at gmail dot com
Sometime co-blogger abc41 is still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. In the process she has worked in (and is now retired from) nonprofit administration in Massachusetts, Tennessee, Washington State, New Jersey, and California. Along the way she acquired a master’s degree in theological studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School. She is a mother, life partner, home manager, needleworker, and devoted amateur (in its true meaning as “lover of”) in theology. Her theological deficiencies should not be held against Vanderbilt; they did their best with what they had to work with. She is privileged and humbled to be invited to contribute to LATA from time to time.