Professor of Christian Ethics
P. Gathje


B.A., St. John’s University
M.T.S., Candler School of Theology
Ph.D., Emory University


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Dr. Peter Gathje joined the MTS faculty in 2006.  His teaching and research interests include Christian discipleship in relation to poverty, racism, and homelessness, nonviolent social change, and state violence, particularly the death penalty and war.  He is a founder and co-director of Manna House, a place of hospitality for homeless persons located in Memphis.  Dr. Gathje has written two books, Christ Comes in the Stranger’s Guise (1991) and Sharing the Bread of Life: Hospitality and Resistance at the Open Door Community (2006), and he has edited two other works, Doing Right and Being Good: Catholic and Protestant Readings in Christian Ethics (2005) and A Work of Hospitality: The Open Door Reader (2002).  He is active with a number of peace and justice organizations, including the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, the Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing, and the Workers Interfaith Network.


  • Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • The Church’s Call to Radical Hospitality
  • Farming, Food, and Faith
  • Jesus was a Carpenter: Faith Perspectives on Labor and Justice
  • Spirituality and Social Justice
  • Christian Political Thought
  • Faith at the Borders
  • Poverty, Imprisonment, and Resistance Theology in Atlanta: The Open Door