The Rev. Dr. Richard McCarty is an assistant professor of Religious Studies at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA. Holding a Master of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary (Holland, MI) and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from The University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA), McCarty is a specialist in religion, ethics, and sexuality.
Since 2003, McCarty
has traveled throughout the United States offering lectures, workshops, and seminars on religion and sexual ethics.
While finishing his
doctoral studies in the State of Iowa, he
assisted in public education on the anti-bullying and civil rights laws that successfully passed to protect LGBT people.
During the Iowa Supreme Court case for marriage equality, he
was entrusted with gathering support from scholars of religion and clergy, signing an amicus brief accepted and cited by the justices in favor of marriage equality.
current book project, McCarty
is exploring how virtue ethics might offer Christian communities liberating insights on sexual morality.
In the last year, McCarty
has presented his
research and ethical perspectives at The American Academy of Religion
, Syracuse University
, Wells College
, denominational conference meetings, as well as retreats and sessions in Chicago, IL and New York City.
McCarty has recently become a Carpenter Fellow, participating in the Religion and Sexuality Symposium at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. In addition to his research, academic duties, and public lecturing, McCarty is ordained as a minister of word and sacrament in the United Church of Christ and volunteers as the pastoral assistant at Community United Church in Erie, PA.
is also a frequent guest speaker for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Girard, PA.