In a previous phase of life, I was a pastor in the inner city of Philadelphia who lived among, worked alongside, and befriended people from across the racial, generational, and socioeconomic spectrum.
Playing devil’s advocate to challenge unspoken assumptions, foster collaborative learning, and promote constructive dialogue about controversial but consequential topics.
WHEN NOT IN THE CLASSROOM, CAN OFTEN BE FOUND: Co-parenting my amazing six and two year old girls.
“What does it mean that human beings are social animals? People are born into a world that pre-exists them and shapes them from the moment they are born. There is no outside of society.”
Chen, Josh. Forthcoming. “How Social Structures are More Than Collections of Individuals: Residential Segregation, Structural Racism, and Sociology’s Contribution to Catholic Social Thought.”
Chen, Josh. 2023. “Catholic Teaching Has a Hard Time Explaining How Racial Injustice is Perpetuated by Non-Racists. Here is Why.” Church Life Journal. (https://churchlifejournal.nd.edu/articles/why-does-catholic-teaching-have-a-hard-time-explaining-how-racial-injustice-is-perpetuated-by-non-racists/)