Santa Clara University

Religious Studies department
Phone: 408-551-3190
Location: Kenna Hall
Room number: 309
Courses taught:
TESP 124 Theology of Marriage

Jean Ponder Soto, Ph.D.

Lecturer (Academic Quarter)

Jean Ponder Soto teaches in the Religious Studies Department as well as in the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries. Jean earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Texas at El Paso, and M.A. in Philosophy from Boston College, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Graduate Theological Union.


   Courses taught at Santa Clara University
        TESP 124   Theology of Marraige


"Laity and the Spiritual Life," Tepeyac Summer Institute, June, 2008, El Paso, TX. Co-presenter with Jack Mooney

"Explaining Suffering" Diocesan Staff Lenten Retreat, Pastoral Centre, El Paso, TX March 2008

"Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality," AZAADAC, Phoenix, AZ Feb. 21, 2008

"Laity and the Spiritual Life," St. Matthew's Lenten Series, El Paso, TX Feb-Mar. 2008

" The Possibility of a Sexual Spirituality," NMSU and UTEP Catholic Campus Ministry, Newman Centre, Las Cruces New Mexico, Nov. 2007

"Sex and 12 Step Transformations," American Academy of Religion Western Region, Claremont University, Claremont, CA, March, 2006

"What the Laity Can Add to Magisterial Teaching on Homosexuality," NACDLGM Conference, San Jose, CA, September, 2005

Now About Sex: 12 Steps Toward a Sane and Spiritual Sex Life. Jean Ponder Soto, with Scout Ponder McNamara. Phoenix: Clay Feet Press, 2005

"New Horizons in the Academic Study of Spirituality: Method and Dynamic." College Theology Society, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. June 2004

"The Limits of Ethics in Considering Homosexual Unions." WECSOR, AAR., Western Region, Whittier College, Whittier, CA, March 2004.

"Friendship as the Relational Context for Sexual Intimacy." WECSOR, AAR, Western Region. University of California, Davis, CA. March 2003

"The Church and Marriage: Looking for a New Ethic." In Moral Issues and Christian Response. Paul Jersild et al. (eds.) New York: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 2003.

"The Dark Night of Postmodern Marriage." Graduate Theological Union, Interdisciplinary Lecture Series, 2001

"Contemporary Moral Issues in California Law." Peace and Justice Committee Workshop, Sacred Heart Parish, San Francisco, CA, 1999

"Conjugal Spirituality: 'God Created Co-Being' [Cyril of Alexandria]. In Explore. A Quarterly Examination of Catholic Identity and Ignatian Character in Jesuit Higher Education, Vol. 1, No. 2 (Winter, 1998).

Review of Private Consciences and Public Reasons, by Ken Greenawalt. In Ethics and Policy, Newsletter of The Center for Ethics and Social Policy, Graduate Theological Union. Berkeley, CA (Winter 1997)

"Mediation and Meditation: Mediated Return to Immediacy." Annual Meeting of the Lonergan Philosophical Association and the West Coast Methods Institute, Santa Clara University, 1997

"The Church's Response to the Challenges of Marriage." Grace Cathedral Forum Series, San Francisco, CA, 1997.


Professional Memberships

Member, American Academy of Religion, 1998?2008

Chair, Ethics Division, American Academy of Religion, Western Region, 2003?2006

Member, Catholic Theological Society, 2004?2008

Member, Society of Christian Ethics, 2004?2008

Member, Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, 2008

Member, Lonergan Philosophical Association, 1997?2004

Member, Institutional Review Board, Public Health Institute, Berkeley, CA, 1998?2002;

Member, Graduate Theological Union: Student Advisory Committee, 1997?1998; Grievance Committee, 1999?2000

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