Jon Kara Shields is a PhD Candidate in Christian Ethics at the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation concerns the moral formation of congregations and draws on participant observation research in progressive Mennonite churches in the Midwest. She was selected to be part of the Political Theology Network Mentoring Initiative in 2017. Her main interests are moral formation and gender criticism; and she is developing a future project on a practical theology for every kind of family. In her other vocations she preaches occasionally and is the mother of two.