Dr. J. Philip Wogaman, senior minister at Foundry United Methodist Church, usually kicks off sessions of his Thursday-evening Christian ethics class with two or three hypothetical moral conundrums for his students to discuss. In the six-week course, Wogaman and his students tackle everything from the meaning of the word “moral” to the concept of a just war. Last week, however, Wogaman had a real-life case of questionable ethics to present: Several hundred dollars that students had donated to the church for the course had been stolen. Wogaman says he’s reported the crime to police and an investigation is ongoing. None of the students are suspects. But Wogaman says the perpetrator could learn a thing or two from his underfunded class: “I don’t think studying ethics will make everyone moral. As the Apostle Paul says, ‘The good that I would, I don’t.’ But on the other hand, to do the good, it helps to know the good.” —Annys Shin