Cynthia Moe-Lobeda has lectured or consulted in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and many parts of North America in theology; ethics; and matters of climate justice and climate racism, moral agency, globalization, economic justice, public church, eco-feminist theology, and faith-based resistance to systemic oppression. Her Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation (Fortress, 2013), won a Nautilus Book Award for social justice. She also is author of Healing a Broken World: Globalization and God (Fortress, 2002), Public Church: For the Life of the World (Fortress, 2004) and co-author of Saint Francis and the Foolishness of God (Orbis, 1993, 2015); Say to this Mountain: Mark’s Story of Discipleship (Orbis, 1996); and The Bible and Ethics: A New Conversation (Fortress Press, 2018). Her published articles and chapters number nearly 50.
Dr. Moe-Lobeda is Founding Director of the PLTS Center for Climate Justice and Faith, and is a co-founder of Seattle University’s Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability. She is one of three North Americans appointed to a global team to advise the World Council of Churches and Lutheran World Federation on their work toward a new international financial architecture. Her numerous awards include the Provost’s Outstanding Scholarship Award from California Lutheran University (CLU) in 2019, the Outstanding Scholarship Award from Seattle University (College of Arts and Sciences) in 2013, appointment as Seattle University’s Wismer Professor of Gender and Diversity Studies from 2011-2013, the St. Francis Award from Earth Ministry, and the Public Leadership Award from Lutheran Public Policy Office. She was appointed theological consultant to the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and has served as a health worker/church worker in Honduras and as Director of the Washington, D.C. office of Augsburg College’s Center for Global Education. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Tikkun Magazine, and Dialog: A Journal of Theology. Moe-Lobeda currently serves as Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS), Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley where she is a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty. Her doctoral degree in Christian Ethics is from Union Theological Seminary. She loves hiking in the woods and mountains, and spending time with family and dear friends.
Cynthia Moe-Lobeda facilitates the retreat, Cultivating Climate Justice: Tools, Hope, Theology, and Spirit in March, 2023 at Spirit in the Desert. Assisting will be colleagues Ruth Ivory-Moore, abby mohaupt and Lisa Dahill.