Professor of Theological and Social Ethics
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B.A., St. Olaf College
M.T.S, Wesley Theological Seminary
M.S.W, University of Washington, Seattle
Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary
Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda has lectured or consulted in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and many parts of North America in theological ethics addressing matters of economic globalization, moral agency and hope, public church, faith-based resistance to systemic injustice, ethical implications of resurrection and incarnation, the Bible and ethics, theo-ethical method, and climate justice as related to race and class. Her ethical approach weds Earth ethics to liberation theologies including eco-feminist theology. She is author or co-author of five volumes, a forth-coming book, and numerous chapters and articles.

Dr. Moe-Lobeda was appointed theological consultant to the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 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. More recently she initiated an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary project in public scholarship that examines the moral and public policy implications of climate change as a matter of race- and class-based climate debt, including climate debt owed by the global North to the global South. In 2015 Moe-Lobeda joined the faculties of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and Church Divinity School of the Pacific as professor of Christian ethics. She is eager in that capacity to re-imagine, explore, and develop theological education for today's world. For the previous ten years she served on the faculty of Seattle University in its School of Theology and Ministry, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, and Environmental Studies Program. While at SU, she was appointed Wismer Professor of Gender and Diversity Studies, and was awarded the "Outstanding Scholarship Award" in 2013. Dr. Moe-Lobeda’s teaching revolves around participatory liberative pedagogy, developing critical thinking skills, and the integration of theory and practice.

Moe-Lobeda serves on the board of directors of the Society of Christian Ethics and on three editorial boards. Her doctoral degree in Christian ethics is from Union Theological Seminary, affiliated with Columbia University. She loves hiking in the woods and mountains, relishes their life-giving beauty, and finds great joy in friendship and in family.

Why I Teach:

Christianity, like all of Earth’s great faith traditions is called to bring its gifts of moral and spiritual wisdom to bear on the great challenge facing humankind in our day -- to forge ways of living that Earth can sustain while also building justice and compassion within and among societies.  This means radical change in how we live. It also means listening for the Spirit of God at play in the world and discerning how to align our lives with God’s life-saving, life-savoring Spirit as it brings forth life and freedom from death and bondage. That listening and responding is a sacred calling.  It invites us to plumb the depths of our ancient traditions -- drawing upon them critically and constructively -- and to read the signs of the times with keen attention to dynamics of power and privilege. Teaching is my way of helping to prepare leaders for the church who will answer this call with joy and hope and will guide others in the same.

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Christian Ethics
  • Introduction to Christian Ethics (on-line)
  • Public Ministry
  • Earth Ethics as Justice Ethics

Selected Publications:


  • Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013.
  • Public Church: For the Life of the World. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004.
  • Healing a Broken World: Globalization and God. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002.
  • Say to this Mountain: Mark’s Story of Discipleship (co-authored) Orbis Books, 1998.
  • Saint Francis and the Foolishness of God (co-authored) Orbis Books, 1994 and 2015.

Chapters and Journal Articles:

  • “Climate Colonialism, Climate Debt, Climate Justice: Garden Earth Envisioned and Embodied.” In John Hart, ed. Blackwell Companion to Religion and Ecology. Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.
  • “Climate Change as Climate Debt: Forging a Just Future.” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 36.1 (Spring/Summer 2016).
  • Being Church in and against White Privilege," in Transforming Lutheran Theologies: Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Perspectives, ed. Mary Streufert, Fortress Press, 2010.
  • "Free Trade Agreements and the Neo-Liberal Economic Paradigm: Economic, Ecological, and Moral Consequences," Journal of Political Theology 10:4 (2009): 685-716.
  • “Liturgy for the Uncreators.” Studia Liturgica 38 (2008):64-80.*

Recent Presentations:


  • “Climate Justice,” presentation for “Global Perspectives on the Reformation: Interactions between Theology, Politics and Economics,” an LWF conference in Namibia (Oct-Nov, 2015).
  • “Resurrection as Faithful Resistance: Hope for the Earth Community,” plenary address at Korsvei Festival, Seljord, Norway, summer 2015.
  • “Re-Radicalizing Justification,” paper and chapter for “Radicalizing Reformation,” an international project honoring the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, involving conference in Halle Germany (2014) and book series to be published in German and English (2017).
  • North American theologian for Ecumenical Panel on a New Financial and Economic Architecture, convened by the World Council of Churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches, and
  • Lutheran World Federation, Geneva, August, 2013 and January, 2014.
  • “The Ecological-Economic Debt of the Global North and Why ‘We’ Fail to See It,” a plenary paper at Redeeming the Marketplace: Theological Contributions to an Alternative Economics, an international conference sponsored by the John Knox Center, Geneva, May-June, 2013.
  • “Moral-Spiritual Agency toward Moral Economy,” a plenary paper at the same.
  • “Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation,” public lecture at Norwegian School of Theology MF, Oslo Norway, May 2013.

United States

  • “Climate Debt as Race Debt and Climate Colonialism: Forging a Just Future,” American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Nov. 2014. (Co-authored with Jennifer Harvey.)
  • “Climate Change as Climate Injustice: Moral Mandate and Policy Implications,” summer conference at Seattle University entitled “Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons,” August, 2014.
  • 39th Annual Luther Lecturer, University of Regina (Luther College), Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, fall 2014.
  • Plenary lecturer, annual Lutheran Studies conference, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, fall, 2014.
  • Commencement address, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, May 2014.
  • Keynote speaker, conference on ecology and congregational life, Trinity Lutheran Theological Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, March, 2014.
  • “Climate Change, Race, and Class,” plenary paper at “Political Theory & Entanglement: Politics at the Overlap of Race, Class and Gender,” a conference sponsored by the Center for Process Studies at Claremont Graduate University, October 2013.
  • “Mapping the Field of Religion and Ecology: Theories, Methods” (panel paper), American Academy of Religion annual meeting (Baltimore), November, 2013.
  • “Theology and Environmental Justice,” sponsored by Theological Education Committee (panel paper), American Academy of Religion annual meeting (Baltimore), November, 2013.
  • “Toward a More Just and Inclusive Global Economic System: Exploring Alternatives,” plenary paper, annual Convocation of Lutheran Teaching Theologians, Southern Lutheran Theological Seminary, Columbia, SC, August 2013.
  • Featured theologian, Feminist Conversations in Religion Series, teleconference, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER), Nov. 2013.