February 8, 2011
Associate Professor Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, conducted research in India for an upcoming book, Christian
Ethics for the Uncreators: Morality in the Face of Systemic Evil.
During her three-week stay, she engaged with popular movements active in
resisting climate imperialism and the neo-liberal model
of economic globalization. In addition, she worked with theology
faculty from Sri Lanka and India on issues related to eco-justice theology and
ministry and gave public lectures at graduate schools of theology.
“I met incredibly courageous and committed people from Dalit
communities, indigenous communities, and people in solidarity with
them,” she said. “They struggle daily with issues of social and environmental
Dalit, who have traditionally been considered outcastes or
untouchables, still face significant discrimination and prejudice even though
India banned the caste system. She is pictured here meeting with members of an economic cooperative near the city of Nagpur in central India.
Funded by a year-long Theological Research
Fellowship from the Lilly Foundation and the schools of theology in India,
Moe-Lobeda focused her lectures on environmental racism, environmental justice,
and Christian ethics. She plans to continue to work with her colleagues in
South Asia on pressing issues related to environmental
Moe-Lobeda received her Ph.D. from Union
Theological Seminary affiliated with Columbia University and has been a
full-time faculty member at Seattle University since 2004. She teaches in the
Department of Theology and Religious Studies and the Environmental Studies program
in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as in the School of Theology and Ministry. She was
recently selected as the 2011-13 Wismer Professor for Gender and Diversity, a
professorship established by the Office of the Provost.
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