Moe-Lobeda Heads to Europe for International Ecumenical Forums

Written by Laura Paskin
March 12, 2013

Theology and Religious Studies Professor Cynthia Moe-Lobeda has been invited to join an ecumenical panel to develop a strategic plan for churches on a more equitable global economic order. The Ecumenical Panel on a New Financial and Economic Architecture, which will convene in Switzerland in April, was formed by the World Council of Churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches, Council for World Mission, and the Lutheran World Federation.  
The panel will focus on the principles of economic, social, and ecological justice,” Moe-Lobeda said. “Our work will inform the way churches throughout the world address ecological and economic issues.”
Moe-Lobeda will also be a keynote speaker at “Redeeming the Market: Theological Contributions to an Alternative Economics,” an international conference at the John Knox Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, in May. Joining her on the program are leading theologians working in the areas of theology and social justice, including a French Jesuit, a Roman Catholic Korean liberation theologian working in Brazil, and a systematic theologian on the faculty of the University of Heidelberg.
“It is rewarding to see the increased interest in the intersection of theology, economic justice, and ecological justice,” Moe-Lobeda said.
Moe-Lobeda is known internationally for her work on ecojustice, social justice, and the Christian life in relationship to them. She recently published Resisting Structural Evil (Fortress Press, 2013), in which she examines Christian ethics in light of the ecological crisis.
Moe-Lobeda, who earned her Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary, joined the faculty in 2004.  Moe-Lobeda has lectured throughout the United States and in Africa, Asia, and Europe on climate justice, economic justice, environmental racism,  eco-theology, and the role of religion in justice struggles. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics. Among her many articles and books are Healing a Broken World: Globalization and God (Fortress Press, 2002) and Public Church: For the Life of the World (Lutheran Voices, 2004).

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