Moe-Lobeda's Book Inaugurates National Book Club

March 12, 2014

The Network of Spiritual Progressives has chosen Professor Cynthia Moe-Lobeda's book Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological and Economic Vocation (Fortress Press, 2013), for its initial book club offering. Moe-Lobeda teaches in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the School of Theology and Ministry. The network, co-founded by Cornel West, Sister Joan Chittester, and Rabbi Michael Lerner, brings together people of all faiths with a focus on non-violence, caring for the earth, love, and generosity.

The book group provides an online opportunity for individuals to read, comment, and discuss the same book. The first online discussion took place on March 9 with the opening sections of the book. The group is open to the public.

In Resisting Structural Evil, Moe-Lobeda examines Christian ethics in light of the ecological crisis and relates ecojustice to economic justice.

“The future of the earth is not simply a matter of protecting species and habitats,” she said. “The earth crisis cannot be understood apart from the larger human crisis—economic equity, racial equity, social values, and human purpose.”

In his review of the book, noted American philosopher, academic, and activist Cornel West wrote, “This is a grand prophetic book motivated by love and focused on justice – social justice, ecological justice, and dignity for the ‘least of these.’”

Moe-Lobeda earned her PhD from Union Theological Seminary affiliated with Columbia University and joined the faculty in 2004. She 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. Moe-Lobeda serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics and the editorial boards of Dialog: A Journal of Theology and Tikkun magazine. 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).

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 41 major undergraduate degrees, 36 minors, and 6 advanced degrees. The School of Theology and Ministry offers 6 graduate degrees, including a Doctor of Ministry.