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  • Leading feminist, ecological theologian coming to SU

    April 20, 2009

    Seattle University’s ongoing dialogue on sustainability will be enriched when a leading ecological theologian visits campus later this month. Sallie McFague, Distinguished Theologian in Residence at Vancouver School of Theology in Vancouver, BC, will deliver the 2009 Ann O’Hara Graff Memorial Lecture on April 27.

    McFague is described as “one of North America’s preeminent feminist theologians and ecological theologians” by Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, associate professor of theology and religious studies and of environmental studies. “Dr. McFague did seminal work reimagining God as mother, God as lover, God as friend and the earth as God’s body,” said Moe-Lobeda. “She is a formative player in one of the most exciting theological developments in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, ecological feminist theology.”

    Much of McFague’s writings—her books have been translated into Spanish, Swedish, Korean, Dutch and Danish—center on the Christian response to the ecological challenge of our time. For her SU lecture, “Cities, Climate Change, and Christianity: Religion and Sustainable Urbanism,” McFague is expected to draw on her latest book, A New Climate for Theology: God, the World, and Global Warming (2008).

    McFague’s lecture, which is sponsored by the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and co-sponsored by the Environmental Studies Program, Women Studies, the Office of Mission and Ministry, and the School of Theology and Ministry, will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, April 27, in Pigott Auditorium. The lecture will be followed by a reception. No RSVP is required. Contact Cynthia Moe-Lobeda at or (206) 296-5762 with questions.

    The Ann O’Hara Graff Memorial Lecture Series was created in 1996 in memory of SU professor Ann O’Hara Graff and her contributions to theology, the church and the academy.



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