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  • Moe-Lobeda's Research Focuses on Systemic Evil

    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 justice.” 

    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 justice

    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.  

    The College of Arts and Sciences offers 7 graduate degrees and 33 undergraduate degrees including environmental studies, women’s studies, and theology and religious studies.


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