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Cynthia Moe-Lobeda

Cynthia Moe-Lobeda



 

LSTC Board Conversations:
"The Public Church"

May 19, 2014

During the morning of Monday, May 19, members of the LSTC faculty along with the school’s Board of Directors met for conversation about what it means to be “public church.” Cultivating competencies for leadership in a public church is at the heart of LSTC’s new curriculum for the Master of Divinity degree.

President James Nieman introduced the morning session with brief comments about his views on public church. Four faculty members then followed with remarks on how their teaching and scholarship are enhanced by this concept. Those faculty were: Dr. Benjamin Stewart,  Gordon A. Braatz Associate Professor of Worship and Dean of the Chapel; Dr. Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament; Dr. Richard Perry, Professor of Church and Society and Urban Ministry and Director of the Urban Ministry Program; and Dr. Lea Schweitz, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science.

The presentations led into a period of small-group conversation between faculty and board members. Following this, Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University, offered reflections on themes from the conversation that she had heard, as well as her own perspectives on the topic of public church. The session concluded with a question and answer period among all participants.

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1) Introductory Remarks by LSTC President James Nieman (15:24) . [Download and listen to MP3 file] Or press the arrow below to begin streaming audio.

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2) Comments by Benjamin M. Stewart, (06:59).
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3) Comments by Barbara Rossing, (08:44).
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4) Comments by Richard J. Perry, Jr., (07:12).
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5) Comments by Lea F. Schweitz, (09:01).

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6) Response by Dr. Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda, (28:31).
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7) Question and Answer Session (21:54).
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Dr. Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda, associate professor of theology and religious studies at Seattle University, is the author of Public Church: For the Life of the World, published by Fortress Press in 2004. It provided the theological context for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s call to “step forward as a public church that witnesses boldly to God’s love for all that God has created” (from ELCA 2003 Strategic Directions).

Having served on the faculty of the Seattle University’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies and School of Theology and Ministry since 2004, Dr. Moe-Lobeda was specially appointed by the university as the Wismer Professor of Gender and Diversity Studies from 2011 to 2013. She also teaches ethics in the university’s Department of Environmental Studies. Her teaching and research interests include liberation theologies; feminist ethics, theory, and theology; Earth/ecological ethics; public theology; economic globalization; and moral agency.

Dr. Moe-Lobeda is a sought-after speaker and theological consultant who has presented scores of lectures and keynote addresses throughout the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and related organizations. She is the author of numerous book chapters and article. Her books include Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation (Fortress Press, 2013);Healing a Broken World: Globalization and God (Fortress Press, 2002); and the forthcoming The Bible and Ethics in the Christian Life: A New Conversation, with Bruce Birch, Jacqueline Lapsley, and Larry Rasmussen.

Dr. Moe-Lobeda is a graduate of St. Olaf College, the University of Washington Seattle School of Social Work, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary.


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