Cynthia Moe-Lobeda to preach at LSTC’s 154th Commencement March 19, 2014

On Sunday, May 18, Dr. Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda, a leading voice in defining what it means to be a “public church,” will preach at the Eucharist and Commencement Service for the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). The service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5472 South Kimbark Avenue, Chicago. Fifty-five students will graduate from LSTC’s six degree programs.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Moe-Lobeda, whose influential scholarship on being a public church has helped LSTC dramatically reshape its curriculum” said LSTC President, James Nieman. “Beyond this, her focus on ecology, economy, and liberation strongly connect with the commitments of our seminary and faculty. We are eager for her to enrich our efforts to offer a more ample witness in today’s world to the good news of Jesus Christ.”

About the guest preacher

Moe Lobeda

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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The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.

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