• Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation won the 2015 Nautilus Book Award for Social Justice.  
  • The Network of Spiritual Progressives has chosen Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological and Economic Vocation for its initial book club offering. 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. Email Amy Broyles for more information.  



International Presentations and Consultations

Keynote speaker (four addresses), International Women’s Theology Conference, Grace College of University of  Queensland, Australia, June 26-29, 2017.

Invited paper, DARE (Discernment And Radical Engagement) Global Forum, Council for World Mission Bangkok, 28 May – 2 June, 2017.  

“Climate Justice,” presentation for “Global Perspectives on the Reformation: Interactions between Theology, Politics and Economics,” an LWF conference in Namibia (Oct-Nov, 2015).

Plenary Speaker, Korsvei Festival, Seljord, Norway. Summer 2015.

39th Annual Luther Lecturer, University of Regina (Luther College). Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Summer 2015.

Leader and presenter for the Christian cycle of readings, annual interfaith International Theology Conference of the Shalom Hartman Institute, an interfaith conference in Jerusalem, Israel. Summer 2015.

North American theologian for Ecumenical Panel on a New Financial and Economic Architecture, convened by the World Council of Churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches, and Lutheran World Federation, Geneva, Switzerland. Summer 2015.

“The Ecological-Economic Debt of the Global North and Why ‘We’ Fail to See It,” a plenary paper at “Redeeming the Marketplace: Theological Contributions to an Alternative Economics, an international conference sponsored by the John Knox Center, Geneva.  “Moral-Spiritual Agency toward Moral Eco-nomy,” a plenary paper at the same.
 2013. [ Read article: “Theologians Probe Economic Alternatives for Common Good ]

“Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation,” public lecture at Norwegian Schoo of Theology MF, Oslo Norway. 2013.

“Environmental Racism and the Environmental Justice Movement,” lecture delivered at consultation on Theological Education and Eco-Justice Ministries, Sponsored by the National Council of Churches of India (Creation, Justice, Peace Commission) and the Senate of Serampore College, Nagpur, India. 2010.

“Eco- Justice as a Theological and Moral Issue,” lecture delivered at the same. 2010.

“Christian Ethics in the Face of Systemic Evil,” public lecture at Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, Madurai, India. 2010.

“Christian Response to Systemic Evil,” public lecture at United Theological College, Bangalore, India. 2010.

“Neighbor-Love as a Political-Ecological Vocation: Clues from Luther,” keynote address, Reformation Day Retreat, Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute, Chennai, India. 2010.

Domestic Events and Speaking Engagements

Plenary address, Institute of Liturgical Studies, Valparaiso University, April-May, 2019.

Plenary Speaker, ELCA Academy of Bishops national meeting,  January, 2019.

Annual Spring Lecture series lecturer. Green Lake Church of Seventh Day Adventists, Seattle, March  2018.

Keynote speaker, SW WA synod of the ELCA, Bishop’s Convocation, January 2018.

“The Bible and Ethics: Race, Class, Gender, and Ecological Justice,” panel presentation on forthcoming book, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, Nov. 2017.

Keynote address, Belk Lecture series, Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia, Nov. 2017.

Keynote speaker, conference on Luther and the continuing relevance of the Reformation, Theil College, Greenville, PA, Nov. 2017.

Keynote speaker, Leadership Conference, Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Oct. 10-12, 2017.

Keynote speaker, The Luther Lectures, Northern Rockies Institute of Theology, Montana Synod ELCA Oct 9-10 2017.

Plenary address, symposium in observance of the 500th anniversary: “Reformation: Transforming the World One Door at a Time,” Concordia College. Moorhead, Minnesota, September 2017.

“Making Alliances,” invited presentation at Feminist Studies in Religion: Envisioning Conference, Drew University, Madison, NJ, June 18-21, 2017

Plenary address, ELCA conference entitled “Embodied Freedom.”  Minneapolis, June 2017.

Keynote address – ELCA PA state public policy office, Advocacy Day, May 2017.

Keynote address, annual convocation of Justice and Peace Promoters, Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Chicago, March 2017.

Tanner Talk public lecture and interview with “Access Utah” on Utah Public Radio, Utah State University, April 2017.

Keynote address, Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice, annual conference, Davis CA, March 2017.

Plenary lecture, lecture series entitled, “500th Anniversary of the Reformation: its Relevance for Today and Tomorrow.” Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Naples Florida. Feb., 2017.

“Is Climate Change Structural Violence?” Society of Christian Ethics annual meeting, Jan. 2017.

Plenary speaker and reflection leader, Immanual College of the University of Toronto and Ruah Community.  Toronto Canada, October 2016.

Luther Lecture, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley CA, April 2016.

Public lecture, Faith and Environment lecture series, Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia, Spring 2016.

Invited paper on climate justice, Harvard University conference entitled “Our Religions, Our Earth, Our Future,” Center for the Study of World Religions Cambridge, Oct 2016.

Invited paper for plenary address, Pacific Coast Theological Society annual meeting, Berkeley, Nov 2016.

“Earth-Honoring Faith and Climate Justice,” keynote address for Mid-Atlantic Region session at the annual meeting of the AAR/SBL San Antonio, November 2016.

Theologian-in-residence, Faith-Based Community Organizing Summit, ELCA, Chicago, Oct. 2013; Detroit, June 2014; Everett WA, March 2015; Portland, Sept 2016.

Keynote address, annual convocation of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative, entitled Changemakers:  Creating New Responses for New Times. San Antonio, July 2016.

Faculty, week-long seminar on climate, race, and class at Ghost Ranch. New Mexico, June 2016.

Keynote speaker, conference on food justice and Earth-honoring faith, Metropolitan New York Synod, ELCA, May 2016.

Public lecture on climate justice for Jesuit School of Theology’s “Science for Seminaries” project sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Berkeley, CA, Oct 2015.

“Teaching Climate Change for Moral Agency, Eco-justice, and Structural Analysis,” American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Nov 2015.

Plenary lecture, “The Subversive Luther,” at “The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Symposium: The Forgotten Luther: Advocate for the Poor.”  Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Washington, DC,  Nov, 2015.

Speaker, Yom Kippur service, Beyt Tikkun Synagogue-Without-Walls, Berkeley, CA., Sept. 2015.

Plenary address, ELCA Campus Pastors’ Conference – California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA. June 2015

“Climate Change as Race Debt, Class Debt, Climate Colonialism: Moral Conundrums and Policy Implications,” paper for section 12 of 10th International Whitehead Conference: Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization, Claremont Graduate University, June 2015

Plenary speaker, Northwest Washington Synod, ELCA, Synod Assembly, May 2015.

Public Lectures sponsored by Earth Literacies and Canadian Memorial United Church (Vancouver,

Canada) and Christ Church Cathedral (Victoria, Canada), April 2015.

“Climate Debt as Race Debt and Climate Colonialism: Forging a Just Future,” Society of Christian Ethics annual meeting. January 2015.

“Climate Debt, Race Debt, Climate Colonialism: Forging a Just Future,” American Academy of Religion annual meeting (Co-authored with Jennifer Harvey.) November 2014.

Plenary lecturer, annual Lutheran Studies conference, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA. September 2014

“Climate Change as Climate Injustice: Moral Mandate and Policy Implications,” summer conference at
Seattle University entitled “Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons.” August 2014

Eucharist and Commencement Address, Lutheran School of Theology. Chicago, Illinois. May 2014.

Presentation on Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Economic-Ecological Vocation, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. Seattle, Washington. Spring 2014.

Keynote speaker, conference on ecology and congregational life, Trinity Lutheran Theological Seminary. Columbus, Ohio. March 2014

Presenter at WATER’s Feminist Conversations in Religion Series Teleconference. November 2013.

“Mapping the Field of Religion and Ecology: Theories, Methods” (panel paper), American Academy of  Religion annual meeting. Baltimore, Maryland. November 2013.

“Theology and Environmental Justice,” sponsored by Theological Education Committee (panel paper), American Academy of Religion annual meeting. Baltimore, Maryland. November 2013.

Keynote speaker at Earth Ministry’s “Celebration of St. Francis: Ecojustice, Social Justice, and the Christian Conscience.”  Seattle, Washington. October 2013.

“Climate Change, Race, and Class,” invited paper at planning consultation team for the “Race, Class, Gender” track of the ninth Ecological Civilization Conference and tenth International Whitehead Conference. Claremont Graduate University. October 2013.

Keynote Speaker, Tri-Synodical Theological Conference. ELCA, Iowa. September 2013

“Toward a More Just and Inclusive Global Economic System: Exploring Alternatives,” plenary paper, annual Convocation of Lutheran Teaching Theologians, Southern Lutheran Theological Seminary. Columbia, South Carolina. August 2013

“Climate Injustice and Lutheran Resources for Climate Justice,” panel presentation, annual Convocation of  Lutheran Teaching Theologians, Trinity Lutheran Theological Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. August 2012

Keynote speaker, 18th Annual Conference on the Vocation of a Lutheran College. July/August, 2012

Convocation keynote speaker, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. April 2012

Response to “Elements of Tradition, Protest, and New Creation in Monetary Systems: A Political Theology of Market Miracles,” by Nimi Warimoko at “Twelfth Ttransdisciplinary Theological Colloquium:   Common Good(s): Economy, Ecology, Political Theology,” Drew University. February, 2012

Theologian in Residence, “ELCA Congregation-Based Community Organizing conference for leaders from Latino, Arab and Middle Eastern, and African Descent congregations.” Chicago, Illinois. December, 2010

“Church in, as, and against White Racism,” Race and Religion at this Critical Moment (panel title), Race and Pedagogy National Conference, University of Puget Sound. Tacoma, Washington. October 2010.

“A Viable Water Ethic for ‘Planet Water,’” invited paper at “Water – The Crisis Ahead,” a conference called by the Foundation for the Future. April 2010.

“Unmasking Evil that Parades as Good: Critical Mystical Vision,” Society of Christian Ethics annual meeting. San Jose, California. January 2010.


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