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Cynthia Moe-Lobeda & Scott Thalacker on Access Utah

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  Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, a professor of Christian ethics, is the author of the 2013 book, Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation (Fortress Press). She gave a lecture yesterday at USU in the Tanner Talks series from the College of Humanites and Social Sciences. Dr. Moe-Lobeda joins us for Access Utah today, along with Rev. Scott Thalacker, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Logan.

The central tenet of Dr. Moe-Lobeda’s work is that the increasingly pressing situation of Planet Earth poses urgent ethical questions. In her view, the earth crisis cannot be understood apart from the larger human crisis – economic equity, racial justice, social values, and human purpose are bound up with the planet’s survival. With climate change, humankind hovers on a precipice.  Dr. Moe-Lobeda argues that a “great work” is now before us:  To forge ways of living together that allow Earth’s life-systems to flourish and that diminish the soul-shattering gap between those who have too much and those who have too little. For this – the testing point of human history – all forms of human knowledge have a role to play.

Dr. Moe-Lobeda has lectured or consulted in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and many parts of North America in theology and matters of climate justice, economic justice, environmental racism, economic globalization, moral agency, public church, and eco-feminist theology. She currently holds a joint appointment at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. Previously, she taught Christian ethics at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry and in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies.  She is the author of Healing a Broken World (Fortress Press, 2002) and, most recently, Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation (Fortress Press, 2013).

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.