Generating an Eco-Justice Reformation: A Speakers Bureau

In observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017

The Eco-Justice Reformation Working Group is comprised of ELCA theologians, pastors, laity, and teachers committed to stand for ecological justice as a denomination in our actions and in our witness, in our identity and in our mission.

We are convinced that more than ever we are seeing planetary degradation that is threating all life on Earth as we know it and causing extensive disruption and dislocation in human communities. The most vulnerable among us are at the greatest risk with the least capacity to cope.

At the same time, we are convinced that the biblical and pastoral vocation to which God calls us in this time is for “the care and redemption of all” that God has made—all as a response to the grace given in creation, in the power and presence of the risen Christ, and in the renewing work of the Holy Spirit.

We believe that the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is a time to call for a reorientation of our denomination to address the ecological crises we are facing as a planet. As Bishop Eaton has asserted: “The present moment is a critical one, filled with both challenge and opportunity to act as faithful individuals and churches in solidarity with God’s good creation.” We believe that the ELCA as a whole can and must fully embrace creation care at the heart of God’s mission on every level—as individual members and as organizations of the church.

To this end we are seeking to provide resources to use as a way to incorporate and promote eco-justice ministry into the life of the church. One of these resources is a Speakers Bureau. This Speakers Bureau has been gathered to represent a number of informed leaders in the ELCA capable of serving as conference speakers, panel participants, and workshop leaders for events sponsored by congregations, synods, seminaries, ministeriums, colleges, and other agencies of the church.

We hope that you will find the following Speakers Bureau information helpful in planning events which promote eco-theology and that foster an eco-Justice reforming of the church. (This information can also be downloaded in either a PDF version here or a Word version here, or at the bottom of this page.)

A fuller listing of the projects that the Reformation 2017 Eco-Justice Working Group has embarked on can be found at: 

Speakers Bureau List

Bloomquist, Karen L
San Francisco, CA

Dahill, Lisa
Prof Religion
California Lutheran University

EcoFaith Recovery Community
Congregations in Portland OR

Erickson, Jacob J
Religion/Environmental Studies
St. Olaf College

Hartwig, Robyn
Pastor/Organizer EcoFaith Recovery
Portland, OR

Martin-Schramm, Jim
Prof Religion
Luther College

Moe-Lobeda, Cynthia
Prof Theological & Social Ethics
Pacific Luth Theo Seminary-Berkley

Morad, Phoebe
Lutherans Restoring Creation
Braintree, MA

Nessan, Craig
Prof Contextual Theo/Ethics
Wartburg Theo Seminary

Rasmussen, Larry
Prof Emeritus Social Ethics
Santa Fe, NM

Rhoads, David
Prof Emeritus New Testament
Racine, WI

Rossing, Barbara
Prof New Testament
Lutheran School of Theology-Chicago

Rowe, Terra S
Prof Theology
Kingston, NY

Rude, Ron
Campus Pastor, Adjunct
Tucson, AZ

Schade, Leah D
Pastor/Prof Religion and Phil
Milton, PA

Schrader, Glenn L
Prof Chemical Engineering
Tucson, AZ

Stewart, Benjamin
Prof Worship
Lutheran School of Theology-Chicago

Vigen, Aana Marie
Prof Social Ethics
Loyola University-Chicago

Waldkoenig, Gilson
Prof Church in Society
Gettysburg Seminary

Speakers Bureau Resumes

Bloomquist, Karen L (Rev. Dr.)                                   

428 Whitehall Road

Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 263-8209 


Current Position/Vocation/Location

Theologian-at-large; San Francisco Bay area (previously in WA, Geneva Switzerland, etc.)


Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       God, Creation and Climate Change: Spiritual and Ethical Perspectives (editor and writer) (Lutheran World Federation Studies 2/2009).  

·       Most of the many publications I have written for or edited through the years have focused on the church engaging with urgent current social, economic, political and ecological challenges.

·       Current book, Subversive Practices of Being Church: Seeing-Remembering-Connecting, gives attention to how the climate/ecological crises are structurally related to economic disparities and racial and other polarizations that need to be resisted and transformed through faith-based communities.


Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology

Helped initiate the interfaith movement (especially led by the Lummi Nation) of resistance to a coal terminal in NW WA. Various initiatives/activities in the Bay Area, as we deal with the effects of drought and inequality.


Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work

On core group for the global project, “Radicalizing Reformation: Provoked by the Bible and Today's Crises.” Its theses and publications: . In 1517 Martin Luther began his 95 Theses with Jesus’ call for repentance as a change of mind, calling for repentance and conversion toward a more just society. Today, how can we draw from the root (=radical) of that Reformation, to engage the interconnected economic, political and environmental injustices that are so urgent now?


Condensed biographical profile.

I am a pastor/theologian who has taught at various seminaries, spoken in various venues, directed the development of the ELCA public witness (social statements), directed the theological department of the LWF (which included eco-issues and other global issues), and most recently was Dean at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.   See   


Summary Quote from Speaker 

How can practices such as “seeing-remembering-connecting” be nurtured over the long term in and through communities of faith, and lead more deeply into understandings and collaborative actions that subvert the interconnected injustices that now pervade all of creation? “ Karen Bloomquist  

Dahill, Lisa                  

60 W. Olsen Road

Thousand Oaks, CA  91360

(614) 338-8130 


Current Position/Vocation/Location

Associate Professor of Religion, California Lutheran University (2015- )

President, Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality (2014- )

Associate Professor of Worship and Christian Spirituality, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH (2005-2015)


Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       “The View from Way Below: Inter-Species Encounter, Membranes, and the Reality of Christ.” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 53/3 (Fall 2014): 250-58.

·        “Bio-Theoacoustics: Prayer Outdoors and the Reality of the Natural World.” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 52/4 (Winter 2013): 292-302.

·       “Indoors, Outdoors: Praying with the Earth.” Shauna Hannan and Karla Bohmbach, eds., Eco-Lutheranism: Lutheran Perspectives on Ecology, 113-24Minneapolis: Lutheran University Press, 2013.

·       “New Creation: The Revised Common Lectionary and the Earth’s Paschal Life.” Liturgy 27/2 (April-June 2012): 3-16.

Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

Jesus Christ as Reality: Bonhoeffer and Ecology

Encounter: Christian Spirituality, Worship, and the Natural World

Wildness, Wilderness, and Justice

Baptism in/to Local Waters

Public Eucharistic Life


Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology

Biking as often as possible, getting to know the local watershed, water activism

Recent co-chair of the Lutherans Restoring Creation (LRC) Seminary Network


Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work


Summary Quote from Speaker

“As our species faces crises of climate and justice unprecedented in our history, Christian incarnational spiritualities have much to offer. I want to invite listeners to discern a G*D  visible in, with, and under the biological texture of the planet, the particular rocks and insects and trees and waters of a given place, the faces of the most marginalized humans.”  Lisa E Dahill

EcoFaith Recovery Community or

P.O. Box 12612

Portland, OR 97212        


Current Position/Vocation/Location

We are a leadership development community of lay and ordained volunteer leaders from various congregations based out of the metro-Portland, Oregon area.


Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

A growing list of speakers and presentation topics from the EcoFaith Recovery community can be found here:

A Small Sample of Topics Include:

·       Spiritual Practices for Awakening Leadership and overcoming Denial, Overwhelm, and Burnout

·       Relational Organizing to Unleash the Spiritual Power of Congregations in service of the recovery of human life and healing of God’s creation

·       Why the climate movement and faith communities need each other

·       Addicted to an Unsustainable Way of Life? Introducing a Recovery Model for Groups and Congregations

·       Taking the First Step: Addiction, Ecology and Recovery


Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology – Varied, see website


Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work

Find various speakers from the EcoFaith community here:




“Together we identify existing and emerging leaders, develop our leadership potential through EcoFaith’s “Practices for Awakening Leadership,” and lift one another up to support our faith communities in taking courageous public action for the recovery of human life and the healing of God’s creation. The Practices for Awakening Leadership include spiritual grounding, relational practices, telling our story, rhythms of engagement, mentoring, and conscious leadership development. As we engage in these practices together, God renews our sense of hope, nurtures a healthy sense of leadership in us, and restores our capacity to make a difference in the world.”

Erickson, Jacob J                                                      

Saint Olaf College

1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN, 55057       

(701) 720-5983

Current Position

Instructor of Religion and Environmental Studies, St. Olaf College

Ecotheologian in Residence, Mercy Seat Lutheran Church; Minneapolis, MN


Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       “Theophanic Materiality: Political Ecology, Inhuman Touch, and the Art of Andy Goldsworthy” forthcoming in Entangled Worlds: Religion, Science, Materiality ed., Catherine Keller and Mary-Jane Rubenstein. Fordham University Press, 2016.

·       “Irreverent Theology: On the Queer Ecology of Creation” forthcoming in a special edition of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Science, Nature and Culture. Fall 2015.

·       “The Martyrdom of Cecil the Lion” Religion Dispatches. July 29, 2015.

·       “Falling in Love with the Earth: Francis’ Faithful Ecology” Religion Dispatches. June 19, 2015. (Also forthcoming in a book of responses to Pope Francis’ Encyclical with Process Century Press, edited by John Cobb).

·       “Elephant Orphans and Ecological Spiritualities: An Earth Day Reflection” Religion Dispatches. April 22, 2015.

·       “The Apophatic Animal: Toward a Negative Zootheological Imago Dei” in Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology. Ed., Stephen Moore. Fordham University Press, 2015.


Workshops, Lectures, Topics

Divinity in the Anthropocene, God and Global Warming

Created in the Image of God, Humans and Animals

The Creativity of Environmental Justice

A Green Bible?

Laudato si’: Pope Francis’ Love Letter to the Earth

C.V. available upon request


Quote by Speaker:

I’ve come to believe that our climate crises are crises of planetary intimacy.  I don’t mean that we’ve lost a romantic relationship with nature that we need to recover…What I do mean is that everything of our contemporary crises also occurs in the intimate, and risky relations of everyday life. Learning to address that intimate enfolding of life and creatureliness is one of our best hopes. Learning how to love the earth, how to build homes together in precarious climates, how to reconsider daily lives, how to daily protest structural economic systems, how to consider our animal interactions—all that is what creating a planetary resilience is about.”   Jacob Erickson, from “Falling in Love with the Earth: Francis’ Faithful Ecology”

Hartwig, Robyn M                                             

Current Position/Vocation/Location;

Pastor/Organizer EcoFaith Recovery, Portland, Oregon

Associate Pastor, St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Beaverton, Oregon


Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

·       Spiritual Practices for Awakening Leadership and overcoming Denial, Overwhelm, and Burnout

·       Personal story telling as public witness

·       Relational conversations as spiritual currency in service of the common good


Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology

Founder of EcoFaith Recovery in metropolitan Portland, Oregon in partnership with many other lay and ordained Lutheran leaders. (See listing for EcoFaith Recovery above.)


Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work


Reference/Testimony or link to biographical profile.


Summary Quote from Speaker


Even our elected public officials have described our country as being “addicted to oil” and hooked on unlimited growth. Can we imagine our churches as centers of recovery from unsustainable systems and unjust practices that wreak havoc upon the most vulnerable while degrading the whole of creation? To grow a congregational recovery movement, we need spiritually grounded, relationally-connected leaders engaging in deep spiritual practices, mutual support, accountability, education, mentorship, courageous public action and ongoing reflection.

Martin-Schramm, Jim 

Luther College

700 College Drive, Decorah, IA  52101

(563) 387-1251 Office


Current Position/Vocation/Location

Professor of Religion, Luther College

Director, Luther College Wind Energy Project, LLC


Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril, co-edited with Lisa E. Dahill, Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, (Forthcoming, Fall 2016).

·       Earth Ethics: A Case Method Approach, co-authored with Laura Stivers and Daniel Spencer, Maryknoll: Orbis Books, (Forthcoming, Fall 2015).

·       “Lutheran Theology and the Environment: Bonhoeffer, the Church, and the Climate Question,” in Eco-Lutheranism: Lutheran Perspectives in Ecology, Lutheran University Press, 2013.

·       "Toward an Ethic of EcoJustice," in Moral Issues & Christian Responses, 8th edition, Patricia and Shannon Jung, eds., Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012, 259-263.

·       Climate Justice: Ethics, Energy, and Public Policy, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010.

·       “Financing A Large Wind Turbine Project: The Luther College Experience,” The ACUPCC Implementer, Oct 2009,


Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

Practicing Joyful Stewardship at Luther College 

Why Lutherans Care for Creation

Bonhoeffer, the Church, and the Climate Question


Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology

Board Chair, Winneshiek Energy District

Board Chair, Iowa Interfaith Power & Light

Chair, Energy and Water Task Group, Luther College Campus Sustainability Council

Coordinator, Colleges & Univs Page, Lutherans Restoring Creation:


Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work


Summary Quote from Speaker

My vocation as a Christian involves the care and redemption of all that God has made.  Global climate change is affecting creation in many negative ways.  My concern for both present and future generations of human beings and all of God’s creatures is rooted deeply in my faith.”  Jim Martin-Schramm


Moe-Lobeda, Cynthia  

2770 Marin Ave

Berkeley CA 94708

206 384-8760 (cell phone)


Current Position/Vocation/Location

Professor of Theological and Social Ethics

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary


Relevant Publications by Speaker

Selected Books

·       Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013.

·       Public Church: For the Life of the World. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004.

·       Healing a Broken World: Globalization and God. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002.  

·       Saint Francis and the Foolishness of God (with Marie Dennis, Joe Nangle OFM, and Stuart Taylor), Orbis Books, 1993 and 2015.

Selected Articles and Chapters

·       “Climate Colonialism, Climate Debt, Climate Justice: Garden Earth Envisioned and Embodied.” In John  Hart, ed. Blackwell Companion to Religion and Ecology. Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.

·       “Love Incarnate: Hope and Power for Climate Justice.” In Alan Padgett and KiaraJorgenson, eds., For the Love of the World: A Christian Conversation on Creation Care (Eerdmans,   2016).

·       Climate Change as Climate Debt: Forging a Just Future.” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics36.1 (Spring/Summer 2016).*

·       “Climate Debt, White Privilege and Christian Ethics as Political Theology,” in Common Good(s): Economy, Ecology, Political Theology,”  eds. Catherine Keller, Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre, and Elias Ortega-Aponte, Fordham Press, 2015

·       “Climate Injustice and Lutheran Resources for Climate Justice.” In Bohmbach, Carla, and Shauna Hannan,  eds. Eco-Lutheranism: Lutheran Perspectives on Ecology. Minneapolis: Lutheran University Press,   2013.

·      “Development, Religion, and Ecology.” In Matthew Clarke, ed., Handbook of Research on Development and Religion. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013.

·       “Leadership toward Earth-Honoring Religions.” In Sharon Callahan, ed. Religious Leadership: A Reference Handbook. Sage Publications, 2013.

·       "Neighbor-love as an Economic-Ecological Vocation: Clues from Luther," Gurukul Journal of Theological Studies, Vol. XXI No. 2 June 2010 (published in 2011), 18-37.

·        “Love as a political-ecological vocation in the context of economic globalization.” In Allan Boesak and Len Hansen, eds. Globalization II: global Crisis, Global Challenge, and Global Faith, Stellenbosch, South Africa: Sun Press, 2010.

·       “Cross, Resurrection, and Climate Change.” In Karen L. Bloomquist & Rolita Manchila, eds. God, Creation and Climate Change, Minneapolis: Lutheran University Press: 2009.

·       “Liturgy for the Uncreators.” Studia Liturgica 38 (2008):64-80.

·        “A Theology of the Cross for the Un-Creators.” Invited chapter in Marit Trelstadt, ed. Cross-Examination: Interrogating the Cross for its Meaning Today,181-195. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2006.

·       “Christian Ethics toward Earth-Honoring Faiths.” Union Seminary Quarterly Review 57:1-2 (2004): 132-150.*


Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

·       Resurrection as Faithful Resistance: Hope for the Earth Community

·       Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation: Clues from Luther

·       Seeds of Hope amidst Earth’s Anguish.

·       Eco-Justice as a Theological Calling

·       Climate Debt as Race Debt and Climate Colonialism: Forging a Just Future

·       Unmasking Injustice that Parades as Good: Critical Mystical Vision

·       Criteria for Valid Use of Religious Language, Symbols, and Claims in Public Discourse

·       Eco-feminist Christian Ethics where Race and Class Matter

·       Luther and Faith in Public Life for the 21st Century

·       Moral-Spiritual Power for Moral Economy and Earth Community.


Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology

Speaking, writing, teaching.

Lutherans Restoring Creation contact person for Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary


Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work


Reference/Testimony or link to biographical profile


Summary Quote from Speaker

Life arising from death and destruction is Earth’s song of hope and God’s song of love. Christian traditions are called to sing that song. Today this means plumbing the depths of our faith seeking moral-spiritual wisdom and strength for the great work facing humankind of our time. It is to craft ways of living that nurture Earth’s life systems and that build justice and compassion among human creatures. Lutheran traditions have vast resources to contribute to this God-given calling.  May we hear and heed the Spirit calling us to this path and guiding us in forging it.

Morad, Phoebe      

22 Waldron Road

Braintree, MA 02184

(617) 599-2722 (c)


Current Position/Vocation/Location

Synod Training Director, Lutherans Restoring Creation


Workshop Facilitated (customized between 1 hour and 3 days long)

Integrating Care for Creation in Your Church/Synod Life

-        Practical experience shared, many resources disseminated.


One Current Personal/Public Activity relating to eco-theology

Raising two little kids and helping them to think compassionately, with eyes wide open, fueled by hope and led by a sense of moral obligation.


Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work


Reference/Testimony or link to biographical profile


Summary Quote from Speaker

“I would rather encourage a dialogue within an intimate group of people than hear myself talk. So, if you’re looking for someone to encourage and equip people at various starting points of learning about eco-reformation, I’m your girl. There are so many roles to play in this ministry, I like to help everyone find where they feel they fit into the solution. We all provide unique assets and God gave us the means to collaborate like no other generation thus far on this planet (that we know of!). Let’s make use of this critical sliver of time we are allotted and help restore much of what has been ransacked.”   Phoebe Morad 

Nessan, Craig L                                         

Wartburg Theological Seminary

333 Wartburg Place

Dubuque, Iowa 52003

(563) 589-0333


Current Position/Vocation/Location:

Professor of Contextual Theology and Ethics, Academic Dean

Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa


Relevant Publications by Speaker:

·       Shalom Church: The Body of Christ as Ministering Community. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010. 

·       Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles CV available upon request at:  


Current Personal/Public Activity relating to Ecology:

It is vital to integrate advocacy for creation with the work of peacemaking, social justice, and defending human dignity. These are four dimensions that constitute the matrix of God's shalom. These four themes are interrelated and inseparable from one another as priorities for the church's engagement as body of Christ. I am involved in these efforts through teaching, writing, and political advocacy.


Link to biographical profile:


Summary Quote from Speaker:

"The impulse toward catholicity needs to be broadened to incorporate the horizon of all creation, if for no other reason than that we as humans are constituted of the same stuff as the rest of creation. The new creation certainly does include a new humanity in Christ, but this new humanity only survives in symbiotic relationship with the larger environment of which it has always been a part. What has been implicit for generations must now become explicit: the total dependence of humanity, and thus the church, upon healthy ecosphere. Shalom involves the restoration of life-giving relationships between humanity and all creatures, plants, and elements."  Craig Nessan, from Shalom Church, p. 114

Rasmussen, Larry                                         ;

605 Calle De Marcos

Santa Fe, NM 87505

(505) 231-0993


Current Position/Vocation/Location

Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics

Union Theological Seminary, New York City


Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       Earth Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key (Oxford U. Press, 2013) – Grand Prize Winner of the 2014 Nautilus Book Awards; 2014 Gold Prize Winner in Ecology/Environment. 

·       Earth Community, Earth Ethics (Orbis Books, 1996) – Winner of the 1997 Grawemeyer Award.


Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

CV available upon request at


Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology

Retired, but Director of Earth-Honoring Faith Decade Project of Ghost Ranch, NM. Speaker and consultant on religion and ecology.  Board member of Interfaith Power & Light of New Mexico; Board member of GreenFaith.


Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work  


Summary Quote from Speaker

“Wicked problems like climate change, the death of nature in key locales (coral reefs, rainforest, permafrost belts), and the need for a difference socio-economic-political order are problems that cannot be solved with the same means and ways of life that created them. The old wineskins do not hold, the old cloth tears (Luke 5:33-39). A new era of responsibility asks for new capacities to devise different ways of living. 

That requires courage—the courage to “lift the veil”—and be relentlessly honest about the human causes of Earth’s degradation: the courage to undertake a compassionate retreat from the world of those causes: the courage to live with the anguish of a diminished planet; the courage to embark on ‘ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown’; the courage, in short, to compose sing, and enter a new song.”  Larry Rasmussen, from Earth Honoring Faith, p. 5

Rhoads, David 

1436 Park Avenue

Racine, WI 53403

(262) 633-5438 


Current Position/Vocation/Location

Retired Professor of New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Director, Lutherans Restoring Creation:


Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       Editor, Earth and Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet (Continuum Press, 2007).

·       Editor with Norman Habel and Paul Santmire, The Season of Creation: A Preaching Commentary (Fortress, 2011).

·       LRC Manual for Congregations and Their Green Teams. Revised edition, 2014. Lutherans Restoring Creation publication.

·       An Environmental Guide for Churches, their Buildings and Grounds, co-edited with David Glover. Web of Creation Publication.

Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

Greening Your Congregation. Workshop

A Lutheran Theology of Creation: Foundations for a New Reformation. Lecture

Liturgy in a New Key: Worshiping with Creation. Lecture

Behold, Creation is New. Lecture

The Biblical Witness to Ecological Justice. Lecture


Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology

Director: Greening Greater Racine: A Community Initiative


Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work  


Reference/Testimony or link to biographical profile.


Summary Quote from Speaker

“I am convinced that humanity and all of earth-community is facing the most urgent crisis. The church has an opportunity to pioneer a new humanity that can emerge as we rise to embrace the great work of our time, justice for the most vulnerable in a world in ecological crisis.” Dave Rhoads

Rossing, Barbara R.

7785 E Leavenworth Rd

Leavenworth, WA 98826

(509) 548-7278 


Current Position/Vocation/Location

Professor of New Testament and co-director of Environmental Ministry Emphasis - Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago


Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       “And God Saw That It Was Good: Reflections on a Theology of Creation,” in Creation-Not For Sale, Lutheran World Federation 2015, 7-22; downloadable at:


·       “Eco-Reformation, Deep Incarnation and Lutheran Perspectives on the Universe Story” in Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, eds., Living Cosmology: Christian Responses to Journey of the Universe (Maryknoll: Orbis Press), forthcoming 2015.

·       “The Eco-theological Significance of John 10:10: Abundant Life through the Sabbath, Trinitarian Vestiges and Tree of Life” (with Celia Deane-Drummond), Ecumenical Review 65 (2013) 83-97.

·       “River Sunday” in Norman Habel, David Rhoads, and Paul Santmire, The Season of Creation (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2011) 112-123.

·       “God Laments With Us: Climate Change, Apocalypse and the Urgent Kairos Moment,” Ecumenical Review 62 (July, 2010) p. 119-30.

·       “For the Healing of the World: Reading Revelation Ecologically” in David Rhoads, ed., From Every Tribe, Tongue, People, and Nation: The Book of Revelation in Intercultural Perspective (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005).

Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

On Earth As In Heaven: Scripture and Hope for Healing our World

Eco-Reformation: Pope Francis, St. Francis, and the Lutherans

Give Us Today Our Daily Bread: Abundant Life and Renewal for Creation

Eating Your Way Through Luke’s Gospel: Food Justice and Ecology

Saints, Angels and Climate Change: the Bible’s Vision for Healing our World

Preaching New Creation at Our Kairos Moment: Hope, Not Despair

Is this the End of the World? Rapture, Apocalypse and New Creation


Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work

View the video from Barbara Rossing’s Bible Study presentation for the Lutheran World Federation, in May 2012: Water Bible Study – LWF “Green & Just” Climate Change Conference.

The 2011 Byberg Preaching lectures on “Preaching Abundant Life as Renewal for Creation” that Barbara Rossing (and Benjamin Stewart) gave are available online for downloading or listening (click on the year at the right; media archive); Barbara gave three lectures and one sermon.

Eco-Reformation video:

Reference/Testimony or link to biographical profile.


As a biblical scholar, Barbara Rossing also loves helping people make connections with the Bible and creation’s beauty. She majored in geology in college and served as pastor at the Holden Village retreat center. In addition to her seminary teaching she lectures and preaches widely, including synod assemblies, global mission events, hunger events, and ecumenical theological conferences. She has served on the executive committee and council of the Lutheran World Federation (2003-2010), helping launch LWF’s theological work on climate change. As a public theologian her media appearances have included “CBS Sixty Minutes” as well as The History Channel, National Geographic, and Living the Questions.


Summary Quote from Speaker

We live in a “Kairos” moment for the world and God’s creation. The Bible helps us frame this urgency in terms of hope and healing. I love speaking to synod assemblies, pastors, creation care teams, and others about Eco-Reformation, Ecology and the Bible, as we observe the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. I bring together stories of hope from the Bible with stories of tree-planting, water justice, food justice and community-building from Lutheran World Federation in India, Africa, and other places. This can be a moment for hope! Barbara Rossing

Rowe, Terra S   

200 Downs St

Kingston, NY 12401



Current Position/Vocation/Location

Adjunct Instructor of Theology, Wartburg Seminary

Adjunct Instructor, Marist College

Guest lecturer, Union Seminary

Director of the Diaconal Ministry, Hudson Valley Cooperative: A Food, Faith and Community Project


Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       “God or Mammon: Ecotheological Reflections on Lutheran Economic Theologies,” Dialog, (forthcoming, 2016).

·       “Perils of the ‘Free Gift’: Ecology, Economy, and the Protestant Tradition,” Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril, co-edited with Lisa E. Dahill, Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, (Forthcoming, Fall 2016).

·       “Communicating Grace,” Currents in Theology and Mission, forthcoming, 2016.

·       “Grace in Intra-action,” in Entangled Worlds: Science, Religion, Materiality, ed. Mary-Jane Rubenstein (Fordham University Press: forthcoming, 2015).

·       “Freedom is not free?: Posthumanist, ecological reflections on Christian freedom and responsibility,” Dialog, Mar., 2015.

·       “The Divinanimality of Lord Sequoia,” in Divinanimality: Creaturely Theology, ed. Stephen Moore (Fordham University Press: 2014).

·       “What Is God Playing At?: Reading Jurgen Moltmann’s Theology of Play after Superstorm Sandy,” Wineskins online magazine, Jan 2013.


Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

“Rethinking Grace and Justification for an Eco-Reformation,” guest lecturer, Union Seminary, Brigitte Kahl seminar, “Galatians: Justifying greening and queering Paul,” Fall 2015

“A Better Worldliness": The Legacy of Joseph Sittler and Lutheran Eco-Reformation, Synodical    

Diakonia Seminar, Metro NY Synod, April 2016

“Ecofeminism and the ‘free gift,’” Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization, Claremont, CA, 2015

“Outside In, Inside Out: Lutheran Identity and Pedagogy,” Lutheran Women in Theological and Religious Studies,

AAR affiliated meeting, Nov 2014

“A ‘Better Worldliness’: Mobilizing the Faith Community for Climate Change Mitigation,” Ways of Knowing

Conference, Harvard Divinity School, Oct 2014


Educational Material

Co-author of a Metro NY Synod Bible study on mutual conversation, contribution on the ecological                        

implications of mutual conversation and consolation as a Lutheran sacrament

Lutheran and Interfaith study guides for Pope Francis’ Climate Change Encyclical

Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology

Board of Directors, NY Interfaith Power and Light

2014 People’s Climate March, NYC, mobilizer and coordinator for Lutheran participation

Committee member, Environmental Stewardship Committee of Metro NY Synod

Director of diaconal eco-reformation ministry, Hudson Valley Cooperative: A Food, Faith, and Community Project


Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work


Summary Quote from Speaker

“My scholarly and diaconal work is rooted in both a deep appreciation for the Lutheran tradition as well as a critical eye for how the tradition is embodied in economic, ecological, and gender relations. As an eco-Reformation diaconal minister I’ve started a trans-congregational and interfaith diaconal ministry encouraging people of faith to engage one another and their communities as they address issues of eco and social justice.           

In my scholarly work I examine the ways the Reformation tradition has influenced world economics and the modern philosophical view of the human. We in the Protestant tradition have much to claim both in terms of responsibility and positive resources. In a world facing intolerable economic inequality and ecological crisis our job for the next 500 years encompasses both responsibility to the tradition—ensuring it’s message continues—and responsibility for it—ensuring this message remains relevant and responsible in a changing world. My areas of interest and expertise are in the ecotheological legacy of Joseph Sittler and modern interactions of Protestantism, capitalism, and climate change. Within these modern interactions I focus especially on Lutheran theologies of grace and justification—both their pitfalls and constructive reformations toward eco-justice.” Terra S Rowe


Rude, Ron        

3781 W Sallee Rd

Tucson AZ  85745

(520) 623-7575 (o)     (520) 240-0618 (c)


Current Position/Vocation/Location

ELCA Lutheran Campus Pastor, Univ of AZ (2001 – present)

Adjunct faculty, Chicago Theological Seminary (online course “Christian Narrative, Christian Ministry, Science, and Sustainability” - Fall Semester 2014)

Teacher, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Univ of AZ (2009 – present)

Teacher, Holden Village (August 2011, June 2012)


Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       (Re)considering Christianity: An Expedition of Faith Joining Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Sustainability. Ron Rude. (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2012). Info at:

·       Abel Emerging: A Reconsideration of the Christian Story for a Sustainable World. Ron Rude. (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2010).


Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles (can be customized for conferences 2-8 hours)

Christian Faith, the Natural Sciences, and Sustainability

Reformation 1517 … Since? … and Reformation 2017

The Story of Jesus in a 13.7 billion year old Universe


One Current Personal/Public Activity relating to eco-theology

Organic vegetable gardening, water harvesting, composting


Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work   In this radio interview, hear the kinds of questions posed to a campus pastor by a non-religious college student. ‘Click’ orange circle top left.


Reference/Testimony or link to biographical profile

“Ron Rude led an outstanding 3-hour Sustainability Workshop for our Racine interfaith group—ecologically informed, with biblical and theological foundations for creation-care, many creative insights for alternative thinking, and practical suggestions for action. The whole process was open and dialogical. To a person, participants were energized and inspired. They are now strategizing about how to build on his excellent work.” David Rhoads, Director, Racine Green Congregations (LSTC Emeritus Professor, New Testament)


Summary Quote from Speaker

“My particular skill is weaving indigenous wisdom, Biblical faith, Christian ministry, and the modern sciences (especially evolutionary biology, geology, astronomy, and paleoanthropology) into a thoughtful/practical and personal/public theology for faithful and sustainable living in God’s world today.”  Ron Rude


Schade, Leah D 

37 Red Hill Rd.

Milton, PA  17847

(610) 420-6861 (cell) 


Current Position/Vocation/Location

Adjunct Instructor in Religion and Philosophy, Lebanon Valley College (PA), Susquehanna University (PA)

Pastor, United in Christ Lutheran Church, Lewisburg, PA (Upper Susquehanna Synod)


Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       Creation-Crisis Preaching:  Ecological Theology and Homiletics, Chalice Press, 2015.

·       “Into—and Out of—the Fiery Furnace: The Role of Religion in the Grassroots Effort to Stop a Tire Burner,” New Life Theological Journal, New Life Biblical Seminary, Kerala, India; Vol. 4, No. 1, January-June 2014.

·       “Preaching and Ecofeminist Theology at the Crossroads:  Homiletic Theory and Praxis in Dialogue with a Lutheran Ecofeminist Christology,” Eco-Lutheranism: Lutheran Perspectives on the Ecology; Bohmbach, Karla, and Hannen, Shauna, eds., Lutheran University Press, Association of Teaching Theologians – ELCA/ELCIC, 2013.


Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

Creation-Crisis Preaching:  Integrating Ecological Theology and Homiletics. Workshop

Preaching Environmental Justice in ‘The Purple Zone’: Finding Commonality in the Red/Blue Divide. Lecture

Criteria and Implications for a Lutheran Ecofeminist Hermeneutic for Preaching. Lecture

Eschatology And Ecofeminist Theology: The Challenge Of Preaching The ‘New Creation’ In A Time Of Environmental Crisis. Lecture.

Where Would Jesus Frack? A Christian Ethical Perspective. Workshop or lecture.

I Am Water, I Am Waiting:  An Ecofeminist Hermeneutic for Preaching as the Character of Water in John 4:1-42 (The Woman at the Well). Presentation.

Is Romans 8:19-25 Truly a Green Text?: An Ecofeminist Critique. Lecture.

 Of Lambs and Limbs: A Proposed Preaching Series on Ecological Justice, Year A, Fall. Workshop

The Theology of Nature in Reformation Theology and Protestant Orthodoxy. Lecture


Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology

Primary sponsor of memorial to the ELCA Churchwide Assembly calling for divestment from fossil fuels.  Motion passed by Upper Susquehanna Synod Assembly, June 2015.

Primary sponsor of memorial to the ELCA Churchwide Assembly and resolution to the Upper Susquehanna Synod Assembly calling for integration of Eco-Reformation into the 500th Anniversary commemoration of the Reformation.  Motions passed, June 2015.

Community organizer and spokesperson for the Tire Burner Team, a group of community activists and grassroots citizens who successfully defeated a proposed tire incinerator in White Deer Township, Union County, PA; May 2013 – January 2014.

Representative for Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Pennsylvania (LAMPa) and the ELCA, testifying in favor of the EPA’s Clean Air proposal for coal plants, July 31, 2014.

Bishop-appointed task group on fracking, USS, January 2013 – June 2014.

Primary author of three resolutions on slickwater horizontal hydraulic fracturing for Upper Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA; one calling for formation of synod task force; one calling for ELCA to establish task force; one for the synod to call for a statewide moratorium; all three passed; June, 2012.

Let All Creation Praise website contributor; May 2012 – present;

Trained workshop leader for Lutherans Restoring Creation, training congregations for starting care-of-creation teams and programs.

Over 60 radio, television and newspaper interviews and features covering topics such as: EPA Clean Air proposal, shale gas extraction, tire burner opposition, Creation care


Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work

Website for Creation-Crisis

My blog: (sermons, essays, movie and book reviews and ecotheological reflections); September 2012-present; over 45,000 hits as of August 2015. 


Reference/Testimony or link to biographical profile.

Featured in The Lutheran Magazine, “Restoring Creation with Faith,” Mary Birdsong, April 2015

Lutherans Restoring Creation:

Climate Stew podcast profile and interview:;


Summary Quote from Speaker

“I am committed to helping people learn how to do their part to care for God’s Creation and support eco-justice issues. We need to put in place the strongest protections possible to defend public health, the fragile atmosphere of our planet, and the communities that will bear the costs and suffering from our addiction to fossil fuels. As a homiletician, I realize that preaching “good news” in the face of environmental devastation, the climate crisis and extreme energy extraction can be overwhelming for pastors and congregations alike. The temptation is to either preach legalistically about “saving the earth” or to wait passively for a messianic solution. I seek to navigate through this double-bind by proposing ways to preach sermons that address environmental issues with forthrightness and imagination. I’m interested in discovering how to interweave both a prophetic and a pastoral voice on behalf of the ecological crises of our time, all the while proclaiming God’s activity of redeeming, restoring, and resurrecting the Earth community.  At the same time, I am committed to living into the public theology of the church to be a moral and ethical voice at the table of community discernment. In my advocacy and activism, I believe that the issue of the climate-crisis will bring us together across lines of religion, culture, race, gender, politics, age, and economic level. When we creatively discern the vision of hope together, and follow through with the work that needs to be done, there is great potential for healing and new life.”      The Rev. Dr. Leah D Schade

Schrader, Glenn L  (Prof. Dr.)

5254 W. Saguaro Cliffs Dr.

Tucson, AZ  85745

(520) 647-9863


Current Position/Vocation/Location

Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona; former Research Dean for College of Engineering and Department Chair; Organizational Chair for International Congresses on Sustainable Science and Engineering (host of 2011 meeting in Tucson); former Program Manager for various sustainability programs at the National Science Foundation, Washington D.C.; prior faculty member at Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory USDOE


Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       Over 100 technical publications and 250 presentations at professional meetings and university locations (searchable on scientific data bases or see UA websites)

·       Coursework (undergraduate and graduate) on sustainability (especially energy, water, and mining resources) and professional ethics available through the University of Arizona

·       E-course on engineering sustainable designs and processing (to be available through the University of Arizona or other educational non-profit organizations)


Workshops, Lectures, Topics

·       Water Ethics for Today:  Two Kingdoms for One Environment?

·       God’s Law/Man’s Rule:  A Meditation on Psalm 19

·       The God Who Will Sustain You – Who’s Willing?


Current Personal/Public Activity Relating to Ecology

CEO of Southwest Water Technology Cluster (H2OSTREAM) [five universities and EPA].

Organizer of symposia and workshops on the nexus of faith and science/technology for sustainability.

Interfaith “sustainability council actions” in Arizona (Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church) and New Mexico.

Lecturing and collaborative interactions with universities, companies (water utilities and users), governmental agencies (EPA and NSF), and advocacy groups (watershed organizations, etc.).


Summary Quote from Speaker

The world’s impending environmental catastrophes require a fundamental change in human response.  The fractured patching of technical and scientific solutions will no longer be able to fully mitigate these enormous challenges:  fundamental shifts in human behavior to emphasis values, justice and cultural adaptation are essential.  Will this be possible without a faith-inspired appreciation of the environment God has provided?

Stewart, Benjamin M (Dr.)

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago  

1100 E. 55th St.

Chicago, Il 60615   (773) 256-0769


Current Position/Vocation/Location

Gordon A. Braatz Associate Professor of Worship and Director of Advanced Studies, The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Convener, Ecology and Liturgy Seminar, The North American Academy of Liturgy


Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       A Watered Garden: Christian Worship and Earth's Ecology. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress (2011)

·       The Place of Earth in Lutheran Funeral Rites: Mapping the Current Terrain.” Dialog 53, no. 2 (June 1, 2014): 118–26. 

·       A Forgotten Body of Knowledge? The Earth as Tutor in Prayer. Let’s Talk: Living Theology in the Metropolitan Chicago Synod. Volume 18, no. 2 (Easter 2013)

·       “Baptismal Water in Lutheran Worship and on the Earth: A Living, Sacramental Landscape” in Eco-Lutheranism: Lutheran Perspectives on Ecology, edited by Shauna Hannen and Karla Bohmbach. Minneapolis: Lutheran University Press, 2013 87–99

·       Edited volume: Liturgy 27.2, theme issue on Liturgy and Ecology, February 2012,

·       Committed to the Earth: Ecotheological Dimensions of Christian Burial Practices.” Liturgy 27.2 (February 2012).

·       "Water in Worship: The Ecology of Baptism," The Christian Century 8 Feb. 2011 v. 128 n. 3.


Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

Liturgical times and seasons: a sacramental approach to creation. Presentation

Natural burial as a spiritual practice. Presentation

Beginning a natural burial ministry. Workshop

Baptism and a Christian Spirituality of Water. Presentation

Praying with the Natural World. Presentations for children and adults


Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work

twitter: @bstewLSTC


Biographical profile


Summary Quote from Speaker

“Rather than knowing the earth as the ecologically unchanging "ground floor" of the entire cosmos (one-half of the universe), we are now coming to know the earth as it actually is. The earth is a relatively small living creature, in many ways like us: fragile, created good, in need of healing, part of a living community, alive, and mortal.”  Benjamin M Stewart, from  A Watered Garden: Christian Worship and Earth's Ecology

Vigen, Aana Marie                                                                                          

Loyola University Chicago

Dept. of Theology, Crown 309

1032 W. Sheridan Road

Chicago, IL 60660

(773) 508-2342 Office


Current Position/Vocation/Location

Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Loyola University Chicago


Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       “For the Health of All: Human & Ecological Well-Being.” Invited chapter. In Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril, edited by James Martin-Schramm and Lisa E. Dahill, Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, Forthcoming, Fall 2016.

·       “Living and Dying: Ethical Challenges in Health Care and Bioethics.” Invited chapter. In Religious and Ethical Perspectives for the Twenty-First Century, edited by Paul Myhre. Anselm Press, 2013: 88-111.

·       “Loving God and the Neighbor: Protestant Insights for Prevention and Treatment.” Invited chapter.  In Prevention vs. Treatment:  What’s the Right Balance?, edited by Halley Faust and Paul T. Menzel.  Oxford University Press, 2012: 312-341.

·       “Pre-4th Fireworks: Stanley Cup, Voting, Marriage, and a President’s Plan for the Climate.” Invited Guest Blog Post, June 27, 2013 (226 views), online:

·       “Farming in Hell’—the New Normal?” Op Ed written with Nancy C. Tuchman. Sojourners Magazine 41, Number 10 (November 2012): 10-11; online:

·       Ethnography as Christian Theology and Ethics.  Co-authored/edited with Christian Scharen. London: formerly Continuum/T&T Clark now Bloomsbury, 2011.

·       God, Science, Sex, Gender: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Christian Ethics.  Co-edited with Patricia Beattie Jung.  Champaign, IL: University of IL Press, 2010.

·       Women, Ethics, and Inequality in US Healthcare: “To Count Among the Living”.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006; revised paperback ed. 2011.

·       “‘Heal the Sick’: Why Public Health Care is a Christian Duty.” Op Ed.  (July 15, 2009): online:


Related Workshop/Lecture/Presentation/Keynote Titles

A Lutheran Responding to Pope Francis and his Urgent Call to Action on Climate. (Public Presentation 2015)

Embodying Justice:  Fighting for Health, Healing, & Hope. (Keynote, 2014 Lutheran Studies Conference, Pacific

Lutheran University)

U.S. Healthcare Inequalities: The Moral Claim They Make on People of Faith. (Keynote, Trinity Lutheran

Seminary, Columbus, OH 2007)

God, Suffering, and Human Health/Healthcare. (Weeklong Workshop/Continuing Ed. Series, Christikon, an ELCA Camp 2014)

Authentic Discipleship. (Sermon 2014)

The Ugly Face of Inequality in Health & the Beauty of Daring to Do Something about It. (Presentation for

Undergraduates 2013)

A Mediation on What Matters. (Presentation for Undergraduates 2013)

How a ‘Curious Garden’ Grows. (Sermon 2012)


Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work


Summary Quote from Speaker

“Climate Change is the scientific, economic, social, public health, educational, and justice of our time. There is no other ‘perfect storm’ that threatens our collective future the way it does.  Critical times like these—turning points in history—call for dynamic, hope-filled action.  And people of faith—across all vocations, political views, and life trajectories—have vital roles to play.  For my part, my vocation as a Christian and as a public scholar is rooted in two aims:  First to elucidate the integral relationships connecting human and ecological well-being/suffering; and 

Waldkoenig, Gilson

Gettysburg Seminary

61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325

(717) 338-3029  Office


Current Position/Vocation/Location

Professor of Church in Society, Gettysburg Seminary

Director, Town and Country Church Institute (TCCI)


Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       “Ecological Restoration and Scenes of Grace” in Journal of Lutheran Ethics 15:2 (Feb 2015).

·       "From Commodity to Community: Churches and the Land They Own," The Cresset LXXVII:5 (2013).

·       "Scenes and Means of Grace," Dialog: A Journal of Theology (Winter 2011).


Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

The Holy Earth, Rural Churches and Ecological Stewardship

Appalachia: Environment, Strife & Resilience

Outdoor Ministry, Environment and Post-Christian Society


Current Personal/Public Activity relating to ecology

GreenFaith Fellow, 2011

Faculty advisor to Gettysburg Seminary Green Task Force and sustainability efforts

Seminary Stewardship Alliance participant

Washington Theological Consortium, Certificate in Theology & Ecology, participating faculty

Organizer & teacher: “Environment & Religion in Northern Appalachia” immersion experience


Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work invitation to “Environment & Religion in Northern Appalachia” “Ecological Restoration & Scenes of Grace” presentation Washington Theological Consortium Certificate in Theology & Ecology Town and Country Church Institute (TCCI)


Summary Quote from Speaker

“I look at the life and ministry of the church in light of rural and environmental histories in hopes to spur critical assessment in mission, encourage respect for creation, and remind that Christ is present.”  Gilson Waldkoenig

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