How Then Shall We Live? Eco-Justice Event

Manifesting Lives of Eco-justice, Faith, and Love

Trinity will host two days of presentations focused on eco-justice with guests Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, associate professor of theology and religious studies at Seattle University and author of Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation, and Johan Berg, a 1981 Trinity graduate and certified GreenFaith coach. The event will also include workshops led by Bergh, Lisa Dahill, associate professor of worship and Christian spirituality at Trinity, and others.


Early bird discount: If you register by March 3, cost is $60 for the full program plus lunch; or $50 for the Monday presentations and workshops only.

After March 3, cost for the event is $75 for the full program, including lunch on Monday; or $60 for the Monday presentations and workshops only.

You can register online here. (Scroll down to "Eco-Justice Event")

Or send checks made out to "TLS" with "Eco-Justice" in the memo to: Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Attn: Steve Smith, 2199 East Main Street, Columbus, OH 43209.

Questions? Email Steve Smith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 614-384-4661.

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10:00 a.m. Community worship
10:45 a.m. First presentation: "Haunting Contradiction: God's Beloved as Un-creators" - Cynthia Moe-Lobeda
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Workshops [Johan Bergh's workshop is entitled, "Earth Matters: Living into the EE Vocation of Love by Getting Our Voice, Doing Something that Matters and Maintaining our Balance for the Long Haul!"; Lisa Dahill's workshop is entitled, "Prayer Indoors and Out: Christian Worship and the Life of the World"; Sara Ward's workshop is entitled, “Stewardship of Creation in Congregational Life.”]
3:00 p.m. Coffee break
3:30 p.m. Second presentation: "Seeds of Hope and Moral Power for Resisting Structural Evil" - Cynthia Moe-Lobeda  
5:00 p.m. Book signing at Steeple People Bookstore with Cynthia
Dinner on your own


8:30 a.m.  Workshops repeated
10:00 a.m. Morning worship
10:45 p.m. Third presentation: "Earth Matters: The Foundation for a Missional Congregation and an Environment Ethic" - Johan Bergh
12:15 p.m. Event concludes

Description of Presentations

Cynthia Moe-Lobeda Presentation One - Haunting Contradiction:  God’s Beloved as Uncreators

The people of God are called to receive and trust God’s gracious and indominatable love, and then to breath that love into the world by loving neighbor as God loves.  What does this mean for the world’s high consumers if – inadvertently – we are, through climate change, threatening Earth’s God-given capacity to generate life as we know and love it?

Cynthia Moe-Lobeda Presentation Two - Seeds of Hope and Moral Power for Resisting Structural Evil

Facing the realities of environmental degradation and its life-threatening impacts on the world’s most vulnerable peoples can be devastating and can produce both despair and moral inertia.  What are the keys to facing these realities with profound hope and a sense of moral power born of faith in the God whom Jesus loved?

Johan Bergh Plenary Session - Earth Matters: The Foundation for a Missional Congregation and an Environmental Ethic

1.       Basics in Congregational Mission/Vision/Beliefs/Values and the way we live out of foundation/function/form in a healthy and vibrant manner.

2.       How a congregation can build/grow disciples who claim name and claim vocation.

3.       What does the ecological-economic vocation of love look like in discipleship training?

Speakers/Workshop leaders include:

moe-lobeda-cynthiaCynthia 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 and environmental racism, globalization, moral agency, public church, and eco-feminist theology. She is the author of Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation (Fortress, 2013), Public Church: For the Life of the World (Fortress, 2004), Healing a Broken World: Globalization and God (Fortress, 2002), and numerous articles and chapters. She is co-author of Saint Francis and the Foolishness of God (Orbis, 1993), Say to this Mountain: Mark's Story of Discipleship (Orbis, 1996), and the forthcoming The Bible and Ethics: A New Conversation (Fortress). Dr. Moe-Lobeda was appointed theological consultant to the Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, and has served as a health worker/church worker in Honduras and as director of the Washington, D.C. office of Augsburg College’s Center for Global Education. She holds a doctoral degree in Christian Ethics from Union Theological Seminary, affiliated with Columbia University, and is on the faculty of Seattle University.

Johan-Bergh-photoThe Rev. Dr. Johan Bergh is a rostered leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and serves as Pastor of St. Philip Lutheran Church, Mt. Dora, Florida. He also serves as Lutherans Restoring Creation Coach ( for the Greenfaith Certification Program.

As an ELCA Certified Coach and Coach Mentor, ( he coaches ELCA Mission Developers and Interim Pastors and mentors ELCA Coach-In-Training rostered leaders. He currently serves as Coaching Ministry Coordinator for the Florida-Bahamas Synod and serves on the ELCA Churchwide Coaching Ministry Team as well as a level II Natural Church Development Coach.

Johan’s specialty, applied through coaching as a particular skill set in leadership development, is working with individuals and organizations to “get traction, to move from ‘A’ to ‘B’ and accomplish what God is calling them to be and do!” His passion is developing disciples with an environmental ethic and building authentic community. He earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 2006 with a concentration in Discipleship and Leadership (M.Div., Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, 1981). His Bachelor of Science, Natural Resources, Environmental Interpretation (The Ohio State University) degree provides an environmental studies background for his current work as a GreenFaith Fellow (

dahill lisaLisa Dahill is associate professor of worship and Christian spirituality at Trinity Lutheran Seminary. She has published numerous books and articles, which you can see on her faculty page here. She graduated with her B.A. from Gustavas Adolphus College in 1985; earned her M.Div. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1990; and has a Ph.D. from Graduate Theological Union, 2001. She served in the pastorate in Readlyn, Iowa, from 1990-93, and was interim pastor in Charles City, Iowa, from 1993-94.

Dahill served as Adjunct Professor/Lecturer at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, 1997-2001, 2003-05; Adjunct Professor, Santa Clara University, 2002-05; Research Scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2001-05; Assistant Professor of Worship and Christian Spirituality, Trinity, 2005-10; and Associate Professor of Worship and Christian Spirituality, 2010-Present.

Her areas of expertise include the Theology and Spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Lutheran Spirituality; Practices of Contemplative Prayer; Worship and the Arts Religion; and Ecological Spirituality and Liturgy.

ward-saraSara Ward serves as the chair of the First English Lutheran Church, Columbus Green Team. She also has served as the Chair of the Southern Ohio Synod Earthkeeping Task Force and is presently the Director of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light, the statewide arm of the national organization dedicated to energy conservation and efficiency among faith-based organizations. First English is the first Energy Star Congregation in the State of Ohio and was a City of Columbus Green Spot award winner in 2010. Ward’s workshop will address “Stewardship of Creation in Congregational Life.”