Terra Schwerin Rowe, University of North Texas

1704 W Mulberry St # 225, Denton, TX 76201

Current Position/Vocation/Location

Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religion Dept, University of North Texas

Relevant Publications by Speaker

Response to Joerg Rieger and Annika Rieger on Working with Environmental Economists, in Hilda Koster and Enrst Conradie, eds., Christian Theology and Climate Change (T & T Clark, Handbook Series, forthcoming, 2019)

“Communicating a Protesting Protestant Heritage,” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 56 (Fall 2017): 279-289

“Feminist Responses to Luther,” “Liberalism,” and “Renaissance, Recent Luther,” in Mark Lamport, ed., Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)

“Grace in Intra-action,” in Entangled Worlds: Science, Religion, Materiality, ed. Mary-Jane Rubenstein (Fordham University Press, 2017)

Toward a Better Worldliness: Economy, Ecology, and the Protestant Tradition (Fortress Press, 2017)

“Grace and Climate Change: The Free Gift in Capitalism and Protestantism,” Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril, eds. Jim Martin-Schramm and Lisa Dahill, (Wipf and Stock, 2016)

Review of Timothy J. Wengert, The Annotated Luther: The Roots of Reform, in “Reviews for Reading Religion,” Reviews for Reading Religion, AAR online, July, 2016

Review of Kirisi I. Stjerna, The Annotated Luther: Word and Faith, in “Reviews for Reading Religion,” Reviews for Reading Religion, AAR online, July, 2016

“Communicating Grace.” Currents in Theology and Mission 43:4 (2016): 22-26

“Protestant Ghosts and Spirits of Capitalism: Ecology, Economy, and the Reformation Tradition,” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 55.1 (2016): 50-61

“Freedom Is Not Free?: Posthumanist, Ecological Reflections on Christian Freedom and Responsibility,” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 54:1 (Spring 2015): 61-71

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

Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

“Grace and Climate Change: Ecology, Economy, and the Protestant Tradition,” invited speaker, Wesleyan College, Macon, GA, Oct. 24, 2017

“Embodied Christian Freedom: Martin Luther’s Freedom of a Christian in the 21st Century,” invited plenary speaker, Embodied Freedom: Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Through Exploring the Intersections between Christian Freedom and Personal, Social and Global Bodies, Minneapolis, MN, June 2017

“Luther’s communicatio idiomatum as Political Agency and Economic Ethics: An Alternative to the neoliberal homo oeconomicus,” Luther from the Subaltern: The Alternative Luther Conference, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkley, CA, March 2017

Introduction to “Climate Change, Race, and Food: Forging a Just Future,” continuing education event, Metro NY Synod, ELCA, May 2016

Climate Change and Grace: Trials and Promises,” lecture, Clergy Continuing Education Retreat, Metropolitan New York Synod, ELCA, April 2016

“Congregations and Laudato Si,” workshop, Clergy Continuing Education Retreat, Metropolitan New York Synod, ELCA, April 2016

“Disorientation and Envelopment: An Aesthetic Interpretation of Luther’s ‘Freedom of a Christian,’” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, Nov. 2015

“Luther on the Self: An Ecofeminist Perspective,” Luther from the Subaltern: The Alternative Luther Conference, Aarhus University, Denmark, Oct. 29-31, 2015

“The Protestant Mystic and the Ubiquitous Body of Christ,” guest lecturer, Union Seminary, Brigitte Kahl seminar, “Galatians: Justifying, Greening, and Queering Paul,” November, 2015

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

“Ecofeminism and the ‘Free Gift,’” Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization, Claremont, CA, June, 2015

“Outside In, Inside Out: Lutheran Identity and Pedagogy,” Lutheran Women in Theological and Religious Studies, AAR affiliated meeting, San Diego, CA, Nov., 2014

“A ‘Better Worldliness’: Mobilizing the Faith Community for Climate Change Mitigation,” Ways of Knowing, Graduate Conference, Harvard Divinity School, Oct., 2014

“The Possibility of Grace and Intra-action,” presentation, Student Session, Entangled Worlds: Science, Religion, and Materiality, Thirteenth Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium (TTC), Drew University, Madison, NJ, Mar., 2014

“Communicating Grace,” presentation, Lutheran Women in Theological and Religious Studies, AAR/SBL, Nov., 2013

“The Animality of God,” presentation, Student Session, Divinanimality: Creaturely Theology, Eleventh TTC, Drew University, Madison, NJ, Sept., 2011,

Respondent, First International Congress of Ecstatic Naturalism, Drew University, Madison, NJ, Apr., 2011

“John Muir’s Aesth/ethics: A Postmodern, Postcolonial Interpretation of Muir, Wilderness Preservation, and the Transcendent in Nature,” presentation, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 2010

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

previous Board of Directors, NY Interfaith Power and Light

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

previous committee member, Environmental Stewardship Committee of Metro NY Synod

previous 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. Inspired by and informed by these concerns I started a trans-congregational, 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 Schwerin Rowe