Cherice Bock lives in Oregon, on the traditional lands of the Kalapuya (now part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde). She is adjunct professor of ecotheology at Portland Seminary, and she works as the Creation Justice Advocate at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. She will be teaching in the theology department at University of Portland beginning in the fall of 2020.
In the 2018–2019 school year, she served as visiting professor of environmental studies at The Oregon Extension. Bock holds an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and an M.S. in environmental studies from Antioch University New England, and she is a Ph.D. candidate in environmental studies at Antioch University New England.
Bock edits the Barclay Press curriculum Illuminate, edits the environmental studies journal Whole Terrain, and curates web content for the watershed discipleship website, a ministry of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries. She enjoys growing and tending fruits, veggies, and chickens, hiking and camping in the mountains, and biking. She and her spouse enjoy spending time with their two children and the newest member of the family, an Australian shepherd named Kiona.
A recorded Quaker minister, Bock sees environmental concerns as one of this generation’s most important social justice issues. Her academic work focuses on nonviolent theology, Quakerism, contextual theologies, feminism, environmental justice, and ecotheology.
Her recent work includes Quakers, Creation Care, and Sustainability (2019), a co-edited volume with Stephen Potthoff, volume 6 in the Friends Association for Higher Education Quakers and the Disciplines series. Bock’s contributions to the volume include the essay, “Quakers & Creation Care: Potentials & Pitfalls for an Ecotheology of Friends,” and the co-authored essay, “’Do What You Do in the Wisdom of God’: Theological Resources for Quaker Ecological Action in the Writings of George Fox,” with Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser. Other publications include “Climatologists, Theologians, & Climate Change: Toward an Ecotheology of Critical Hope” (Cross Currents, March 2016), and “Watershed Discipleship: communicating climate change within a Christian framework, a case study analysis” in Handbook of Climate Change Communication (Springer, 2018).
Bock served as a scholar in residence at Reedwood Friends Church in 2017, and at Berkeley Friends Church’s Quaker Heritage Day in 2018, both on the topic of Quakers and creation care. In 2020, she offered the New England Yearly Meeting Bible Half-Hours on the topic: “A Quaker Ecology: Meditations on the Future of Friends.” She coordinated the George Fox community garden for five seasons. Bock was honored to serve as a 2015 Re:Generate Fellow at the Wake Forest School of Divinity‘s Food, Faith, & Religious Leadership Initiative, and as a 2016 GreenFaith Fellow. She received the 2016–2017 Horace Mann Spirit of Service Scholarship, and the Clarence & Lilly Pickett Endowment for Quaker Leadership (2005, 2018).
On this website you can find links to her published works, musings on the intersection of faith and life grounded in her bioregion of Cascadia, thoughts about her academic work, and further development of her ecotheology of critical hope.