About

Cherice Bock lives in Oregon, on the lands of the Kalapuya (now part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde). She is adjunct professor of ecotheology at Portland Seminary, and she leads Oregon Interfaith Power & Light at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. She began teaching in the theology department at University of Portland 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, edited the environmental studies journal Whole Terrain for three volumes, and curated web content for the watershed discipleship website, a ministry of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries. She is the co-chair for the Quaker Theological Discussion group and is the social media editor for Quaker Religious Thought.

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. Bock has served as a scholar in residence and annual sessions speaker at a number of Friends meetings and yearly meetings on the topics of climate justice and ecotheology, including New England Yearly Meeting, North Pacific Yearly Meeting, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Western Yearly Meeting, Berkley Friends Church’s Quaker Heritage Day, and Reedwood Friends Church’s Center for Christian Studies. Links to these talks can be found on the Videos page and throughout the Blog posts. She has also led courses with Pendle Hill and Woodbrooke Quaker study centers. As leader of Oregon Interfaith Power & Light, Bock has given sermons, lectures, and workshops and served on panels or led events with a number of faith communities, interfaith groups, denominations, and environmental organizations.

Her written work includes the books: A Quaker Ecology: Meditations on the Future of Friends (2022), Quakers, Creation Care, and Sustainability (2019, a co-edited volume with Stephen Potthoff), and several book chapters and journal articles such as, “Climatologists, Theologians, & Climate Change: Toward an Ecotheology of Critical Hope” (Cross Currents, March 2016), “Watershed Discipleship: communicating climate change within a Christian framework, a case study analysis” in Handbook of Climate Change Communication (Springer, 2018), “Watershed Discipleship” in An Ecotopian Lexicon (2019), “Quaker Spirituality,” in Protestant Spiritual Traditions, vol. 2, “Quaker Pneumatology,” in T&T Clark Handbook of Pneumatology, Bloomsbury Companions Series, and “Faith Communities as Hubs for Climate Resilience,” The Encyclopedia for Urban & Regional Futures. See Publications & Presentations page for a full list.

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). She coordinated the George Fox community garden for five seasons. Cherice enjoys growing and tending fruits, veggies, and chickens, hiking and camping in the mountains, and biking. She lives with her spouse, their two children, and their dog, Kiona.

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.

Blog

Published | A Quaker Ecology: Meditations on the Future of Friends

In 2020, I gave five talks as the “Bible half-hour” presenter for New England Yearly Meeting’s annual sessions. NEYM asked me to put these talks together into a book, and I’m excited to announce that it is now available for pre-order, with an official release date of December 22, 2022! A Quaker Ecology: Meditations on …

Western YM | Quaker Lecture: “Better Together with the Community of Creation”

I had the opportunity to give the Quaker Lecture at Western Yearly Meeting in July 2022. The topic was, “Better Together with the Community of Creation,” going along with their yearly meeting theme, “Better Together in Christ.” In this lecture, I gave a bit of background on why climate justice is something Friends need to …

Pendle Hill lecture | Friends and Sabbath in the Time of Climate Change, August 1, 2022

Join me tomorrow, August 1, 2022, for the First Monday Lecture at Pendle Hill. I’ll be sharing on the topics: “Friends and Sabbath in the Time of Climate Change.” The event will be on Zoom at 7:30pm Eastern (4:30pm Pacific), and it’s free to register and attend. Practicing the Sabbath, one of the Ten Commandments, …

Blog

Published | A Quaker Ecology: Meditations on the Future of Friends

In 2020, I gave five talks as the “Bible half-hour” presenter for New England Yearly Meeting’s annual sessions. NEYM asked me to put these talks together into a book, and I’m excited to announce that it is now available for pre-order, with an official release date of December 22, 2022! A Quaker Ecology: Meditations on …

Western YM | Quaker Lecture: “Better Together with the Community of Creation”

I had the opportunity to give the Quaker Lecture at Western Yearly Meeting in July 2022. The topic was, “Better Together with the Community of Creation,” going along with their yearly meeting theme, “Better Together in Christ.” In this lecture, I gave a bit of background on why climate justice is something Friends need to …

Pendle Hill lecture | Friends and Sabbath in the Time of Climate Change, August 1, 2022

Join me tomorrow, August 1, 2022, for the First Monday Lecture at Pendle Hill. I’ll be sharing on the topics: “Friends and Sabbath in the Time of Climate Change.” The event will be on Zoom at 7:30pm Eastern (4:30pm Pacific), and it’s free to register and attend. Practicing the Sabbath, one of the Ten Commandments, …