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 curates 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. 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.

Her written 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). 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

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, …

Published | Friends Journal article with Damon Motz-Storey

Friend Damon Motz-Storey and I have both been involved in climate justice organizing and advocacy in Oregon for the last few years in different organizations. We got together and wrote an article about our experiences advocating, organizing, and taking to the streets to participate in activist pressure and community building in Oregon. The article is …

Blog

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, …

Published | Friends Journal article with Damon Motz-Storey

Friend Damon Motz-Storey and I have both been involved in climate justice organizing and advocacy in Oregon for the last few years in different organizations. We got together and wrote an article about our experiences advocating, organizing, and taking to the streets to participate in activist pressure and community building in Oregon. The article is …