Inga Leonova is a practicing architect, writer, and educator. She teaches a course on Monotheism, Culture, and Sacred Space at the Boston Architectural College, and serves as a thesis advisor at the New England School of Art and Design. She is the author of several publications on Orthodoxy and cultural issues, including liturgical architecture and ecology.
Joseph Clarke is an assistant professor of architectural history at the University of Toronto. He holds a PhD from Yale University and is currently writing a book on the development of acoustics in European architecture. His scholarship has been supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Getty Research Institute, and the Deutscher Akademiker Austausch Dienst.
Katherine Kelaidis is Resident Scholar at the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago. She is a professional historian, trained at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of London.
Gregory Tucker is a theologian and historian of early and Byzantine Christianity. His primary field of research is Byzantine liturgy and he is currently working on a theological analysis of Middle Byzantine hymnography. He also works more broadly in the areas of Eastern Orthodox theology, liturgical arts, and ecumenism.
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The Very Reverend Robert M. Arida is Rector and Dean of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral (OCA) in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Some of his published and unpublished articles and essays can be found on the HTOC website at www.holytrinityorthodox.org.
Sergei Chapnin was Managing Editor of the Journal of the Moscow Patriarchate until December 2015. From 2010–2014, he served as secretary for the Commission of the Moscow Patriarchate on Church, State, and Society. He is one of the founders of the Church Builders Guild and leads several projects on ecclesial arts as a board member, publisher, and editor.
The Reverend Dr. John Chryssavgis is an author and theologian who serves as Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and theological advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch. He is a clergyman of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Born in Australia, he graduated from Athens University and the University of Oxford. He has published over thirty books and numerous articles in several languages.
Nancy Forest is a Dutch-English literary translator. American by birth, she has been living in the Netherlands since 1982 along with her husband, Jim Forest. The couple have six children and ten grandchildren. In 1988 they became communicants in the Orthodox Church and are members of the parish of St. Nicholas of Myra in Amsterdam, which is under the Moscow Patriarchate. She translates both fiction and non-fiction books, and she has also done a great deal of translation work for the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. She has also translated art catalogues for various Dutch museums, including two for the Kröller-Müller Museum on the paintings and drawings of Vincent van Gogh.
Jim Forest is the author of biographies of Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, and Daniel Berrigan, as well as books on pilgrimage, the basic teachings of Jesus, religious imagery, and overcoming enmity. A co-worker of Dorothy Day, he was a managing editor of The Catholic Worker. Earlier in his life, before joining the Catholic Worker staff in New York, he worked as a meteorologist with a Navy unit at the US Weather Bureau; he was given an early discharge from the military as a conscientious objector. Protesting the war in Vietnam, in 1969–70 he spent a year in prison after participating in the destruction of draft files in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1977 he was appointed General Secretary of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (in Holland). He is a Reader in the Orthodox Church and international secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship.
The Very Reverend Dr. Cyril Hovorun is Expert and Contributor at Encyclopedia Britannica, Associate Dean of St. Ignatios Theological Academy (Sweden), Director of Research at the Institute of Theological Studies at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine), and Acting Director of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute at Loyola Marymount University (USA). From 2007 to 2009, he chaired the Department of External Relations of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. From 2009 to 2011, he was the first Deputy Chairman of the Educational Committee of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Dr. Pantelis Kalaitzidis has for the last fourteen years been the Director of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies. He has been a Visiting Scholar and Visiting Research Fellow at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Boston; Princeton Theological Seminary; and Princeton University. He teaches Systematic Theology at the Hellenic Open University (Thessaloniki), and at the St. Sergius Institute of Orthodox Theology in Paris (as Visiting Professor). His latest book, Orthodoxy and Political Theology, has been published by WCC Publications (Geneva, 2012). He has a rich editorial activity, being the editor of many collected volumes (mainly proceedings from the Volos Academy’s conferences), while at the same time serving as the editor of the English-speaking theological series “Doxa & Praxis: Exploring Orthodox Theology” (WCC Publications).
The Very Reverend Dr. Andrew Louth is Professor Emeritus of Patristic and Byzantine Theology, University of Durham, and from 2010–2014 was the first Visiting Professor of Eastern Orthodox Theology at the Amsterdam Centre for Eastern Orthodox Theology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His latest book, Modern Orthodox Thinkers: From the Philokalia to the Present, was published in 2015.
Dr. Gayle E. Woloschak is currently Professor of Radiation Oncology at Northwestern University in Chicago and Adjunct Professor of Religion and Science at the Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, and at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Toledo (Medical College of Ohio) and a DMin in Eastern Christian Studies from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Her laboratory interests include molecular biology, radiation biology, and nano-biotechnology, and her science-religion fields include biological evolution, stem cell research, and ecology.