Foreword: Helsinki Ambrosius Metropolitan
Contributions: Thomas Arentzen
Thomas Arentzen is a reader in church history and works as a researcher in Greek philology at Uppsala University and as a senior lecturer in Eastern Christian studies at Sankt Ignatios College, Stockholm School of Theology. He specializes in Byzantine literature and ecocriticism. Publications include The Virgin in Song: Mary and the Poetry of Romanos the Melodist (2017) and Byzantine Tree Life: Christianity and the Arboreal Imagination (2021), coauthored with Virginia Burrus and Glenn Peers.
Contributions: Spyridoula Athanasopoulou-Kypriou
Spyridoula Athanasopoulou-Kypriou holds a PhD in systematic theology from the University of Manchester. She is a research and teaching associate at the International Hellenic University, lecturing on Christian Orthodox feminist hermeneutics, and a trained psychotherapist. Her latest book is entitled Here and Now: Essays on Philosophical Theology Concerning Gaze, Sexuality, Desire and Other Issues [in Greek] (2020).
Contributions: Katerina Kocandrle Bauer
Kateřina Kočandrle Bauer, Th.D., is a senior researcher and lecturer in the Ecumenical Institute of the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University in Prague. She teaches systematic theology and Christian spirituality. She has written widely on Russian religious philosophy and anthropology within Orthodox theology, including the coauthored monographs The Ways of Orthodox Theology in the West (2015) and Wrestling with the Mind of the Fathers (2015).
Contributions: John Behr
John Behr is the Regius Professor of Humanity at the University of Aberdeen, previously having been at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, New York, where he also served as dean. His recent publications include an edition and translation of Origen’s On First Principles and a study of the Gospel of John.
Contributions: Davor Džalto
Davor Džalto is a professor of religion and democracy in the Department of Eastern Christian Studies at University College Stockholm. His research interests cover the fields of theology, social and political philosophy, and the theory and history of art. He is the author of numerous books, including Anarchy and the Kingdom of God, Art as Tautology, and The Human Work of Art.
Contributions: Susan Ashbrook Harvey
Susan Ashbrook Harvey is the Willard Prescott and Annie McClelland Smith Professor of Religion and History at Brown University. Among other publications, she is the author of Scenting Salvation: Ancient Christianity and the Olfactory Imagination (2006) and Song and Memory: Biblical Women in Syriac Tradition (2010), and coeditor with Margaret Mullett of Knowing Bodies, Passionate Souls: Sense Perception in Byzantium (2017).
Contributions: Michael Hjälm
Michael Hjälm is the dean of Sankt Ignatios College, Stockholm School of Theology. His field of studies is critical ecclesiology, where he makes use of a critical approach toward the practical aspects of the Church, developing theories for improving praxis. His most recent publication identifies the connection between the popular nationalist movements and the Russian Orthodox position on nationalism.
Contributions: Pantelis Kalaitzidis
Pantelis Kalaitzidis is the director of the Volos Academy for Theological Studies, a research center in Greece dealing with contemporary issues for Eastern Orthodoxy. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Academy of Religion (Bologna), and the chair (with Aristotle Papanikolaou) of the Political Theology group of the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA).
Contributions: Andrii Krawchuk
Andrii Krawchuk is professor emeritus and past president of the University of Sudbury, Canada. Author of Christian Social Ethics in Ukraine (1997) and coeditor of Eastern Orthodox Encounters of Identity and Otherness (2014) and Churches in the Ukrainian Crisis (2016), he is studying religious responses to the Maidan and the war in Ukraine.
Contributions: Aristotle Papanikolaou
Aristotle Papanikolaou is Professor of Theology, the Archbishop Demetrios Chair of Orthodox Theology and Culture, and the Co-Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University. He is also Senior Fellow at the Emory University Center for the Study of Law and Religion. He is the author of Being with God: Trinity, Apophaticism, and Divine-Human Communion, and The Mystical as Political: Democracy and Non-Radical Orthodoxy.
Contributions: Ashley M. Purpura
Ashley Purpura is Associate Professor of Religious Studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Purdue University.
Contributions: Richard René
Richard René is a PhD candidate at the University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. He serves in the Archdiocese of Canada of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). He is the Regional Chaplain, Pacific Region for Correctional Service Canada (CSC) and the director of St. Silas Orthodox Prison Mission.
Contributions: Bryce E. Rich
Bryce E. Rich holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Chicago. He has participated in six conferences on Orthodoxy and sexuality in Finland, Norway, and England.
Contributions: Ekaterini Tsalampouni
Ekaterini Tsalampouni is currently associate professor at the Faculty of Theology of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She teaches New Testament exegesis and theology. Her research focuses on the sociohistorical background of the New Testament, exegesis and theology of the Gospels and Pauline letters, ecological hermeneutics, and early Christianity.
Contributions: Dmitry Uzlaner
Dmitry Uzlaner is research fellow at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, Russia. The most recent of his books are The Postsecular Turn: How to Think about Religion in the Twenty-First Century (in Russian, Izdatel’stvo instituta gaiidara, 2020), The End of Religion? A History of the Theory of Secularization (in Russian, Higher School of Economics Press, 2019), and Contemporary Russian Conservatism: Problems, Paradoxes, and Perspectives (Brill, 2019, co-edited with Mikhail Suslov).
Contributions: Haralambos Ventis
Haralambos Ventis is an assistant professor of the philosophy of religion in the Department of Social Theology and Religious Studies at the Faculty of Theology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. He is the translator of Christos Yannaras’s early work Heidegger and the Areopagite: On the Absence and Ignorance of God (2005), as well as the author of The Reductive Veil: Post-Kantian Non-Representationalism versus Apophatic Realism (2005) and Eschatology and Otherness (2019).
Contributions: Gayle E. Woloschak
Gayle Woloschak is a professor of radiation oncology and associate dean of the Graduate School at Northwestern University. She has a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Toledo as well as a DM in in Eastern Christian studies from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Her interests are in evolution, molecular biology, and nanotechnology.