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Pan-Orthodoxy in North America: Towards a Local Church

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Tony Alonso
Loyola Marymount University

Tony Alonso (B.A. Northwestern University, M.A. Loyola Marymount University) is one of the most prominent voices in contemporary liturgical music. His music reflects an understanding of the multicultural needs of the contemporary Church as well as a commitment to strong ritual music. In addition to several published collections of liturgical music, Tony’s music appears in numerous compilations and hymnals throughout North America. In addition to his passion for sung prayer, Tony has a deep interest in engaging young people in the life and liturgy of the Church. He has authored several books on liturgy for youth and youth ministers with Saint Mary’s Press (Winona, Minnesota). Tony currently serves as the Director of Music for the Campus Ministry Team at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

Radu Bordeianu
Duquesne University

Radu Bordeianu is an Orthodox priest who teaches at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He is the President of the Orthodox Theological Society in America and the Director of Duquesne’s Annual Holy Spirit Lecture. He is the author of a monograph entitled, Dumitru Staniloae: An Ecumenical Ecclesiology (T&T Clark 2011). His research focuses on ecumenical ecclesiologies (relationship between the Trinity and the Church, local and universal, clergy and laity), especially in the context of the dialogue between the Orthodox and Catholic traditions. He has also published on the theology of creation, ecological issues, iconography, trinitarian theology, and spirituality.

Peter Bouteneff
St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary

Dr. Peter Bouteneff teaches courses in theology, patristics, and spirituality at the seminary, where he is Associate Professor in Systematic Theology and Director of Institutional Assessment. After taking a degree in music in 1983 he lived and worked in Japan, and traveled widely in Asia and Greece. He has an M.Div. from the seminary and a doctorate from Oxford University, where he studied under Bishop Kallistos Ware. He has worked for many years in theological dialogue, notably as Executive Secretary for Faith and Order at the World Council of Churches, and has written extensively on Orthodox relations with other churches and with the WCC. His theological interests include Christ, the Church, and the human person, but as a great fan of music and cinema he is also committed to exploring the connections between theology and popular culture, and regularly offers a course on religious themes in film. He conceived of and edits the popular "Foundations" series for SVS Press, to which he has contributed a volume on "dogma and truth" called Sweeter than Honey. His most recent book is Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives, published by Baker Academic Press. He also has a podcast on Ancient Faith Radio, Sweeter than Honey.

Francine Cardman
Boston College

Dr. Francine Cardman did her undergraduate work at Swarthmore College (B.A.) and her graduate studies at Yale University (M.Phil, Ph.D.) where she specialized in historical theology and early Christianity, writing a dissertation on Tertullian and the resurrection of the body. She has taught at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, and now at the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College. She is a past-president of the North American Academy of Ecumenists, has served on the Eastern Orthodox/Roman Catholic Consultation in the United States, has been a board member and vice-president of NETWORK, the Catholic social justice lobby in Washington, DC, and was a founding member and long-time board member of the Women’s Theological Center in Boston.

Will Cohen
University of Scranton

Dr. Will Cohen was educated at Brown University (BA, 1988), St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (MDiv, 2002), and The Catholic University of America (PhD, 2010). His doctoral dissertation, The Concept of “Sister Churches” in Catholic-Orthodox Relations since Vatican II, examines such issues as primacy and conciliarity, the meaning of “subsists in,” and mutual recognition of sacraments in the context of schism. He has published articles and reviews in Ecclesiology, Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, and Pro Ecclesia. He is an Assistant Professor of theology at the University of Scranton and lives in Scranton, PA with his wife and two children.

Adam DeVille
University of Saint Francis

Adam DeVille, assistant professor of theology at the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana, is editor of the trilingual international scholarly revue, Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies. He is the author of Orthodoxy and the Roman Papacy (2011) and the forthcoming Sexual Differentiation and the Christian East: Sources Ancient and Modern (T&T Clark, 2013); as well as over 100 articles and reviews in journals in Europe and North America. He is currently preparing a collection of scholarly articles on the encounter between Eastern Christianity and Islam, which Routledge Press is reviewing for publication.

Michael Horan
Loyola Marymount University

Dr. Michael Horan is Professor of Religious Education and Pastoral Theology at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, where he currently serves as Special Assistant to the Academic Vice President to facilitate the implementation of a new university-wide core curriculum. He served recently as Department Chair of Theological Studies at LMU and previously in that post at Iona College in New York. Michael holds a Ph.D. in Religious Education from the Catholic University of America, and has ministered to youth and young adults in high schools and college campuses in New York and Washington, D.C. He holds a special interest in the preparation of lay ministers for leadership in the Catholic church. Michael is an author of two works on the General Directory for Catechesis and has published many articles and book chapters. He is a contributing author of Blest Are We, the parish and school religious education series published by RCL Benziger. Michael has served as a Director on the Board of Directors of St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo, California, and as the academic representative on representative council of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership. Michael and his wife, Patricia Fiedler, live in Marina del Rey, California, and they are members of Saint Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica.

Alice Hughes

Alice Hughes is a co-founder of PSALM and the Liturgical Singing Seminar, which has been hosting annual conferences since 1994. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Pacific in Music Education with a choral emphasis and a Masters in Education from Bethany University. She serves as co-director at St. Lawrence Orthodox Church in Felton, California. Ms. Hughes has been directing choral music and teaching voice since 1981. She is the Visual and Performing Arts Chair and Director of Choral Music at Pacific Collegiate. She also works as a vocal coach, musical director, and performer for several theater companies. Ms. Hughes is a partner in Seraphim Six Productions, which is dedicated to producing fine recordings and sheet music of Orthodox liturgical music in English.

Justin Mathews
FOCUS North America

Fr. Justin Mathews holds a Business Degree from Belmont University, in Nashville, TN, with a minor in audio engineering and production. He went on to earn his Masters in Divinity at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Scarsdale, NY. Fr. Justin was ordained a priest of the Orthodox Church in America in October 2006. He currently serves as Associate Priest at St. Mary of Egypt Serbian Orthodox Church in the inner city of Kansas City, MO. In March 2009, Rev. Justin Mathews was hired as the founding Executive Director and CEO of FOCUS North America. Working primarily in the areas of Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding, and Shelter, FOCUS North America (the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve) exists to share the love of Christ with our neighbors who are hungry, thirsty, naked, sick, strangers, and in prison here in North America (Matt. 25:34-6). He also served for five years as Vice President of Ministry Communications in Development for the Nashville Rescue Mission and later as the Executive Director of the Heartland Orthodox Christian Council in Kansas City.

Michael Plekon
Baruch College of the City University of New York

Dr. Michael Plekon is professor in the department of Sociology/Anthropology and in the Program in Religion and Culture, of which he is the coordinator, at Baruch College of the City University of New York. His undergraduate work was at The Catholic University of America, and his graduate work at Rutgers University, under Peter L. Berger. He has been a Lutheran World Fellowship and Fulbright scholar, and held fellowships for study abroad from NEH and ACLS. He has published a trilogy on persons of faith and holiness in our time: Living Icons, Hidden Holiness, and Saints As They Really Are (Notre Dame Press), and has edited and translated a number of other volumes, along with numerous articles, book chapters and essays. He is a priest of the Orthodox Church in America, attached to to St. Gregory the Theologian Church in Wappingers Falls, NY.


Susan Wood
Marquette University

Susan K. Wood, SCL, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas is professor and chair of the Department of Theology at Marquette University. She received her doctorate in systematic theology from Marquette University. Very active in ecumenical work, she serves on the U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, the U. S. Roman Catholic-Orthodox Theological Consultation, the conversation between the Roman Catholic Church and the Baptist World Alliance, and the International Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue. She has also participated in consultations on baptism, theological anthropology, and the nature and purpose of ecumenical dialogue sponsored by Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches and the Joint Working Group. She is an associate editor of Pro Ecclesia and serves on the editorial advisory board of the journal Ecclesiology. Most of her writing explores the connections between ecclesiology and sacramental theology. In addition to numerous articles, she has published Spiritual Exegesis and the Church in the Theology of Henri de Lubac (Eerdmans, 1998), Sacramental Orders (The Liturgical Press, 2000), which has also been translated into Spanish, and One Baptism: Ecumenical Dimensions of the Doctrine of Baptism (The Liturgical Press, 2009). She is the editor of Ordering the Baptismal Priesthood (The Liturgical Press, 2003). Her present project is a study of the relationship between the permanent diaconate and lay ecclesial ministry.