Ryan McAnnally-Linz is a doctoral student in Theology at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He holds an MA in Religion from Yale Divinity School. His research interests include the use of scripture in Christian theology, political theologies, eschatology, and contemporary Latin American religion.
Stephen Butler Murray
Stephen Butler Murray is Dean of the College and Associate Professor of Theology at Barrytown College on the Hudson, the American Baptist Chaplain to Harvard University, and Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Boston, Massachusetts. In higher education, he previously served as the chaplain and on the faculty at Endicott College, Skidmore College, and Suffolk University, and in parish ministry has served as the pastor of American Baptist, Congregationalist, Lutheran, and Presbyterian churches in Massachusetts and New York. He received his Ph.D. in systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and is the former Managing Editor of The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue. He has published books in the fields of the history of Christian thought and homiletics, and is editing upcoming volumes on inter-religious dialogue and God in popular culture.
Robert Cummings Neville
Robert Cummings Neville writes and teaches in the fields of philosophy, religious studies, and systematic theology. Dean Neville was dean of the Boston University School of Theology from 1988 to 2003. Then he was dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University from 2003 to 2006. He was executive director of the Danielsen Institute from 2005 to 2009. He has taught at Yale University, Fordham University, Wesleyan University (part-time), SUNY Purchase, and SUNY Stony Brook as well as Boston University. The past president of the American Academy of Religion, Dean Neville is also past president of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, the Metaphysical Society of America, and the Association of United Methodist Theological Schools.
John T. Pawlikowski is a Servite priest and Professor of Social Ethics at the Catholic Theological Union, at the University of Chicago. He is a founding member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, having been appointed by Jimmy Carter in 1980. Reappointed to the Council by President George Bush and President Bill Clinton, he currently chairs the Council’s Subcommittee on Church Relations and serves on its Executive Committee, Committee on Conscience, and Academic Committee. Father Pawlkikowski is the author of 10 books, including Catechetics and Christ, Sinai and the Calvary, The Challenge of the Holocaust for Christian Theology, Christ in the Light of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue, and Jesus and the Theology of Israel. He has contributed to a number of volumes focusing on interreligious dialogue and reflection of remembrance. He is the editor of New Theology Review, and a member of the editorial boards of other journals. Father Pawlikowski is a member of the Advisory Committee on Catholic-Jewish Relations, National Conference of Catholic Bishops. He serves of the National Advisory Council of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences; is Vice President, the American Association for Polish-Jewish Studies; Co-chair, National Polish-American/Jewish-American Council; and Advisory Committee member, Polish Studies Program, Indiana University. His awards include the Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Award for Distinguished Contributions to Religion; the Distinguished Service Award from the American Jewish Committee (Chicago); the “Person of the Year Award” from the Polish Council of Christians and Jews (Warsaw); the Nostra Aetate Award from the Archdiocese of Chicago; and the Army Cross of Merit for Distinguished Service to the Polish Nation and from the Republic of Poland.
Mme Jacqueline Rouge
Honorary President of Religions for Peace, Mme Rougé was born in Marseille, France in 1931. From 1953 to 1960, she was a personal assistant to President Robert Schuman of France, “the Father of Europe”. From 1980 to 1986, she was Vice-President of Pax Christi International, the Roman Catholic Movement for Peace, she sat on the Board of the French Chapter of Pax Christi and represented Pax Christi at UNESCO. In 1980 she was one of the founders and the first chairperson of the French Chapter of the World Conference for Religion and Peace. In 1984 she became one of nine Presidents of WCRP, elected to fill the seat reserved for a Roman Catholic and Western European. She held this position until 1994 when she was elected Honorary President. Since 1995 she has been a member of the board of WCRP France and acted as permanent representative of WCRP International at UNESCO. She contributed to the creation of the European Council of Religious Leaders (ECRL) and continues as an adviser to that Council.
Jacqueline Rougé is a member of the board of the Robert Schuman Institute for Europe.
From 1996 to 2001 she chaired the International Catholic Center for UNESCO.
Piotr Sikora is a philosopher and a Christian theologian. He obtained PhD from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. From 2002 to 2009 he taught theology at Pontifical Theological Academy in Krakow. Since 2009 has been an associate professor of philosophy of religion and interreligious dialogue at Jesuit University “Ignatianum” in Krakow. His academic research focuses on religious epistemology (particularly: the epistemic status of religious discourse, questions concerning possibilities and constraints of intercultural and interreligious mutual understanding, and mystical experience) and ontology (especially the question concerning realistic vs. anti-realistic interpretation of religious discourse). He has published several papers and two books. The first book (S?owa i zbawienie – Words and Salvation) concerns religious discourse in the perspective of the philosophy of Hilary Putnam, the second one (Logos niepoj?ty – The Incomprehensible Logos) – Christology and divine revelation in the perspective of Christian apophatic tradition. For over twenty years he has been practicing Christian meditative prayer. Since 2006 he has been a member of Krakow Group of Christian Meditation which belongs to The Lubin Community of Christian Meditation Groups (the federation of Christian meditation groups connected with The Centre of Christian Meditation at the Benedictine Monastery in Lubin, Poland). He is married and has three children.
The Right Reverend Wolfgang Schmidt, Propst of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem, responsible for the pastoral care of the Protestant parish German language in Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan and the EKD pastors abroad.
Philip Sheldrake is Senior Research Fellow in the Cambridge Theological Federation and also Honorary Professor of the University of Wales. Philip was a member of the Jesuits (Catholic religious order) for many years and was educated at Heythrop Pontifical Athenaeum, University of Oxford and University of London. He holds degrees in philosophy & modern history and postgraduate degrees in theology and religious history. His Oxford research degree was on historical theory and the study of spirituality. Philip was previously Director, Institute of Spirituality, Heythrop College University of London (1984-92), Lecturer in Christian History & Spirituality in the Cambridge Theological Federation (1992-97), Vice-Principal/Academic Director Sarum College (1998-2002), Leech Professor of Applied Theology Durham University (2003-2008) and Joseph Visiting Professor at Boston College MA (2008-2009). Philip’s current research interests are in the study of Christian spirituality, public theology and interfaith. He was Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge 1999-2000 and is a past-President of the international Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. He has written or edited eleven books. His current writing project is a book on “the idea of the city in Judaeo-Christian thought”. He is also helping to set up a Cambridge project to help local faith leaders make effective contributions in the public realm. Philip is involved internationally in Christian ecumenism and interreligious dialogue. He has worked in editing and publishing since 1981 including formerly as Chair of SCM Press.
Bishop William Shomali
Most Rev. William H. Shomali – Auxiliary Bishop and Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine. Born May 15 , 1959 in Beit Sahour, Palestine; ordained Priest June 24, 1972; appointed Bishop March 29, 2010 and ordained on May 27, 2010 in Bethlehem.
Marc Cheb Sun
Marc was born in 1958 in the suburbs of Paris, and is of Italian-Egyptian origin. From a young age he found himself rejected from French society, and although he was interested in literature, at 14 years of age, his school recommended that he study mechanics. Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Marc went to Berlin to learn German for two years. During this time, he joined the anti-racist movement created in the wake of violent attacks on foreigners. It was then that he began writing in the German press, and created the magazine DIPIPOL, which dealt with acts of violence against foreigners. Many years after his return to France, Marc became more active in his efforts to use journalism to discuss crucial social issues. After launching Respect to much acclaim, Marc was appointed on the board of directors of the Agence Nationale pour la Cohésion Sociale et l’Egalité des Chances (ACSE). In 2007, he was appointed to the Commission du Fonds “images de la diversité” created after the 2005 riots. Marc Cheb Sun has initiated media campaigns, including the development of Respect Magazine and Dynamique Diversité, to generate and implement new practices with respect to diversity for individuals as well as in firms and institutions throughout France.
Stephen Whitefield Sykes
Stephen Whitefield Sykes studied at St John’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 1961. He was ordained deacon in 1964 and priest in 1965. After ordination he was appointed as a lecturer in divinity at Cambridge University and the dean (responsible for the chapel) of his alma mater, St John’s College, Cambridge. In 1974 he was appointed as the Van Mildert Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham and became a residentiary canon of Durham Cathedral. In 1985 he returned to Cambridge to take up the chair of Regius Professor of Divinity and was given a corresponding canonry at Ely Cathedral. He served as curate in St John the Evangelist’s Church, Cambridge, from 1985 to 1990. On 2 May 1990, he was consecrated as the Bishop of Ely. He stepped down from this position on 1 September 1999 and returned to education, becoming the principal of St John’s College, Durham, a position he held until his retirement in 2006. From 1991 he was a member of the Doctrine Commission of the Church of England and became its Chairman in 1996.
John J. Thatamanil is Associate Professor of Theology and World Religions at Union Theological Seminary in New York. His areas of research include comparative theology and theologies of religious pluralism. Specifically, he writes on Hindu-Christian Dialogue and Buddhist-Christian Dialogue. His first book on Hindu-Christian dialogue is The Immanent Divine: God, Creation and the Human Predicament.
He is currently at work on a second book provisionally entitledReligious Diversity After Religion: Reimagining Theologies of Religious Pluralism. He is Chair of the American Academy of Religion’s Theological Education Steering Committee and the Project Director of the AAR/Luce Summer Seminars on Theologies of Religious Pluralism and Comparative Theology. Born and raised in the Mar Thoma Syrian Church of South India, John is currently a member of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Chapel at Vanderbilt and an aspiring albeit infrequent practitioner of vipassana.
William Thompson-Uberuaga (William M.Thompson) is the author of 8 important books on Jesus and the editor of many more. He has contributed to numerous anthologies and written dozens of academic articles.
His Ph.D. is from University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, 1973. After an academic career, in 2015 he entered into the priesthood of the Episcopal Church.
Johann Marie Vento
Johann Marie Vento is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies and Theology at Georgian Court University. Her research interests include theologies of the body, the relationship between feminist theology and political theology, Mysticism and advocacy theologies and theologies of suffering as they relate to violence against women.
Miroslav Volf is currently the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University Divinity School and Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. He has been a member in both the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Evangelical Church in Croatia. He is widely known for his works on systematic theology, ethics, conflict resolution, and peace-making. He studied at Evangelical-Theological Faculty, Zagreb (B.A), Fuller Theological Seminary (M.A) in Pasadena, California, and University of Tübingen (Dr. Theol., Dr. Theol. habil.), where he studied under Jürgen Moltmann. His book “Exclusion and Embrace”, was selected as among the 100 best religious books of the 20th Century by Christianity Today.
Timothy Martin Wright
Third son of a family of four boys… three became monks… Timothy is the third, so could be accused of lacking originality in choice of career! Attended boarding school at Ampleforth – Yorkshire UK. The first three joined Ampleforth Abbey. After initial formation, Timothy was sent to Oxford to read Geography in order to teach in the school. That completed, he then did a theology course through University of London, BD after which was ordained priest. For 25 years he was a teacher at Ampleforth, being at different times, Head of Religious Studies, which led to work on new syllabuses for the country, (They have public exams in UK at 16 and 18 years and Religious Studies is a recognized subject. Timothy spent some time constructing and examining and inspecting !) He also became a resident ‘Housemaster’ ie responsible for boys from 13-18, about 60 in total… which brought its own demands and pressures. In his later years, he was also Deputy Headmaster and then Fund Raiser… In 1997 Timothy was elected Abbot over his community of over 90 monks, tenth largest then of all Benedictine communities in the world, had 14 resident parishes in UK, a house of studies as part of the University of Oxford (St Benet’s Hall) a foundation in Zimbabwe as well as responsibility for our schools, pastoral centre, farm and everything in sight at Ampleforth. He retired in 2005.