THIS THURSDAY (May 12, 7pm EST), join us for the first in a series of conversations about the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine, with Dr. Gayle Woloschak (Northwestern University), Rev. Dr. Cyril Hovorun (Sankt Ignatios Theological Academy) and Katrina Straker (IOCC).
Over the next several weeks, we’ll approach this topic from a historical, political, theological and humanitarian perspective, with the goal of helping our viewers understand the situation, and how they can respond. We encourage viewers to stay tuned, stay informed, and keep all those suffering in your prayers.
Gayle Woloschak is Professor of Radiation Oncology and Associate Dean of Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Programs at Northwestern University. She received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Univ of Toledo, did post-doctoral training at the Mayo Clinic and has worked at Argonne National Laboratory before moving to Northwestern. Her areas of research include radiation effects including those related to nuclear reactor accidents. She also has a DMin from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary focusing on Eastern Christian studies with a science-religion focus.
Archimandrite Cyril Hovorun is a Professor of Ecclesiology, International Relations, and Ecumenism at Sankt Ignatios Theological Academy.
He is originally from Ukraine, where he first began his studies in theoretical physics before moving to the study of theology at the theological seminary and academy in Kyiv. He continued theological education at the National and Kapodistiran University of Athens and Durham University in the United Kingdom, where he defended his PhD under the supervision of Prof Fr Andrew Louth. The topic of his thesis was related to the post-Chalcedonian Christology.
Fr. Hovorun taught theology in a number of confessional and public institutions, including theological academies in Kyiv, Moscow, Minsk, National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” in Kyiv, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and others. He was a research fellow at Yale and Columbia Universities in the United States, a visiting professor at the University of Münster and international fellow at Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta in Canada. He has been invited to lecture in over fifty institutions globally, including University of Heidelberg (Germany), Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam), University of Oxford, Chinese University of Hong Kong, St Joseph University (Macau), Taiwan Theological College and Seminary, Peking University (China), Princeton Theological Seminary, University of Manitoba (Canada), Harvard University, Yale University, University of Munich, University of Iceland, Columbia University, University of Toronto, Myanmar Institute of Theology, University of Eastern Karelia (Finland), LCC International University (Lithuania), Institute of Philosophy and Social Theory (Serbia), Dartmouth College (USA), and others.
He holds membership of a number of professional associations, including American Academy of Religion, European Academy of Religion, Association for the Sociology of Religion, International Association of Patristic Studies, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, North American Patristics Society, International Academic Forum (IAFOR) in Japan, Ukrainian Patristic Society (as its president since 2019), Research Network for New Directions in the Humanities, International Society for Neoplatonic Studies.
Katrina Straker joined IOCC in 2016 as Director of Development and Communications. She leads the marketing, communications, outreach, and fundraising teams, who work to share IOCC’s worldwide efforts to assist people facing hardship and disasters. A New Jersey native, Katrina graduated from Thomas Edison State University with a BA in English and began her career with Lutheran Social Ministries, first in congregational outreach and then in program delivery. After many years in direct service, she moved into nonprofit fundraising, working as a grant writer at Liberty Lutheran Services in Pennsylvania and at Twin Oaks Community Services in New Jersey. Katrina made the move to Baltimore to help build the fundraising program at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, and later worked with the Girl Scouts of Maryland leading their fundraising, marketing, and communication teams. Katrina and her husband live in Greater Baltimore with their two beautiful boys.