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Christian Leaders

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Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev, Russia

Archbishop Alfeyev is the Chairman of the Inter-Christian Affairs of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate. He is the author of 250 publications including 30 books in six languages. He holds a doctoral degree in philosophy from Oxford and a doctorate in theology from St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris. Archbishop Alfeyev is an accomplished musician, whose religious oratorios have been performed in Rome, Moscow and other venues. He is the former Bishop of Vienna and Austria, and was elevated to the dignity of Archbishop in April 2009.

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Turkey

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is the 270th successor to the Apostle Andrew and spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide. Since ascending the Ecumenical Throne on November 2nd, 1991, he has tirelessly pursued the vision of his enthronement message - spiritual revival, Orthodox unity, Christian reconciliation, interfaith tolerance and coexistence, protection of the environment and a world united in peace, justice, solidarity and love.
His Holiness is represented on the Steering Commitee of Elijah Institute through Metropolitan Nikitas Lulias.

His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas Lulias, USA

His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas (Lulias) of Dardanellia was the inaugural Metropolitan of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia and is now serving as Director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute. Metropolitan Nikitas Lulias is the permanent representative of Patriarch Bartholomew to the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders.

 

 

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Prior Isabelle Flye-Saintmarie, Israel

Sr. Isabelle Flye Sainte Marie is prioress of the monastic family of Bethlehem, the Assumption of the Virgin and St. Bruno. The monastic family consists of 28 houses in 14 countries. The charateristic of this monastic family consists of a liturgical life, silence, solitude and fraternal communion in deep listening to the gospel.

 

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The Most Rev. Frank T. Griswold, Former Presiding Bishop, USA

Frank Griswold was elected to a nine-year term as Presiding Bishop at the 1997 General Convention and invested in January 1998. He serves as Primate and chief pastor of the Episcopal Church, president of the House of Bishops, president and chief executive officer of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, and president or chair of numerous Episcopal Church boards and agencies.

 

Katharine Henderson, USA

The Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson is President of Auburn Seminary, New York, a thinkact tank that combines research, education, media and movement building. Author of God's Troublemakers: How Women of Faith are Changing the World (Continuum, 2006), Henderson has pioneered programs for excellence in religious and progressive moral leadership in the public square. She is a bridge-builder between the Christian, Jewish and Muslim world and is particularly involved in debates around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She has spearheaded innovative educational programs including gathering young leaders from war-torn countries to practice conflict resolution and multifaith understanding (Face to Face/Faith to Faith). Henderson is a regular contributor to The Washington Post's "On Faith" forum and has appeared in outlets including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Crain's New York Business and NPR's On the Media.

 

Bishop Lennart Koskinen, Sweden

Lennart K. Koskinen is Bishop of Visby and the Church of Sweden overseas.  A student of eastern and western philosophy, Sanskrit and Greek, he received his PhD in theology in 1980, and has served as lecturer in philosophy of religion.  He has served as Dean of the Cathedral of Stockholm and assistant to the Bishop of Stockholm, where he was responsible for social-ethical questions, contacts with civil society and international dialogue.  He represented Archbishop K.G. Hammar at the First Meeting of the Board of World Religious Leaders.

 

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Cardinal Jorge Maria Mejia, Vatican

Jorge Maria Cardinal Mejia has served as Secretary of the College of Cardinals and Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church.  He has taught Sacred Scripture, Biblical Greek, Hebrew and Archeology, as well as serving as the Director of the Catholic Journal Criterio for over 20 years.  He received the red biretta and the deaconry of S. Girolama della Carita, in 2001.  Cardinal Mejia heads the Vatican delegation to the dialogue with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

 

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Patriarch Mesrob II, Turkey
 
Patriarch Mesrob II was elected the 84th Armenian Patriarch of Istanbul & All Turkey in 1998. Before his enthronement he served as Patriarchal Locum Tenens and Chairman of the Patriarchal Synod. He has taught Ecunmenical Theology at St. Thomas Aquinas University in Rome and Old Testament Studies at the Armenian Theological Seminary in Jerusalem.

 

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Archbishop Boutrous Mouallem, Israel

His Excellency Archbishop Boutrous Mouallem was ordained as Metropolite of Sao Paulo and all of Brazil in 1990. He was been appointed by Paul VI and later confirmed by John Paul II as the only Oriental Catholic member in the committee of the Catholic-Orthodox Theological dialogue. Archbishop Muallem has been active in many interfaith initiatives, including participating at the first International Christian-Jewish Conference in 1994. He was appointed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Galilee in 1998 and has published over 40 books in Arabic and Portuguese.

 

The Very Reverend June Osborne, England

June Osborne is the Dean of Salisbury and as such she is the most senior woman in the Church of England, the senior priest of the Salisbury Diocese and responsible for Salisbury Cathedral.  She has previously worked in parishes in some of the poorest urban areas of London and Birmingham and spent many years in different roles in the Church of England's General Synod.  She currently takes a particular interest in the Episcopal Church of the Sudan where she has responsibility for training their deans.  She is married to a barrister and has two children who are both at Oxford University.

 

 

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Bishop Vincentiu Grifoni, Romania

Bishop Vincentiu Grifoni is Bishop of the Diocese of Slobozia and Calarasi in Romania. His previous post was Assistant to the Patriarch-Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church.  He was formerly abbot of the Romanian Settlement in Jerusalem.  In 2000, he was named Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church.  He represented the Romanian Orthodox Church at different orthodox, ecumenical and interreligious meetings, symposiums and congresses.

 

Cardinal Telesphore Placidus Toppo, India

Telesphore Placidus Toppo is a Cardinal Priest and Archbishop of Ranchi in the Roman Catholic Church. He is the first Adivasi Indian to be created a Cardinal. Born the 8th of 10 children, Toppo studied at St. Xavier's College, Ranchi and Theology at the Urbanianum, Rome. After a stint at Torpa, as Headmaster of St Joseph's School and Director of the Lievens Vocational Center, Toppo was ordained bishop for the diocese of Dumka and soon tranferred to Ranchi as Archbishop. A polyglot, Toppo speaks Oraon, Hindi, Sadri, English, and Italian. Toppo was made Cardinal by Pope John Paul II on 21 October 2003. He is the current president of CBCI (Catholic Bishops' Conference of India).

 

Bishop Gali Bali, India

Bishop Bali is the Bishop of Gundur, India. He holds a doctoral degree in Theology. Prior to his Episcopal ordination in 1984, Bishop Bali was a Professor of Sacred Scriptures in St. John’s Regional Seminary in Hyderbad. He is a published author on the Church’s place in India. The Bishop is presently the Chairman of the CBCI Commission for Inter-Religious Dialogue and Desk for Ecumenism. Bishop Bali represents Cardinal Toppo.

 

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Austria

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn is an Austrian
Cardinal of the Catholic Church and theologian. He currently serves as the Archbishop of Vienna and President of the Austrian Bishops Conference. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 1998. Cardinal SchonbCardinal Christoph Schönborn is an Austrian Cardinal of the Catholic Church and theologian. He currently serves as the Archbishop of Vienna and President of the Austrian Bishops Conference. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 1998. Cardinal Schonborn is active in dialogue with the Orthodox Churches and has a keen interest in Jewish-Christian relations. He is an original thinker and often expresses fresh views on important public issues.orn is active in dialogue with the Orthodox Churches and has a keen interest in Jewish-Christian relations. He is an original thinker and often expresses fresh views on important public issues.

 

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Abbot Primate Notker Wolf OSB, Italy

Dr. Notker Wolf OSB is Titular head and first representative of the Benedictine Order, which consists of monasteries throughout the world of 8,500 men and 16,500 women. He is the Abbot of the Primatial Abbey of Sant'Anselmo, Rome and Grand Chancellor of the Pontifical College of Sant'Anselmo, Rome.