Ideologies of War and Theologies of Healing: Ukraine one year later

Feb 23, 2023
Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture
1025 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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Borys GudziakArcheparchy of Philadelphia; Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the USA

Elizabeth ProdromouBoston College

Perry HamalisNorth Central College

Gayle E. WoloschakNorthwestern University



This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact This event is co-presented with Fordham University's Orthodox Christian Studies Center, and co-sponsored by the Sheptysky Institute of Eastern Christian StudiesCommonweal Magazine, America Media, the University of Chicago's Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion, the Three Hierarchs Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and CNEWA

One year later, the war in Ukraine has risen and fallen in the news cycle but remains an ever-pressing issue in Europe and abroad. Scholars, pundits, and public figures have done much to diagnose the ideological engines that drive the conflict, yet even the most careful public reflection fails to grasp the interrelationship between the religious and cultural forces in play. Just as religion has been weaponized in this geopolitical conflict, so too can it be wielded to tend to these wounds. This panel turns to Church leaders, international relations experts, scientists, and scholars fluent in the traditions of the Christian East common to Russia and Ukraine—to explore principles that can aid in the just-peacemaking and the healing of trauma inflicted by the war.

Join us for this panel discussion featuring Metropolitan Borys Gudziak (Ukrainian Archeparchy of Philadelphia), Elizabeth Prodromou (Boston College), Perry Hamalis (North Central College), and Gayle Woloschak (Northwestern University). The event will be followed by a reception.

The Most Rev. Borys Gudziak (Ph.D. Harvard University, S.E.O.L Pontifical Oriental Institute) is Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia. He also is currently chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. Metropolitan Gudziak also serves as a member of the Permanent Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and as a head of the Department of External Church Relations. Before being appointed to the Archeparchy of Philadelphia, he served as bishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, and Switzerland. He has spoken and written widely concerning theology, education, and political, cultural, and religious affairs. He is author of Crisis and Reform: The Kyivan Metropolitanate, the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the Genesis of the Union of Brest (Harvard University Press, 1998), as well as numerous articles in European and North American academic journals. Metropolitan Gudziak has played an integral role in reviving the Ukrainian Catholic Church following the collapse of the Soviet Union, including helping to re-establish the Ukrainian Catholic University, eventually serving as its rector from 2002-2013, and as its President starting in 2013. He is the recipient of the Antonovych Prize (2006), the Jan Nowak-Jezioranski Award (2016), and the Notre Dame Award, presented by the University of Notre Dame (2019). In 2022 he received an honorary doctorate from Notre Dame and served as its commencement speaker. He was made a Knight of the French Legion of Honor in 2015.

Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou is Visiting Scholar in the International Studies Program at Boston College and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. Her research interests and policy work focus on the intersections of geopolitics, religion, and human rights, with particular focus on the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East. Prodromou served a diplomatic appointment on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (2004-2012), and she was also a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Religion & Foreign Policy Working Group (2011-2015). The author of two edited volumes, many book chapters, and widely published in academic journals, her most recent publication deals with Russian influence-building through religious soft power, in The Kremlin Playbook 3: Keeping the Faith. She has taught at Tufts University, Boston University, and Princeton University, and she was a consultant member of the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church (2016). She holds a Ph.D. and an S.M. in political science from MIT. She is married to Dr. Alexandros Kyrou, and they are happy parents to their daughter, Sophia.

Perry Hamalis holds the Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion endowed chair at North Central College. He holds a B.A. from Boston College, a master of divinity degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and a PhD from the University of Chicago. Hamalis teaches and pursues scholarship in the field of Religious Ethics, with special interest in the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition, virtue ethics, and the intersection of religion and political philosophy. His works have been published in Studies in Christian Ethics, the Journal of Religion, the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, the Greek Orthodox Theological Review, and in numerous encyclopedias; and he has contributed essays to edited volumes including The Orthodox Christian World, Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration, and Thinking Through Faith. His forthcoming monograph, Formed by Death: Insights for Ethics from Eastern Orthodox Christianity, will be published by University of Notre Dame Press.

Gayle E. Woloschak is Professor of Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and Cell and Molecular Biology in the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. Dr. Woloschak received her BS in Biological Sciences, from Youngstown State University and a PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Toledo. She did her postdoctoral training at the Mayo Clinic, and then moved to Argonne National Laboratory until 2001. Her scientific interests are predominantly in the areas of Molecular Biology. Radiation Biology, and Nanotechnology studies, and she has authored over 200 papers.  She is a member of the US delegation to the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation. She also holds a DMin from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Eastern Christian Studies and is adjunct faculty at Lutheran School of Theology, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary. Her area of interest is science-religion dialogue. She is President of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine Psychology and Religion, past President of the Orthodox Theological Society of America, Vice-President of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center Board, and a member of the Board of Orthodox Christian Laity.