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

Thursday, February 23 | 5:00 PM C.T.

Swift Hall (1025 E. 58th St), 3rd Floor 

Panel Discussion| Q &A | Reception


This event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

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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. 

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 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. Click here for more info. 


This event is co-presented with the Sheptysky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, and co-sponsored by Fordham University's Orthodox Christian Studies Center, the University of Chicago's Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion and CNEWA.


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. 

Gayle E. Woloschak is Professor of Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and Cell and Molecular Biology in the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. She is a member of the US delegation to the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation. She holds a DMin from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Eastern Christian Studies.  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.

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. Prodromou served a diplomatic appointment on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (2004-2012), and was also a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Religion & Foreign Policy Working Group (2011-2015). She was a consultant member of the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church (2016). 

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.