KEYNOTE AND PLENARY SPEAKERS
VIGEN GUORIAN - KEYNOTE
Vigen Guroian received his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1970 and his Ph.D. in Theology from Drew University in 1978. He began his teaching career at the University of Virginia as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies from 1978-81 at which time he also held a post in the Center for Russian and East European Studies. He taught at Loyola University in Maryland from 1981-2008. From 1986-2001, Dr. Guroian was a member of the faculty of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University. He has been a visiting lecturer at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, New York for many years, and was the Seminary’s Director of Academic Affairs from 1990-92. Dr. Guroian has authored ten books and has contributed nearly two hundred articles to books, journals, encyclopedias, magazines, and newspapers. His books include Incarnate Love: Essays in Orthodox Ethics (1987), Ethics After Christendom: Toward an Ecclesial Christian Ethic (1994), Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child’s Moral Imagination (1998), Inheriting Paradise: Meditations on Gardening (1999), Rallying the Really Human Things: Moral Imagination in Politics, Literature & Everyday Life (2005), The Fragrance of God (2006), and The Melody of Faith: Theology in an Orthodox Key (2010). He presently is completing a book for Oxford University Press on marriage, titled Of One Flesh: An Orthodox View on the Meaning and Future of Marriage. Dr. Guroian has served on numerous editorial boards including The Journal of Religious Ethics, Pro Ecclesia: A Journal of Catholic and Evangelical Theology, and Christian Bio-Ethics. He has served terms on the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics and the executive committees of the American Theological Society and Christians Associated for Relations with Eastern Europe. He has been active in both the National Council of Churches and in the World Council of Churches. He has served for many years as an advisor to the Armenian Religious Education Council of the Prelacy of the Armenian Church of America. He is Senior Fellow of the Center on Law and Religion of Emory University, Distinguished Fellow of the John Jay Institute, Permanent Senior Fellow of the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum, and an ongoing Fellow of the Wilberforce Forum under the Prison Fellowship Ministries founded by the honorable Chuck Colson. He is Professor of Religious Studies in Orthodox Christianity at the University of Virginia and the recipient of the University of Virginia Student Council Distinguished Teaching Award for 2010-2011. His wife June Vranian works as an Interior Designer. They have two grown children, Rafi and Victoria. June and Vigen live in Culpeper, Virginia on five acres of rolling countryside where they enjoy tending their large perennial and vegetable gardens, keeping bees, and strolling down the wooded “Wordsworthian Walk” to Hungry Run.
MIKE AQUILINA - PLENARY & BREAKOUT
Mike Aquilina is the author of more than forty books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. He has hosted nine series on the Eternal Word Television Network and appears weekly on Sirius Radio’s “Sonrise Morning Show.” He and his wife Terri have been married for thirty years and are parents to six children.
HANS BOERSMA - PLENARY & BREAKOUT
Hans Boersma (Ph.D. University of Utrecht) is the J. I. Packer Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada, and this academic year he holds the Danforth Visiting Chair in Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. Before coming to Regent College in 2005, Hans taught for six years at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. He also served several years as a pastor in a Reformed church. Hans’s most recent book is Embodiment and Virtue in Gregory of Nyssa: An Anagogical Approach (Oxford University Press, 2013). He is also the author of Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry (Eerdmans, 2011). Together with Matthew Levering he recently edited the Oxford Handbook for Sacramental Theology (2015). This summer, Baker Academic will publish a book of Hans’s sermons under the title Sacramental Preaching: Sermons on the Hidden Presence of Christ. Also in the pike is a book on patristic exegesis, coming out next year with Baker Academic, which is tentatively titled Hidden Treasure: Sacramental Presence in Patristic Exegesis. Hans and his wife Linda live in Langley, BC, where they are members of Immanuel Christian Reformed Church.
ROD DREHER - PLENARY & BREAKOUT
Rod Dreher, senior editor, focuses on social and cultural conservatism, with a particular interest in religion in the public square. He has written and been editor for the New York Post, National Review, The Dallas Morning News, and other publications. Rod’s commentary has been widely published and broadcast. He is the author of three books, Crunchy Cons (2006), The Little Way of Ruthie Leming (2013), and How Dante Can Save Your Life (2015). He is currently working on a book on the Benedict Option. Rod writes from south Louisiana.
Anne Emmons was born in Denver, a third generation native of Colorado. She studied art, geology and art history, earning a BFA from CU Denver and an MFA from Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles. Her training includes study under acclaimed artists, including Bruce Herman, Mako Fujimura, Barry Krammes, Ed Knippers and iconographers Dimitri Andreyev, Irene Perez Omer and Mary Sullivan Coit. Emmons’ art has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Denver, Santa Fe, Washington, Massachusetts and Kansas, and owned in collections in the US, Switzerland, Algeria, Bosnia and Chile. She has worked as a college art instructor and studio workshop instructor in various adult and children’s art programs. She lives in Lakewood, CO, is active in the Denver art community, Christos Collective, and CIVA, and currently teaches upper school art at Golden View Classical Academy in Jefferson County, CO. Emmons’ artistic practice is grounded in drawing and painting. She works primarily in watercolor, egg tempera and gilding. Her studio practice evolved from painting to incorporate social interaction, performance and installation elements. Her thesis project, Incomplete Icons of Personhood, exhibited in 2010 and continuing, explores human personhood through the symbolic language of the icon, within the context of relationship roles within family, across cultures and temporal boundaries.
Russell Arben Fox is a professor of political science at Friends University, and the director of their Honors Program. He grew up milking cows by hand on a farm his family owned in Spokane, WA, and has maintained an attachment to agrarian subjects throughout his life. He studied political science and philosophy at Brigham Young University and Catholic University of America, receiving his Ph.D. in Politics from the latter in 2001. Since 2006 he and his family have lived in Wichita, where he has involved himself extensively in local media and political activities, as benefits his strong conviction that real justice and virtue emerges from local practices and governance. He is the husband of Melissa Madsen Fox, the father of four daughters and one foster daughter.
FR TERRY HEDRICK
In 1998 Terry Hedrick was ordained in the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church. Fr. Terry, Ph.D. (Durham University, UK) has been priest/pastor of Church of Resurrection Charismatic Episcopal Church in Wichita, KS since then. He has served as a priest/pastor in Wichita, with his wife Julie, for the last 35 years. He has been an adjunct instructor at Friends University since 1994. From 1975 to 1977 Fr. Terry taught at the Biblical Theological Institute in then Yugoslavia. From 1979 to 1981 Fr. Terry and Julie served together as missionaries in Belgium where they worked with university students. Along with undergraduate degrees, Fr. Terry has a Ph.D. in New Testament Theology from Durham University in England. Along with his responsibilities at Church of the Resurrection, Fr. Terry serves on a number of special commissions for the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church. Fr. Terry’s understanding of “Creation Care” has been influenced, among others, by Richard Bauchham, John Polkinghorn, N. T. Wright, and most recently by Pope Francis. Fr. Terry has two grown daughters, Tera Lee Hedrick, Ph.D. (Northwestern University, USA) and Jaimee Anne married to Phillip Gwost. He also has two granddaughters, the loves of his life, Evie Marie and Carley Anne.
James Lewis III received his Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Benedictine College and his Master’s in Theology from the University of Dallas. He currently teaches religion at Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School and is Adjunct Lecturer at Newman University. He and his family are small farmers and supply their Paradiso Products at the Kansas Grown Farmer's Market. Lewis is a Board Member of Westerman Foundation. He is the husband to a beautiful wife and the father of five.
BROTHER KAREL SOUKUP
Br. Karel Soukup, O.S.B. is Kansas native and monk of St. Benedict’s Abbey in Atchison, Kansas where he cares for the monastery grounds.