Presenters

Ephraim Radner, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

Ephraim Radner is a priest in the Episcopal Church and currently serves as professor of historical theology at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. Raised in Berkeley, California, Dr. Radner studied music and art history at Dartmouth College before going to seminary at Yale University.  His Ph.D., also from Yale, is in theology.  Following ordination and work in Burundi (East Africa), he served congregations in Brooklyn, Cleveland, New Haven, Stamford, and Pueblo. He has taught at Yale University and Iliff Seminary, as well as at the Episcopal seminary in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He has written and edited several books, including The End of the Church (about how the Holy Spirit works in Church division), Spirit and Nature (about how the Holy Spirit is an intrinsically disputed actor), Hope Among the Fragments (how we live in a divided Church), and a theological commentary on Leviticus.

Katherine Sonderegger, Virginia Theological Seminary

Kate Sonderegger is a priest in the Episcopal Church and currently serves as William Meade Chair in Systematic Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary. She completed her Ph.D. at Brown University in 1990. She previously earned a D.Min. and STM from Yale and a A.B. in medieval studies from Smith College.Before joining the faculty at VTS, she served on faculties at Middlebury College and Bangor Theological Seminary. She is the author of That Jesus Christ Was Born a Jew: Karl Barth’s “Doctrine of Israel” (University Park: Penn State Press, 1992).Dr. Sonderegger is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Kampen-Princeton Barth Consultation, Karl Barth Society of North America; American Theological Society, Society for the Study of Theology, and since 2004 has been the co-chair for the Reformed Theology executive committee.

Ruth Meyers, Church Divinity School of the Pacific

Ruth Meyers is a priest of the Episcopal Church and currently serves as Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics at Church Divinity School of the Pacific.  A native of New Jersey, she earned her undergraduate degree in special education at Syracuse University and taught at the elementary school level for five years. She earned her M.Div. from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and her MA and Ph.D. in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Meyers began teaching liturgy at CDSP in 2009 after 14 years on the faculty at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois. In 2012 CDSP appointed her dean of academic affairs. Currently an assisting priest at All Souls Episcopal Parish in Berkeley, she has also served in the Dioceses of Western North Carolina, Western Michigan, and Chicago. From 2015-2018 she was appointed to the Episcopal Church Task Force on the Study of Marriage, and in 2018 she served as Vice Chair of the House of Deputies Special Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation and Convener of the subcommittee on theology and language.

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The Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal, Bishop of Southern Ohio, Chair of the HOB Theology Committee

The ninth and current bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, Thomas E. Breidenthal earned a B.A. from Portland State University and an M. A. in English Literature from the University of Victoria. He received his M.Div. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in 1981. Ordained a deacon in 1981 and a priest in 1982, he has pastored or assisted congregations in Oregon, Oxford, England and New York, as well as serving as a high school chaplain. Breidenthal studied at Oxford University as an Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow, where he received the Doctor of Philosophy in Theology. From 1992 through 2001 he was the John Henry Hobart Professor of Christian Ethics and Moral Theology at The General Theological Seminary in New York City. For the following five years he was the Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel at Princeton University. He was elected ninth bishop of Southern Ohio in November 2006, and consecrated on April 28, 2007. Breidenthal is the author of two books (Christian Households and Sacred Unions) and numerous articles. He serves on the boards of Kenyon College, Bexley-Seabury Seminary, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and has been involved throughout his ministry in civic engagement and ecumenical and interfaith dialogue.

Liza Anderson, College of St. Scholasica

Liza Anderson is a historical theologian who currently serves as assistant professor of theology at the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She received her PhD from Yale University in 2016, and also holds degrees in religion and theology from Swarthmore College, Trinity College Dublin, and Harvard Divinity School. She has previously taught at Claremont School of Theology, the Ukrainian Catholic University, Episcopal Divinity School, and Saint Peter’s Seminary in Iraq. Liza specializes in the histories and theologies of ancient and medieval Christianity outside of Europe, and is currently writing a monograph on the experience of abandonment by God in Christian ascetical theology. She is a lay member of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council and a previous member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music.

Jonathan Y. Tan, Case Western Reserve University

Trained as a liturgical and systematic theologian, as well as a church musician, Jonathan Tan currently holds the Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Professor of Catholic Studies at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and divides his time between Cleveland and Cincinnati. Growing up in Malaysia and Singapore, Dr. Tan read Law at the National University of Singapore Law School and practiced as a corporate attorney before pursuing a MA in Liturgics from the Graduate Theological Union where he studied with John Baldovin, SJ at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and Dr. Louis Weil at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. His PhD, from the Catholic University of America, focuses on theology and culture with subfields in liturgical theology, missiology, and Asian theologies. Before coming to Case Western Reserve University, he previously taught at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and Australian Catholic University in Sydney, Australia. He is the author of Introducing Asian American Theologies (Orbis, 2008) and Christian Mission among the Peoples of Asia (Orbis, 2014) and numerous essays on Asian and Asian American Christianities, missiology, migration, ecumenism, interreligious dialogue, and liturgics, including “Beyond Sacrosanctum Concilium: The Future of Liturgical Renewal in the Asian Catholic Church” (Studia Liturgica, 2014). He also edited Michael Amaladoss’ Interreligious Encounters: Opportunities and Challenges (Orbis, 2017) and co-edited World Christianity: Perspectives and Insights (Orbis, 2016) and Theological Reflections on the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). In the areas of liturgy and music, he began as organ scholar and subsequently assistant organist at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in Singapore, and served in various capacities as organist and music director at various Episcopal parishes in California and Ohio, including playing for chapel services in the All Saints Chapel of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific as a graduate student organist. Since 2016, he is the organist and director of music at the Church of Our Saviour/La Iglesia de Nuestro Salvador, a bilingual Spanish/English, multiethnic, and multicultural Episcopal parish in the inner city neighborhood of Mount Auburn in Cincinnati, Ohio, which serves a majority Latinx immigrant/refugee community with significant African American and LGBTIQ presence in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.