SPEAKERS



Alexander Filonenko is a philosopher and a theologian. He was born in 1968 in Kislovodsk, graduated from the physical technical faculty of Harkiv National University in 1993 and in 1996 defended PhD in philosophy. He is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Theory of Culture and Filosophy of the Department of Filosophy of Harkiv National university. He was a guest lecturer at Moscow Theological Biblical Institute and summer theological schools of Moscow, Kiev and Minsk. In 2004 he was an guest researcher at the Department of Theology of the University of Cambridge. He is author of numerous articles on the subjects of theology of vulnerability and theology of communion. He has organised international exhibitions dedicated to Metropolitan Antonii of Surozh and St Maria of Paris (Maria Skobtsova), popularising their legacy internationally.  

Renos K. Papadopoulos, Ph.D. is Professor and Director of the ‘Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees’ and of the 'MA/PhD in Refugee Care', and a member of the ‘Human Rights Centre’ and of ‘Transitional Justice Network’, all at the University of Essex. In addition, he is Honorary Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Family Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic in London, as well as training and supervising Jungian psychoanalyst and systemic family psychotherapist in private practice. As consultant to the United Nations and other organizations, he has been working with refugees, tortured persons and other survivors of political violence and disasters in many countries. More recently, he has been exploring the contribution of Orthodox Christian spirituality to the complexities of modern life and has been appointed Professor at the Antiochian House of Studies (USA). 


Liivika Simmul is one of the founders and the Headmistress of St. John’s School. For the past 30 years she has worked as teacher and head of department in several public and private schools in Tallinn and Tartu. Liivika has studied pedagogy, psychology and theology.

Evely Timuska is the 1st grade boys’ teacher at St. John’s School. She has studied theology at Tartu University and Religious Education at The Institute of Theology of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church. She is a director of studies at St John's School and is involved in curricula development.