Sheryl Johnson graduated in 2013 from the Master of Divinity and Master of Pastoral Studies degree programmes at Emmanuel College, one of the member colleges of the Toronto School of Theology. Her MDiv thesis focused on the intersections between social and ecologically-focused theologies of justice and the ways these are sometimes presented as being in competition or incompatible with one another, particularly related to issues of gender and disability. She is currently working as the Minister to Children and Youth at Fairlawn Avenue United Church, and in fundraising for KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives.
Dr. Simon Appolloni
Having completed a Master of Divinity degree at USMC with a certificate of specialization in Theology & Ecology, Simon was energized to undertake doctoral studies collaboratively at both the University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion and the School for Environment. His master’s thesis examined the four sources of wisdom identified by Thomas Berry while his doctoral thesis produced an epistemic convergence of the works of Rosemary Radford Ruether, Leonardo Boff, Diarmuid O’Murchu and Thomas Berry to integrate ecology, justice, science and faith into a viable ethical vision. He has taught courses on environmental and tourism ethics at Brock University as well as courses on religion and science at the University of Toronto.
Roberto Chiotti is a Toronto architect and founding partner of Larkin Architect Limited. In addition to obtaining his professional architectural degree, Roberto completed a Master of Theological Studies degree in 1998 from University of St. Michael’s College. Roberto has been invited to speak on the topics of Sustainable Design, Sacred Space, and the Cosmological Response to the Ecological Crisis as it relates to Architecture and Education at Universities, Colleges, Religious conferences, and professional organizations in Canada and the United States. Currently he also serves as ongoing guest faculty at George Brown College’s “Institute Without Boundaries” and has recently co-instructed a sacred space studio at Ryerson University’s School of Architecture. His firm’s widely published St. Gabriel’s Church, which embodies Thomas Berry’s ecotheology, is the first worship space in Canada to achieve LEED® Gold Certification and is the recipient of an IFRAA Merit Award and the 2007 City of Toronto Green Design Award.
Dr. Kwang Sun Choi
Kwang Sun Choi received his Ph.D in 2012 from the University of St. Michael’s College. His thesis was entitled The Sacred Journey of the Earth Community: Towards a Functional and Ecological Spirituality via the Cosmologies of Thomas Berry and Zhou Dunyi. His research interests include the cosmology of Thomas Berry and its implications for eco-theology, eco-spirituality, ecology and religion, in particular Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism. Besides his academic pursuits, Kwang Sun, is an ordained Presbyterian minister exploring the integration of Christian faith with the ecological practices. Kwang Sun is also a Lecturer at Honam Theological Seminary and University, Gwang ju, Korea.
Dr. Jai-Don Lee
Jai-Don Lee was born in Seoul, Korea. In 1985, he was ordained as a Catholic priest of the Seoul Archdiocese. After ordination, his major concern was centered on spirituality and ecological issues. He studied ecotheology from an Asian perspective at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto between 1997 and 2004. His doctoral thesis was Towards an Asian Ecotheology in the Context of Thomas Berry’s Cosmology: A Critical Inquiry. He taught as an adjunct professor at St. Michael’s between 2005 and 2007 when he taught several courses on ecology and Asian spirituality. In 2007, Jai- Don was assigned to teach at the Nicholas Cardinal Cheong Graduate School for Life in the Catholic University of Korea in Seoul. In 2011, he is appointed as the dean of the Graduate School for Life.