Miika Ahola is currently a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Theology at the University of Helsinki (Finland). His main theological subject is systematic and ecumenical theology and his dissertation focuses on ecumenical ecclesiology. He analyzes the concept of communion and its elements in Faith and Order document “The Church: Towards a Common Vision” from 2013. Miika is an ordained priest in the Evangelical–Lutheran Church of Finland, and works in the Cathedral Parish of the Archdiocese of Turku. Lately his office has included the English-speaking ministry in the Turku Cathedral International Congregation. Based on the Porvoo Common Statement he is a member and serves also the Church of England. Miika lives in Turku with his wife and two children.
Lodewieke Groeneveld (born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands) is a PhD Student at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands) and at the Institut Protestant de Théologie in Montpellier (France). She completed a Master’s degree in church ministry (PKN) at the Protestant Theological University in Amsterdam (Netherlands). During these studies Lodewieke was employed as a pastoral youth worker by a Mennonite Church in the Netherlands, and she then followed the courses of the master in research at the Institut Protestant de Théologie in Montpellier (France). Her main interests are missiology and ethics from a French context.
Johanna Hestermann (born 1988 in Marburg/Germany) ist a PhD Student at the Ecumenical Institute at the University of Heidelberg. She previously studied Protestant Theology at Humboldt University in Berlin, at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Glasgow/UK and finally at the Faculty of Theology in Heidelberg. Last year, she graduated with a degree from the Protestant Church of Kurhessen-Waldeck (EKKW). At the moment she is doing her research in the context of an interdisciplinary Graduate Research Programme on „Global Religious History from a Regional Perspective. Historicising and Decentralising Religious Identities in the 19th and early 20th Century.“ Her own project is about the discourses on the self-understanding of the early Evangelical Alliance (1846 - c. 1875). She focusses on the different notions of Christian Union discussed within this proto-ecumenical movement, and tries to show in which sense concepts as „Christianity“ and „Evangelicalism“ developed in the context of international exchange. In 2013 Johanna was a participant of the first Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI), an ecumenical study programme in Seoul and Busan accompanying the 10th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Korea.
Ilija Jovic (born in Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a PhD student at Georg-August University Gottingen. He previously obtained a M.A. degree at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology at the University of Belgrade, spent two study semesters at the University of Applied Science for Intercultural Theology Hermannsburg and one study semester at Saint Epherem Ecumenical Research Institute in India. He obtained a M.A. at the Faculty of Theology at the Georg-August University of Gottingen. His main research area is ecumenical theology with particular focus on the dialogue between Protestant and Orthodox Churches. In his doctoral research project he investigates discourses of ethical, social and political consequences of the Trinitarian concept.
His dissertation focuses on the South Indian theologian Geevarghese Mar Osthathios and his distinctive contribution to the on-going development of Orthodox theology concerning social issues.