Committee for Theological Education


The Committee for Theological Education is charged with i) identifying and cataloging all institutions and programs for theological learning found in the various jurisdictions in the Region; ii) cataloging the curricula in use in these institutions and programs; iii) identifying any existing programs for Orthodox theology offered by institutions of higher education; and iv) identifying special ministerial jurisdictional programs.


Bp. Ilia (Albanian) - Chairman
Met. Nikitas (EP)
Bp. Michael (OCA)
Bp. John (AOCA) 
Bp. Alexander (OCA)

Committee Liaison

Protodeacon Peter Danilchick


Seminary Education

Fr. Alexander Atty
Fr. John Behr
Fr. Thomas Fitzgerald
Fr. Chad Hatfield
Fr. John McGuckin
Fr. Michel Najim
Fr. Aleksander Novakovic
Hieromonk Irenæus (Matthew Steenberg)

 University Education

Daniel Buxhoeveden
Aristotle Papanikolaou
Frank Papatheofanis
Albert Raboteau
Gayle Woloschak

Terms of Reference

What is to be accomplished

  • Produce a list of all theological institutions for theological learning in North and Central America with references to their program descriptions
  • Define characteristics to describe and compare the theological programs (e.g., academic, liturgical, pastoral, residential versus distance, specific jurisdictional content, etc)
  • Define how Orthodox theological education can articulate the meaning of salvation in such a way as to prevent it from being falsified by accommodation to the demands of culture.
  • Produce and document a comparison of the theological programs with respect to the above pre-defined comparative characteristics

How it is to be accomplished

  • Determine at the outset, and update regularly, the timetable for accomplishment of the Committee's objectives
  • Contact individuals within the jurisdictions responsible for theological education as well as well-known theological institutions and request pertinent information
  • Construct a matrix of comparative characteristics for theological learning
  • Complete the matrix to catalog and compare the theological curricula and their educational purposes, content and processes
  • Review and confirm the matrix with the jurisdictions and theological institutions to ensure agreement upon the results
  • Publish the results for the Assembly and Church at large

With whom it is to be accomplished

  • The responsible parties for theological education within each jurisdiction
  • The responsible parties for any additional independent institutions
  • The heads of the theological institutions and programs being cataloged

News and Events

Assembly Releases New Study on Orthodox Theological Schools in the US

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has released a new study report today. The study focuses on US educational institutions that offer programs in Orthodox theology. read more »

Committee for Theological Education 2014 Annual Report

Friday, November 21, 2014
The 2014 Annual Report of the Committee for Theological Education is now available online. read more »

Committee for Theological Education 2013 Report

Friday, December 20, 2013
The 2013 annual report of the Committee for Theological Education is now available online. read more »

Theological Education Committee 2012 Annual Report

Monday, February 04, 2013
The 2012 annual report of the Committee for Theological Education is now available online. read more »

Evangelism Theme of Orthodox, Catholic Bishops' Meeting

Thursday, October 25, 2007
New York, NY — The theme of evangelization marked the October 3-5 meeting of the Joint Committee of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops in St. Augustine, Florida. read more »

OTSA News Fall 2006

Thursday, January 12, 2006
THE ANNUAL MEETING OF OTSA will be held at St Vladimir's Seminary, June 12-14, 2007. Check the website for directions to St Vladimir’s. Members are reminded that this year’s conference dovetails with the Fordham/Villanova Conference “Orthodox Readings of Augustine,” June 14-16. read more »

SCOBA Issues Statement on Sexual Misconduct in the Church

Tuesday, August 02, 2005
The hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) recently adopted a Statement entitled "Dealing With Sexual Misconduct in the Church". read more »

SCOBA Hierarchs Endorse Statement on the Environment

Friday, July 08, 2005
A group of Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant theologians, convened in Washington, DC by the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, released a letter recently calling all Christians to reject teachings that suggest humans are "called" to exploit the Earth without care for how our behaviour impacts the rest of God's creation. read more »

The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation

Wednesday, June 22, 2005
The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation held its 68th meeting from June 6 to 8, 2005, at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York. It was co-chaired by Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh and Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of Cincinnati. read more »

Meeting of North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation Held in Brookline, MA

Tuesday, June 15, 2004
The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation evaluated reactions to its Agreed Statement on the Filioque and decided to focus the next stage of its reflection on conciliarity/synodality and primacies in their churches when it met at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, from June 1-3, 2004. read more »

An Agreed Statement of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation

Sunday, October 26, 2003
The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation concluded a four-year study of the Filioque on October 25, when it unanimously adopted an agreed text on this difficult question that has divided the two communions for many centuries. read more »

SCOBA Statement on Moral Crisis in Our Nation

Wednesday, August 13, 2003
The Orthodox Christian teaching on marriage and sexuality, firmly grounded in Holy Scripture, 2000 years of church tradition, and canon law, holds that marriage consists in the conjugal union of a man and a woman, and that authentic marriage is blessed by God as a sacrament of the Church. Neither Scripture nor Holy Tradition blesses or sanctions such a union between persons of the same sex. read more »