His Eminence Elder Metropolitan John of Pergamon
His Eminence Elder Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon studied at the University of Athens and Harvard University, serving as a fellow at Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies. He taught at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow, King’s College (London) and the University of Thessaloniki. Metropolitan John is theological spokesman for the Ecumenical Patriarchate on environmental issues, serving as Chairman of its Religion, Science and Environment Committee from its inception in 1995, currently also chairing the Halki Summits of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He formerly chaired the Orthodox/Anglican dialogue and the international Orthodox/Roman Catholic theological dialogue. In 1993 he was elected fellow of the Athens Academy of Arts and Sciences, serving as president from 2002. He is the author of numerous books, including Being as Communion (St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1985), Eucharist, Bishop, Church (Holy Cross Press, 2001) and Communion and Otherness (T&T Clark/Continuum, 2006).