Staff


Leonard Swidler

Founder & President, DI
Co-Founding Editor, J.E.S.

 

Paul Mojzes

Co-Editor, J.E.S.



 

Nancy E. Krody

Managing Editor, J.E.S.

Howard A. Cohen

Executive Director, DI/J.E.S.

 


Rebecca Mays

Director of Education, DI


 

Tim Emmett-Rardin

Director of Marketing & Development, DI/J.E.S.


Leonard Swidler

Founder & President, Dialogue Institute
Co-Founding Editor, Journal of Ecumenical Studies

215.204.7251 (O)
513.508.1935 (C)

Leonard is a Professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue in the Religion Department of Temple University, where he has taught since 1966. At Temple, and as a visiting professor at universities around the world – including Graz, Austria; Tübingen, Germany; Fudan University, Shanghai; and the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur – he has mentored a generation of U.S. and international scholars in the work of interreligious dialogue. He has a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the University of Tübingen and received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin; he also holds honorary doctorates from St. Norbert’s College and LaSalle University.

Leonard has published/edited more than 200 articles and 75 books, including:   Jewish‑Christian‑Muslim Dialogue (1978); Religious Liberty and Human Rights (1986); After the Absolute: The Dialogical Future of Religious Reflection (1990); A Bridge to Buddhist-Christian Dialogue (1990); Muslims in Dialogue: The Evolution of a Dialogue over a Generation (1992); Jesus Was a Feminist (2007).

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Howard A. Cohen

Executive Director
Dialogue Institute / Journal of Ecumenical Studies

215.204.7525 (O)

Howard Cohen is an experienced executive with an extensive background in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. In addition to managing companies in the United States and Great Britain, he has held senior policy and executive positions in federal and state government and nonprofit enterprises, and he has taught management and law at the university level for more than 30 years.

Currently, Howard has an active management consulting and public policy practice and teaches courses in business ethics as an adjunct professor at Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management. He received his M.B.A. in International Business and Transportation from George Washington University and both a J.D. and B.A. (political science and economics) from Rutgers University.

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Rebecca Mays

Director of Education, Dialogue Institute

215.204.7520 (O)

Rebecca Mays began as the DI's Executive Director in 2012 and then transitioned in 2017 to a customized role as Director of Education, focusing more specifically on program development while also working to complete her Ph.D dissertation from Temple’s Department of Religion. Rebecca brings professional publishing expertise and strong teaching experience as a Quaker educator to her role. She has taught internationally and served on the Christian and Interfaith committee of the Friends General Conference, and has represented Quaker interest in interfaith work at the 1998 Assembly of the World Council of Churches. She presently serves as a representative on the administrative group of the Philadelphia Religious Leaders’ Council.

Prior to coming to Temple in 2008, Rebecca served as the director of a Master's program in English and Publishing at Rosemont College. She holds a B.A. in English from Earlham College and an M.A. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her M.A. in Religious Studies at Temple as a graduate fellow and intern at the DI prior to joining the staff.

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Nancy E. Krody

Managing Editor, Journal of Ecumenical Studies

215.204.7714 (O)
215.429.8216 (C)

Nancy is Managing Editor of J.E.S., where she started in 1973. She has a B.A. in sociology and political science from The Ohio State University (1960), where she also did two years of graduate work in sociology, then completed two years of theological studies at Crozer Theological Seminary, in Chester, PA.

She was on the staff of the Division of Christian Education of the United Church of Christ, 1964-73, in Philadelphia, before coming to Temple University. She has served on the national boards of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries and the Office of Church Life and Leadership of the U.C.C., as well as being a delegate to its General Synod; and she has served in several capacities in the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference and the Philadelphia Association (including Association Moderator) of the denomination. She is the clerk of her local church, which has been a union church of the U.C.C. and P.C.U.S.A. for almost forty years, whose formation she helped initiate.

Her interest in ecumenical activities began through campus ministry at Ohio State, where American Baptists and the Disciples of Christ had joint campus work, including a term as president of the O.S.U. Baptist-Disciples Student Fellowship, attending a quadrennial conference of the World Student Christian Federation in Athens, OH, and several annual gatherings of the Baptist Student Movement. One of the first open lesbians in mainline Christianity, she served as a national co-coordinator of the U.C.C. Gay Caucus in the early 1970’s. She is on the advisory board of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Religious Archives Network and of U.C.C. and interfaith LGBT organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area.

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Paul Mojzes

Co-Editor, Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Dr. Paul Mojzes is professor emeritus of religious studies at Rosemont College, where he was also Provost and Academic Dean and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. A native of Yugoslavia, he came to the United States in 1957. He is an ordained United Methodist minister.

He has been with the Journal of Ecumenical Studies since the late 1960s, and is also founder and editor of Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe. He is the author of six books and editor of sixteen books, and has written more than 100 articles and book chapters. Among his recent books are Yugoslavian Inferno: Ethnoreligious Warfare in the Balkans and Religious Liberty in Eastern Europe and the USSR. He edited Religion and War in Bosnia, and with Leonard Swidler co-authored The Study of Religion in an Age of Global Dialogue and co-edited Interreligious Dialogue toward Reconciliation in Macedonia and Bosnia. He considers his most recent book, Balkan Genocides: Holocaust and Ethnic Cleansing in the Twentieth Century, as his most important work.

Professor Mojzes is an organizer and participant in numerous interreligious dialogues, including many in the Republic of Macedonia, and has lectured widely in the United States and many other countries.                    

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Tim Emmett-Rardin

Director of Marketing & Development
Dialogue Institute / Journal of Ecumenical Studies

215.204.7570 (O)

Tim joined the Dialogue Institute staff in November of 2014, having worked in a variety of nonprofit, religious (including interfaith), and higher education contexts over the past 20-plus years. He has extensive experience in nonprofit administration and program management, with an emphasis on work with youth and young adults. He served as a campus minister at Drexel University for seven years and has also worked at the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia in a number of different capacities.

Tim received his M.Div. from Drew Theological School in 2004 (with a focus on interfaith studies/world religions, urban ministry, and social activism), and his B.A. in English and Communication from the University of Michigan in 1994.

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Interns


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Jessica Sitek


Graduate Intern, 2016-2017
 

Jessica is a Ph.D candidate in the Temple University Department of Religion, having completed her M.A. in Religious Studies at Temple in 2010, specializing in the philosophy of religion and interreligious dialogue. She served as a field researcher with the DI (Spring 2012) and as a program associate for the DI's Study of the U.S. Institute (Summer 2015). For the past few years she has been an adjunct faculty member at Macomb Community College in Michigan, teaching comparative religions. Click here to read more about Jessica.