Dn. Michael Tishel
Lecturer, Religious Studies, Assistant Director of the Office of Vocation & Ministry, Director of the CrossRoad Summer Institute
BA, Gordon College
MA, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Dn. Michael Tishel is Assistant Director of the Office of Vocation & Ministry, Director of the CrossRoad Summer Institute, and Hellenic College Lecturer. Dn. Michael teaches Hellenic College's signature first- and second-year experience courses that fuse academic and personal formation.He also serves as a Freshman Academic Advisor.
Dn. Michael has worked extensively in the field of youth ministry--designing and facilitating training seminars for youth workers, running summer programs and institutes for youth, and speaking at numerous retreats and conferences. He holds a Master of Theology with a concentration in Systematics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His Master's Thesis, for which he received highest distinction, was entitled "Knowability and Unknowability of God According to St. Gregory of Nyssa." He completed his B.A. in Comparative Historical Theology at Gordon College, for which he completed a Senior Honors Thesis entitled "The Forgotten Dialogue: A Study of the Sixteenth Century Orthodox-Lutheran Dialogue and Why it Ended So Abruptly."
Dn. Michael's scholarly interests include divine epistemology and its connections to theological anthropology in Eastern patristic literature, Eastern Christian ascetic literature and late antique spirituality, and inter-Christian dialogue, particularly between the Orthodox Church and various Protestant denominations. The ancients -- both philosophers and theologians alike -- viewed the study of theology and philosophy as part of a holistic formation with direct application to everyday life. Dn. Michael's work aims to recover this ethos for a contemporary context. He is also a musician, songwriter, and amateur woodworker.
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