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Lesya Sabada Sessional Instructor

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Research Area(s)

  • Religious Peacebuilding
  • Peace Theology of the World's Religions
  • Religious Peacebuilding and Environmental Ethics
  • Inter-religious and Intra-religious Peacebuilding
  • Practical Application of Byzantine Peace Theology

Education

  • Doctorate of Religious Peacebuilding, St. Paul University – University of Ottawa, Ottawa
  • Master of Arts in Eastern Christian Studies, Minor in Pastoral Counselling, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago
  • Bachelor of Arts, Religious Studies Specialist, University of Toronto, Toronto
  • Bachelor of Education, Major in History, Minor in Religious Studies, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

Research Projects

On Site Field Research 

  • Tibetan Exile, Dharamsala, India 2014
  • Myanmar Military Occupation 2013
  • Cambodian Genocide 2012
  • Chinese Cultural Revolution; Tibet and China 2010
  • Tutsi and Hutu Genocide, Rwanda 2008
  • Female Genital Mutilation, Ethiopia 2008
  • Political Violence, Zimbabwe 2008
  • South African Apartheid 2008
  • Structural Violence, Palestinian Refugee Camps, Israel 2007
  • Structural Violence, Bangkok Slums 2000
  • Nazi Violence, Babyn Yar, Ukraine 1995

Selected Publications and Presentations

Conference Papers 

  • Christian Theological Resources in Action For Peacebuilding and Environmental Ethics, Keynote Address. Ecological Theology and Environmental Conference, Orthodox Academy of Crete, Chania Crete, October 2017.​
  • Religious Peacebuilding - Building a House of Peace” Keynote Address. World Council of Churches: Third International Conference on Sustainable Alternatives for Poverty Reduction and Ecological Justice, University of Kyambogo, Kampala, Uganda, April, 2016.
  • “Archbishop Joseph Raya:  Nonviolent Christian Apostle.” Doctoral Student Panel, Nonviolence: The Weapon of the Strong Conference: Advancing Nonviolence, Spirituality and Social Transformation, University of St. Paul, May, 2014.
  • “Palm Oil Paradox:  The Effects of Habitat Destruction in Borneo.”  Keynote Address. World Council of Churches: Second International Conference on Sustainable Alternatives for Poverty Reduction and Ecological Justice, University of Antananarivo, Antananarivo, Madagascar, May 2014.
  • “A Personal Reflection: Sustainable Communities and the Power of One:  Insights from Eastern Christianity.”  Ecological Theology and Environmental Ethics Conference, Orthodox Academy of Crete, Chania, Crete, September 2013.
  • “Ecological Spirituality.”   International Green the Scene Conference, Vancouver, June 2012.
  • “The Eastern Christian Church’s Ecological Vision.”  Keynote Address.  Ecological Theology and Environmental Ethics Conference, Orthodox Academy of Crete, Chania, Crete, July 2011.

 Public Presentations (Selected)

  • "Buddhist and Eastern Christian Interiority.”  National Seminary of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand, January 2011.
  • “Buddhist and Eastern Christian Meditation.” National Seminary of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand, January 2011.
  • “Peacebuilding Strategies:  The Life and Work of Archbishop Joseph Raya," Sheptytsky Institute, St. Paul University, July 2008.
  • “Jewish, Moslem and Christian Peace: The Vision of Archbishop Raya.” Haifa, Israel, July 2007.
  • “Reconciliation in the Middle East: Archbishop Raya’s Role.” Melkite National Conference, Birmingham, Alabama, July 2006.
  • “The Dalai Lama and Interiority.” Saskatoon Peace Coalition, Saskatoon, November 2004.
  • “Nonviolence and Buddhism.” Saskatoon Peace Coalition, Saskatoon, November 2003.
  • “Feminism and Eastern Christianity.”  Friends of Sophia, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, November, 2004.
  • “Woman:  A Call to Beauty.” National Eastern Catholic Women’s Conference, Chicago, February 2005.
  • “The Creation Story and Woman.” National Eastern Catholic Women’s Conference, Chicago, February, 2005.
  • “The Energies of God: An Eastern Christian Perspective.” Multi faith Saskatoon, Earth Day, April, 2001.
  • “Femininity as the Future of Humankind.” Regional Eastern Catholic Women’s Conference, Sacramento, February 2000.
  •  “Cosmic Theology:  Sacredness of Body and Matter.” Regional Eastern Catholic Women’s Conference. Sacramento, February 2000.
  • “Women and Nonviolence.”  Regional Eastern Catholic Women’s Conference, Sacramento, February 

Refereed Book Chapters

  • “The Eastern Churches Ecological Vision.” In Lucas Andrianos, Jan-Willem Sneep, and Konstantinos S. Kenanidis, eds.
  • Ecological Theology and Environmental Ethics, Vol.2, 18-26. Chania: Orthodox Academy Crete, 2012.
  • “The Eastern Churches Ecological Vision.” In Mathew Punnackadu and Nair Chandrasekharan, eds. Religious Response to Ecological Challenges, 29-33. Saarbrucken, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, 2013
  • “Sustainable Communities and The Power of One: Insights into Eastern Christianity.” In Lucas Andrianos and Konstantinos S. Kenanidis, eds. Ecological Theology and Environmental Ethics, Vol.3, 49-53. Chania: Orthodox Academy of Crete, 2014.
  • “Environmental Nonviolence and the Palm Oil Paradox: The Effects of Habitat Destruction in Borneo.” In Lucas Andrianos, ed. SAPREJ: Sustainable Alternatives and Poverty Reduction and Ecological Justice, Vol.2. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015. 

Editorial Review Articles

  • “Archbishop Joseph Raya: Apostle of Peace and Love.” United Nations’ University for Peace: Peace and Conflict Monitor  Costa Rica, November 10, 2014.

Non-Refereed Books

  • Go to the Deep: The Life of Archbishop Joseph Raya, Nominated for the 2005 Nobel Prize. Boston: Sophia Press, 2006.

Teaching Responsibilities

Current and Past Teaching Responsibilities at STM:

  • RLST112.3 - Western Religions in Society and Culture ​ 
  • RLST 210.3 - Religion and Ecology
  • CTST 200.3 - Catholic Studies
  • RLST 284.3 - Religions and Non Violence
  • RLST 315.3 - Eastern Christian Thought in the First Millennium 
  • RLST 316.3 - Eastern Christian Thought in the Second Millennium

Previous Teaching Experiences:

  • Guest Lecturer, United Nations sanctioned University for Peace, San Jose, Costa Rica, February, 2017.
  • World Council of Churches, Working Group for Climate Change, 2016 to present.
  • Guest Lecturer, Kyambogo University, Kampala, Uganda, 2016.
  • Sessional Lecturer, Department of Religion and Culture, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, 2015 to present.
  • Sessional Lecturer, Department of Religion and Culture, St. Peter’s College, Muenster, Saskatchewan, 2015 to present.
  • Guest Lecturer, University of Antananarivo, Antananarivo, Madagascar, May 2014.
  • Guest Lecturer, National Seminary, Bangkok, Thailand, 2000 and 2012.
  • Sessional Lecturer, Centre for Continuing and Distance Education, Saskatoon Seniors for Continued Learning, 2006 to 2011. 
  • Sessional Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies and Anthropology, University of Saskatchewan, 2000 to 2009.
  • Guest Lecturer, Diocese of Akko, Haifa and All of Galilee, Haifa, Israel, 2007
  • Lecturer of World Religions, Political Non-Violence, Death and Dying, Spirituality of the Environment, Mysticism, and Byzantine Theology, Extension Division – Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, 1995 to 2000.

Administrative Responsibilities

Public Events Coordinated/Community Volunteer Services

  • Board of Directors, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, 2016 to present.
  • SAPREJ Program Co-Chair and Moderator –Third International Conference on Sustainable Alternatives for Poverty Reduction and Ecological Justice, Kampala, Uganda, April 2016.
  • SAPREJ Program Co-Chair and Moderator-- Second International Conference on Sustainable Alternatives for Poverty Reduction and Ecological Justice, University of Antananarivo, Antananarivo, Madagascar, May 2014.
  • Ecological Theology and Environmental Ethics Conference Moderator – Third International Conference, Chania, Greece, 2013.
  • Ecological Theology and Environmental Ethics Conference Moderator – Second International Conference, Chania, Crete, 2012.
  • Nominee: Canadian Department of Peace Initiative, Saskatoon Chapter. 2010 to present.
  • Coordinator: Nobel Peace Prize Nomination for Archbishop Joseph Raya, 320 page document, 2005.
  • Founder and Organizational Chairperson – Windows to the East.  Saint Thomas More representative in inter-denominational lecture series, focusing on Eastern Christianity, 1993 to 1997.
  • Founder and Organizational Chairperson, Eparchy of Saskatoon, Study Day’s Committee, 1988-1992.