Fr. Elias is available to speak on: Religion & Culture, Orthodoxy.
A native Chicagoan of Greek and Latin background, Rev. Dr. Elias Kyprianos Bouboutsis was born, raised, educated and ordained in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North & South America. A ‘priest with a lay profession,’ his work has included extensive clinical chaplaincy, ecumenical and interfaith activity, including service as an official Orthodox delegate to the National Council of Churches USA. Fr. Elias also holds a Ph.D. (2003) from the historic Chicago Theological Seminary, where his work focused in areas of religion and culture. Currently core divinity professor at the Florida Center for Theological Studies in Miami, he works with ministry students across faith communities in various areas including Biblical Greek, theology, ethics and the social sciences. Having served parishes of the Greek Archdiocese in the Chicago and South Florida areas, he is currently attached to the Antiochian Ermita de Regla Orthodox missionary shrine in the heart of Miami’s Little Havana district.
Rev. Dr. Bouboutsis has held numerous speaking engagements, presenting in both the modern Greek and English languages. These have included the annual Oberhaus Lectures at the University of Chicago/Chicago Theological Seminary, Vitas Hospice continuing education seminars, religion and culture seminars of the European Parliament’s Orthodox Caucus, and most recently, the Coptic Orthodox communion’s Revelation Fellowship. He has also been published in wide range of periodicals, including The Chicago Tribune, Orthodox Observer and Ecumenical Trends. His published translations include the work of Athens University theologian Pantelis Paschou, 19th century Greek novelist Alexandros Papadiamantis, and Byzantine arts revivalist Photios Kontoglou. Father Elias’s forthcoming book, Singing in a Strange Land: the Ancient Future of Orthodox Pluralism explores multiculturalism through a prism of faith and mission in the Americas and will include a fresh translation of Basil the Great’s visionary and culture-affirming Proteptikos.