Gabriel Bar-Sawme joined the teaching staff at Sankt Ignatios in 2013. He is the director of the office team and a teacher. He teaches the following courses:
Introduction to Liturgical Studies
Eastern Christian Liturgies
Eastern Christian Theology (Syriac Orthodox).
Introduction to Patristic Studies
Introduction to Eastern Christian Ecclesiology
Introduction to the tradition of the Syriac Orthodox Church (folkhögskola)
Gabriel holds a BS in social work from Örebro University, a BA in theology from the Newman Institute, an MA in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary and is at present a doctoral candidate in ecclesiology at Uppsala University. The working title of his dissertation is: Performing Syriac Orthodox Liturgy in the 7th to the 13th centuries. The Sedro of Entrance in Light of Ritual Theory. His research interests include liturgical studies, ritual studies, cultural studies, migration and critical theory. Gabriel has written a number of book chapters and articles for cultural magazines.
Gabriel is also deputy dean for Sankt Ignatios Foundation where his role is to make sure that the purposes of the foundation are fulfilled through all the activities of Sankt Ignatios. He sees this role as the way the Foundation facilitates a process by which Orthodox Churches from the Middle East and Eastern Europe critically reflect on their own history and place in society and in this process engages in theological and political discourse in different ways. This is achieved through academic research and teaching but also through the education of a new generation of leaders which is engaged in Church and society.
Deputy Dean; Director of the office team; Lecturer; Teacher