Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa)
18 May 2013
Anne Glynn Mackoul is a member of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America. Over the years, she has held various positions with the Antiochian Archdiocese, including with the Antiochian Women as North American Humanitarian Coordinator. In 1999 she was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America on which she served until July 2003, serving as Executive Editor of the Festscrift celebrating the First One Hundred Years of Antiochian Orthodoxy in North America.
She has represented the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and all the East on the central committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) since 1998, working closely with the international ecumenical team of the Patriarchate, and served on the WCC Special Commission on Orthodox Participation in the WCC. During those fifteen years, she has been especially engaged in the work of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum for Middle East Peace, and in the restructuring of the governance of the WCC, including the drafting of rules for consensus decision–making now in place through all levels of the WCC.
Anne's ecumenical involvement included her serving as a member of the board of directors and treasurer of the US Conference for the World Council of Churches, and as the liaison between that institution, its membership and attorneys, successfully shepherding the merger of the US Conference into the National Council of Churches of Christ, USA.
She served as a director of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) for twelve years. As a member and then chair of the Program Committee, Anne has visited IOCC offices and projects in the Balkans, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine. Anne also served as a member of IOCC's Church and Government Relations Committee. Anne continues her commitment to IOCC as a director of the IOCC.
Anne has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary since 2003, including as Corporate Secretary. In 2008 the Board of Trustees unanimously elected Anne as it first Executive Chair. Anne served in this capacity for five years, throughout the first terms of The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr as dean and The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield as chancellor, helping to guide the formation of the new pattern of shared governance for the Seminary.
She serves as on the steering committee of the Orthodox Fellowship of the Transfiguration, an environmental NGO, and as an adviser to several committees of the Assembly of Bishops of North and Central America.
Anne earned a B.A. from the University of Tennessee and a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She is a lawyer and a private pilot who lives in Princeton, NJ with her husband Sabry. Anne, Sabry and their daughter Stephanie are parishioners at St Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Church in Bay Ridge Brooklyn.
Loyal daughter of the Church of Antioch on the worldwide scene, faithful daughter of the Antiochian Archdiocese in North America, and faithful Orthodox Christian strenuously working for the building up of the Body of Christ, witnessing to the Orthodox tradition in numerous contexts, and tirelessly advocating for the Gospel in all your activity:
You have represented the Church of Antioch in the World Council of Churches, focusing on issues of peace, dialogue, and consensus;
You have served your local Church as a member of her Board of Trustees and the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America;
You have helped direct the International Orthodox Christian Charities in its prodigious work of humanitarian relief and development around the world, relieving suffering and trauma and providing hope and inspiration to countless people worldwide;
You are a founding member of the Orthodox Fellowship of the Transfiguration, raising awareness of the ecological dimension of the Orthodox faith;
And, especially as regards our beloved School, you served as the first holder of the position of Executive Chair of the Board of Trustees, using all your talents and experience in consensus building, to transition the Seminary to a model of shared governance and to prepare the Seminary to fulfill its calling to excellence in theological education in the years to come;
You have done all this and more, as a licensed pilot inspiring all those with whom you have worked to soar above and reach for the skies.
In recognition of all of this work in the building up of the Body of Christ, we, therefore, are pleased to affirm that:
By virtue of the power vested by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York in the Board of Trustees and the Faculty of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, and by their unanimous decision, the degree of Doctor of Human Letters (D.H.L.) honoris causa is bestowed upon the honorable and Christ–centered worker for the Church, Mrs. Anne Glynn Mackoul.