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The Very Reverend Dr. James Kowalski has been Dean of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City since March of 2002. Since his ordination in 1978, Dean Kowalski has served parishes in Newtown, Hartford, and Darien, Connecticut. He is a board member of Episcopal Charities/Diocese of New York, the Center for Interreligious Understanding and the Advisory Board of The Episcopal Actors’ Guild of America. He has been a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a fellow of the American Leadership Forum and a participant in several interfaith conferences abroad sponsored by Peace Research Institute Oslo, most recently in Iran. In 2015 he traveled to South Korea as part of the Conference for World Peace & Reunification of Korea. He is a 1997 Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.