Michael Plekon is Professor of Sociology/Anthropology in the Program in Religion & Culture at Baruch College of the City University of New York. He has published extensively on persons of faith and the shapes of holiness in our time, most notably Living Icons: People of Faith in the Eastern Church and Holiness in Our Time (2002), Hidden Holiness (2009), and Saints as they really are...--American Voices, Lives and Paths to Holiness (forthcoming 2013). He has also edited and translated contemporary theologians such as Elisabeth Behr-Sigel, Paul Evdokimov, and Nicholas Afanasiev on ecumenical work, spirituality, and liturgy in modern society. He is a priest of the Orthodox Church in America, an associate at St. Gregory the Theologian parish, Wappingers Falls, NY. Peter L. Berger was his teacher.