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Patterson Conference

The Solon and Marianna Patterson Triennial Conference on Orthodox/Catholic Dialogue

Every three years, the Orthodox Christian Studies Center hosts the Solon and Marianna Patterson Triennial Conference on Orthodox/Catholic Dialogue.

In June of 2007, the Center held its first triennial conference, "Orthodox Readings of Augustine," which examined the place of St Augustine in the Orthodox Church in the hope that the Latin doctor might be seen as a bridge between East and West rather than an obstacle. You can read abou the inaugural conference on Fordham News. The proceedings from the first conference have been published in Orthodox Readings of Augustine, edited by George Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou, available from Fordham University Press (2020).

Solon and Marianna Patterson of Atlanta, GA, who attended the inaugural conference, generously provided $100,000 and issued a challenge grant for an additional $200,000 to endow the conference series permanently. On June 28-30, 2010, we hosted the second installment of the newly renamed Patterson Triennial Conference, "Orthodox Constructions of the West." The proceedings of the second conference have been published in Orthodox Constructions of the West, edited by George Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou (Fordham University Press, 2013).

The third Patterson Triennial Conference, "Christianity, Democracy, and the Shadow of Constantine," was held on June 11-13, 2013. The proceedings of the third converence have been published in Christianity, Democracy, and the Shadow of Constantine, edited by George Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou (Fordham University Press, 2016). In 2017, the volume was honored with the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit honor society book award in the Humanities.

The fourth Patterson Triennial Conference, "Tradition, Secularization, Fundamentalism," was held on June 23-25, 2016. The proceedings of the fourth conference were published by Fordham University Press in 2019.

The fifth Patterson Triennial Conference, "Faith, Reason, Theosis," was held June 3-5, 2019. The conference proceedings will be published at a later time.

The sixth installment of the Patterson Triennial Conference will be held in 2022. More details will be available here closer to the date of the conference.