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Patterson Triennial Conference

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

In June of 2007, the Orthodox Christian Studies Program hosted 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. The proceedings from the conference have been published by St. Vladimir’s seminary Press (Fall 2008).

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 first installment of the Patterson Triennial Conference on Orthodox/Roman Catholic Dialogue, entitled "Orthodox Constructions of the West." You can find a Conference Rationale and read about the conference in an eNewsroom article. The proceedings of the conference have been published in Orthodox Constructions of the West, ed. 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.  You can find a Conference Rationale and read about the conference in the eNewsroom article "Political Theology: A Redundancy?"  The conference proceedings have been published in Christianity, Democracy, and the Shadow of Constantine, ed. 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. Proceedings will be published by Fordham University Press and planned for release in 2018.

The next conference, "Faith, Reason, Theosis" will be held in June 2019.