A Changeless Faith for a Changing World

A Lecture by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the ecumenical patriarch of Orthodox Christianity, will discuss the nature of progress at a lecture co-sponsored by the Center for American Progress and Georgetown University in Gaston Hall at Georgetown. In His All Holiness’s words, true progress is a "balance between preserving the essence of a certain way of life and changing things that are not essential." Orthodox Christianity is a revolutionary faith and is dedicated to change. And even though the faith has never taken up the banner of progressivism per se, it has taken up many causes over the centuries that are progressive by definition. His All Holiness will address three of these causes at his lecture: nonviolence, philanthropy (specifically in the form of health care), and environmentalism.

Opening Remarks by:

James O’Donnell, Provost, Georgetown University
John D. Podesta, Founder and CEO, Center for American Progress