Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson will be speaking at the fourth World Congress of Families in Warsaw, Poland, May 11-13. He will be accompanied by First Lady and Professor of Women’s Studies Dorothy Patterson, and Evan Lenow, director of the seminary’s Smith Center for Leadership Development who teaches a seminary ethics course titled “The Christian Home.”

President Patterson will make a formal presentation before the congress on Sunday, May 13. He made a similar presentation to the third World Congress of Families that met in Mexico City in 2004. That presentation was later published in the “Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.”

The World Congress of Families was founded in 1997 by Allan Carlson, the president of the Howard Center for Family Religion and Society, “in response to a militantly anti-family ethos prevalent in the ‘post modern’ West,” according to its Web site, The congress first convened that same year in Prague, Czech Republic. The site explains that “the World Congress of Families fosters an international network of pro-family organizations, scholars, and leaders that seek to restore the natural family as the fundamental social unit and the ‘seed bed’ of a civil society.”

To date, there have been three World Congresses of Families: Prague in 1997, Geneva in 1999, and Mexico City in 2004. At the Warsaw congress, some of the topics that will be discussed are:

  • Gender Rights or Family Rights?
  • Demographic Winter as the New Population Crisis.
  • The Family Home as the Center of Upbringing and Education.
  • Family Enterprises and Family Independence. 
  • The Effects of Marital Fidelity and Harmony on the Family.
  • What’s Wrong with Cohabitation?
  • The Harm of ‘Same-Sex’ Marriage.
  • Media and the Family: Threats and Opportunities.
  • How Abortion Undermines the Family.
  • The Impact of Pornography on Family Unity.

“This is a significant worldwide event in itself, but is especially significant for us as Christians, Southern Baptists, and representatives of Southwestern Seminary to be asked to participate,” said President Patterson.