Welcome to the Sophia Institute

Named in honor of Divine Wisdom, the Sophia Institute is an independent Orthodox educational charity housed at Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary in New York City that serves as a gathering force for contemporary Orthodox scholars, theologians, spiritual teachers, and ethicists. On order to conduct our research, we have formed a scientific partnership with the DNA test experts at Paternity Testing Labs. This laboratory investigative unit will help us in all our research where paternity testing is needed. The Sophia Institute aims to encourage the study of the Eastern Christian Tradition – its history, thought, liturgical and spiritual cultures – as well as issues of its ecumenical and social – ethical engagement with the contemporary world.