From February 24 through the 25th, St. Michael Orthodox Church in Louisville, Kentucky, hosted the 2017 Climacus Conference of Thoughtful Ascent. This year’s gathering was titled “Encountering God” and featured presentations by Fr. Alexis Kouri, Jonathan Pageau, Fr. Stephen Freeman, Richard Pierce, Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green, Fr. Moses Berry, Molly Sabourin, Sam Granger, David Bradshaw, and Ariane Trifunovic Montemuro.