Participants to ponder big questions at first Life Worth Living retreat

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A new Yale program aims to help individuals at Yale and beyond answer the question: What is a life worth living?

The Yale Center for Faith & Culture and the Yale Office of International Affairs are collaborating on the first-ever Life Worth Living (LWL) retreat, to be held Nov. 3-5 at the university.

The program is based on a class offered at Yale University called “Life Worth Living” (HUMS 411), which aims to equip participants for the life-long process of discerning the good life through examination of six religious traditions: Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Utilitarianism and Expressive Individualism.

Photo of Miroslav Volf
Miroslav Volf

In addition to seminar readings from the foundational texts of each tradition, the course features guest practitioners of the various traditions and invites participants to reflect on their own worldview and approach to such questions as “What is truly worth our aspirations?” and “What does it mean to live a flourishing life?” Participants in the Life Worth Living retreat will also have an opportunity to share their own experiences within small discussion groups.

The retreat's faculty director is Miroslav Volf, founder and director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, and the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology.

The question of the good life is worth the very best of our intellectual energy and intentional effort,” said Volf. “We’ve seen the incredible transformation that this course can bring in the lives of Yale undergraduates and are eager to bring this conversation to a broader public.”

This program is open to all. Applications are now being accepted and processed on a rolling basis. Space is limited. Click here for more information and to apply for conference.

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