Life Worth Living Retreat

 November 3 - 5, 2017  |  Apply Now

The Yale Center for Faith & Culture and the Yale Office of International Affairs are collaborating on the first-ever Life Worth Living (LWL) retreat. LWL is an effort to revive critical discussion in universities and the broader culture about the most important question of our lives: What is a life worth living?

Ever wondered, “What’s truly worthy of our aspirations?” What kind of life is really worth shooting for? Questions like that once seemed to be a matter of common sense. Answers were just taken for granted, whether by culture, religion, or even family tradition. That’s no longer the case, and now we each have to ask and answer for ourselves: What is the good life? What does it mean to live a flourishing life? Tough questions like these require mental muscles that may not have been used lately, if ever. We need each other’s help to ask and answer them well.

Participants of the Life Worth Living retreat have a chance to reflect on their own views about the big questions in conversation with six diverse traditions of imagining a good life: ConfucianismJudaismChristianityIslamUtilitarianism and Expressive Individualism. Participants are encouraged to bring their own stories and experiences to the learning experience, helping to build relationships in a group setting.

The retreat will also feature two small-group sessions where participants will be invited to bring their own personal narratives to the learning process and help build a base of relationship among small group members.

This program is open to anyone seeking answers to this most important question. Applications are now being accepted and processed on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply is October 6, 2017. Space is limited.


Yale Faculty Director

Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School and Founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. Volf was educated in his native Croatia, the United States, and Germany. He earned doctoral and post-doctoral degrees (with highest honors) from the University of Tübingen, Germany. He has written or edited 15 books and over 70 scholarly articles. His most significant books include Exclusion and Embrace (1996)After Our Likeness (1998), in which he explores the Trinitarian nature of ecclesial community; Allah: A Christian Response (2011), on whether Muslims and Christians have a common God; and A Public Faith: On How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good (2011)