Life Worth Living Symposium

 June 2 - 4, 2017

The first-ever Life Worth Living Symposium, in partnership with the Yale Center for Faith & Culture and the Yale Office of International Affairs, is a three-day program exploring the most important question of our lives: what is a life worth living? The Symposium draws upon a range of philosophical and religious traditions to help participants develop habits of reflection that will equip them for the life-long process of discerning the good life. Through engagement with the lives and visions of founding figures from diverse religious and secular traditions of imagining a good life, participants will examine, refine, and begin to construct their own individual notions of a good life.

This program is designed for anyone who wants to reflect deeply on their lives and those of their family and friends. It is equally beneficial to 18 year olds and 80 year olds and everyone in between. By probing historical traditions as well as contemporary practices, participants will begin to identify ways to conceptualize and create lives guided by meaning and purpose.


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)