What kind of life is worth our humanity?
This is the animating question of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, and has been for almost two decades of our work. As we look to the future, we are faced with ever new crises in political, intellectual, religious, and public life. And we see that the most fundamental questions about our humanity are again contested:
What does it mean to be human? Whose humanity matters? What is the shape of flourishing human life?
As I wrote with my co-author Matthew Croasmun in our book For the Life of the World: Theology That Makes a Difference, "Today ... theology has an indispensable contribution to make in countering taste-driven, individualized, unreflective ways of living and helping people articulate, embrace, and pursue a compelling vision of flourishing life for themselves and all creation.
"The Yale Center for Faith & Culture has laid a foundation of theological and ethical reflection that has made a lasting impact in higher education, public discourse, local church communities, interfaith relations, and the individual and family lives of those who think and feel deeply for the life of the world.
Now we’re setting new goals for expanded programming for the next decade and beyond. We are committed to the same core purpose:
To help people envision and pursue lives worthy of our humanity.
And we are committed to the same transformative scholarship, teaching, and public outreach that renews, restores, and inspires visions of flourishing life.
But the fact is, we rely heavily on the support of generous individuals and families who share our vision of enriching the world with deep reflection on the good life across cultural sectors—in education, religious communities, and the public sphere—so that every person has a chance to wrestle with life’s most important questions and take hold of the life that is truly life (1 Timothy 6:19).
Will you join us in the effort? Thank you for exploring how you might join us in our mission at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture.
Founder & Director, Yale Center for Faith & Culture Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology, Yale Divinity School
Our purpose is to help people envision and pursue lives worthy of our humanity. We see theology as a way of life seeking understanding. Our work takes its shape in research, teaching, and public engagement expressed through two initiatives: Christ & Flourishing & Life Worth Living.
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