“The Future of Joy & the Good Life” Conference & Teaching Workshop, July 31-August 3, 2018

March 2, 2018

To mark the end of the first stage of the “Theology of Joy & the Good Life Project,” the Yale Center for Faith & Culture is hosting a four-day conference, including teaching workshop, from July 31st to August 3rd. This event is open to the public (with a registration fee). For members of the Theology of Joy & the Good Life Project, registration is free and funding for travel and lodging is available.
The first half of the conference, “The Future of Joy and the Good Life,” will be focused on project member research and will take place on July 31st and August 1st, 2018.  The conference will include dynamic and diverse presentations of project findings from project members, presentations on future projects, and project-member-led seminars on a wide variety of research areas in relation to the theology of joy and the good life.
The second half of the conference will be an intensive two-day teaching workshop on “The Pedagogy of the Good Life,” for educators in secular and religiously-inflected institutions seeking to create nurturing learning communities that engage the fundamental questions of human existence. The Pedagogy of the Good Life workshop will equip educators with pedagogical tools that support: (1) asking and answering life’s most pressing questions about the kind of life that is worth wanting, (2) engaging in thoughtful dialogue that makes truth claims, (3) articulating visions of the good life that community members can understand, identify with, and embody, and (4) discerning practices, habits, attitudes, and virtues that underpin different visions of the life worth living.
Confirmed speakers include:

  • Pamela Ebstyne King (Peter L. Benson Associate Professor of Applied Developmental Science, School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary)
  • Willie Jennings (Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and African Studies, Yale Divinity School)
  • Rev. Dewey Williams (Chaplain, Central Prison, Raleigh, North Carolina)
  • HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad (Personal Envoy and Special Advisor to H.M. King Abdullah II, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought)
  • Anantanand Rambachan (Professor of Religion, Philosophy and Asian Studies, St. Olaf College)
  • Anthony Pinn (Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities, founding director of the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning, Rice University)

For more information and to register for the conference, visit the conference website: