2017 Preliminary Retreat Schedule

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: Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Utilitarianism 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. These questions (plus many more) will be explored:

  • According to this tradition, What does it mean for life to go well? to be led well? to feel right?
  • What reasons and motivations does the tradition offer for its vision of a life worth living?
  • What help does the tradition offer for human beings to be able to have a life worth living?
  • According to the tradition, to whom are we responsible for living our lives a certain way?
  • What does the tradition suggest that we ought to do when we fail to live such a life? 

Friday, November 3

9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. – Welcome, Part #1

  • Why This Question Matters: Miroslav Volf
  • Implicit and Explicit Visions: Ryan McAnnally-Linz

10:20 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. – Break

10:40 a.m. - 12:00p.m. – Welcome, Part #2

  • Locatedness, Traditions, and Practices: Angela Gorrell
  • Life Led Well, Going Well, and Feeling Good: Matt Croasmun

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. – Small-Group Session #1: Where Are You Going?

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. – Break

3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. – Utilitarianism (lecture & discussion)

  • Instructor: Ryan McAnnally-Linz 
  • Readings: Excerpts from Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill, The Life You Can Save, Peter Singer

Saturday, November 4

9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. – The Abrahamic Traditions (lecture & discussion)

  • Instructor: Matt Croasmun
  • Readings: TBD 

10:20 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. – Break

10:40 a.m. - 12:00p.m. – Sabbath: Work & Rest (lecture & discussion)

  • Instructor: Angela Gorrell
  • Readings: TBD    

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. – Confucianism (lecture & discussion)

  • Instructor: Matt Croasmun
  • Readings: Excerpts from the Analects of Confucius and Philip Ivanhoe

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. – Break

3:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. – Small-Group Session #2: Where Have You Come From?


Sunday, November 5

9:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. – Authenticity / Expressive Individualism

  • Instructor: Matt Croasmun
  • Reading: Excerpts from Charles Taylor, The Ethics of Authenticity

10:20 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. – Break

10:40 a.m. - 12:00p.m. – Food and the Life Worth Living (lecture & discussion)

  • Instructors: Angela Gorrell
  • Reading: TBD

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. – Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. – Reputation and the Life Worth Living (lecture & discussion)

  • Instructor: Ryan McAnnally-Linz
  • Readings: TBD

2:50 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. – Break

3:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. – Transformation and Commitment