What is the shape of a flourishing life? Join us for a 7-week online academic course led by Dr. Matthew Croasmun, Director of the Life Worth Living Program at the Yale Center for Faith & Culture and Faith Initiative Director at Grace Farms Foundation. The course engages a range of philosophical and religious traditions to facilitate conversation on questions of meaning and purpose in our lives.
Each week, participants read a set of religious and philosophical texts (no more than 30 pages) advocating different tradition’s answers to these questions. During class participants discuss what they’ve read—putting Confucius in conversation with Alice Walker, or Toni Morrison in dialogue with the Rabbis—with a goal to better understand the stakes of the questions and the trade-offs made by different answers. Participants then write their own (provisional) answers to the question in light of what they’ve read and discussed, and share what they’ve written so they can continue to learn from one another’s insights. A more in depth description of the course is available here, with more detail about the format below.
This course is currently full, but we are always assessing the demand for additional course offerings. Please enter your information on our Life Worth Living Waitlist to be contacted directly about future courses.
Life Worth Living class will be offered as an online course through Zoom and Canvas, an online course management platform. We will meet weekly face-to-face over Zoom for a two-hour session, including full group discussions and conversations in smaller breakout rooms. In between class meetings each week, course participants can access PDFs of the readings, short video lectures, and discussion forums on Canvas.
After receiving confirmation of application and being accepted into the course, participants will be instructed on how to register and receive the Zoom login information and an invitation to join the Grace Farms’ Life Worth Living Canvas site. We understand that online coursework will be new to many of our participants, and we will be readily available to answer tech-related questions. The image below provides some insight into your interaction with the course management platform.
While we continue to advance good behind closed doors, we strive to maintain the Grace Farms spirit of hospitality. All participating students will receive a course welcome package in the mail, and will be invited to attend a special River Retreat reflection when the Grace Farms building reopens to the public.