We offer opportunities for contemplation, dialogue, study, and human flourishing through the provision of ongoing programs and expansive space. While the vision for Grace Farms was inspired by the Christian faith, people of all faiths or no faith are welcome to engage in faith exploration at Grace Farms.
"What does it mean for us to succeed as human beings? What does it mean for us to live our lives well? To explore faith means, among other things, to search for the answer to these questions with passion and honesty."
—Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology, Yale University
Grace Farms offers welcoming architectural spaces embedded in nature and resources that allow for contemplation and study across a variety of religious, spiritual, and ethical practices. Guests are welcome to take a quiet walk around the grounds, reflect privately in the Sanctuary, or explore the diverse selection of texts in our Library.
Within Grace Farms' Sanctuary, seven of Olafur Eliasson's Mats for Multidimensional Prayers rest on the stage to inspire contemplation and private reflection.
Grace Farms' library offers a respite for quiet study, with texts focusing on five themes — Faith + Meaning, Art + Beauty, Justice + Ethics, Nature + Environment, and Community + Relationships.
Grace Farms provides a “type B” experience in a “type A” world, inviting visitors to take a moment of pause in a natural environment rich in social and spiritual potential.
We provide opportunities for multi-denominational and interfaith dialogue that fosters constructive and positive interaction. Through on-site programs, Grace Farms brings individuals together to build empathy across lines of religious difference and pursue the common good within our diverse community. Recent offerings have included an Interfaith Seder co-hosted with the Interfaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut.
For the Life of the World
In February, co-authors Miroslav Volf and Dr. Matthew Croasmun joined us for a conversation about their new book, For the Life of the World: Theology that Makes a Difference
Grace Farms' Interfaith Seder is a signature collaboration with the Interfaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut, where people across many traditions come together to engage respectfully and meaningfully.
Grace Farms welcomed Journalists Wajahat Ali and Michelle Boorstein for an inspired conversation about how religion is portrayed in the media and how each of us can expand our capacity for compassion in our pluralistic society.
Grace Farms is a place for people to contemplate questions about the meaning of life and consider how to best live in the contemporary world. In 2017, we collaborated with the Yale Center for Faith & Culture (YCFC) to offer the “Life Worth Living” course, under the direction of Dr. Miroslav Volf, Professor of Theology at Yale and Grace Farms Foundation Board Member. The course engaged 25 individuals from a diverse range of philosophical and religious traditions to help them reflect upon values, purpose, and meaning as it related to their own lives. Mindfulness retreats and classes in partnership with the Copper Beech Institute have also been instrumental in guiding individuals in the development of practices that foster joy, resilience, and healing.
Grace Farms Foundation, in partnership with Copper Beech Institute, offers mindfulness training, helping individuals increase their well-being and happiness.
Life Worth Living
Learn more about Yale’s Life Worth Living course at Grace Farms from Dr. Miroslav Volf.