Yale Center for Faith and Culture
Founded in 2003 by its present director, Miroslav Volf, the Yale Center for Faith and Culture discerns and commends visions of flourishing life in light of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and fosters truth-seeking conversations among the contending visions in our world today. Information on current activities and research can be found at the center’s website, http://faith.yale.edu, or by subscribing to the center’s mailing list at http://faith.yale.edu/core/subscribe.
The center is widely known for its legacy programs addressing reconciliation with Islam, faith and globalization, and ethics and spirituality in the workplace. Its vision is spelled out in the book For the Life of the World (2019, Brazos Press) by Volf and Matthew Croasmun, and its mission is currently focused on two major programs.
The Christ and Being Human program is dedicated to cultivating and resourcing a new theological movement grounded in the conviction that Jesus Christ is the key to human flourishing. The program incorporates interdisciplinary and collaborative primary research, a signature course taught regularly at YDS, and partnerships with churches and institutions of Christian higher education to bring deep reflection on the shape of human lives to the heart of Christian formation and education.
The Life Worth Living program is an effort to revive critical discussion in universities and the broader culture about the most important question of our lives: What is a life worth living? Through its undergraduate course, student fellows program, and campus events, the program facilitates conversation across important and enduring lines of difference on questions of meaning and purpose.