Monday, July 29, 2013

Human flourishing, take 1

Over the past couple of years, myself along with Charlie Germain, Dorothy Kafalas and others have attended a series of free lectures at Yale Divinity school once a month.   While the focus of these presentations have been related specifically to youth ministry, the content focused more on faith development.

One of the speakers, Dr. Miroslav Volf is a professor of systematic theology at Yale.  He is also one of the directors of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture.  A part of the center's focus is on God and Human Flourishing.  The title intrigues me the most.

Human flourishing?

What does it mean for us to flourish?

Merriam Webster defines it as follows:
1: to grow luxuriantly : thrive
2a : to achieve success : prosper <a flourishing business>
b : to be in a state of activity or production <flourished around 1850>
c : to reach a height of development or influence
3: to make bold and sweeping gestures; to wield with dramatic gestures : brandish
What does it mean for you to flourish?
What are ways in which you do or you have flourished in your life?
What does flourishing look like for you?
Before I begin to share my own thoughts related to these questions, I invite you to reply and share your thoughts with myself and others.

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