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What is the Good Life?

What does it mean to live a Good Life?

Fayetteville, Ark., August 27, 2013 – The ongoing lecture/conversation series titled FaithLife Connections (FLC), will return to First Christian Church (220 North College Ave. 72701) in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday, October 5, 2013. 

Created by Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Okla., and featuring the seminary’s faculty, FaithLife Connections is designed to help laypeople develop the tools to connect faith with daily life.  The third presenter in the Fayetteville area will be Dr. Sarah Morice Brubaker, Assistant Professor of Theology at PTS. Her discussion topic will be “What is the Good Life? Building Faithful Community Even When You Disagree About What Matters Most.

“What does it mean to live a good life?  The answer will depend not only on who you are, but also when and where you were born, what stories formed your view of the world, and what community you belong to.  In this presentation, I’ll introduce different visions of the good life drawn from history, philosophy, and theology; I’ll then facilitate conversation among participants about the challenges – and opportunities – that arise when members of a faith community disagree on how to live well.,” said Morice Brubaker.

Morice Brubaker will give a presentation, following the presentation attendees are encouraged to share perspectives and engage in conversations. After lunch together, more time for discussion will be available, including recommendations on materials and resources. Anyone, of any religious tradition or of no tradition, who seeks to make connections between faith matters and daily life, is welcome to attend.

“Persons seeking to follow the way of Jesus in today’s world face profound challenges. At PTS, we believe that faculty and students – including both laity and clergy – should seek to understand the challenges, to relate resources from Christian traditions to develop creative, hopeful individual and communal strategies for ways in which Christians could respond to those issues. PTS has developed FLC to reach out to people of faith who seek similar ends,” said John Imbler, Coordinator of FLC.

Designed to run for three and a half years, seminary faculty with topics of expertise and interest, will rotate to participating congregations so seven different topics will be discussed over the course of the program.  FLC will be hosted by seven congregations in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) covenant regions, those include: Denver, Colo.; Columbia, Mo.; Wichita, Kan.; Kansas City, Mo.; Fayetteville, Ark.; Edmond, Okla.; and Tulsa, Okla.  Within the three and a half year span, a congregation will host a weekend event twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. 


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