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Seeking and living a life worthy of our humanity. Theological insight, cultural analysis, and practical guidance for personal and communal flourishing. Brought to you by the Yale Center for Faith & Culture.

For the Life of the World / Yale Center for Faith & Culture Miroslav Volf, Matthew Croasmun, Ryan McAnnally-Linz, Drew Collins, Evan Rosa

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 155 Ratings

Seeking and living a life worthy of our humanity. Theological insight, cultural analysis, and practical guidance for personal and communal flourishing. Brought to you by the Yale Center for Faith & Culture.

    Mobilizing Hope in Women’s Prison: Discovering Agency, Community, and Creative Resilience / Sarah Farmer

    Mobilizing Hope in Women’s Prison: Discovering Agency, Community, and Creative Resilience / Sarah Farmer

    How do you find hope when you can only see yourself and your future in light of your past mistakes? Practical theologian Sarah Farmer joins Evan Rosa to discuss women's prisons, agency, connection, and theological education for incarcerated women—all featured in her recent book, Restorative Hope: Creating Pathways of Connection in Women’s Prisons.

    • 41 min
    Peaceable Assembly: Protests, Collective Belonging, and Refuge in a Forgotten Right / John Inazu

    Peaceable Assembly: Protests, Collective Belonging, and Refuge in a Forgotten Right / John Inazu

    Protests dominate the news. But what is the freedom of assembly? What the First Amendment calls “the right of the people peaceably to assemble”? Legal scholar John Inazu (Washington University, St. Louis) joins Evan Rosa for a discussion of the freedom of assembly—its history, meaning, interpretation, and application—as well as how it impacts the ability for citizens to gather to demonstrate and protest.

    • 35 min
    Desire: How Avarice and Acquisition Distort Our Longing for the Sacred / Micheal O'Siadhail

    Desire: How Avarice and Acquisition Distort Our Longing for the Sacred / Micheal O'Siadhail

    "Having lost a sense of the sacred, the only thing we want is acquisitiveness—more of everything. How can we break this vicious cycle of avarice? It seems to me that the only way we can possibly reign this in on ourselves is some retrieval of the sense of the sacred, something beyond ourselves."

    Poet Micheal O'Siadhail discusses his latest collection of poetry, Desire—reading several poems and commenting on how he dealt with the pandemic and sought to understand it through verse. With Evan Rosa, he discusses his poetry as a living and synthetic record of human history, the nature of human greed and avarice and how it has marred the earth, and the calling to reshape our desires toward what's truly worth desiring: a desire for the sacred, for the transcendent, and ultimately, a desire of God for God's own sake.

    • 53 min
    How to Read Flannery O'Connor / Jessica Hooten Wilson

    How to Read Flannery O'Connor / Jessica Hooten Wilson

    Flannery O’Connor is known for her short stories in which “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” But it’s often those ugly, mean, disgusting, scandalizing, violent, weird, or downright hateful characters in Flannery O’Connor stories that become the vessels of grace delivered.

    So, how should we read Flannery O’Connor?

    Jessica Hooten Wilson (Pepperdine University) joins Evan Rosa to open up about Flannery O’Connor’s life, her unique perspective as a writer, the theological and moral principles operative in her work, all as an immense invitation to read O’Connor and find the beauty of God’s grace that emerges amidst the most horrendous evils. Includes a discussion of Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “Greenleaf.”

    • 57 min
    A World Out of Joint: Pilgrimage and the Possibilities of Homemaking / Ryan McAnnally-Linz

    A World Out of Joint: Pilgrimage and the Possibilities of Homemaking / Ryan McAnnally-Linz

    What are the possibilities of homemaking in a world out of joint? What does it mean for Christians to be on a pilgrimage? To be sojourners in the world? Ryan McAnnally-Linz joins Evan Rosa to discuss what it means for Christian life to be a journey not from here to there, but from here to … here. This conversation is based on a free download resource available at faith.yale.edu. Click the link in the show notes to download your copy today.

    • 48 min
    You Are A Tree: Metaphor & the Poetry of Our Humanity / Joy Marie Clarkson

    You Are A Tree: Metaphor & the Poetry of Our Humanity / Joy Marie Clarkson

    Theologian Joy Marie Clarkson (King's College London) discusses her most recent book, You Are a Tree: And Other Metaphors to Nourish Life, Thought, and Prayer.

    • 48 min

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