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About Liberty and Markets


The Liberty and Markets program offers a deeper look into the core issues at the intersection of truth, liberty, and economics primarily for alumni of Acton’s Towards a Free and Virtuous SocietyThriving Churches: Flourishing Communities, and Acton University programs.

Utilizing a format of two lectures and six Socratic discussion sessions, each conference provides an environment of intense dialogue and exploration. To insure active engagement with both the ideas and faculty, participation is capped at 15 attendees per event.

The program is intellectually demanding; participants are required to do advanced reading of selected primary texts (approximately 250 pages) and must be prepared to offer comments and defend their views while referencing the texts throughout the weekend.

Download Sample Schedule or Frequently Asked Questions.


2017-18 Conference Topics


  • Liberty & the Declaration of Independence (August 3-6, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA) - Graduate Student Conference
  • Capitalism, Free Trade, & Globalization (November 2-5, 2017 in Baton Rouge, LA) - Graduate Student Conference
  • Evaluating the Idea of Social Justice (April 19-22, 2018 in Holland, MI) - Clergy/ Church Employee Conference

The application for each conference will be available at least 3 months prior to the event and will remain open until the conference has been filled. Conferences can fill very quickly.


Program Cost


There is no registration fee for this conference. Each accepted participant will receive a conference package to include required reading materials, lodging, food, and a travel stipend. Travel assistance is limited and may not cover all travel costs.


Who Should Apply?


  • Graduate Student Conferences: These programs are intended for Acton alumni  - i.e. have fully participated at least one Acton University (AU), Towards a Free and Virtuous Society (FAVS), and/or Thriving Churches: Flourishing Communities (TChurches) conference - who are currently enrolled in or have recently completed graduate level studies.
  • Clergy/ Church Employee Conferences: These graduate-level programs are intended for seminarians, clergy, para-church workers, and social workers.

For more information about these conferences, download the Frequently Asked Questions or contact us at liberty-markets (@) acton.org.


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