Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the conference about?
Toward a Free and Virtuous Society conferences are intensive seminars for current and future leaders. These conferences offer an introduction to the moral foundations of personal and economic liberty by combining an in-depth treatment of economic principles with principles of social justice and anthropology. They explore the nature of the human person and the created order from the perspectives of Scripture and natural law, examining concepts such as justice, equality, flourishing, stewardship, and virtue.
2. How is the conference organized?
The conference provides a philosophical orientation, tracing the concept of freedom from a natural rights base to its theoretical consequences. From there, the conference builds on this philosophical foundation linking theory to contemporary topics in the Northwest such as the family, the enviornment, millennials, and global development.
3. Who attends "TFAVS" conferences?
Participants will come from the five states served by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust (Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon) and will be selected from the academy, non-profit organizations, churches, and the business community. All ages are welcome. The number of participants will be limited to 20, who will be expected to stay for the entire event.
4. How much does the conference cost?
All participants selected to attend will receive a full fellowship, which covers room and board expenses as well as conference fees. A limited number of travel scholarships are available to cover transportation costs to and from the conference. If travel assistance is needed, please note this on your application. In addition, students will receive a selection of books from the Acton Book Shop.
5. Where is the conference being held?
From Thursday, April 14 to Saturday, April 16, 2016, The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust is partnering with the Acton Institute to sponsor an invitation-only event at the lovely Cedar Brook Lodge Conference Center. Nestled among 11 wooded acres near the Seattle-Tacoma airport, this intimate gathering will focus on “God’s Economy of All Things,” exploring what faith, flourishing, and freedom look like when integrated and lived in the Northwestern United States.
Toward a Free and Virtuous Society Faculty
Professor of Systematic Theology, Western Seminary; Chair, Center for Biblical and Theological Studies
Dr. Gerry Breshears
Research Fellow, Acton Institute; Director and Producer of Poverty, Inc.
Mr. Michael Matheson Miller
Founder and President, Ruth Institute; Senior Fellow in Economics, Acton Institute
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse
Research Professor, Marketplace Theology and Leadership, Regent College
Dr. Paul Williams
Dear Acton Alum,
Thank you for sacrificing the time and resources to attend one of our core Acton events – Acton University, Toward a Free and Virtuous Society, Thriving Churches : Flourishing Communities or Liberty & Markets. I want to personally welcome you to a 26 year old Alumni Network that consists of more than 6,000 men and women from 70 countries.
This fall, we begin the launch of a new Alumni Relations Program that will ensure you receive the resources you need in order to keep exploring the themes and concepts you learned about at Acton. I’d also like to announce some exciting new features that will available soon, including:
- An online platform that allows you to better engage with Acton and other alumni;
- Tailored resources and special discounts available exclusively to our alumni network;
- Regional alumni events, and;
- Alumni representatives who are ready to speak with you at all times!
We look forward to building an ongoing, personal relationship with you. As we continue to develop this program, we want to hear your feedback. Your input will greatly assist in the development of our alumni network and programming.
In the meantime, please reach out to me with any thoughts, suggestions or concerns that you may have regarding the Acton Institute Alumni Relations Program. As the new Alumni Relations Director, it is my goal to make sure you are equipped with the resources you need to inspire positive change in your community. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you at one of our many events!
All the Best,
Alumni Relations Director