Called to Thrive

We inform, inspire, and equip leaders to help others thrive.

 

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Our mission at the Thrive Center for Human Development is to catalyze a movement of human thriving, with and for others. We conduct research and develop resources at the nexus of spirituality and human thriving in order to promote whole individuals and societies.

The Thrive Center Model

Our Thrive Model

To thrive is to grow in authenticity with and for others and for a greater purpose. Our research at the Thrive Center has led us to understand thriving from both a spiritual and psychological perspective. Our goal is to provide a rigorous and substantive view of thriving that challenges popular notions of the word.

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We offer psychologically-informed practices to help guide you and your community.

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Research has long affirmed that spirituality can help our identity, sense of meaning, and purpose.

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Latest Posts

The Power of Transcendence and Spirituality in a Modern World

By Pamela Ebstyne King | Sep 2, 2022

Pamela King reflects on the church of her youth and considers lessons from her current research findings about spirituality for the future.

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Moments of transcendence

By Jilleen Westbrook | Sep 2, 2022

According to psychologist and executive director of the Thrive Center, Pamela Ebstyne King, transcendent experiences are emotional responses, often profound, that inform how individuals see themselves in relationship to God, others, and the world.  Transcendent experiences give our lives meaning, and shift our focus from ourselves, connecting us with something more – whether that be…

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Rethinking Traditional Church for a Modern Age

By Pamela Ebstyne King | Aug 1, 2022

Pamela King reflects on the church of her youth and how it deeply formed her identity, sense of purpose, and belonging.

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The 5 A’s of Agility: Adapting through Life Changes

By Pamela Ebstyne King | Jul 4, 2022

Finding joy requires practice. Learn how you can be agile and experience more joy through our 5-step process.

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The True Joy of Love

By Rebecca Baer | Jul 4, 2022

Joy is more than an emotion. Rebecca Baer reflects on true joy as being rooted in love, sharing a mindfulness practice.

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Recovering from Hardship: Practices toward Resilience and Purpose

By Lauren Van Vranken | Jun 6, 2022

How do we build resilience and stay connected to purpose in the midst of suffering? Lauren Van Vranken shares 3 practices for recovery and regulation.

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The 5 R’s of Resilience and Recovery: A Guide for Personal and Communal Practices

By Thrive Center | Jun 6, 2022

Cynthia Eriksson’s psychological and theological framework points to 5 self-care practices to developing resilience and recovery

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