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Meaning

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Life Worth Living: Faith, Flourishing, and What Matters Most with Dr. Miroslav Volf

Miroslav Volf (Yale University) wants to reorient theology around human flourishing. For too long, theology has left practical transformation and lived experience out of the picture. But when we draw together Christian faith and spirituality within a holistic framework of understanding who we are, why we’re here, what we’re called to, and how we should live—we’ll find a life that is truly worth living. (Includes a meditative spiritual exercise by Dr. Pam King, “Creating Space.”)…

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A Broad Place: We Do Not Live in a Shoebox

Thrive blogger, Amy Dunn, reflects on Miroslav Volf and creating a broad place in which we can grow and become.

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The Makeup of a Flourishing Life

Thrive blogger, Amy Dunn, summarizes Miroslav Volf's ideas about a flourishing life.

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A Practice: The Transformative Power of Reflection

Reflecting on our experiences reinforces or disrupts our internal narratives about ourselves and our perceptions of the world.

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A Practice: Questioning Beliefs to find Meaning

This practice provides questions to help you explore the beliefs that help you make meaning of life's circumstances.

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Meaning Making (Part 2): What Does Spirituality Have to do with Meaning-Making?

In order to assign meaning we must believe in a bigger picture.

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Meaning-Making (Part 1): The Power of a Meaning-Making Mindset

The practice of meaning-making involves exploring our belief systems, especially our beliefs around spirituality, which offer a distinct and powerful role in making meaning.

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News

Liberty Road Workshop

On Oct. 5th, 2023, Dr. King joined the 'Redefine the Middle Third' Workshop.

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Questions to Promote Love and Meaning

Thinking through paths out of anxiety and fear   If it rings true for you that you need to train your brain to tone down anxiety and/or discover more about yourself – your sources of love and mattering, and your purposes – find a trusted friend or loved one or a small group and work through some of these questions together.     Getting in touch with love: What are your fundamental beliefs about being loved–for just who you are? Not what you do, but just who you are now?  Pause. Close your eyes, take 3 slow breaths–imagine God is looking...

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Living at the Intersection of Joy, Meaning, and Balance

Research indicates spirituality links meaning to joy, and may provide insight into the balance and purpose we seek.

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The Balm of Being Loved and Held

How does love contributing to thriving? The practice of the 5 B's of love is explained here.

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Research Link

Spirituality and meaning-making across contexts: Structural topic modeling of the Fetzer spirituality study in the United States

Author: Kim, S.-H., King, P. E., & Trudeau, S. M. Abstract: Given the significant shifts in religious affiliation and spiritual seeking over the last 20 years, a rigorous and updated understanding of how spirituality functions are essential to understand the impact of these changes on individuals and society. Drawing on an integrated view of spirituality informed by relational developmental systems (RDS) and meaning-making approaches, in the present study, we sought to identify commonalities within varied expressions of spirituality described within interviews of a religiously and spiritually diverse sample of adults. Structural topic modeling (STM) was applied to infer the...