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Virtue and Human Flourishing

His Divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and virtue. [...] For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue. (2 Peter 1:3 and 5)

This year’s CFI Symposium topic "Virtue and Human Flourishing" draws from the ancient philosophical and Christian virtue traditions and applies them to today's questions of  human flourishing and the good life. How does this framework make sense of present day threats to true human flourishing in our world - to injustice, poverty, materialism, apathy, oppression and more? What does it mean to flourish? 

The annual Gordon College CFI Symposium sparks discussion on a major contemporary or perennial issue. Students, faculty and staff learn from one another through events that address the topic, such as panel discussions, exhibits, debates, poetry readings, presentations, performances and outdoor festivities that take place on Symposium day. 

Symposium Keynote Address

Thursday, April 21, 2022
4:00pm Reception, KOSC Loggia
4:30pm Lecture, KOSC Chairman's Room

Keynote Speaker:

Trudy Summers serves as the Acting Director for the Gordon Honors Institute and the Global Honors Scholars Program and is Acting Co-Director for the Center for Faith and Inquiry. She holds master’s degrees in both clinical psychology and theology and her academic and professional interests center around the intersection of these two disciplines, particularly as they relate to identity, moral development, and spiritual formation. An extension of this interest is the exploration of the therapeutic and formative power of Christian community. Trudy worked as a counselor, mentor, and teacher for over 25 years in the inner cities of Chicago, Nashville, Boston, and most recently, in Gloucester, MA – where she founded her own non-profit organization and counseling practice, before coming to Gordon College in 2017. 

“I love to be a part of helping people flourish – whether it be gaining emotional and spiritual health, facing fears and finding hope, pursuing a deeper relationship with God or finding courage to pursue goals and personal growth. That has been the focus of my work for the last 30 years, through clinical practice, teaching, and mentoring. For me, that is the joy of working on a college campus. Students will always be the reason I love my job!”

Trudy resides in Gloucester, MA where she enjoys renovating her 125 yr old house, extending hospitality, and being a member of the Orthodox Congregational Church in Lanesville, where she serves in leadership, teaches, provides pastoral care, and leads retreats.

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