An Invitation


Irenaeus, one of the early church fathers, said that, “the glory of God is a human being fully alive”. We ache to be more fully alive, but it is hard. The world is stressed and destabilized, and so are many of us. We choose from a menu of paths, pitches, and practices to cope in the hope that we will do good, be good, and feel good. But Jesus did not say, “follow your bliss.” He said, “follow me” (e.g., Matthew 16:24). As Christians, we follow Jesus as “the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), but even with our good intentions, do we really follow his way all the way to what Jesus referred to not merely as having life but having it abundantly. (John 10:10)?


The Yale Center for Faith and Culture has been exploring questions like these in divinity schools, seminaries, and universities since 2007. This year, St. Mark’s will be the first parish to pilot a year-long version of YCFC’s life-changing curriculum Christ and Being Human. We will explore how Jesus is the source, the course, and the force of all that makes us fully alive, not just in our spiritual lives, but in the whole of our lives.


As Jesus said, “Come and see” (John 1:39)! Come and explore how a deeper engagement with Jesus’ life and teachings can make you more fully alive to the glory of God.



The Reverend Peter Walsh


St. Mark’s Episcopal Church



I am delighted that St. Mark’s will be embarking with us on a year of engagement with the most meaningful question of our lives: “What is a life worth living?” The gospel of Jesus Christ calls us to a way of life. It presents a vision of flourishing, of abundant life, and commissions us in service of that vision. This vision of flourishing is expansive. It claims our lives in every aspect, as the yeast of the kingdom of God leavens the whole of our lives. Notwithstanding how central human flourishing is to the proclamation of the gospel, concern for it has been pushed to the margins of modern theology, theological education, and church life. How wonderful it is that St. Mark’s will join us this year in exploring the ways in which Christ is the key to human existence and flourishing. I look forward to being with you on Sunday, September 22, and pray for you as you seek to grow closer to the Lord, the giver of life, in the coming year.



Miroslav Volf

Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology

Yale Divinity School

Founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture


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