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Tag Archives: Acton University
I’ve been to a lot of conferences. Often, things get behind schedule due to lack of planning and discipline (which is disrespectful of the participants and speakers). None of that at Acton University! Things run on time. You never have … Read More
Once again I have the pleasure of participating in Acton Institute’s summer event, Acton University, several days of outstanding lectures and meeting people from dozens of countries and varying walks of life and religions. Getting here wasn’t easy this time. … Read More
Great VIDEO @ActonInstitute – @DrSamuelGregg on threats faced by religious believers around the world
Here is a sample of the content of Acton University. Description: Samuel Gregg, Director of Research at the Acton Institute, delivers the opening plenary lecture of Acton University 2017 at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gregg’s lecture focuses … Read More
Day 2 started, as always, with Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form. In another room, there is the Ordinary Form (I think they use electric piano over there). There is also, this year, an Orthodox Prayer service and a Protestant. … Read More
We have completed the first full day. I gave my lecture today on Augustine and the City of Man. A view of the great deco/liberty hall in the older portion of the otherwise state of art facility. I always like … Read More
We have gathered again in Grand Rapids MI for Acton University 2017. Once again there is a huge and diverse group from all over the world. Tonight we have registered and greeted lots of old friends and now our first … Read More
This year’s Acton University ended with bang. Peter Kreeft gave a talk on the last day in which he made some great comments about music, including music used in church. Dr. Kreeft, a long-time prof at Boston College, began by … Read More
Day 2 (aka 1st full day) of Acton U was replete – as always – with great presentations. In the afternoon, I went to a talk about the Benedictine Option. This is not about the arrangement of candles and Crucifix on … Read More
We are getting into the swing of things now at Acton U. This morning we began with Mass (in the Extraordinary Form.. OF is also offered). Then I joined a group of business leaders for breakfast and some discussion. … Read More
I am off to Acton University today. My view for a while today will involve a steering wheel and lots of interstate, including a goodly portion of Chicago, where I expect bad traffic. Good for the Blackhawks, by the way. … Read More
We are in the second full day of Acton U. Yesterday was tiring, but great. This morning we had Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form for the Feast of Corpus Christi. We considered for a moment having a short … Read More
I am in Grand Rapids, MI for the annual gathering of Acton University, several days of lectures and presentations on many topics. People of various faiths come from all over the world for this. When I picked up my registration … Read More
Off I go for another adventure. I awoke to the sounds of thunder and a civil defense siren last night. I see that there was a tornado somewhere. I have yet to learn the details. I am aware that a … Read More
Yesterday evening we heard a talk from Marina Nemat, who had been tortured in an Iranian prison. She spoke about her faith. Then a few of us watched the last period, etc. of the Bruins/Hawks game. Sigh. This morning, after … Read More
At Acton University (follow tweets #ActonU) we are having a “blogger luncheon” and Samuel Gregg is addressing us. Gregg is making brief remarks and answering questions about his recent book Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture, and How America Can Avoid … Read More
I am once again participating in Acton University. This is a wonderful few days. There are swarms of people this year, I think last night the announcer said 1300 people from 85 countries. Fr. Robert Sirico gave the opening address. … Read More
Better than any other approach a free market helps to raise large groups of people out of poverty and promotes happiness through earned rewards. During the recent Acton University I think an overarching theme of the talks and presentations was that those who … Read More