August Bethany Weekend Full, New July Date Announced

“Now of all human pursuits, that of wisdom is the most perfect, the most sublime, the most profitable, and the most delightful. It is the most perfect, since in proportion as a man devotes himself to the pursuit of wisdom, so much does he already share in true happiness…”
Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra gentiles

My wife Sofia and I are happy to share our two offerings this summer of what we call Bethany Weekends.

Part study, part fellowship, part retreat. Experience natural beauty and hospitality in our home as we delve together into an ancient wisdom. Each weekend workshop has a specific theme. Experience the richness of a college level study in a non-threatening, nurturing environment.

Bethany Weekends, Summer 2018:

July 28-29 Virtue and the Good Life

We know that virtues are important and that we need to cultivate them. We can name a number of them. But the deeper truth about virtue is probably more profound—and challenging and rewarding—than we have yet conceived.
We will study and discuss the nature of virtue, the kinds of virtue, how they are cultivated, and the difference it makes, using the greatest thinkers of Western civilization.
Lecture notes and recommended reading lists will be provided.
For more details and to apply for a Bethany Weekend go to the Bethany Weekend page.

August 4-5 Friendship and Family Relationships

There is no human happiness without true friendship. In order to be intentional about friendship we need to have a clear understanding of what it is, and of the different kinds. With the great masters, both pagan and Christian, we will delve deeply into this most vital of topics.
Using basic insights from our study of friendship, we will also examine the special challenge of family relationships and the unique role they play in each of our lives.
Lecture notes and recommended reading lists will be provided.
Complimentary copy of True Friendship: Where Virtue Becomes Happiness.
For more details and to apply for a Bethany Weekend go to the Bethany Weekend page.

Want to be sure to get early announcements of any upcoming Bethany offerings? Go HERE to get on the Bethany Mailing List, used only for special, early notice of the Bethany schedule.

Please note that some financial assistance is available.
We wish all a summer marked by the true joy of the pursuit of wisdom.


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