What is it?
Previously called Spiritual Emphasis Days (SED), the Deeper Life Conference is a one-day event for all students and staff that deepens faith in Christ through worship and learning together.
- 9:30am Coffee (in-person)
- 10am Morning Session
- 1pm Breakout Sessions
- 3pm Breakout Sessions
10am Morning Plenary Speaker:
2021 Theme: “No Cure for Being Human: Resilient Faith for Tough Times” with Kate Bowler
The world loves us when we are good, better, best, but what about when we get sick, lose someone we love, or life hasn’t turned out like we thought it should? Duke Professor Kate Bowler offers a richer
understanding of hope in the face of uncertainty, despair, and suffering as we begin to understand that life is a chronic condition and there is no cure for being human.
Kate Bowler, PhD, is a Canadian writer and an associate professor of the history of Christianity in North America at Duke Divinity School. She is the author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel which traces the history of the moment based on divine promises of health, wealth, and happiness. Then, after being unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at age 35, she penned the New York Times bestselling memoir, Everything Happens for a Reason (and other lies I’ve loved). Dr. Bowler subsequently staged a national conversation on speaking frankly about suffering through her popular podcast, Everything Happens.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
This is the tentative schedule that is intended to give you the general idea of what to expect at this year’s Deeper Life Conference. There will be solidified plans sent to you in August and will be on the website by September 6, 2021. We hope a majority of sessions will be in person but there will be an online session offered for each breakout time. Note that there is an evening film being offered in addition to the 1pm and 3pm options.
We highly encourage faculty to connect the contents of the mainstage and/or breakout sessions to a course requirement. Please do not include facilitator information or detailed session information on your syllabus before August 31, 2021 when details will be finalized.