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Norcia, Italy, the birthplace of Saint Benedict

Time for the Benedict Option?

6:00 p.m. at the Union League Club, 38 East 37th Street ⁄ New York City, NY

Meet and

A Conversation on Community, Counterculture, and Christianity’s Future in the West with Rod Dreher, Ross Douthat, R. R. Reno, Peter Mommsen, Michael Wear, Jacqueline Rivers, and Randall Gauger.

The event has now ended. Watch a recording of it below. A recording is also available on our Facebook page.

Watch a recording of the Benedict Option event with Rod Dreher.

As faith is pushed to the margins of mainstream society, how are Christians to respond? In this public conversation, Rod Dreher proposes a strategy for building up communities of faith that are robust enough to flourish in a hostile culture, and discusses his new book The Benedict Option with a panel of respondents including New York Times columnist Ross Douthat; Jacqueline Rivers, Executive Director of the Seymour Institute on Black Church and Policy Studies; and Randall Gauger of the Bruderhof communities.

This event was sponsored by Plough, First Things, and The American Conservative.

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