The Free and Virtuous Society featuring Rev. Robert A. Sirico and David L. Bahnsen

Keynote Speakers

Rev. Robert A. Sirico is the president and co-founder of the Acton Institute and the pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, both in Grand Rapids, MI. A regular writer and commentator on religious, political, economic, and social issues, Rev. Sirico’s contributions have been carried by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Washington Times, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR, and the BBC, among others. In his recent book, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, Rev. Sirico shows how a free economy is not only the best way to meet society’s material needs but also the surest protection of human dignity against government encroachment.

David L. Bahnsen is founder of the Bahnsen Group, a private wealth management boutique based in Newport Beach. David has been named as one of Barron’s America’s Top 1,200 Advisors as well as on Wall Street’s Top 40 Advisors Under 40 and Financial Times Top 400 Advisors in America. David directs all portfolio and strategic asset allocation decisions, personal wealth advising and advanced estate planning strategies for The Bahsen Group’s high net worth individuals and families. David brought The Bahnsen Group independent through the elite boutique fiduciary, HighTower Advisors, in April 2015 after eight years as a Chairman’s Club Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and seven years as a First Vice President at UBS Financial Services. David is a co-founder of Pacifica Christian in Newport Beach, CA and currently serves as the Vice-President of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Development Committee.

Event Date: 
March 3, 2016 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Pacifica Christian’s The Great Conversation series continues with Acton’s own co-founder and president, Rev. Robert A. Sirico. The well-known writer and commentator on religious, political, economic, and social issues will join with Pacifica Christian’s David Bahnsen for an evening conversation on The Free and Virtuous Society. Together, we will explore how we best take care of the least in harmony with free markets.

The highest ethic of our age often seems to be not getting caught. A cold and pragmatic view of free markets has created cynics of those who otherwise may be naturally warm to an economic worldview focusing on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We know that rooted in our nation’s founding is a fondness for free men and free markets, but is that same perspective found in our world’s creation? Does God have anything to say to us about our economic transactions with one another, and how our system of thought in this arena may best alleviate poverty and serve the cause of human flourishing?

Pacifica’s TGC program of dynamic lecturers, challenging question-and-answer sessions, and social gatherings will provide great fun and challenging conversations for participants. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to join with others in our community in conversations that will transform the way we live, study, work, and engage the world.

Please join Rev. Sirico and David Bahnsen in Newport Beach, CA for this must-attend event!

*Registration is FREE and open to the public and is required. Registrants are permitted to register up to four participants. Please confirm with your guests before registering.

For more information on this event, please email Nick Porter at or call 616.454.3080. You can also get more information on Pacifica Christian and their TCG event "The Free and Virtuous Society" at

This event is co-sponsored by the Acton Institute and HighTower | The Bahnsen Group