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Lord Acton once famously said that liberty is “the delicate fruit of a mature civilization.” All greatness is the result of a long and arduous cultivation. This is true not only for individual growth in art and virtue but also for societies as a whole. Liberty flourishes in a society supported by a moral culture that embraces the truth about the transcendent origin and destiny of the human person. This moral culture is the necessary basis for harmony and order within society.

In this issue, you will learn about our Poverty Cure Summit student essay contest and read insights from the winners and honorable mentions. My hearty congratulations to them! Seeing our ideas shape and inform the thoughts of students is a wonderful gift and also a witness to the fruit we wish to cultivate in the next generation. 

Our featured article is a recap of our recent Business Matters Conference. This virtual event focused on issues of business in volatile times, entrepreneurship, and the creation of value in service to others. The conference was a great success, with participants virtually attending from the world over. You will also learn how to access the recorded sessions online.

It is also a pleasure to share news of our Acton Lecture Series event in which Dr. Anthony Bradley, professor of religious studies at The King’s College, addressed the question of “Why Black Lives Matter.” His is a distinctly Christian perspective on what is needed for Black communities to thrive from within.

Hot off the presses is our latest co-published translation of the works of Abraham Kuyper, On Business and Economics. The Dutch theologian and statesman addressed a wide range of topics, but his views on business and economics are often overlooked. This excellent volume fills that gap.

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Rev. Robert A. Sirico received his Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic University of America following undergraduate study at the University of Southern California and the University of London.  During his studies and early ministry, he experienced a growing concern over the lack of training religious studies students receive in fundamental economic principles, leaving them poorly equipped to understand and address today's social problems.  As a result of these concerns, Fr. Sirico co-founded the Acton Institute with Kris Alan Mauren in 1990.