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How do we shepherd the flock in the search for economically healthy and socially just urban communities? What is the role of the local church in sustainable human development? Where do we find guidance for those facing unemployment and neighborhood displacement?

Acton’s Free and Virtuous Society conference will explore how moral and economic clarity gives direction in our mission to be true disciples, fostering effective charity, empowering our congregations, and creating a context for urban flourishing.  Conference participants will envision a new framework for examining complex problems facing today’s cities, built upon a foundation of theological and economic clarity. Participants will network with other catalysts in their community, ground discussion in continued emphasis on real-world applications of Biblical principles, and develop leadership capacity through the resources offered for each session.

Participants will also network with religious leaders, business professionals, and academics seeking to impact growth and influence human flourishing throughout cities across our nation.

Space is limited and conference attendance is considered by application only. This conference is ideal for pastors, lay leaders, and those working in lower-income communities.  Conference fees, meals, lodging, and Travel will be covered for accepted applicants. 

Conference Schedule

  1. Thursday, Sept 28th
  3. 5:15pm              Registration and Reception
  4. 6:00pm              Dinner                     
  5. 7:00pm             Opening Talk
  7. Friday, Sept 29th 
  8. 8:00am             Breakfast
  9. 9:00am            Session 1
  10. 10:30am          Session 2
  11. 12:00pm           Lunch
  12. 2:00pm            Session 3
  13. 3:30 pm           Session 4                                                      
  14. 5:30pm             Dinner  
  15. 7:30pm            Session 5
  2. Saturday, Sept 30th
  3. 8:00am             Breakfast
  4. 9:00am            Session 6
  5. 10:30am          Session 7
  6. 11:45pm           Conference Wrap-Up & Conclusion
  7. 12:00pm           Grab-and-Go Lunch

Event Details

Start Date

End Date


New York, NY 10001
United States


Full details will be provided to accepted participants.

Applications close at 11:59 PM on June 11th, 2023. 

Dress for this conference is business casual.