Liberty is the prevention of control by others. This requires self-control and, therefore, religious and spiritual influences; education, knowledge, well-being. -Lord Acton
It was during my first full year of seminary (circa 2008) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School that I finally heeded the counsel of multiple professors and attended my first Acton University conference. Held each summer in Grand Rapids, Mich., "Acton U" is an extraordinary collection of students, professors, writers, journalists, and thinkers of the first order who gather together for the express purpose of exploring the "free and virtuous society" in a civil, intellectually stimulating environment. What started with a few dozen participants a decade ago has organically grown into an event that boasts nearly 1,000 attendees. Those enrolled in the conference are treated to four days of fascinating conversations, engaging lectures, world-renowned guest speakers, delicious meals, and good company.
As The Acton Institute succinctly puts it: