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Gratitude to God Conference

University Events
Anaheim Marriott
Saturday, Dec 3, 2022 at 9:00 AM (PT) to Saturday, Dec 3, 2022 at 4:00 PM (PT)

*Due to generous funding from the John Templeton Foundation, we will be able to make the event free of charge. Please still register so we know how many lunches to purchase.

No matter what age, circumstance, profession or season we are at in our lives, we all have a
natural tendency to be ungrateful due to feelings of jealousy or by making comparisons based
on the differences we see in others. We also rather freely complain, whether it be about taxes,
traffic, the weather, in-laws, work colleagues and conditions, or even our not so perfect
spouses and children. To help counter such a tendency, we hand-picked a team of researchers
in the theology, psychology and philosophy fields to investigate how the nature of gratitude
and ingratitude are experienced and expressed both in personal relationships as well as in a
vertical relationship with God.

You are invited to a one-day event on “Gratitude to God,” where we will have in-depth
discussions on the meaning of gratitude by a team of researchers who have collaborated on a
3-year study funded through a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation and how
our society, both secular and non-secular, express gratitude. Research topics range from
nonbeliever and cosmic gratitude to gratitude shaping suffering and how it is demonstrated
among society. Our goal is to provide key takeaways that will invoke gratitude in the daily
missions you are on in your career, education and personal relationships.

Concerned that this will be a dry academic conference? No worries! This one-day conference
will include panel discussions, interactive sessions and dynamic plenary speakers. Most
importantly, what will be discussed is based on solid research by our team comprised of
research psychologists and theologians/philosophers from Christian and secular universities
across the country. The targeted audience includes pastors and other religious leaders,
educators, corporate leaders, and parents so there are plenty of people, just like you, to
connect with. Come and be a part of an engaging discussion on how we can better establish a
culture of gratitude that you can carry back to your churches, classrooms, work places, and
homes.

This event will be held at the Anaheim Marriott Bonvoy on Saturday, December 3 rd from 9am-
4pm. For more information on our project and this event,
visit our website or email gina.turner@biola.edu. We look forward to your attendance at this
enriching opportunity.

Website for Conference: Gratitude to God

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