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Flourishing as Human Beings: The Impact of Practicing Gratitude 


No matter where we find ourselves in life, we all desire to flourish. According to current research on gratitude, savoring good things in life helps us flourish both personally and professionally. You might be thinking, “Hasn’t the notion of gratitude been around for centuries?” And you would be right. From the earliest of times theologians, philosophers, and sociologists have exalted gratitude as a central virtue. Yet only recently has gratitude been studied scientifically.

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New Frontiers for Pastors

Pastors beginning their professional lives and those in the middle of their careers can find support through Frontiers, a new Westmont program funded by a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry initiative. Lilly seeks to help pastors build relationships with experienced clergy who can serve as mentors and guide them through key leadership challenges.

Stories That Unite Us and Make Us Stronger

Shauna Niequist ’98, Alumna of the Year, spoke at the Homecoming chapel in October about the three greatest things Westmont gave her: friends, vocation and a deeper faith.

An Illustrated Life

Katie King Rumford ’06 grew up at Westmont, where her father Dave ’76 worked as a resident director before becoming the longtime housing director. “Attending a school so familiar ended up being good for me,” she says.