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Through the generous support of donors and friends of the magazine, First Things has been able to host a series of weekend retreats focusing on important topics in religion, politics, and culture. Each retreat is composed of a series of seminars on classic texts, flanked by two lectures given by First Things writers.

To date the retreats have been a great success, combining First Things’s mission of educating for the renewal of public life with the equally important project of building community among those committed to this task. Retreat participants consistently express their satisfaction at having found a space where they can discuss issues of fundamental importance frankly and intelligently in a friendly environment. If you would like to be informed of future retreats as they are scheduled, please subscribe to our email newsletter using the form at the bottom of this page.


Phoenix, AZ
March 25–26, 2022

The Union League Club
August 13–14, 2021

Faith, Hope, Love
Virtual, via WebEx 
June 16–19, 2020

The Virtuous Life
New York University
August 9–10, 2019

The Common Good
Washington, D.C.
June 7–8, 2019

Economics and the Human Person
October 12–13, 2018

The Life of the Mind
New York University
August 10–12, 2018

The Political Life
New York University
August 11–13, 2017

The Good of Marriage
Baylor University
May 19–21, 2017

Love and Friendship
New York University
August 5–7, 2016

The Search for Happiness
University of California, Los Angeles
May 20–22, 2016

The Paradox of Freedom
New York University
August 7-9, 2015