The Institute for Faith and Resilience

 The IFR logo is a Louisiana live oak, a tree known for its resilience in the midst of winds and floods.

The IFR logo is a Louisiana live oak, a tree known for its resilience in the midst of winds and floods.

Every individual faces difficult circumstances in the course of his life. Resilience is the ability to adapt in the midst of such circumstances; it is positive adaptation to adversity. Resilience is therefore of great value to those who have it. But how is resilience formed? What conditions make for more resilient outcomes?

The Institute for Faith and Resilience (IFR) advances resilience by highlighting the central contribution of faith to individual and community resilience. Co-founded by Trinity, IFR is a center for both pioneering academic research and practical resilience programming. IFR reflects Trinity’s commitment to high-level cultural engagement in pursuit of the long-term goal of forming Christian culture.


Leadership

The Executive Director of IFR is the Rev’d Dr. Nathan White. Nathan is an Army Chaplain, now serving in a reserve capacity in the office of the Chief of Chaplains. His experience as a Chaplain, especially while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, informs his work at IFR. Subsequent to his deployments, Nathan earned a PhD from Durham University, studying the Theology of Resilience under Professor Chris Cook. Nathan also serves as Associate Rector of Trinity.

Nathan is a thought leader in the emerging field of Faith and Resilience. He is currently editing a major book on Biblical and Theological Visions of Resilience. He also recently authored a chapter on “Resilience and the Role of Spirituality” in the new Oxford Textbook of Public Mental Health.