Interfaith Lecture Series

Interfaith Lecture Series

2 Seasons

The Interfaith Lecture Series is designed to present issues that impact the lived experience of everyday life from theological, religious, spiritual, ethical, and humanitarian perspectives.

About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. As a community, we celebrate, encourage and study the arts and treat them as integral to all of learning, and we convene the critical conversations of the day to advance understanding through civil dialogue. CHQ Assembly is the online expression of Chautauqua Institution's mission.

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Interfaith Lecture Series
  • Looking for God in All the Right Places: an Appeal to the ‘Nones.’

    Episode 1

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Monday, July 6, 2020.

    Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin says religion can offer people without faith a role in a “larger story.”

    Salkin produces his award-winning blog, “Martini Judaism: for those who want to be shaken and stirred,” published by the Religion News Service...

  • A Woman’s Life: A Good Event/Bad Event World

    Episode 2

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Monday, July 27, 2020.

    Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB on critical questions impacting the global community.

    Chittister, a Benedictine Sister of Erie, PA, is an international lecturer and award-winning author of 60 books. She has won 16 Catholic Press Association aw...

  • Remember That You Are Stardust, and to Stardust You Shall Return

    Episode 3

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Monday, August 10, 2020.

    Barbara Brown Taylor returns to Chautauqua to provide wisdom on the spirituality of human beings.

    Taylor is a New York Times best-selling author, teacher, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church (2006), won an Author of...

  • Falling in Love with Being Together, Because We Can't Afford to Fall Apart

    Episode 4

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 9, 2020.

    Gretta Vosper details the improved subjective well-being experienced by many adherents of religion.

    Vosper, a best-selling author, has served as clergy at West Hill United Church in Toronto for over two decades. She supported its trans...

  • Tikkun Adam(ah): A Jewish Response to a World in Upheaval

    Episode 5

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

    Rabbi Nate DeGroot explores how people, nature and the world are truly interconnected.

    DeGroot also details Detroit’s Jewish community to reconnect with their faith’s earth-based roots and push for greater sustainability.

    DeGroot i...

  • Faith on Stage: A conversation with Bob Crawford of The Avett Brothers

    Episode 6

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 22, 2020.

    Faith on Stage: A conversation with Bob Crawford of The Avett Brothers

    About Chautauqua Institution: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer wi...

  • The Spiritual Soul and Political Body in Art

    Episode 7

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Monday, July 13, 2020.

    Ori Soltes brings his background in art history, theology, philosophy and political history to Chautauqua.

    Soltes, who teaches at Georgetown University, is the former Director of the B’nai B’rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, and ha...

  • The Beauty We Love

    Episode 8

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

    Eugene Friesen examines the animal inspiration to human rhythm, composition and orchestration.

    “All of music is world music.”

    Friesen is a four-time Grammy Award winner and has worked and recorded with such diverse artists as Dave ...

  • Growing Hope

    Episode 9

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

    Beth Roach details the Nottoway Tribe’s tradition and efforts to preserve native culture through ancestral seeds.

    Roach is a co-founder of the Alliance of Native Seedkeepers, an organization that was formed to preserve ancestral seeds...

  • Human Longing and the Search for Meaning

    Episode 10

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

    Acharya Judith Lief provides a Buddhist guide to encountering mortality.

    Lief is a Buddhist teacher and author who has been leading workshops on a contemplative approach to death and dying, and on the teachings of The Tibetan Book of th...

  • God’s Call – Our Vocation – In a Time of Climate Chaos

    Episode 11

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 2, 2020.

    Jim Antal calls for a societal and industrial response to climate change that mirrors the reaction to fascism and genocide in WWII.

    Since his first Earth Day, Antal has seen the benefit to combining religion with environmental advocacy...

  • Finding Myself in the Other: Learning from Those Outside My Faith

    Episode 12

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

    Hartford Seminary President Joel N. Lohr presents his research and scholarship.

    Joel N. Lohr, president of Hartford Seminary, is an award-winning author, scholar of religion, and passionate leader in interreligious relations and highe...

  • Interfaith Friday: Haudenosaunee

    Episode 13

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Friday, July 31, 2020.

    Michael Martin speaks on Haudenosaunee on Interfaith Friday.

    Martin is the executive Director of the Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc. Prior to joining NACS, Mr. Martin had started his own company, “X...

  • Technology, Ethics, & Imagination

    Episode 14

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Monday, July 20, 2020.

    Gerard Magill details a faith-based reaction to a world transitioning to technology first.

    Since 2007 Dr. Gerard Magill has held the Vernon F. Gallagher Chair for the Integration of Science, Theology, Philosophy, and Law at Duquesne Uni...

  • Fierce & Tender Wisdom: Reclaiming Women's Voices Across Spiritual Traditions

    Episode 15

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

    Mirabai Starr on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialogue.

    Starr is an award-winning author of creative nonfiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourner...

  • We Are All Reflections of the ONE: Bridging Distances Between Souls

    Episode 16

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

    Rabbi Naomi Levy weaves tapestries of spiritual truth that reveal the spirituality of “Us” from a Jewish perspective.

    Levy is the founder of Nashuva, a groundbreaking Jewish outreach community, based in Los Angeles. Naomi is a best-s...

  • The Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity

    Episode 17

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

    Jason Thacker brings his knowledge of religion, ethics and technology to Chautauqua.

    Jason Thacker serves as Chair of Research in Technology Ethics at The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He ...

  • Interfaith Friday: ‘Evangelical Christianity’

    Episode 18

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Friday, July 10, 2020.

    The Rev. Willie James Jennings teaches in the areas of theology, black church and Africana studies.

    Jennings is the author of The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race, which is now a standard text read in colleges, se...

  • Teaching Religion Through New Eyes

    Episode 19

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Monday, August 3, 2020.

    Judy Beals on advancing public understanding of religion and building a peaceful society.

    Beals, is the associate director of Harvard Divinity School’s Religious Literacy Project (RLP). Working with Dr. Diane Moore and her team, she pr...

  • From Fear to Hope: Childhood Experiences with Anti-Semitism/How to Teach Respect

    Episode 20

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

    Linda K. Wertheimer on how to fight religious bigotry and teach religion in an intolerant world.

    Linda K. Wertheimer is the award-winning author of Faith Ed, Teaching about Religion in An Age of Intolerance.

    Since Faith Ed was pub...

  • See No Stranger: The Spiritual and Political Force of Revolutionary Love

    Episode 21

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 30, 2020.

    Valarie Kaur has been an activist against and a documenter of hate crimes since 2001.

    Kaur is a seasoned civil rights activist, award-winning filmmaker, lawyer, faith leader and founder of the Revolutionary Love Project. When a family...

  • God, Politics & Lessons from a Jewish Journey in the White House & Beyond

    Episode 22

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

    Sarah Hurwitz on finding spiritual meaning and her past as a White House speechwriter.

    Hurwitz was White House speechwriter from 2009 to 2017, beginning as a senior speech writer for President Barack Obama and then as head speec...

  • Interfaith Friday: A Sikh Perspective with Dr. Satpal Singh

    Episode 23

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Friday, August 28, 2020.

    Chautauqua completes its 2020 Interfaith Fridays series, this week featuring a Sikh perspective from Satpal Singh.

    Singh is a professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sci...

  • Night Call: Embracing Compassion and Hope in a Troubled World

    Episode 24

    Originally broadcast at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, August 27, 2020.

    Robert J. Wicks speaks calm into chaos on the Interfaith Lecture Series platform.

    Professor emeritus at Loyola University Maryland, Wicks has spoken calm into chaos for more than 35 years teaching and speaking on resilience, self-...