2 p.m., Monday–Thursday, Hall of Philosophy
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.  Find video and audio recordings of past lectures, including those from the current season, at our Online Grounds.

 

Interfaith Fridays
Why should the world be moving in an interfaith direction? Nine lectures, on nine Fridays, from nine leaders in nine different faith traditions will answer that question. Moderated by the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, this lively and engaging conversation is also live-streamed on Facebook and archived at online.chq.org, so you can participate regardless of whether you are on the grounds or away.

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Week One :: June 23 – 30

Producing a Living Faith Today?

Who is God in a world that has been shaped by Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Freud and Einstein? What does the Bible really say? How do you deal with the supernatural in a non-supernatural world? If God is all-powerful, why is there suffering? What does resurrection mean? What does it mean to be raised into God? Christianity is bound up with these questions, and these are the questions to be raised in this week guided by John Shelby Spong, former Episcopal bishop of Newark.

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Week Two :: June 30 - July 7

Religion and American Identity

Religion has played a significant role in the evolution of an America identity. This week we will examine the role that religion has played in the development of that identity. Why is it that America continues to be the most religious nation in the developed world? How have various “moments” in American religious history shaped how America understands itself? We will begin with current data that will help us to know better who we have become, and who we are becoming.

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Week Three :: July 7–July 14

The Spirituality of Play

For Jews and Christians the notion of Sabbath is inscribed in the heart of the Ten Commandments and, therefore, in the heart of both religions — but how is this commandment differently understood and observed by each? How do we utilize the discipline of “taking a Sabbath day” to make space in an over-scheduled world? Why does this commandment insist on keeping the Sabbath Day holy — and how does one do that? How do faith traditions other than Judaism and Christianity relate to play? In this week we will discover that play is a necessary component of being human, and, perhaps, that play is therefore holy.

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Week Four :: July 14 – July 21

Russia and Its Soul

Described by the West for decades as ‘Godless Russia,’ post-Soviet Russia has revealed that it had never actually lost its soul. In what multiple ways is this resurrected religiosity being manifested, and what else is it gradually releasing? In this week we journey into the broad heart of the Russian people.

View Week Four Interfaith Lectures 

Week Five :: July 21 – July 28

The Ethics of Dissent

When one is dissenting in the public realm, morally, what can one do, what must one do, what must one not do? In what circumstances (ever?) does the end justify the means? When trying to change minds about something, what must never be violated, what line must never be crossed? In this week we will seek to discern what an effective “ethics of dissent” can look like.

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Week Six :: July 28 – August 4

A Spirituality of Work

Judaism and Christianity, as well as other faith traditions, espouse various perspectives regarding the nature of work. What are the practices and disciplines within religions which foster an understanding of work as inherently spiritual? Does the American spirit of rugged individualism help or hurt in understanding our relationship to work? Why do Americans seem to overly identify with their jobs? Why does “What do you do?” almost immediately follow asking someone their name? Why do people (and especially men) often experience a spiritual crisis upon retirement and the ending of “work” as a focus of their lives? Does economic inequality or wealth associated with work impact us spiritually? This week will strive to help us uncover the spiritual nature of our working lives.

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Week Seven :: August 4 – August 11

Let Them Eat Cake?  Defining the Future of Religious Freedom in the U.S.

The Supreme Court’s decision on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, in which a Colorado baker refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding, claiming it violated his right to practice his religion, will have been announced in June 2018. That decision will set the trajectory of the American religious world for years to come, defining the constitutional understanding of First Amendment protections for religious liberty, and determining its limits as balanced against other rights. We will explore both sides of the argument presented at the Supreme Court, and seek to understand the Court’s ruling and how it will impact religion in the future.

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Week Eight :: August 11 – August 18

Not to Be Forgotten: A Remembrance on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In this 50th anniversary year of his assassination we honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. What have we forgotten about the messages taught by Dr. King in the 1960s? What did we fail to learn about race in America, at our own peril? Why do current day Americans love to quote from the “early King” and “I Have a Dream,” but steer away from Dr. King’s later understandings about the intersection of race, war and poverty? Let us remember, at this time in our history, in order that we might truly begin to live his dream.

View Week Eight Interfaith Lectures

 

Week Nine :: August 18 – August 26

The Intersection of Cinema and Religious Values

Religious values continue to be a potent influence in the minds of young, contemporary filmmakers in modern America. How have these filmmakers navigated the difficult and sensitive waters of religion to bring these films to the screen? What effects are these films having? In this week we will witness the power of the visual narrative to change hearts and minds.

View Week Nine Interfaith Lectures

10:45 a.m., Monday-Friday, Amphitheater

Ideas and opinions are exchanged in an open, challenging atmosphere, and Chautauqua's knowledgeable audiences have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions at the conclusion of the lectures.  Find video and audio recordings of past lectures, including those from the 2018 season, at our Online Grounds.

Golf

golfThe attraction to Chautauqua remains the same today as it has been throughout the years---a golf experience built on service and quality; a golf experience designed for challenge and the enjoyment of this great game; a golf experience mindful of the importance of environmental stewardship; and, with two four-star rated courses, a golf experience that offers real choice and variety.

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Tennis

tennis thumbThe Chautauqua Tennis Center, which opened in June 2004, is located directly behind the Turner Community Center on Route 394 and boasts eight state-of-the-art, fast-dry courts.

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Fitness Center

 CHQ3547For over 130 years, the Chautauqua Institution has provided opportunities to enrich the mind, body and spirit. Chautauqua Health & Fitness continues the tradition. We are dedicated to helping you succeed, whatever your health and fitness goals: weight loss, increased flexibility, sports training, muscle toning, medical rehab, stress reduction, or general fitness and conditioning.

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Swimming

swimming thumbWith an extensive and scenic waterfront, Chautauqua has always celebrated its connection to the lake, and swimming has remained a popular past-time. The 25 yard indoor pool at the Turner Community Center is open daily throughout the year for lap swimming, open family swims and private rentals.

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Sailing

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Sports Club

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Youth Recreation

YouthActIn addition to the plethora of activities young people will find within the framework of the Boys' & Girls' Club, Children's School and Group One, there are a variety of other activities for them to enjoy—from tennis and golf to swimming and sailing and more.

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Chautauqua’s programs for youth present a diversity of activity, in settings varied and historic. From pre-school to day camp, from sports instruction to informal youth centers, from enrichment classes to entertainment, and from reading to experiences in the arts, these

programs offer opportunities to explore the Chautauqua experience. At the same time, youth are encouraged to grow in independence, make choices, take responsibility and celebrate family time, all in the safe and supportive community that is Chautauqua.

Children's School

Childrens SchoolBuilt in 1921, the Chautauqua Children's School pioneered the concept of nursery school education. Additions made in 1926, 1947 and 1969 were followed by a full renovation and expansion in 1994 to its present size and capacity.

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Group One

ChildrensSchool ArtDay bg MASTER 07.31.15 004Begun in 1997, Group One is a program designed for children who will enter first grade in the fall and serves as a transition between Children's School and the Boys' and Girls' Club.

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Boys' & Girls' Club

BandGCThe Boys' and Girls' Club is considered the oldest day camp in the United States. With most buildings dating from the 1890s and the turn of the century, the Boys' and Girls' Club grows out of a Chautauqua tradition of excellence in sports and physical education.

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Youth Activities Center (YAC)

YAC poolThe Youth Activities Center (known as the YAC) is a drop-in center for junior and senior high school students. Located on the south lakefront at Heinz Beach, and adjacent to the Boys' and Girls' Club campus, the YAC features a bustling snack bar (with daily lunch specials at "kid" prices), a friendly staff, televisions, games, table tennis and pool tables.

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Pier Club

pierclub thumbnailLocated in the Pier Building near the Miller Bell Tower, the Pier Club is a non-alcoholic gathering spot for young adults age 17 and up. The Pier Club offers recreation, education and entertainment opportunities for Chautauqua's college-age youth.

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Classes

Special Studies YouthChautauqua’s Special Studies program provides youth the ability to experience Chautauqua as their parents do in an age-appropriate learning environment. The Special Studies curriculum offers a wide variety of subjects from computer skills, art, dance, music, writing, language and many more interactive courses that engage youth to begin a path to life-long learning.

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Young Readers

YoungReadersThe CLSC Young Readers Program encourages the enjoyment of good reading. The books have been chosen for their quality, the variety of styles and subjects, and their appeal to young adult readers.

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Youth Recreation

YouthActIn addition to the plethora of activities young people will find within the framework of the Boys' and Girls' Club, Children's School and Group One, there are a variety of other activities for them to enjoy—from tennis and golf to swimming and sailing and more.

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Family Entertainment

072817 FamilyEntertainment RhythmicCircus CB 05This series appeals to family members of all ages providing fun, interactive entertainment.

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Babysitting

DSC 1022The Youth Services Office coordinates a babysitting list that provides information to help families with young children connect with available babysitters in Chautauqua and the local area.

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Young Writers

0724 YOUNGWRITERS BS006 previewThe Young Writers Institute is a five-day immersive, multi-genre creative writing day camp for students 14 to 18 years old. Through short exercises, close study of work by contemporary writers, and workshops, students will develop their command of the core elements of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

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Chautauqua provides a wide variety of services of worship and programs that express the Institution's Christian heritage as well as its interfaith commitment. The Institution, originally the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly, was founded as an educational experiment in out-of-school, vacation learning for Sunday School teachers.

While founders Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent were Methodists, other Protestant denominations participated from the first year onward, and today Chautauqua continues to be ecumenical — as well as interfaith — in spirit and practice.

2018 Religion Brochure

Chaplains

062617 alanjones ec 02The chaplains invited for the 2018 season once again represent intended theological, denominational, gender, racial and ethnic diversity, as well as ministerial context. As always, the Department of Religion’s commitment to diversity in gender, race and theological perspective is clear. The philosophy of the Department of Religion, from the beginning, has embraced and manifested the belief that an expression of these diversities is key to Chautauqua’s future.

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Interfaith Lectures

071217 susansmith EC0377This series is designed to present issues that impact the lived experience of everyday life from theological, ethical, moral, humanitarian, philosophical and religious perspectives.

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Sacred Music

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APYA

APYA 2015The Abrahamic Program for Young Adults (APYA) is designed to reflect the efforts and mission of the Department of Religion in building the Abrahamic Community by teaching young adults at Chautauqua Institution about the shared heritage of the Abrahamic traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

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Mystic Heart

mystic heartThe Mystic Heart Community is dedicated to serving all Chautauquans by providing opportunities for the study and practice of universal techniques of meditation, contemplation, and related disciplines drawn from any of the world's religious or wisdom traditions.

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Charter for Compassion

071717 Rev Isaac Canales mpo 020The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves.

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Denominational Houses

jewish life centerIn addition to Department of Religion programs, Denominational Houses and religious organizations at Chautauqua Institution offer religious services, lectures and low-cost housing options during the nine-week Chautauqua season.

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Subcategories

School of Dance
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The Chautauqua Ballet program, under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, is well known for the unique opportunity it affords students to study with master teachers within a small studio environment.
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School of Art
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The School of Art presents the opportunity for the kind of sustained and focused study in studio art not available in academic settings.
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Theater
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Internationally known actors, directors, designers and writers join nineteen emerging artists drawn from the nation’s top training programs to form a unique company that produces a vibrant summer of work in the historic Bratton Theater.
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Instrumental
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Each summer we enroll 80 of the most promising young instrumentalists from here and abroad to join us for an exciting summer of music making.
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Piano
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The program offers an exceptional and exciting mixture of traditional and innovative classes, concerts and an artist certificate program.
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Voice
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The Chautauqua Institution Voice Department is a seven-week intensive educational program that seeks to offer the highest caliber of training for the young singer, 18 and older.
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Schools Alumni
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Our arts alumni are currently living, performing, and teaching all over the world. We look forward to learning more about you and where you are headed in your life and career.
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Special Studies
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Special Studies offers subjects ranging from child and youth development, music, education, religion and philosophy, to fitness, health, and personal and professional development.
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The literary arts are represented at Chautauqua by a variety of programs.

The Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle presents weekly roundtable lectures by distinguished, nationally known authors; book reviews and discussion sessions programmed by the CLSC and the CLSC Alumni Association; and a Young Readers program.

The Chautauqua Writers’ Center coordinates workshops, free weekly readings, lectures by its writers-in-residence, a yearly pre-season Writers’ Festival, and the Chautauqua literary journal. Books featured in these programs, in addition to books by the Writers’ Center faculty, are always available at Chautauqua’s Smith Memorial Library, and the Chautauqua Bookstore.

Special literary events are featured in the Amphitheater and other Chautauqua locations throughout the season.

 

CLSC

Reading together since 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has remained a leader in adult education through quality programming.

Each summer, the CLSC chooses nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers.

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CLSC

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Reading together since 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has remained a leader in adult education through quality programming.

Each summer, the CLSC chooses nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers.

- See more at: http://www.chq.org/literary-arts/clsc#sthash.fCDv4T76.dpuf

Chautauqua’s programs for youth present a diversity of activity, in settings varied and historic. From pre-school to day camp, from sports instruction to informal youth centers, from enrichment classes to entertainment, and from reading to experiences in the arts, these programs offer opportunities to explore the Chautauqua experience. At the same time, youth are encouraged to grow in independence, make choices, take responsibility and celebrate family time, all in the safe and supportive community that is Chautauqua.

Chautauqua provides a wide variety of services of worship and programs that express the Institution's Christian heritage as well as its interfaith commitment. The Institution, originally the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly, was founded as an educational experiment in out-of-school, vacation learning for Sunday School teachers. While founders Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent were Methodists, other Protestant denominations participated from the first year onward, and today Chautauqua continues to be ecumenical — as well as interfaith — in spirit and practice.

October 27, 2015
The Department of Religion is co-sponsoring with Nazareth College a "Mini-Chautauqua in Rochester" program from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Otto Shults Community Center Forum on the Nazareth campus. The program is titled "On a Planet in Peril and Our Moral Responsibility." Click here for more details, a list of presenters and how to participate.