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.

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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.

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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.

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