Week Six :: Aug 1–5

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: The Spiritual Power of Humor 

Many religions tell stories in which ‘the gods laughed.’  In the Hebrew Scriptures Abraham and Sarah named their only son Isaac – meaning ‘she or he laughs,’ because of Sarah’s improbable advanced age to be giving birth – and Buddhism often depicts the Buddha laughing.  In this week we will look at the power of humor to create in-sight and healing of the spirit.

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2 p.m. Lectures

Events

  • Monday, July 31, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Chris Leighton

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    Rev. Dr. Christopher M. Leighton is an ordained Presbyterian minister who has served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies since its inception in 1987. Included among his extensive writings is a series entitled “No Laughing Matter? A Series on Religion and Humor.”



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Tuesday, August 01, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Rev. Susan Sparks and Rabbi Bob Alper

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    The Chaplain for Week Six, Rev. Susan Sparks, will be joined by her Comedy Team partner from their “Laugh in Peace Tour,” Rabbi Bob Alper.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Wednesday, August 02, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Dean Obeidallah

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    Dean Obeidallah, a former practicing attorney turned comedian/writer, is the host of SiriusXM radio’s daily program “The Dean Obeidallah show,” the first national radio show ever to focus on issues from the Muslim-American point of view.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Thursday, August 03, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

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    Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, named by Talk Magazine as one of the 50 best speakers in the United States, is the author of Jewish Literacy: The Most Important Things to Know about the Jewish Religion, Its People and Its History.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy

     

  • Friday, August 04, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Journey Gunderson and Greg Peterson

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    Journey Gunderson, executive director of the National Comedy Center, and Gregory L. Peterson, leader of the Chautauqua office of Phillips Lytle LLP, engage in conversation.



    Location: Hall of Philosophy