Week Six :: July 28–August 4

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: 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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2 p.m. Lectures

Interfaith Lectures

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.


  • Monday, July 30, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Joan Chittister, OSB

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    Joan Chittister, OSB is one of the most influential religious and social leaders of our time. For 40 years she has passionately advocated on behalf of peace, human rights, women’s issues, and church renewal. A much sought-after speaker, counselor and clear voice that bridges across all religions...

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Maggie Jackson

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    Maggie Jackson is an award-winning author and journalist whose acclaimed book Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attention (2nd Ed., September 2018) has been compared to Silent Spring for its prescient warnings of our tech-driven crisis of inattention.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Wednesday, August 01, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Rev. Dr. John J. Scherer

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    Rev. Dr. John J. Scherer is Founder & President of the Scherer Leadership Center.  As a former Combat Officer on a US Navy Destroyer, Lutheran Chaplain at Cornell University, Gestalt and Family Systems Therapist, Graduate School co-creator, author, successful change consultant and entrepreneur, John brings a unique perspective to his life and work.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, August 02, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Rabbi Daniel Cohen

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    Popular motivator, mentor, and inspirational speaker, Rabbi Daniel Cohen’s unique blend of authenticity, humor, wisdom, and insight helps anyone better navigate contemporary society and lead a life of legacy.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Friday, August 03, 2018 | 02:00pm

    Rabbi Asher Lopatin

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    Rabbi Asher Lopatin is president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (YCT), an Orthodox rabbinical school that teaches an inclusive and welcoming Torah. Prior to assuming the presidency of YCT in 2013, for eighteen years he served as rabbi of Anshe Sholom Congregation, a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Chicago.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy