Week Three :: July 8–15

A Crisis of Faith?

For decades, Chautauqua Institution has brought people of different faiths – and no faith – together for civil, enlightening dialogue. Building on that work, this week we dive even deeper into questions of identity, religion and community. Pew Research Center reports that religions are undergoing dramatic change: a decline in mainstream Christianity and practicing Judaism, demographic shifts pointing toward a growing Muslim population, and more young people than ever who claim no affiliation with any organized religion. Some detect crisis amidst these changes, but in this week we look to the possibilities. What impacts do shifting religious norms mean for other aspects of public life? How are churches reinventing themselves as moral centers of the communities they serve? Together, we imagine the future of faith and of religion as we have come to know it.


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10:45 a.m. Lectures

Morning Lectures


  • Monday, July 10, 2017 | 10:45am

    Andrew Sullivan

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    Author, The Conservative Soul

    Andrew Sullivan is a contributing editor at New York, a blogger and an author known for his provocative, astute political and social commentary.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | 10:45am

    Katelyn Beaty

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    Editor-at-large, Christianity Today

    Katelyn Beaty served as the youngest and first female managing editor for Christianity Today, evangelicalism’s flagship magazine. 

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | 10:45am

    Dahlia Lithwick

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    Senior editor, Slate

    Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate and, in that capacity, writes the “Supreme Court Dispatches” and “Jurisprudence” columns. Frequently, that writing includes the intersection of issues of faith and issues of legality.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 10:45am

    Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

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    Former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth

    An international religious leader, philosopher, award-winning author and respected moral voice, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks served as Chief Rabbi of the United...

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Friday, July 14, 2017 | 10:45am

    Eboo Patel

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    Founder and president, Interfaith Youth Core

    Named by US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders of 2009, Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)..

    Location: Amphitheater