Week One Theme :: The Life of the Written Word | Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Producing a Living Faith Today?

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Humans are storytellers and story-readers, and, in this week, we celebrate the written word — as well as those who create it, and those who delight in it. We honor the act of writing, but perhaps more importantly, we celebrate the community that reads together, whose members see each other in new light thanks to the shared experience of a book. We open the 2018 season with a weeklong festival that brings together Chautauqua’s numerous literary traditions. The 2018 Chautauqua Prize will be presented this week, and the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle, the Writers’ Festival, and the Writers’ Center will celebrate their literary contributions to Chautauqua and the world writ large.


Interfaith Lecture Theme :: 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.