Chautauqua provides a wide variety of services of worship and programs that express the Institution's Christian heritage as well as its interfaith commitment. The Institution, originally the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly, was founded as an educational experiment in out-of-school, vacation learning for Sunday School teachers.

While founders Lewis Miller and John Heyl Vincent were Methodists, other Protestant denominations participated from the first year onward, and today Chautauqua continues to be ecumenical — as well as interfaith — in spirit and practice.

2019 Religion Brochure

Prayers from Our Interfaith Family

Prayer Card No. 1 (Christian)
Prayer Card No. 2 (Christian)
Prayer Card No. 3 (Islamic)
Prayer Card No. 5 (Jewish)
Prayer Card No. 6 (Christian)
Prayer Card No. 7 (Islamic)
Prayer Card No. 8 (Jewish)
Prayer Card No. 9(Christian)
Prayer Card No. 10 (Baha'i)
Prayer Card No. 11 (Jewish)
Prayer Card No. 12 (Christian)
Prayer Card No. 13 (Islamic)
Prayer Card No. 14 (Christian)
Prayer Card No. 15 (Jewish)
Prayer Card No. 16 (Christian)



072819 Susan Sparks MorningWorship MS 03The chaplains invited for the 2019 season once again represent intended theological, denominational, gender, racial and ethnic diversity, as well as ministerial context. As always, the Department of Religion’s commitment to diversity in gender, race and theological perspective is clear. The philosophy of the Department of Religion, from the beginning, has embraced and manifested the belief that an expression of these diversities is key to Chautauqua’s future.

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Interfaith Lectures

072919 InterfaithAmigosAfternoon AW 03This series is designed to present issues that impact the lived experience of everyday life from theological, ethical, moral, humanitarian, philosophical and religious perspectives.

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Sacred Music

06 24 Sacred Song BCH 2For eight generations Chautauquans have been gathering in the Amphitheater on Sunday evenings to join the Chautauqua Choir for the Sacred Song Services.

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APYA 2015The Abrahamic Program for Young Adults (APYA) is designed to reflect the efforts and mission of the Department of Religion in building the Abrahamic Community by teaching young adults at Chautauqua Institution about the shared heritage of the Abrahamic traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

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Mystic Heart

mystic heartThe Mystic Heart Community is dedicated to serving all Chautauquans by providing opportunities for the study and practice of universal techniques of meditation, contemplation, and related disciplines drawn from any of the world's religious or wisdom traditions.

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Charter for Compassion

071717 Rev Isaac Canales mpo 020The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves.

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Denominational Houses

jewish life centerIn addition to Department of Religion programs, Denominational Houses and religious organizations at Chautauqua Institution offer religious services, lectures and low-cost housing options during the nine-week Chautauqua season.

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