Week Four :: July 17–24, 2021

The Evolving Religious Narrative of America

The national narrative that we extoll is that America was founded on ethical principles born out of religious freedom and fervor, with the moral imperative of justice for all – but how accurate is this narrative? How has this self-image been lived out historically? Does it accommodate our multifaith evolution, and the myriad expressions of world faith traditions that we now comprise? What does this narrative not reveal? In this week we explore the evolving American religious narrative and identity.

2 p.m. Lectures

Interfaith Lectures

1 p.m. EDT, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, Amphitheater

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 19, 2021 | 01:00pm EDT

    Eboo Patel

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    Dr. Eboo Patel is the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a non-profit organization working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm in America. He is a respected leader on national issues of religious diversity, civic engagement...

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Tuesday, July 20, 2021 | 01:00pm EDT

    Michael Martin

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    Michael Martin is the executive Director of the Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc. He is an Onondaga of the Beaver Clan (Haudenosaunee) from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory in Southern Ontario, but was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, and currently resides in North Tonawanda, NY.  

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Wednesday, July 21, 2021 | 01:00pm EDT

    Rabbi Gary Zola

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    Gary Phillip Zola is the Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) and the Edward M. Ackerman Family Distinguished Professor of the American Jewish Experience & Reform Jewish History at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati.

    Location: Amphitheater