Week Two :: July 4–11

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Forces that Shape Our Daily Lives: The Contemporary Search for Spirituality

The recent studies are countless: organized mainstream religion is on the decline, and we have an emerging class of “nones,” referring to those who assign themselves to no faith tradition at all. But other assessments tell us that while many don’t identify with a mainstream religion, many more are indeed on a journey seeking spirituality and meaning. In this week we look at the evolution of modern faith traditions and ask: How might the “nones” unite with the mainstream to shape a better future?

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 06, 2020 | 02:00pm

    Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin

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    With the regular appearance of his award-winning blog, “Martini Judaism: for those who want to be shaken and stirred,” published by the Religion News Service, Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin has risen to the forefront of being one of American Judaism’s most prolific and most-quoted rabbis and thought leaders.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Tuesday, July 07, 2020 | 02:00pm

    Judith Lief

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    Acharya Judith Lief is a Buddhist teacher who trained under the Tibetan meditation master Ven. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She has been a teacher and practitioner for over 35 years and continues to teach and to lead pilgrimages and retreats throughout the world. 

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Wednesday, July 08, 2020 | 02:00pm

    Joel N. Lohr

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    Joel N. Lohr is an award-winning author, scholar of religion, and passionate leader in interreligious relations and higher education.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy


  • Thursday, July 09, 2020 | 02:00pm

    Gretta Vosper

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    Gretta Vosper has served West Hill United Church in Toronto for over two decades, supporting its transition to becoming a theologically non-exclusive community, the first of its kind within traditional Christianity.

    Location: Hall of Philosophy