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.  Find video and audio recordings of past lectures, including those from the current season, at our Online Grounds. 

Interfaith Fridays
Why should the world be moving in an interfaith direction? Nine lectures, on nine Fridays, from nine leaders in nine different faith traditions will answer that question. Moderated by the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, this lively and engaging conversation is also live-streamed on Facebook and archived at online.chq.org, so you can participate regardless of whether you are on the grounds or away.


Week One :: June 27–July 4

Faith to Save the Earth

Climate change is often called a scientific or political issue, but is there an imperative that comes from a position of faith? In this week, we explore what role various faith traditions play in response to the care of the earth and how those different world views might be harnessed to prioritize our global and local response.

Week Two :: July 4–11

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?

Week Three :: July 11–18

Art: A Glimpse into the Divine

Art inspires, art teaches, art speaks, art energizes, art soothes, art heals, art empowers. Art underlies and underlines the commonalities of human existence. In this week we look into the spiritual power of art to glimpse the divine, in all its forms, and change the world.

Week Four :: July 18–25

Ethics in a Technologically Transforming World?

Technology seems to be overtaking the world, from our obsession with electronic devices to the emerging artificial intelligence that helps us do everything from keep grocery lists to make war between nations. Outside of the practical applications, however, is there a question of right or wrong? What happens when technological capacity reaches a level that calls into question our very role as human beings in a society? In this week, we explore the ethical, spiritual and religious dimensions of “new tech.” Is it a step away from our own spiritual growth or can it be harnessed to create greater understanding?

Week Five :: July 25–August 1

The Feminine Spirit

Confucian Correlative Cosmology, specifically Taoism, presented the image of the Yin/Yang Holism (the Tai Chi) to describe how seemingly opposite forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world; and, how they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. In this image, the feminine charisms are juxtaposed with the masculine charisms (neither are strictly gender-specific), and in this emerging era it has been observed that the feminine is finally rising, ultimately to restore balance and to revitalize the world. In this week, we shine a light on the feminine charisms and spirit and some leading women who embody this spirit.

Week Six :: August 1–8

Lessons in the School House

More than 55 years after the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling striking down school-sponsored prayer, Americans continue to resist representations of religion in public schools. The future of a thriving nation, however, resides in the integrity of its people and, therefore, in the content of what its children are taught. Public schools are crucial not only for fostering careers and livelihoods, and for learning unto itself, but also for shaping the most “good-of-the-whole” consciousness in our citizens. In this week we will look at the importance of teaching both religious cultural literacy (as opposed to religion) as well as ethical literacy in our public schools for the purpose of creating an ethically and culturally-informed citizenry.

Week Seven :: August 8–15

The Spirituality of Us

In the midst of concerns about tribalism, isolation, and seemingly incompatible cultural world views, the spirit of the world’s traditions — East, West, indigenous, and divined — continues to communicate essential wisdom and to weave tapestries of spiritual truth that reveal the “Us” of the world’s varieties of peoples. Be with us this week as we uncover emanations of the wondrous and mysterious wholeness that we in the U.S. are meant to be.

Week Eight :: August 15–22

Reframing Our Journey: A Week with Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM

Fr. Richard Rohr moved Chautauqua audiences in droves during our 2019 season. The Franciscan mystic, theologian and movement-maker challenged us both as a chaplain of the week and in conversation each subsequent afternoon as part of our Interfaith Lecture Series. This year, we welcome Fr. Richard back during our week on “Reframing the Constitution” to more intentionally help citizens think about how they are reframing their own journey.

Week Nine :: August 22–30

The Future We Want, The World We Need

In a constantly evolving world, what needs to change, what can change, and what do we and all peoples actually need — not only to survive, but to sustain life and to thrive? In this week, we will ask these humanitarian questions and more: questions that make us think; questions that trigger other questions. Please come and be part of the conversation.

10:45 a.m., Monday-Friday, Amphitheater

Ideas and opinions are exchanged in an open, challenging atmosphere, and Chautauqua's knowledgeable audiences have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions at the conclusion of the lectures.  Find video and audio recordings of past lectures, including those from the 2018 season, at our Online Grounds.

Golf

060719 CollegeGolf DM 22The attraction to Chautauqua remains the same today as it has been throughout the years — a golf experience built on service and quality; a golf experience designed for challenge and the enjoyment of this great game; a golf experience mindful of the importance of environmental stewardship; and, with two four-star rated courses, a golf experience that offers real choice and variety.

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Tennis

072619 TennisReception AW 01The Chautauqua Tennis Center, which opened in June 2004, is located directly behind the Turner Community Center on Route 394 and boasts eight state-of-the-art, fast-dry courts.

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Fitness Center

06222019 NelsonProfile MS 01For over 130 years, the Chautauqua Institution has provided opportunities to enrich the mind, body and spirit. Chautauqua Health & Fitness continues the tradition. We are dedicated to helping you succeed, whatever your health and fitness goals: weight loss, increased flexibility, sports training, muscle toning, medical rehab, stress reduction, or general fitness and conditioning.

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Swimming

071118 WednesdaysAtTheWater DM 02With an extensive and scenic waterfront, Chautauqua has always celebrated its connection to the lake, and swimming has remained a popular past-time. The 25 yard indoor pool at the Turner Community Center is open daily throughout the year for lap swimming, open family swims and private rentals.

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Sailing

072519 Sailing GF 14Chautauqua's Sailing Department presents a comprehensive curriculum of one-week sailing courses. The courses have been carefully designed to advance the sailing skills of all — youth to adult and novice to advanced sailors.

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Sports Club

071318 SportsClub Pontoon DM 02Chautauqua Sports Club offers a wide variety of recreational and leisure activities. Services include pontoon, kayak, canoe and paddle boat rentals, sports equipment, shuffleboard, horseshoes, bridge and lawn bowling.

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Youth Recreation

0705 JuniorGolfCamp BCH 2In addition to the plethora of activities young people will find within the framework of the Boys' & Girls' Club, Children's School and Group One, there are a variety of other activities for them to enjoy —from tennis and golf to swimming and sailing and more.

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Chautauqua’s programs for youth present a diversity of activity, in settings varied and historic. From pre-school to day camp, from sports instruction to informal youth centers, from enrichment classes to entertainment, and from reading to experiences in the arts, these

programs offer opportunities to explore the Chautauqua experience. At the same time, youth are encouraged to grow in independence, make choices, take responsibility and celebrate family time, all in the safe and supportive community that is Chautauqua.

Children’s School

062718 ChildrensSchoolTeatime RR 1Built in 1921, the Chautauqua Children's School pioneered the concept of nursery school education. Additions made in 1926, 1947 and 1969 were followed by a full renovation and expansion in 1994 to its present size and capacity.

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Group One

ChildrensSchool ArtDay bg MASTER 07.31.15 004Begun in 1997, Group One is a program designed for children who will enter first grade in the fall and serves as a transition between Children's School and Boys' and Girls' Club.

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Boys’ and Girls’ Club

071118 BGCTrackField HK 2Boys' and Girls' Club is considered the oldest day camp in the United States. With most buildings dating from the 1890s and the turn of the century, Club grows out of a Chautauqua tradition of excellence in sports and physical education.

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Youth Activities Center (YAC)

YAC poolThe Youth Activities Center (known as the YAC) is a drop-in center for junior and senior high school students. Located on the south lakefront at Heinz Beach, and adjacent to the Boys' and Girls' Club campus, the YAC features a bustling snack bar (with daily lunch specials at "kid" prices), a friendly staff, televisions, games, table tennis and pool tables.

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Pier Club

pierclub thumbnailLocated in the Pier Building near the Miller Bell Tower, the Pier Club is an alcohol-free gathering spot for young adults age 17 and up. The Pier Club offers recreation, education and entertainment opportunities for Chautauqua's college-age youth.

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Classes

CHQ SS 18 JB 8238Chautauqua’s Special Studies program provides youth the ability to experience Chautauqua as their parents do in an age-appropriate learning environment. The Special Studies curriculum offers a wide variety of subjects from computer skills, art, dance, music, writing, language and many more interactive courses that engage youth to begin a path to lifelong learning.

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Young Readers

YoungReadersThe CLSC Young Readers Program encourages the enjoyment of good reading. The books have been chosen for their quality, the variety of styles and subjects, and their appeal to young adult readers.

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Youth Recreation

YouthActIn addition to the plethora of activities young people will find within the framework of Boys' and Girls' Club, Children's School and Group One, there are a variety of other activities for them to enjoy — from tennis and golf to swimming and sailing and more.

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Family Entertainment

0807 Evening Performance Theatre of Varieties BCH 10This series appeals to family members of all ages providing fun, interactive entertainment.

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Babysitting

DSC 1022The Youth Services Office coordinates a babysitting list that provides information to help families with young children connect with available babysitters in Chautauqua and the local area.

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Young Writers

0724 YOUNGWRITERS BS006 previewThe Young Writers Institute is a five-day immersive, multi-genre creative writing day camp for students 14 to 18 years old. Through short exercises, close study of work by contemporary writers, and workshops, students will develop their command of the core elements of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

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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

Chaplains

071518 FrGregBoyle RR 6The 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

071318 Narayanan InterfaithFri DM 01 1This 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

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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Subcategories

School of Dance
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The Chautauqua Ballet program, under the direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, is well known for the unique opportunity it affords students to study with master teachers within a small studio environment.
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School of Art
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The School of Art presents the opportunity for the kind of sustained and focused study in studio art not available in academic settings.
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Theater
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Internationally known actors, directors, designers and writers join nineteen emerging artists drawn from the nation’s top training programs to form a unique company that produces a vibrant summer of work in the historic Bratton Theater.
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Instrumental
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Each summer we enroll 80 of the most promising young instrumentalists from here and abroad to join us for an exciting summer of music making.
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Piano
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The program offers an exceptional and exciting mixture of traditional and innovative classes, concerts and an artist certificate program.
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Voice
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The Chautauqua Institution Voice Department is a seven-week intensive educational program that seeks to offer the highest caliber of training for the young singer, 18 and older.
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Schools Alumni
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Our arts alumni are currently living, performing, and teaching all over the world. We look forward to learning more about you and where you are headed in your life and career.
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Special Studies
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Special Studies offers subjects ranging from child and youth development, music, education, religion and philosophy, to fitness, health, and personal and professional development.
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The literary arts are represented at Chautauqua by a variety of programs.

The Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle presents weekly roundtable lectures by distinguished, nationally known authors; book reviews and discussion sessions programmed by the CLSC and the CLSC Alumni Association; and a Young Readers program.

The Chautauqua Writers’ Center coordinates workshops, free weekly readings, lectures by its writers-in-residence, a yearly pre-season Writers’ Festival, and the Chautauqua literary journal. Books featured in these programs, in addition to books by the Writers’ Center faculty, are always available at Chautauqua’s Smith Memorial Library, and the Chautauqua Bookstore.

Special literary events are featured in the Amphitheater and other Chautauqua locations throughout the season.

 

CLSC

Reading together since 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has remained a leader in adult education through quality programming.

Each summer, the CLSC chooses nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers.

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CLSC

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Reading together since 1878, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle has remained a leader in adult education through quality programming.

Each summer, the CLSC chooses nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers.

- See more at: http://www.chq.org/literary-arts/clsc#sthash.fCDv4T76.dpuf

Chautauqua’s programs for youth present a diversity of activity, in settings varied and historic. From pre-school to day camp, from sports instruction to informal youth centers, from enrichment classes to entertainment, and from reading to experiences in the arts, these programs offer opportunities to explore the Chautauqua experience. At the same time, youth are encouraged to grow in independence, make choices, take responsibility and celebrate family time, all in the safe and supportive community that is Chautauqua.

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.

October 27, 2015
The Department of Religion is co-sponsoring with Nazareth College a "Mini-Chautauqua in Rochester" program from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Otto Shults Community Center Forum on the Nazareth campus. The program is titled "On a Planet in Peril and Our Moral Responsibility." Click here for more details, a list of presenters and how to participate.