Thank you for your patience as we rebuild our calendar listing accurately reflect the offerings of our 2020 online assembly. Our program directors are currently working with 2020 lecturers, chaplains and artists to confirm their participation via remote video feed. All events listed below are confirmed. Please check back regularly, as we post frequent updates regarding confirmed programs and the online forum in which they will take place.

Week Eight :: August 15–22

Reframing the Constitution

Two-hundred and thirty years after its ratification, the U.S. Constitution remains one of the most difficult to amend of any in the world. During this week we ask if the Constitution is securing the “blessings of liberty” for all Americans and whether constitutional reform — from amendment to outright replacement — is necessary and even possible.

  • We look at constitutional politics to understand the “unamendability” of the U.S. Constitution, consider resistance to a constitutional convention from both the political left and right, and determine what we can learn from younger democracies around the world. 

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: 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.

  • Sunday, August 16, 2020 | 10:45am EDT

    Brian D. McLaren

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    Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” — just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good.



    Location: CHQ Assembly

     

  • Sunday, August 16, 2020 | 03:30pm EDT

    Free Sunday Reading with Lori Jakiela

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    Lori Jakiela is the author of the memoir Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe, which received the Saroyan Prize for International Literature from Stanford University, was a finalist for the Council of Literary Magazines & Small Presses Firecracker Award and the Housatonic Book Award...



    Location: Virtual Porch

     

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | 08:00am EDT

    Mystic Heart Meditation: Carol McKienan, Centering Prayer #3

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    Carol grew up at Chautauqua and says that her love of mystical practices began here on the grounds. She was formally introduced to meditation many years ago at an off-season yoga and meditation retreat let by Subagh Singh Khalsa and has been practicing Centering Prayer daily ever since.



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  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | 08:55am EDT

    Chautauqua prays for Peace through Compassion

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    Please join all of Chautauqua in silent prayer/reflection for five minutes from wherever you are.



    Location: Your favorite place to pray

     

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | 09:15am EDT

    Brian D. McLaren

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    Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” — just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good.



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform

     

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | 10:45am EDT

    Martha S. Jones

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    Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University, and a legal and cultural historian.



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  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | 01:00pm EDT

    Mystic Heart Meditation: Wayman Kubicka, Japanese Zen Meditation #2

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    Wayman Kubicka began Zen practice in 1966 while attending graduate school in religion at Temple University, and living and working at Pendle Hill, the Quaker Center for Study and Contemplation in Wallingford, Pennsylvania.



    Location: Virtual Porch

     

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | 02:00pm EDT

    Fr. Richard Rohr

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    Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher whose work is grounded in Christian mysticism, practices of contemplation and self-emptying, and compassion for the marginalized.



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  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | 03:30pm EDT

    Contemporary Issues Forum: Dr. Bruce Rabin

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    Dr. Bruce Rabin (aka Dr. Stress), Retired Professor of Pathology at University of Pittsburgh and Medical Director of the Division of Clinical Immunopathology and the Healthy Lifestyle Program for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center



    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform