Week One :: June 24–July 1

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Inventing God? A Brief History of Religions 

The search for meaning and imagining the Source of Life are among the hallmarks of being human.  Calling this Source by many names in different ages and among all peoples has inspired ever-evolving ways of knowing and experiencing It, including looking within ourselves.  In this week we will consider both the traditional and the newer ways that the religious imagination has conceptualized our experience of the Holy. 

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2 p.m. Lectures


  • Monday, June 26, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Kelly Bulkeley

    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    Kelly Bulkeley, Ph.D., is a psychologist of religion focusing on dreams and dreaming.  He is director of the Sleep and Dream Database (SDDb), a Senior Editor of the APA journal Dreaming, and a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.



  • Thursday, June 29, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    Rabbi Ed Feinstein is senior rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California. He serves on the faculty of the Ziegler Rabbinical School of the American Jewish University, the Wexner Heritage Program, and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.



  • Friday, June 30, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Alec Ryrie

    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    Professor Alec Ryrie will present this lecture to commemorate and honor the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Ryrie is co-editor of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History and is the author of six books, most recently Protestants: The Faith that Made the Modern World (2017).