Week Three :: July 8–15

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Crisis of Faith? 

For decades, Chautauqua Institution has brought people of different faiths – and no faith – together for civil, enlightening dialogue. Building on that work, this week we dive even deeper into questions of identity, religion and community. Pew Research Center reports that religions are undergoing dramatic change: a decline in mainstream Christianity and practicing Judaism, demographic shifts pointing toward a growing Muslim population, and more young people than ever who claim no affiliation with any organized religion. Some detect crisis amidst these changes, but in this week we look to the possibilities. What impacts do shifting religious norms mean for other aspects of public life? How are churches reinventing themselves as moral centers of the communities they serve? Together, we imagine the future of faith and of religion as we have come to know it.

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2 p.m. Lectures

Events

  • Monday, July 10, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Bill Moyers

    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    Moderator, Monday through Thursday, July 10 -13, 2017 | 02:00pm

    A broadcast journalist for more than four decades, Bill Moyers has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times, one that resonates with multiple generations.

     

     

  • Monday, July 10, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Robert Jones

    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    Founder and CEO of PRRI, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to conducting high-quality public opinion research, Dr. Robert Jones is a leading scholar and commentator on religion, culture, and politics.

     

     

  • Monday, July 10, 2017 | 03:30pm

    Alan Cooperman

    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    Alan Cooperman is Director of Religion Research at the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, where he oversees a staff of more than 20 researchers who conduct surveys, demographic analyses, and other empirical studies around the world.

     

     

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Susan K. Smith

    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith is founder and leader of the private non-profit organization, Crazy Faith Ministries, which aims to unpack and teach the concept of faith in a way which empowers people and enables them to reach far beyond what they believe themselves able to do.

     

     

  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Greg Epstein

    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    Greg M. Epstein has been serving as the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University since 2005, and is author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Good without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe.

     

     

  • Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Rabbi Sid Schwarz

    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    Rabbi Sid Schwarz is a senior fellow at Clal: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, where he directs the Clergy Leadership Incubator (CLI), a program that trains rabbis to be visionary spiritual leaders.

     

     

  • Friday, July 14, 2017 | 02:00pm

    Bill Moyers

    Location: Hall of Philosophy

    A broadcast journalist for more than four decades, Bill Moyers has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times, one that resonates with multiple generations.