2018 Chautauqua Season

Jun 23, 2018 ‐ Aug 26, 2018


This library is composed of lectures and sermons that have taken place at the incomparable Chautauqua Institution. Internationally renowned as a center for Education, the Arts, Religion and Recreation, Chautauqua was founded on the belief that everyone “has a right to be all that he can be — to know all that he can know.”

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Aug 26, 2018 8:00pm

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Closing Sunday Sermon: V. Gene Robinson

Aug 26, 2018 10:45am ‐ Aug 26, 2018 12:00pm

The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson was elected Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire on June 7, 2003, becoming the first openly gay and partnered priest to be elected Bishop in historic Cristendom. He served as IX Bishop of New Hampshire until his retirement in early 2013. A Senior Fellow at both the Center for American Progress and Auburn Seminary, Bishop Robinson is a celebrated interfaith leader whose ministry has focused on helping congregations and clergy, especially in times of conflict, utilizing his skills in congregational dynamics, conflict resolution and mediation. He is the author of In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God (Morehouse, 2006) and God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage (Knopf, 2012). In addition to being a popular speaker in the U.S. and abroad, he writes opinion columns on a variety of topics for The Daily BeastHuffington Post and Time.com.

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Contemporary Issues Forum: Robert Schmidle

Aug 25, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Aug 25, 2018 3:00pm

Lt. General Robert E. Schmidle, Jr., USMC (Ret.)

Ethics in the Age of Cyber • The Age of Cyber brings new challenges, ethically as well as technologically and Lt. General Schmidle brings a distinct perspective to this issue. He currently serves at Arizona State University as the university advisor on Cyber Capabilities and Conflict Studies, as a professor of practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies and as a senior fellow in the Center on the Future of War.

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Interfaith Friday: Eugene Sutton

Aug 24, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Aug 24, 2018 3:15pm

The Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton is Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Formerly Canon Pastor of Washington National Cathedral and director of its Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage, he has also served as a college chaplain, parish priest, and professor of homiletics and liturgy at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. 

Throughout his ministry in parishes and academia, Bishop Sutton has been a frequent leader of retreats and conferences on preaching, spirituality, nonviolence, and social justice. He co-founded Contemplative Outreach of Maryland and Washington, an ecumenical network of churches and individuals committed to centering prayer and renewing the contemplative dimension of the gospel for daily living. In addition to his written articles and speeches, he is a contributor to the books The Diversity of Centering Prayer, and Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: Challenging the Epidemic of Gun Violence. Bishop Sutton has been named by the Center for American Progress as one of “Fourteen Faith Leaders to Watch” for his faith-led efforts to promote nonviolent solutions to conflicts.

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Morning Worship Service: Winnie Varghese

Aug 24, 2018 9:15am ‐ Aug 24, 2018 10:00am

The Rev. Winnie Varghese is the Senior Priest for Justice and Reconciliation at Trinity Church Wall Street. Rev. Varghese oversees the domestics grants program; direct service and outreach from Trinity Church; and programming in areas of service and justice for Trinity Church.

Before coming to Trinity, Rev. Varghese was the rector of St. Mark’s in the Bowery, a historic Episcopal congregation in New York City. From 2003‐2009 she served as the Episcopal Chaplain at Columbia University, and from 1999‐2003 as the curate at St. Alban’s, Westwood, and Episcopal Chaplain to UCLA. 

Rev. Winnie graduated with am M.Div. from the Union Theological Seminary and Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Religious Studies. As an intern in the Episcopal Service Corps, she worked with the Mental Health Association of Los Angeles as an outreach worker to people who were homeless and living with severe mental illness. 

Rev. Winnie is a blogger for the Huffington Post; author of Church Meets World; editor of What We Shall Become; and author of numerous articles and chapters on social justice and the church.

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CLSC: Doug Stanton

Aug 23, 2018 3:30pm ‐ Aug 23, 2018 5:00pm

From the New York Times bestselling author of In Harm’s Way comes a true-life story of American soldiers overcoming great odds to achieve a stunning military victory. Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban. Outnumbered forty to one, they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential to defeat their opponent throughout the country. Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn. Deeply researched and beautifully written, Stanton’s account was recently adapted into the 2018 Jerry Bruckheimer feature film 12 Strong.

Doug Stanton is the author of the New York Times bestsellers In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors and Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan. His most recent book is The Odyssey of Echo Company The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War.

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Dan Habib

Aug 23, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Aug 23, 2018 3:15pm

Dan Habib is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including Samuel, Who Cares about Kelsey?, Mr. Connolly Has ALS, and many other short films on disability-related topics. Habib is a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. He is currently working on a new documentary, Intelligent Lives, which will examine our society’s narrow perceptions of intelligence.

Including Samuel was broadcast nationally on public television stations in the fall of 2009, and Who Cares about Kelsey? aired on public television in the Fall of 2013. Both films were nominated for Emmy awards. Including Samuel has been translated into 17 languages and is used as a teaching tool worldwide. Before joining UNH in April of 2008, Habib was the photography editor of the Concord Monitor (NH).

In 2006 and 2008 Dan Habib was named the national Photography Editor of the Year and has been a judge of the Pulitzer Prizes and the Best of Photojournalism. He is a six-time New Hampshire photographer of the year and his freelance work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times.

In 2012 Habib received the Champion of Human and Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association, and in 2013 he received the Justice for All Grassroots Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities. In November 2013 he delivered a TEDx talk titled “Disabling Segregation” on the benefits of inclusion to students without disabilities, and in 2014 he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities—a committee that promotes policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.

Dan and his wife, Betsy, live in Concord, New Hampshire with their sons Isaiah, 21, and Samuel, 18.

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Morning Lecture Series: Rebecca Cammisa

Aug 23, 2018 10:45am ‐ Aug 23, 2018 12:00pm

Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Rebecca Cammisa’s latest work is “Atomic Homefront,” a film about the effects of radioactive waste stored in West Lake Landfill in St. Louis County, Missouri, and featuring Love Canal activist Lois Gibbs. “Atomic Homefront,” now streaming on HBO, has received numerous grants, including a Sundance Documentary Fund Production grant and a MacArthur Foundation Media grant.

Cammisa’s first feature documentary film, “Sister Helen” won the 2002 Sundance Film Festival’s Documentary Directing Award, as well as an Emmy Award for Outstanding Cultural and Artistic Programming and an Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Film Award nomination by the Directors Guild of America.

In 2003, Cammisa founded Documentress Films, teamed up with Mr. Mudd Productions, and began developing the 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary, “Which Way Home” for which she received a Fulbright Fellowship for Filmmaking. “Which Way Home” was nominated for a 2010 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary, received four Emmy nominations, and went on to win a News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Programming and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards Grand Prize.

Cammisa was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Filmmaking, and in 2011, she directed and produced the HBO documentary, “God is the Bigger Elvis,” which received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Short Subject.

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Morning Worship Service: Winnie Varghese

Aug 23, 2018 9:15am ‐ Aug 23, 2018 10:00pm

The Rev. Winnie Varghese is the Senior Priest for Justice and Reconciliation at Trinity Church Wall Street. Rev. Varghese oversees the domestics grants program; direct service and outreach from Trinity Church; and programming in areas of service and justice for Trinity Church.

Before coming to Trinity, Rev. Varghese was the rector of St. Mark’s in the Bowery, a historic Episcopal congregation in New York City. From 2003‐2009 she served as the Episcopal Chaplain at Columbia University, and from 1999‐2003 as the curate at St. Alban’s, Westwood, and Episcopal Chaplain to UCLA. 

Rev. Winnie graduated with am M.Div. from the Union Theological Seminary and Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Religious Studies. As an intern in the Episcopal Service Corps, she worked with the Mental Health Association of Los Angeles as an outreach worker to people who were homeless and living with severe mental illness. 

Rev. Winnie is a blogger for the Huffington Post; author of Church Meets World; editor of What We Shall Become; and author of numerous articles and chapters on social justice and the church.

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Macky Alston

Aug 22, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Aug 22, 2018 3:15pm

Macky Alston’s first film, Family Name, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997, where it won the Freedom of Expression Award and later aired on PBS’ POV.  Since then he has directed Questioning Faith (premiered Full Frame & Hot Docs International Film Festivals, aired HBO/Cinemax 2002), The Killer Within (premiered Toronto International Film Festival 2006, aired Discovery Times 2007), and Hard Road Home (premiered South by Southwest 2007, aired PBS’ Independent Lens 2008). Alston most recently directed Love Free or Die, a feature film about openly gay bishop Gene Robinson and the international firestorm his consecration sparked, which premiered and won the Special Jury Prize for an Agent of Change at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and aired nationally on PBS' Independent Lens series.

Alston’s awards include the Gotham Open Palm Award and Emmy nominations for three of his films.  He has appeared in press around the world, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, and The New York Times. You can learn more about his film work at mackyalston.com.

Alston also serves as Senior Vice President for Prophetic and Creative Leadership at Auburn Seminary. There, he directs a program that equips leaders of faith and moral courage to speak out for justice through the media and oversees the Hartley Media Impact Initiative, working to get the best documentaries to faith communities to help them imagine a better world and bring it into being. You can learn more about Auburn's work at AuburnSeminary.org.

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