The Life of the Written Word

Jun 23, 2018 ‐ Jun 30, 2018


The Life of the Written Word

Language is a living and dynamic thing, passed along through writing. Words and the act of writing can erase or reclaim history, identity. We write to communicate our truths, and we read to understand, to gain new perspectives, new knowledge and new empathy. For these reasons, the literary arts find themselves at the forefront of cultural, political, and artistic conversations in the U.S. and around the world. As the line between writer and reader is blurred, we recognize that human beings are storytellers as well as story readers. In this weeklong festival, Chautauqua builds upon its traditions as a literary community, and we hold up the power of language and pledge to be responsible stewards of that power.

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Producing a Living Faith Today?

Who is God in a world that has been shaped by Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Freud and Einstein? What does the Bible really say? How do you deal with the supernatural in a non-supernatural world? If God is all-powerful, why is there suffering? What does resurrection mean? What does it mean to be raised into God? Christianity is bound up with these questions, and these are the questions to be raised in this week guided by John Shelby Spong, former Episcopal bishop of Newark.


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Morning Worship Service: Karoline M. Lewis

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Morning Worship Service: Karoline M. Lewis

Jun 24, 2018 10:45am ‐ Jun 24, 2018 12:00pm

Rev. Dr. Karoline M. Lewis is the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, having previously taught at Candler School of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Augsburg College. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Lewis holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.A.), Luther Seminary (M.Div.), and Emory University (Ph.D., New Testament Studies and Homiletics).

Author of SHE: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry, (including an accompanying facilitator guide, participant guide, and DVD), Rev. Lewis is a regular preacher/presenter at the Festival of Homiletics.  She is also a contributing writer for WorkingPreacher.org and author of the site’s Dear Working Preacher column, as well as co-host of the site's weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave.  Rev. Lewis writes regularly for The Christian Century, Feasting on the Word, Feasting on the Gospels, Currents in Theology and Mission, Lutheran Forum, Word & World, Abingdon Preaching Annual, and Odyssey Network's ON Scripture.  She was also one of the 100 religious scholars in the United States to contribute to the Values and Voices Campaign (valuesandvoices.com).

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Morning Worship Service: Karoline M. Lewis

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Morning Worship Service: Karoline M. Lewis

Jun 25, 2018 9:15am ‐ Jun 25, 2018 10:00am

Rev. Dr. Karoline M. Lewis is the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, having previously taught at Candler School of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Augsburg College. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Lewis holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.A.), Luther Seminary (M.Div.), and Emory University (Ph.D., New Testament Studies and Homiletics).

Author of SHE: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry, (including an accompanying facilitator guide, participant guide, and DVD), Rev. Lewis is a regular preacher/presenter at the Festival of Homiletics.  She is also a contributing writer for WorkingPreacher.org and author of the site’s Dear Working Preacher column, as well as co-host of the site's weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave.  Rev. Lewis writes regularly for The Christian Century, Feasting on the Word, Feasting on the Gospels, Currents in Theology and Mission, Lutheran Forum, Word & World, Abingdon Preaching Annual, and Odyssey Network's ON Scripture.  She was also one of the 100 religious scholars in the United States to contribute to the Values and Voices Campaign (valuesandvoices.com).

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: John Shelby Spong

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: John Shelby Spong

Jun 25, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Jun 25, 2018 3:15pm

Probably America’s best-known spokesperson for an open, scholarly, and inclusive Christianity, Bishop John Shelby Spong has achieved an almost legendary reputation. A deeply committed Christian, he insists that he must also speak as an informed citizen of 21st century. Having equipped himself for his task by studying at major centers of Christian scholarship – Union Theological Seminary in New York, Yale Divinity School, Harvard Divinity School, and the storied universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Edinburgh – he was named the Quatercentenary Scholar at Cambridge University in 1992 and the William Belden Noble Lecturer at Harvard University in 2000. He has also taught at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley California, the Pacific School of Religion also in Berkeley, Harvard Divinity School, the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and the Theological School of Drew University in New Jersey. He has lectured at conference centers across the United States and Canada, including the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York, and at more than 500 universities, colleges, and seminaries across the English-speaking world, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and South Africa. He has also lectured through translators at Universities in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Bishop Spong has received numerous honors, including being named “Humanist of the Year” in New York in 1999, and “National Person of the Year” by the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State in 2015. He is a Fellow of the Jesus Seminar and of the Gladstone Library in Wales. The Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia, St. Paul’s College, and Lehigh University have each conferred on him the Doctor of Divinity degree, while Muhlenberg College, The Holmes Institute of Consciousness Studies, the University of North Carolina, and Drew University have each conferred on him the Doctor of Humane Letters degree. He was inducted to the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers and Collegium Scholars at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga. in 2004. In 2010 his portrait was commissioned to hang in the “Hall of Honor” at the Martin Luther King Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, alongside other noted civil rights leaders, and it hangs today just below the portrait of Justice Thurgood Marshall of the Supreme Court.

Well-known in radio and television circles, Jack Spong has appeared on such diverse programs as Politically Incorrect, The O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, Oprah, and Phil Donahue, and he has been featured on CBS’s Sixty Minutes. His twenty-six books have been translated into every major European language, including Russian and in the non-European languages of Arabic, Korean, and Japanese, and have together sold almost two million copies. His published articles have been featured in major newspapers across the world, and he has been the subject of stories in Time, Newsweek, Playboy, People’s Magazine, and the New Jersey Monthly. From 2001 through 2016 he was a weekly columnist on the Internet, published first by Everyday Health Today, then by Waterfront Media and for the past decade by Progressive Christianity.Org. This column, sometimes opened as often as 100,000 times a week, is entitled “A New Christianity for a New World” and reaches around the world.

Bishop Spong served as a priest of the Episcopal Church for twenty-one years in Durham, North Carolina (St. Joseph’s), Tarboro, North Carolina (Calvary Parish), Lynchburg, Virginia (St. John’s) and Richmond, Virginia (St. Paul’s). While in Tarboro and Lynchburg he was the play-by-play radio announcer for high school football and basketball games. He was elected by the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Newark (Northern New Jersey) to the office of Bishop in 1976, where he served for 24 years prior to his retirement in 2000.

Bishop Spong cultivates the right enemies, and on occasion has been attacked by Bill Buckley, George Will, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Ross Douthet, and two Archbishops of Canterbury! He has received death threats from right wing religious voices and was once named “Public Enemy Number One” in Edgecombe County, North Carolina by the Ku Klux Klan. He and his wife have walked through angry and sometimes spitting picketers to deliver lectures in the United States and abroad.

Jack Spong is married to Christine Mary Spong, who also serves as his agent and his editor. Parents to five grown children and grandparents of six grandchildren, they live today in New Jersey. Visit him online at www.johnshelbyspong.com.

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Morning Worship Service: Karoline M. Lewis

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Morning Worship Service: Karoline M. Lewis

Jun 26, 2018 9:15am ‐ Jun 26, 2018 10:00am

Rev. Dr. Karoline M. Lewis is the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, having previously taught at Candler School of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Augsburg College. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Lewis holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.A.), Luther Seminary (M.Div.), and Emory University (Ph.D., New Testament Studies and Homiletics).

Author of SHE: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry, (including an accompanying facilitator guide, participant guide, and DVD), Rev. Lewis is a regular preacher/presenter at the Festival of Homiletics.  She is also a contributing writer for WorkingPreacher.org and author of the site’s Dear Working Preacher column, as well as co-host of the site's weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave.  Rev. Lewis writes regularly for The Christian Century, Feasting on the Word, Feasting on the Gospels, Currents in Theology and Mission, Lutheran Forum, Word & World, Abingdon Preaching Annual, and Odyssey Network's ON Scripture.  She was also one of the 100 religious scholars in the United States to contribute to the Values and Voices Campaign (valuesandvoices.com).

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: John Shelby Spong

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: John Shelby Spong

Jun 26, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Jun 26, 2018 3:15pm

Probably America’s best-known spokesperson for an open, scholarly, and inclusive Christianity, Bishop John Shelby Spong has achieved an almost legendary reputation. A deeply committed Christian, he insists that he must also speak as an informed citizen of 21st century. Having equipped himself for his task by studying at major centers of Christian scholarship – Union Theological Seminary in New York, Yale Divinity School, Harvard Divinity School, and the storied universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Edinburgh – he was named the Quatercentenary Scholar at Cambridge University in 1992 and the William Belden Noble Lecturer at Harvard University in 2000. He has also taught at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley California, the Pacific School of Religion also in Berkeley, Harvard Divinity School, the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and the Theological School of Drew University in New Jersey. He has lectured at conference centers across the United States and Canada, including the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York, and at more than 500 universities, colleges, and seminaries across the English-speaking world, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and South Africa. He has also lectured through translators at Universities in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Bishop Spong has received numerous honors, including being named “Humanist of the Year” in New York in 1999, and “National Person of the Year” by the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State in 2015. He is a Fellow of the Jesus Seminar and of the Gladstone Library in Wales. The Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia, St. Paul’s College, and Lehigh University have each conferred on him the Doctor of Divinity degree, while Muhlenberg College, The Holmes Institute of Consciousness Studies, the University of North Carolina, and Drew University have each conferred on him the Doctor of Humane Letters degree. He was inducted to the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers and Collegium Scholars at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga. in 2004. In 2010 his portrait was commissioned to hang in the “Hall of Honor” at the Martin Luther King Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, alongside other noted civil rights leaders, and it hangs today just below the portrait of Justice Thurgood Marshall of the Supreme Court.

Well-known in radio and television circles, Jack Spong has appeared on such diverse programs as Politically Incorrect, The O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, Oprah, and Phil Donahue, and he has been featured on CBS’s Sixty Minutes. His twenty-six books have been translated into every major European language, including Russian and in the non-European languages of Arabic, Korean, and Japanese, and have together sold almost two million copies. His published articles have been featured in major newspapers across the world, and he has been the subject of stories in Time, Newsweek, Playboy, People’s Magazine, and the New Jersey Monthly. From 2001 through 2016 he was a weekly columnist on the Internet, published first by Everyday Health Today, then by Waterfront Media and for the past decade by Progressive Christianity.Org. This column, sometimes opened as often as 100,000 times a week, is entitled “A New Christianity for a New World” and reaches around the world.

Bishop Spong served as a priest of the Episcopal Church for twenty-one years in Durham, North Carolina (St. Joseph’s), Tarboro, North Carolina (Calvary Parish), Lynchburg, Virginia (St. John’s) and Richmond, Virginia (St. Paul’s). While in Tarboro and Lynchburg he was the play-by-play radio announcer for high school football and basketball games. He was elected by the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Newark (Northern New Jersey) to the office of Bishop in 1976, where he served for 24 years prior to his retirement in 2000.

Bishop Spong cultivates the right enemies, and on occasion has been attacked by Bill Buckley, George Will, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Ross Douthet, and two Archbishops of Canterbury! He has received death threats from right wing religious voices and was once named “Public Enemy Number One” in Edgecombe County, North Carolina by the Ku Klux Klan. He and his wife have walked through angry and sometimes spitting picketers to deliver lectures in the United States and abroad.

Jack Spong is married to Christine Mary Spong, who also serves as his agent and his editor. Parents to five grown children and grandparents of six grandchildren, they live today in New Jersey. Visit him online at www.johnshelbyspong.com.

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Jun 27, 2018 8:00am ‐ Jun 27, 2018 9:00am

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Morning Worship Service: Karoline M. Lewis

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Morning Worship Service: Karoline M. Lewis

Jun 27, 2018 9:15am ‐ Jun 27, 2018 10:00am

Rev. Dr. Karoline M. Lewis is the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, having previously taught at Candler School of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Augsburg College. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Lewis holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.A.), Luther Seminary (M.Div.), and Emory University (Ph.D., New Testament Studies and Homiletics).

Author of SHE: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry, (including an accompanying facilitator guide, participant guide, and DVD), Rev. Lewis is a regular preacher/presenter at the Festival of Homiletics.  She is also a contributing writer for WorkingPreacher.org and author of the site’s Dear Working Preacher column, as well as co-host of the site's weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave.  Rev. Lewis writes regularly for The Christian Century, Feasting on the Word, Feasting on the Gospels, Currents in Theology and Mission, Lutheran Forum, Word & World, Abingdon Preaching Annual, and Odyssey Network's ON Scripture.  She was also one of the 100 religious scholars in the United States to contribute to the Values and Voices Campaign (valuesandvoices.com).

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Morning Lecture Series: Lisa Lucas

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Morning Lecture Series: Lisa Lucas

Jun 27, 2018 10:45am ‐ Jun 27, 2018 12:00pm

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: John Shelby Spong

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: John Shelby Spong

Jun 27, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Jun 27, 2018 3:15pm


Probably America’s best-known spokesperson for an open, scholarly, and inclusive Christianity, Bishop John Shelby Spong has achieved an almost legendary reputation. A deeply committed Christian, he insists that he must also speak as an informed citizen of 21st century. Having equipped himself for his task by studying at major centers of Christian scholarship – Union Theological Seminary in New York, Yale Divinity School, Harvard Divinity School, and the storied universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Edinburgh – he was named the Quatercentenary Scholar at Cambridge University in 1992 and the William Belden Noble Lecturer at Harvard University in 2000. He has also taught at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley California, the Pacific School of Religion also in Berkeley, Harvard Divinity School, the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and the Theological School of Drew University in New Jersey. He has lectured at conference centers across the United States and Canada, including the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York, and at more than 500 universities, colleges, and seminaries across the English-speaking world, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and South Africa. He has also lectured through translators at Universities in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Bishop Spong has received numerous honors, including being named “Humanist of the Year” in New York in 1999, and “National Person of the Year” by the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State in 2015. He is a Fellow of the Jesus Seminar and of the Gladstone Library in Wales. The Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia, St. Paul’s College, and Lehigh University have each conferred on him the Doctor of Divinity degree, while Muhlenberg College, The Holmes Institute of Consciousness Studies, the University of North Carolina, and Drew University have each conferred on him the Doctor of Humane Letters degree. He was inducted to the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers and Collegium Scholars at Morehouse College, Atlanta, Ga. in 2004. In 2010 his portrait was commissioned to hang in the “Hall of Honor” at the Martin Luther King Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, alongside other noted civil rights leaders, and it hangs today just below the portrait of Justice Thurgood Marshall of the Supreme Court.

Well-known in radio and television circles, Jack Spong has appeared on such diverse programs as Politically Incorrect, The O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, Oprah, and Phil Donahue, and he has been featured on CBS’s Sixty Minutes. His twenty-six books have been translated into every major European language, including Russian and in the non-European languages of Arabic, Korean, and Japanese, and have together sold almost two million copies. His published articles have been featured in major newspapers across the world, and he has been the subject of stories in Time, Newsweek, Playboy, People’s Magazine, and the New Jersey Monthly. From 2001 through 2016 he was a weekly columnist on the Internet, published first by Everyday Health Today, then by Waterfront Media and for the past decade by Progressive Christianity.Org. This column, sometimes opened as often as 100,000 times a week, is entitled “A New Christianity for a New World” and reaches around the world.

Bishop Spong served as a priest of the Episcopal Church for twenty-one years in Durham, North Carolina (St. Joseph’s), Tarboro, North Carolina (Calvary Parish), Lynchburg, Virginia (St. John’s) and Richmond, Virginia (St. Paul’s). While in Tarboro and Lynchburg he was the play-by-play radio announcer for high school football and basketball games. He was elected by the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Newark (Northern New Jersey) to the office of Bishop in 1976, where he served for 24 years prior to his retirement in 2000.

Bishop Spong cultivates the right enemies, and on occasion has been attacked by Bill Buckley, George Will, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Ross Douthet, and two Archbishops of Canterbury! He has received death threats from right wing religious voices and was once named “Public Enemy Number One” in Edgecombe County, North Carolina by the Ku Klux Klan. He and his wife have walked through angry and sometimes spitting picketers to deliver lectures in the United States and abroad.

Jack Spong is married to Christine Mary Spong, who also serves as his agent and his editor. Parents to five grown children and grandparents of six grandchildren, they live today in New Jersey. Visit him online at www.johnshelbyspong.com.

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Morning Worship Service: Karoline M. Lewis

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Morning Worship Service: Karoline M. Lewis

Jun 28, 2018 9:15am ‐ Jun 28, 2018 10:00am

Rev. Dr. Karoline M. Lewis is the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, having previously taught at Candler School of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Augsburg College. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Lewis holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.A.), Luther Seminary (M.Div.), and Emory University (Ph.D., New Testament Studies and Homiletics).

Author of SHE: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry, (including an accompanying facilitator guide, participant guide, and DVD), Rev. Lewis is a regular preacher/presenter at the Festival of Homiletics.  She is also a contributing writer for WorkingPreacher.org and author of the site’s Dear Working Preacher column, as well as co-host of the site's weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave.  Rev. Lewis writes regularly for The Christian Century, Feasting on the Word, Feasting on the Gospels, Currents in Theology and Mission, Lutheran Forum, Word & World, Abingdon Preaching Annual, and Odyssey Network's ON Scripture.  She was also one of the 100 religious scholars in the United States to contribute to the Values and Voices Campaign (valuesandvoices.com).

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