The Art of Play

Jul 7, 2018 ‐ Jul 14, 2018


The Art of Play

Play is critically important in the social and emotional development of a child, but research also tells us that play shouldn’t end when we grow up. This week, we take a multigenerational approach to play, to the act of instructive fun. How does play help people of all ages build community, keep our minds sharp and strengthen the relationships with those we love? From the free-spirited, free-form play of youth to the intellectual challenge of puzzles and games to the creative problem-solving exhibited in board rooms, we examine the science behind the importance of play, the changing culture of play and gaming, and the innovative work aimed at improving our personal and professional lives through play.

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: The Spirituality of Play

For Jews and Christians the notion of Sabbath is inscribed in the heart of the Ten Commandments and, therefore, in the heart of both religions — but how is this commandment differently understood and observed by each? How do we utilize the discipline of “taking a Sabbath day” to make space in an over-scheduled world? Why does this commandment insist on keeping the Sabbath Day holy — and how does one do that? How do faith traditions other than Judaism and Christianity relate to play? In this week we will discover that play is a necessary component of being human, and, perhaps, that play is therefore holy.


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Morning Worship Service: David Emmanuel Goatley

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Morning Worship Service: David Emmanuel Goatley

Jul 8, 2018 10:45am ‐ Jul 8, 2018 12:00pm

Rev. Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley is the newly appointed Research Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies and Director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School.  Dr. Goatley is a constructive theologian whose scholarship and practice is at the intersection of ecclesiology, missiology, Black Theology, and leadership strategy.  A globally recognized missiologist, he emphasizes cross-cultural experiential learning with indigenous communities to deepen understanding, broaden horizons, and strengthen Christian discipleship and leadership formation.  He is ordained in the National Baptist Convention, USA, and serves in leadership capacities with the NAACP, Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society, the Baptist World Alliance, and the World Council of Churches.  In addition to articles, essays, and book chapters, Dr. Goatley is editor of Black Religion, Black Theology: Collected Essays of J. Deotis Roberts (2003) and authored Were You There?: Godforsakenness in Slave Religion (1996, 2007), A Divine Assignment: The Missiology of Wendell Clay Somerville (2010), and Missions Is Essential (2011).  His current research projects include leadership development informed by liberation theology, contemporary missiology, and strength-based organizational theory, Black Baptist missiology, and African-American pneumatology.   

Rev. Dr. Goatley holds a Ph.D. in theology and an M.Div., both from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and a B.S. in guidance and counseling from the University of Louisville.  He previously was an assistant professor of theology and African-American Studies at Memphis Theological Seminary in Tennessee, and an assistant professor of humanities and Pan African Studies at the University of Louisville.  He also served as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Campbellsville, Ky.  A member of the Baptist World Alliance General Council, Goatley is the chair of the Theological Reflection, Freedom, and Justice Commissions.

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Vespers: David Emmanuel Goatley

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Vespers: David Emmanuel Goatley

Jul 8, 2018 5:00pm ‐ Jul 8, 2018 6:00pm

Rev. Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley is the newly appointed Research Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies and Director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School.  Dr. Goatley is a constructive theologian whose scholarship and practice is at the intersection of ecclesiology, missiology, Black Theology, and leadership strategy.  A globally recognized missiologist, he emphasizes cross-cultural experiential learning with indigenous communities to deepen understanding, broaden horizons, and strengthen Christian discipleship and leadership formation.  He is ordained in the National Baptist Convention, USA, and serves in leadership capacities with the NAACP, Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society, the Baptist World Alliance, and the World Council of Churches.  In addition to articles, essays, and book chapters, Dr. Goatley is editor of Black Religion, Black Theology: Collected Essays of J. Deotis Roberts (2003) and authored Were You There?: Godforsakenness in Slave Religion (1996, 2007), A Divine Assignment: The Missiology of Wendell Clay Somerville (2010), and Missions Is Essential (2011).  His current research projects include leadership development informed by liberation theology, contemporary missiology, and strength-based organizational theory, Black Baptist missiology, and African-American pneumatology.   

Rev. Dr. Goatley holds a Ph.D. in theology and an M.Div., both from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and a B.S. in guidance and counseling from the University of Louisville.  He previously was an assistant professor of theology and African-American Studies at Memphis Theological Seminary in Tennessee, and an assistant professor of humanities and Pan African Studies at the University of Louisville.  He also served as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Campbellsville, Ky.  A member of the Baptist World Alliance General Council, Goatley is the chair of the Theological Reflection, Freedom, and Justice Commissions.

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Morning Worship Service: David Emmanuel Goatley

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Morning Worship Service: David Emmanuel Goatley

Jul 9, 2018 9:15am ‐ Jul 9, 2018 10:00am

Rev. Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley is the newly appointed Research Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies and Director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School.  Dr. Goatley is a constructive theologian whose scholarship and practice is at the intersection of ecclesiology, missiology, Black Theology, and leadership strategy.  A globally recognized missiologist, he emphasizes cross-cultural experiential learning with indigenous communities to deepen understanding, broaden horizons, and strengthen Christian discipleship and leadership formation.  He is ordained in the National Baptist Convention, USA, and serves in leadership capacities with the NAACP, Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society, the Baptist World Alliance, and the World Council of Churches.  In addition to articles, essays, and book chapters, Dr. Goatley is editor of Black Religion, Black Theology: Collected Essays of J. Deotis Roberts (2003) and authored Were You There?: Godforsakenness in Slave Religion (1996, 2007), A Divine Assignment: The Missiology of Wendell Clay Somerville (2010), and Missions Is Essential (2011).  His current research projects include leadership development informed by liberation theology, contemporary missiology, and strength-based organizational theory, Black Baptist missiology, and African-American pneumatology.   

Rev. Dr. Goatley holds a Ph.D. in theology and an M.Div., both from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and a B.S. in guidance and counseling from the University of Louisville.  He previously was an assistant professor of theology and African-American Studies at Memphis Theological Seminary in Tennessee, and an assistant professor of humanities and Pan African Studies at the University of Louisville.  He also served as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Campbellsville, Ky.  A member of the Baptist World Alliance General Council, Goatley is the chair of the Theological Reflection, Freedom, and Justice Commissions.

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Morning Lecture Series: Jill Vialet

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Morning Lecture Series: Jill Vialet

Jul 9, 2018 10:45am ‐ Jul 9, 2018 12:00pm

Jill Vialet founded Playworks in 1996, in two schools in Berkeley, California. Since then, Playworks has become the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to bring out the best in every kid.

Playworks brings play and physical activities to children across the country, and this year will reach 900,000 students through on-site coaches, professional training, and consultative partnership, serving 1,800 schools and youth-serving organizations. In 2009, Playworks was selected as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Prior to Playworks, Vialet founded the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland, California, and served as its executive director for nine years. Prior to that, she served as the director of Harvard’s Public Service Program.

Vialet’s honors include the James Irvine Leadership Award, the Pahara Aspen Education Fellowship, and Radcliffe’s Jane Rainie Opel Award for achievement by a young alumna. In 2011, she was named by Forbes as one of the top 30 leading social entrepreneurs and recognized by the Women’s Sports Foundation as one of 40 Women Leaders in honor of the anniversary of Title IX. During the 2015-16 school year, Vialet was an Education Fellow at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.

Vialet is a graduate of Harvard University.

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Rabbi Samuel Stahl and Rabbi Zalman Vilenkin

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Rabbi Samuel Stahl and Rabbi Zalman Vilenkin

Jul 9, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Jul 9, 2018 3:15pm

Rabbi Samuel M. Stahl became Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth‑El, in San Antonio, Texas, in 2002, where for 26 years he had served as the Temple’s Senior Rabbi.  During his tenure, the congregation grew from 900 to over 1250 families. Previously, he was a Chaplain in the United States Army, and, for seven years, the Rabbi of Temple B’nai Israel (The Henry Cohen Memorial) in Galveston, Texas. 

A native of Sharon, Pennsylvania and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Rabbi Stahl was ordained a rabbi at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati in 1967.  The holder of an earned doctorate in medieval Bible commentaries from HUC-JIR, he has also been awarded two honorary doctorates, including one from Oblate School of Theology, a Roman Catholic graduate school in San Antonio.

Rabbi Stahl is deeply committed to enhancing interfaith relations, being the first Jewish leader to receive religious leadership awards from both the Texas Conference of Churches and the San Antonio Community of Churches. 

Having served on a number of organizational boards in the Jewish and general communities, both on the local and national levels, he and his wife, Lynn, were also for two years the Honorary Chairs of the Annual Campaign of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio.  From 1984 to 1990 he was editor of the Journal of Reform Judaism, now the CCAR Journal, the official quarterly publication of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

During the summer of 2003 Rabbi Stahl served as Theologian-in-Residence at Chautauqua Institution, and he has served as a lecturer and staff member of the Department of Religion each Season thereafter.

Rabbi Stahl is the author of two books: Making the Timeless Timely: Thoughts and Reflections of a Contemporary Reform Rabbi and Boundaries, Not Barriers: Some Uniquely Jewish Perspectives on Life.  He and Lynn are blessed with two daughters and six grandchildren. 

Rabbi Zalman Vilenkin studied in Israel for 5 years and later at the Talmudical Seminary of Brooklyn, NY. He was ordained at the Rabbinical College of America and received certification in “Practical Rabbinic and Synagogue Management” from Touro College.  A Talmudic and Kabbalistic scholar, he has been an editor and contributor for several Rabbinic and Religious Journals.

Rabbi Vilenkin has taught at the Rabbinical College of Johannesburg, South Africa, and for the past 19 years he has been teaching Jewish Philosophy and Kabbalah at the Talmudic Seminary in Brooklyn, where he also serves as Assistant Dean and student counselor.  

For the past 18 years Rabbi Vilenkin has served as the Executive Director and spiritual leader of Chabad Lubavitch of Chautauqua, where, together with his wife Esther, he continues to serve.

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Morning Worship Service: David Emmanuel Goatley

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Morning Worship Service: David Emmanuel Goatley

Jul 10, 2018 9:15am ‐ Jul 10, 2018 10:00am

Rev. Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley is the newly appointed Research Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies and Director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School.  Dr. Goatley is a constructive theologian whose scholarship and practice is at the intersection of ecclesiology, missiology, Black Theology, and leadership strategy.  A globally recognized missiologist, he emphasizes cross-cultural experiential learning with indigenous communities to deepen understanding, broaden horizons, and strengthen Christian discipleship and leadership formation.  He is ordained in the National Baptist Convention, USA, and serves in leadership capacities with the NAACP, Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society, the Baptist World Alliance, and the World Council of Churches.  In addition to articles, essays, and book chapters, Dr. Goatley is editor of Black Religion, Black Theology: Collected Essays of J. Deotis Roberts (2003) and authored Were You There?: Godforsakenness in Slave Religion (1996, 2007), A Divine Assignment: The Missiology of Wendell Clay Somerville (2010), and Missions Is Essential (2011).  His current research projects include leadership development informed by liberation theology, contemporary missiology, and strength-based organizational theory, Black Baptist missiology, and African-American pneumatology.   

Rev. Dr. Goatley holds a Ph.D. in theology and an M.Div., both from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and a B.S. in guidance and counseling from the University of Louisville.  He previously was an assistant professor of theology and African-American Studies at Memphis Theological Seminary in Tennessee, and an assistant professor of humanities and Pan African Studies at the University of Louisville.  He also served as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Campbellsville, Ky.  A member of the Baptist World Alliance General Council, Goatley is the chair of the Theological Reflection, Freedom, and Justice Commissions.

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Hussein Rashid

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Hussein Rashid

Jul 10, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Jul 10, 2018 3:15pm

Hussein Rashid, PhD, is an adjunct faculty member in Barnard College’s Department of Religion. He teaches courses on Islam, and religion and popular culture.

The founder of islamicate, a consultancy focusing on religious literacy and cultural competency, Dr. Rashid’s research interests focus on representations of Muslims in American popular culture. He has published academic articles on music, comics, film and television, intra-Muslim racism, and digital humanities in the Study of Religion.

Hussein appears regularly on mainstream media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN.  He served as the lead content advisor for the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s exhibit, America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far.

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Morning Worship Service: David Emmanuel Goatley

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Morning Worship Service: David Emmanuel Goatley

Jul 11, 2018 9:15am ‐ Jul 11, 2018 10:00am

Rev. Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley is the newly appointed Research Professor of Theology and Black Church Studies and Director of the Office of Black Church Studies at Duke Divinity School.  Dr. Goatley is a constructive theologian whose scholarship and practice is at the intersection of ecclesiology, missiology, Black Theology, and leadership strategy.  A globally recognized missiologist, he emphasizes cross-cultural experiential learning with indigenous communities to deepen understanding, broaden horizons, and strengthen Christian discipleship and leadership formation.  He is ordained in the National Baptist Convention, USA, and serves in leadership capacities with the NAACP, Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society, the Baptist World Alliance, and the World Council of Churches.  In addition to articles, essays, and book chapters, Dr. Goatley is editor of Black Religion, Black Theology: Collected Essays of J. Deotis Roberts (2003) and authored Were You There?: Godforsakenness in Slave Religion (1996, 2007), A Divine Assignment: The Missiology of Wendell Clay Somerville (2010), and Missions Is Essential (2011).  His current research projects include leadership development informed by liberation theology, contemporary missiology, and strength-based organizational theory, Black Baptist missiology, and African-American pneumatology.   

Rev. Dr. Goatley holds a Ph.D. in theology and an M.Div., both from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and a B.S. in guidance and counseling from the University of Louisville.  He previously was an assistant professor of theology and African-American Studies at Memphis Theological Seminary in Tennessee, and an assistant professor of humanities and Pan African Studies at the University of Louisville.  He also served as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Campbellsville, Ky.  A member of the Baptist World Alliance General Council, Goatley is the chair of the Theological Reflection, Freedom, and Justice Commissions.

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Morning Lecture Series: Peter Gray

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Morning Lecture Series: Peter Gray

Jul 11, 2018 10:45am ‐ Jul 11, 2018 12:00pm

Peter Gray is a research professor of psychology at Boston College, where his fields include children’s play; self-directed learning; evolutionary psychology, developmental psychology, educational psychology, and the role of play in human biological and cultural evolution.

Gray joined the Boston College Psychology Department in 1972; he is the author the widely used introductory psychology textbook, Psychology, now in its seventh edition. He is also author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life, and he writes a popular blog for Psychology Today titled “Freedom to Learn.”

Gray is a critic of standard educational systems and frequently speaks to children’s needs for free play and the ways in which children are designed to control their own education. He is a founder and current board president of the Alliance for Self-Directed Education, and a founder and board member of Let Grow, which is dedicated to renewing children’s freedom to play and explore outdoors, in public spaces, without continuous adult supervision.

Gray majored in psychology at Columbia College, and received his PhD in biological sciences from the Rockefeller University.

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Vasudha Narayanan

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2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Vasudha Narayanan

Jul 11, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Jul 11, 2018 3:15pm

Vasudha Narayanan is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religion at the University of Florida and a past President of the American Academy of Religion (2001-2002). She was educated at the Universities of Madras and Bombay in India, and at Harvard University. Her fields of interest are the Hindu traditions in India, Cambodia, and America; visual and expressive cultures in the study of the Hindu traditions; and gender issues. She is currently working on Hindu temples and traditions in Cambodia.

Professor Narayanan is the author or editor of seven books and numerous articles, chapters in books, and encyclopedia entries. In addition, she is also the associate editor of the five-volume Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from several organizations including the Centre for Khmer Studies (2007); the American Council of Learned Societies (2004-2005); National Endowment for the Humanities (1987, 1989-90, and 1998-99), the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1991-92), the American Institute of Indian Studies/ Smithsonian, and the Social Science Research Council.  She was the president of the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies from 1996-1998.  Dr. Narayanan was named University of Florida’s Teacher Scholar of the Year in 2010. 

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