Chautauqua Institution: Week 3
Every summer, over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 people visit Chautauqua Institution in search of respite, community and personal growth.
July 8–15, 2023
Interfaith America is honored to be part of the Chautauqua Institution’s Week 3 programming. Read about the week’s theme and lecturers below.
We can think of “the center” as the middle in political and economic terms: furthest from the edges of society and a place of status quo, moderation and balance. We also use center in reference to a physical space where a community comes together — to worship, to heal, to support one another. And “center” can mean the center of one’s being, the place one seeks in quiet moments of reflection. The center is many things, but is it foundational to a functioning society, or a construct that too often holds us back from progress and change? Does losing the center give way to extremism? In this week we consider who and what defines the center of society and why — or if — the center should be preserved.
How can we navigate the intersection of faith and health to claim a “center of wellbeing” for all people? Addressing topics including mental health, spiritual caregiving, health equity, and integrative medicine, this week’s speakers will explore the positive potential that our diverse religious identities and communities offer as we seek human thriving. Taken together, the week’s series will cast a vision for robust interfaith engagement throughout the health ecosystem.