Worship Services

In addition to Department of Religion programs, Denominational Houses and religious organizations at Chautauqua Institution offer religious services, lectures, and low-cost housing options during the nine-week CHQ Season.

The term “denomination” in CHQ usage is a very inclusive term meaning an institutional faith organization. The 16 denominations at CHQ include the African American Denominational House (AADH), Baha’i Faith, Baptist, Catholic, Christian Science, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Episcopal, Chabad-Lubavitch Community (Orthodox Jewish), Hebrew Congregation (Reform Jewish), Lutheran, Presbyterian, the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), United Church of Christ (UCC), United Methodist, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship(UU) and Unity. Eleven of these denominations have Denominational Houses on the grounds.

Religious organizations (not denominations) at CHQ that offer religious services, programming and/or housing include the International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons (IOKDS), Chautauqua Christian Fellowship (CCF), and the Ecumenical Community of Chautauqua (ECOC).
Sunday Morning Worship: Fr. Grey Boyle, SJ    Amphitheater
Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, Calif., the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. A Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles that also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city. Father Boyle witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during the so-called “decade of death” that began in the late 1980s and peaked at 1,000 gang-related killings in 1992. In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, Father Boyle and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treat gang members as human beings. In 1988 they started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life. Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. His new book, Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship, was published in 2017. He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, President Obama named Father Boyle a Champion of Change. He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics.
Interfaith Fridays 2019 Lecture SetAD
Chautauqua Institution is pleased to offer the 2019 Interfaith Fridays at Chautauqua on DVD. The set includes nine Interfaith Friday conversations presented during Chautauqua's 2019 season. Available for purchase at the Chautauqua Bookstore and online at https://www.chautauquabookstore.com/shop/lectures/2019/interfaith-fridays
Everett Jewish Life Center
http://www.jewishcenterchautauqua.org/ Since the beginning of the 2009 summer season, the Everett Jewish Life Center has been a hub of activity, programs and lectures. There are more events at the Everett Center than days in the summer season, and hundreds of Jews, non-Jews and Chautauquans benefit from this remarkable new home.
Sunday Morning Worship: The Rev. Janet Broderick    Amphitheater
The Reverend Janet Broderick serves as the 8th Rector of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills. Janet’s ministry spans over three decades, serving as curate, vicar and numerous times as rector in both rural and urban settings, rich and poor, large and small, progressive and traditional. She has inspired vitality, active cooperation, inclusivity, and imagination, leading people to a sincere and honest relationship with Christ and fostering a community of love, courage, and vision. With a good sense of humor and compassion, Janet encourages honesty and humility in those she leads. Prior to All Saints’, Janet served as Rector of St. Peter’s, Morristown, and guided the parish to find their strength in love poured out by Christ in his life, death, and resurrection; encouraging deep and intimate worship, hands-on outreach to Latino and immigrant populations, rigorous education, responsive work for justice, and passionate heart-felt music. Previously, Janet was Rector at Grace Van Vorst in Jersey City. She restored the mission and the vitality of the historic urban church with a focus on social justice and support for the arts. Before that, Janet was a curate at The Church of the Epiphany in New York City, a seminarian at St. James Church, and her first rectorship was for a small parish in Westchester, NY. Janet has been visiting Donegal, Ireland, where her family has a home, since she was ten years old, even apprenticing as a potter there and owning a commercial pottery shop in Manhattan that sold to Barney’s and shops on Madison Avenue. She has been a management trainee at AT&T in Detroit and a drug-rehab counselor in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in History. Janet is an active community organizer, the founder of Refugee Assistance Morris Partners and Afterschool on South. She has an adult married son, James, working in New York, a daughter, Hannah, recently graduated from Barnard, and a dog named Barney who likes long walks. Janet’s call is to proclaim the gospel, to encourage and release the gifts each soul brings, and to notice and celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit that is happening every day.
Sunday Morning Worship: Rev. Dr. Casey Baggott and Rev. Dr..    Amphitheater
Rev. Dr. Casey Baggott joined the staff of the Community Church of Vero Beach in 2004 and serves as Executive Minister. She helps in the leadership and planning of worship, authoring the liturgy used in the services of Community Church. She teaches a variety of classes, leads prayer ministries, and serves as liaison with other staff members and boards. Dr. Baggott has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, a Master of Divinity degree from United Seminary of the Twin Cities, and has received her Doctor of Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation, in South Bend, Indiana. She has completed additional training in clinical pastoral education, bioethics, and spiritual guidance; and she has studied in the Summer Theological Institute at Oxford University, England. Dr. Baggott was chosen to teach the Week Long Bible Study on Genesis by the Temple Church, in Orchard Park, Maine in 2006 at the 125th celebration. In the summer of 2007 she was invited to teach the Gospel of Matthew at Ocean Park, New Jersey's week long celebration of faith. She has also preached at Roaring Gap, North Carolina during their summer worship schedule. Her publications include two full years of liturgical prayers for the Clergy Journal in 1997-1998 and 2001-2002, a sermon series for the Clergy Journal in 2003, and a sermon entitled "With Me" which was chosen for publication along with twenty other sermons in the fourth edition of the Library of Distinctive Sermons. She has also preached on the Day 1 Radio program on several occasions and has contributed faith articles to the local newspaper, “32963,” for seven years. Before coming to Vero Beach, Dr. Baggott worked in the areas of behavioral research, as a chaplain, and as a consultant in bioethics and spiritual ministries, as well as serving as a parish pastor. She was also the first woman clergy to be elected to the "Women’s Economic Roundtable of Minnesota.” Here in Vero Beach, she has enjoyed continuing her community service via membership on the board of directors of the Homeless Family Center of Vero Beach and Harvest Food and Outreach Center. Dr. Baggott and her husband have grown children and now are thrilled to dote upon their six grandchildren. Whenever possible, Dr. Baggott enjoys romping with grandchildren, hiking, biking, kayaking, and savoring poetry. Rev. Dr. Robert Baggott served as Senior Minister of two large congregations in the United Church of Christ before coming to The Community Church of Vero Beach in 2004. Dr. Baggott graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was an Honor Initiate with Sigma Nu Fraternity, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where his emphasis was Preaching, receiving his Master of Divinity degree in 1984. He holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Graduate Theological Foundation, South Bend, Indiana. He also holds an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree, from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. Piedmont College is one of two historical colleges of the National Association of Congregational Churches. Dr. Baggott has done further study in the Religious Studies program of Christ College, in Oxford, England. A noted preacher that the Minneapolis Star Tribune called “engaging and thought-provoking," Dr. Baggott was one of twelve clergy chosen to be included in the inaugural Robert Schuler Institute of Preaching in 1990; was invited to preach at the National Cathedral's Bethlehem Chapel at the anniversary service of the crash of Pan Am 103; and preached at the Ocean Park Temple Church's 125th anniversary Celebration in Ocean Park, Maine. Dr. Baggott is a much sought-after Summer Chapel Preacher giving sermons in Watch Hill, Rhode Island; Roaring Gap, North Carolina; and Ocean Park, New Jersey. He has also delivered commencement speeches around the country as he did recently for Piedmont College and the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Baggott has been honored for his religious service by giving the Opening Invocation for the Congress of the United States and by serving as Chaplain for the day. Dr. Baggott's honors include being named by Miami Magazine as one of 86 people to watch, religious leader of the year in Naperville, Ill, and International Citizen of the Year by the University of Indianapolis for his work in Israel with Palestinian Christians. He has been President of the Coconut Grove Rotary Club in Miami, served as Chair of the Protestant Appeal, and was named Board Member of the Year for the Community Renewal Society. Currently, Dr. Baggott serves on the board of the Nazareth-Galilee Educational Institute, in Nazareth, Israel, the National Day 1 advisory board in Atlanta, Georgia (former Protestant Hour) and is a member of the United States Seniors Golf Association.
Sunday Morning Worship Brian McLaren    Amphitheater
Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” — just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. He is a faculty member of The Living School, which is part of the Center for Action and Contemplation, and he co-leads the Common Good Messaging Team, which is part of Vote Common Good. He is also an Auburn Senior Fellow and a leader in the Convergence Network, through which he has developed an innovative training/mentoring program for pastors, church planters, and lay leaders called Convergence Leadership Project. He works closely with the Wild Goose Festival, the Fair Food Program’s Faith Working Group, and Progressive Christianity. His most recent joint project is an illustrated children’s book (for all ages), Cory and the Seventh Story, and his current and upcoming writing projects include The Galapagos Islands: A Spiritual Journey (Fall 2019), Faith After Doubt (Spring 2021), and Do I Stay Christian? (Spring 2022). Born in 1956, he graduated from University of Maryland with degrees in English (BA, summa cum laude, 1978, and MA, in 1981). His academic interests included Medieval drama, Romantic poets, modern philosophical literature, and the novels of Dr. Walker Percy. In 2004, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity Degree (honoris causa) from Carey Theological Seminary in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and in 2010, he received a second honorary doctorate from Virginia Theological Seminary (Episcopal). From 1978 to 1986, McLaren taught college English in the DC area, and in 1982, he helped form Cedar Ridge Community Church, an innovative, nondenominational church (crcc.org). He left higher education in 1986 to serve as the church’s founding pastor and served in that capacity until 2006. During that time, Cedar Ridge earned a reputation as a leader among emerging missional congregations. Brian has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors since the mid 1980’s, and has assisted in the development of several new churches. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings — across the US and Canada, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. His public speaking covers a broad range of topics including postmodern thought and culture, Biblical studies, church leadership and spiritual formation, pastoral survival and burnout, inter-religious dialogue, and global crises.
Sunday Morning Worship: Pastor Ben Cachiaras    Amphitheater
Ben Cachiaras has served since 1997 as Lead Pastor with Mountain Christian Church located on the outer reaches of Baltimore, Maryland. He began in ministry with Valley Christian Church in Apple Valley, Minnesota and also served with Grandview Christian Church in Johnson City, Tennessee. A graduate of Minnesota Bible College (renamed Crossroads College), he has studied at Bethel Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary, and graduated with the Master of Divinity degree from Emmanuel Christian Seminary where he is currently completing his Doctor of Ministry final project. Ben served as Trustee for Emmanuel Christian Seminary for twenty years, and now as Trustee with Milligan College. He has served as President for the North American Christian Convention (2010) on its Board of Stewards, and as a Contributing Editor for Christian Standard magazine as well as on the Publishing Committee for Standard Publishing and on various other ministry boards. He is the co-founder of MOVE Northeast, a church-planting network. Ben follows in the footsteps of his grandparents and parents who spent their lives in ministry among the Christian churches, mostly in the state of Minnesota. With its beginnings in 1824, the story of the Mountain Church is remarkable. Located in the Northeast U.S., which is a vital mission field with a high concentration of unchurched people, God is using Mountain to make a regional and global impact. God has given Mountain many stories to tell, amazing fruit and growth to celebrate, and a huge vision to fulfill. Mountain’s mission is to make disciples who love God, love people, and serve the world. Mountain is known for ministry that happens in the community as the people of God scatter on mission. Mountain is a multi-ethnic, multi-site church that gathers in four locations. Mountain’s newest campus runs over 1200, another is thriving in a health club, and Mountain’s Edgewood campus is also a community center for ministry outreach, with a focus on changing the trajectory of the lives of under-resourced children through incarnational love. Ben and his wife Karla, have three awesome children, Nathan, a ministry student at Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Andrew, a senior at University of Maryland, and Ellie, a sophomore at Milligan College. He has an irrational devotion to the Minnesota Vikings, bats around a lot of tennis balls, gets a kick out of skiing on water and snow and remembering when he did more rock climbing. Most of all, he loves his family, has a passion for preaching and leadership, and is devoted to building Jesus-shaped communities that draw people to the love of God.

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