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2019 Themes and Programming
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Judy Collins and Madeleine Peyroux    Amphitheater
Opening night 2019 will feature a double bill evening of singer-songwriters that will delight and inspire: Born in Athens, Georgia and often found in her adopted home of Paris, singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux has become one of the most acclaimed jazz singers of her generation. Eight albums and 22 years since her debut with Dreamland, Peyroux continues to challenge the confines of jazz, venturing into the fertile fields of contemporary music with unfading curiosity. She has remained one of the most respected jazz artists of the modern age, as celebrated for her diverse set of covers as for her own songwriting skills, as exemplified in her new album Anthem. "The album is a finely polished production, each performance in crisp servitude to the song. Occasional sonic curveballs, such as sound effects, add a playfulness that keeps listeners on their toes." —DownBeat http://madeleinepeyroux.com/ https://youtu.be/WKB8t8rPw9Y/ Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals and boldly vulnerable songwriting for over five decades, and her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work. Having garnered several top-ten hits and gold and platinum selling albums, Collins’ stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell's “Both Sides Now” from her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Prolific as ever, Ms. Collins released a collaborative and Grammy-nominated album in June 2016, Silver Skies Blue. She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart. Judy Collins will be the closing half of Chautauqua Institution's 2019 opening night — an iconic artist for an iconic Amphitheater. http://www.judycollins.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqpmqcKrC7M&feature=youtu.be
Morning Devotional: Rabbi Sharon Brous    Amphitheater
Rabbi Sharon Brous is a leading voice in reanimating religious life in America, working to develop a spiritual roadmap for soulful, multi-faith justice work in Los Angeles and around the country. She is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, which was started in 2004 and has become a model for Jewish revitalization in the US and beyond. With the goal of reinvigorating Jewish practice and inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice, IKAR quickly became one of the fastest growing and most influential Jewish congregations in the country. Today it is credited with sparking a rethinking of religious life in a time of unprecedented disaffection and declining affiliation. Brous’s 2016 TED talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than 1.3 million people and translated into 20 languages. In 2013, she blessed President Obama and Vice President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service, and Mayor Eric Garcetti at his inauguration in LA in 2017. She spoke at the Women’s March in Washington, DC in 2017, and at the national launch of the Poor People’s Campaign and the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in 2018. Brous was named #1 on the Newsweek/The Daily Beast list of the most influential Rabbis in America, and has been recognized by The Forwardand the Jerusalem Post as one of the fifty most influential Jews. She was featured on the cover of TIME magazine in 2018 based on Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms. Brous is in the inaugural cohort of Auburn Seminary's Senior Fellows program, which unites top faith leaders working on the frontlines for justice. Brous also sits on Mayor’s Interfaith Collective and on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute-North America and REBOOT, and serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund and the national steering committee for the Poor People’s Campaign. Rabbi Brous is a graduate of Columbia University, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.
Morning Devotional: Rabbi Sharon Brous    Amphitheater
Rabbi Sharon Brous is a leading voice in reanimating religious life in America, working to develop a spiritual roadmap for soulful, multi-faith justice work in Los Angeles and around the country. She is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, which was started in 2004 and has become a model for Jewish revitalization in the US and beyond. With the goal of reinvigorating Jewish practice and inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice, IKAR quickly became one of the fastest growing and most influential Jewish congregations in the country. Today it is credited with sparking a rethinking of religious life in a time of unprecedented disaffection and declining affiliation. Brous’s 2016 TED talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than 1.3 million people and translated into 20 languages. In 2013, she blessed President Obama and Vice President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service, and Mayor Eric Garcetti at his inauguration in LA in 2017. She spoke at the Women’s March in Washington, DC in 2017, and at the national launch of the Poor People’s Campaign and the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in 2018. Brous was named #1 on the Newsweek/The Daily Beast list of the most influential Rabbis in America, and has been recognized by The Forwardand the Jerusalem Post as one of the fifty most influential Jews. She was featured on the cover of TIME magazine in 2018 based on Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms. Brous is in the inaugural cohort of Auburn Seminary's Senior Fellows program, which unites top faith leaders working on the frontlines for justice. Brous also sits on Mayor’s Interfaith Collective and on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute-North America and REBOOT, and serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund and the national steering committee for the Poor People’s Campaign. Rabbi Brous is a graduate of Columbia University, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.
Morning Devotional: Rabbi Sharon Brous    Amphitheater
Rabbi Sharon Brous is a leading voice in reanimating religious life in America, working to develop a spiritual roadmap for soulful, multi-faith justice work in Los Angeles and around the country. She is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, which was started in 2004 and has become a model for Jewish revitalization in the US and beyond. With the goal of reinvigorating Jewish practice and inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice, IKAR quickly became one of the fastest growing and most influential Jewish congregations in the country. Today it is credited with sparking a rethinking of religious life in a time of unprecedented disaffection and declining affiliation. Brous’s 2016 TED talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than 1.3 million people and translated into 20 languages. In 2013, she blessed President Obama and Vice President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service, and Mayor Eric Garcetti at his inauguration in LA in 2017. She spoke at the Women’s March in Washington, DC in 2017, and at the national launch of the Poor People’s Campaign and the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in 2018. Brous was named #1 on the Newsweek/The Daily Beast list of the most influential Rabbis in America, and has been recognized by The Forwardand the Jerusalem Post as one of the fifty most influential Jews. She was featured on the cover of TIME magazine in 2018 based on Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms. Brous is in the inaugural cohort of Auburn Seminary's Senior Fellows program, which unites top faith leaders working on the frontlines for justice. Brous also sits on Mayor’s Interfaith Collective and on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute-North America and REBOOT, and serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund and the national steering committee for the Poor People’s Campaign. Rabbi Brous is a graduate of Columbia University, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.
Morning Devotional: Rabbi Sharon Brous    Amphitheater
Rabbi Sharon Brous is a leading voice in reanimating religious life in America, working to develop a spiritual roadmap for soulful, multi-faith justice work in Los Angeles and around the country. She is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, which was started in 2004 and has become a model for Jewish revitalization in the US and beyond. With the goal of reinvigorating Jewish practice and inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice, IKAR quickly became one of the fastest growing and most influential Jewish congregations in the country. Today it is credited with sparking a rethinking of religious life in a time of unprecedented disaffection and declining affiliation. Brous’s 2016 TED talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than 1.3 million people and translated into 20 languages. In 2013, she blessed President Obama and Vice President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service, and Mayor Eric Garcetti at his inauguration in LA in 2017. She spoke at the Women’s March in Washington, DC in 2017, and at the national launch of the Poor People’s Campaign and the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in 2018. Brous was named #1 on the Newsweek/The Daily Beast list of the most influential Rabbis in America, and has been recognized by The Forwardand the Jerusalem Post as one of the fifty most influential Jews. She was featured on the cover of TIME magazine in 2018 based on Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms. Brous is in the inaugural cohort of Auburn Seminary's Senior Fellows program, which unites top faith leaders working on the frontlines for justice. Brous also sits on Mayor’s Interfaith Collective and on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute-North America and REBOOT, and serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund and the national steering committee for the Poor People’s Campaign. Rabbi Brous is a graduate of Columbia University, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.
Morning Lecture: Hugh Hewitt, host, "The Hugh Hewitt Show"    Amphitheater
Hugh Hewitt Host, “The Hugh Hewitt Show” Political analyst and contributor, NBC News and MSNBC 10:45 a.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019 Hugh Hewitt is the acclaimed host of “The Hugh Hewitt Show” on the Salem Radio Network, heard nationally every weekday morning; an NBC News and MSNBC political analyst; a professor of law at Chapman University Fowler School of Law; and a contributing columnist for The Washington Post. Hewitt began his career as a research assistant for David Eisenhower; he then joined the staff of former President Richard Nixon as an editorial assistant. Hewitt left Nixon’s staff to attend law school, then clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for Judges Roger Robb and George MacKinnon. He served as special assistant to Attorneys General William Smith and Edwin Meese, assistant counsel in the White House and as general counsel to two federal agencies before ending his time in the Reagan Administration as deputy director of the Office of Personnel Management. Hewitt returned to California at Nixon’s request to oversee the construction and opening of the Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, California. His broadcast career began in 1990 on Los Angeles radio station KFI AM 640 and on television in 1992 as host of PBS LA affiliate KCET nightly news and public affairs program “Life & Times Tonight,” for which he received three Emmy Awards. He is the author of a dozen books including his memoir The Happiest Life, and prior to joining NBC in the spring of 2016 was a regular on all networks’ Sunday shows. Since leaving the federal government, Hewitt has served as Governor Pete Wilson’s appointee to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, as the Speaker of the California Assembly’s appointee on the California Arts Council, and as a member of the Orange County Children & Families Commission. Hewitt is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School.
Morning Devotional: Rabbi Sharon Brous    Amphitheater
Rabbi Sharon Brous is a leading voice in reanimating religious life in America, working to develop a spiritual roadmap for soulful, multi-faith justice work in Los Angeles and around the country. She is the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR, which was started in 2004 and has become a model for Jewish revitalization in the US and beyond. With the goal of reinvigorating Jewish practice and inspiring people of faith to reclaim a moral and prophetic voice, IKAR quickly became one of the fastest growing and most influential Jewish congregations in the country. Today it is credited with sparking a rethinking of religious life in a time of unprecedented disaffection and declining affiliation. Brous’s 2016 TED talk, “Reclaiming Religion,” has been viewed by more than 1.3 million people and translated into 20 languages. In 2013, she blessed President Obama and Vice President Biden at the Inaugural National Prayer Service, and Mayor Eric Garcetti at his inauguration in LA in 2017. She spoke at the Women’s March in Washington, DC in 2017, and at the national launch of the Poor People’s Campaign and the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in 2018. Brous was named #1 on the Newsweek/The Daily Beast list of the most influential Rabbis in America, and has been recognized by The Forwardand the Jerusalem Post as one of the fifty most influential Jews. She was featured on the cover of TIME magazine in 2018 based on Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms. Brous is in the inaugural cohort of Auburn Seminary's Senior Fellows program, which unites top faith leaders working on the frontlines for justice. Brous also sits on Mayor’s Interfaith Collective and on the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute-North America and REBOOT, and serves on the International Council of the New Israel Fund and the national steering committee for the Poor People’s Campaign. Rabbi Brous is a graduate of Columbia University, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Zina Jacque    Amphitheater
Zina Jacque is the Lead Pastor at the Community Church of Barrington in Illinois. She has served on the staffs of multicultural, urban, and suburban churches, and has done extensive work in the areas of education, counseling, and support programs. Jacque was the founder and first Executive Director of the Pastoral Counseling Center of Trinity Church (Episcopal) in Boston. In this role she implemented training on mental health issues for local pastors and led the Center in the delivery of direct service hours to economically disenfranchised people across greater Boston. The center is now in its 18th year and remains a unique center serving the greater Boston area. Previously Jacque served as the Protestant Chaplin at Bentley College, and as the Executive Director of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, where she served as a key member of the Boston program of violence reduction: Operation Ceasefire. Prior to entering ministry Rev. Jacque completed a 20+ year career in higher education serving in senior positions at Northwestern, the University of Chicago, Mills College (Oakland, CA), and the University of California (both Santa Cruz and the Office of the President). Jacque holds a Ph.D. in Theology (Practical Theology) and a Masters of Divinity degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Boston University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Northwestern University. She has served as an adjunct professor of Pastoral Care at the University of Chicago and Boston University. She serves on the boards of the American Baptist Churches USA (Board of General Ministries), Journey Care Hospice and Palliative Care Center, National Senior Campuses, Samaritan Counseling Center of Northwest Illinois, and the Barrington Area Ministerial Alliance, among others. But what is most important to her is this, she is a child of God, formed and filled with God’s love. She believes we are each sent into the world to live out our gifts and talents for the good of the whole, and that, as Christians, we are meant to be the channel through which all of the families of the earth are blessed.
Morning Lecture: John Kasich, Former governor, State of Ohio    Amphitheater
Two-term former Ohio Governor John R. Kasich is a newly named CNN political commentator who believes in the power of individuals to effect change at the local level, and that we need to reach beyond politics and the issues that divide us to achieve solutions through unity and resilience. As governor, Kasich closed an $8 billion budget shortfall without a tax increase, reduced taxes by $5 billion and outpaced the nation’s job growth with 557,600 new jobs in Ohio. Under his tenure, Ohio budget reserves grew from 89 cents to $2.7 billion. The governor was a leading voice in promoting bipartisan solutions to health care reform, immigration and international trade, and has been one of the few Republicans to advocate for Medicaid’s expansion. After having become the youngest state senator in Ohio history, Kasich was elected to the U.S. House and served as a member of Congress for 18 years. He went on to become the chairman of the House Budget Committee and balanced the federal budget four times. After leaving Congress in 2000, Kasich worked as a managing director in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers, and hosted “Heartland with John Kasich,” on the Fox News Channel, in addition to being a stand-in host for both Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews. He is the author of four New York Times best-sellers including, most recently, Two Paths: America Divided or United. Kasich is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he also served as a Presidential Fellow.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Zina Jacque    Amphitheater
Zina Jacque is the Lead Pastor at the Community Church of Barrington in Illinois. She has served on the staffs of multicultural, urban, and suburban churches, and has done extensive work in the areas of education, counseling, and support programs. Jacque was the founder and first Executive Director of the Pastoral Counseling Center of Trinity Church (Episcopal) in Boston. In this role she implemented training on mental health issues for local pastors and led the Center in the delivery of direct service hours to economically disenfranchised people across greater Boston. The center is now in its 18th year and remains a unique center serving the greater Boston area. Previously Jacque served as the Protestant Chaplin at Bentley College, and as the Executive Director of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, where she served as a key member of the Boston program of violence reduction: Operation Ceasefire. Prior to entering ministry Rev. Jacque completed a 20+ year career in higher education serving in senior positions at Northwestern, the University of Chicago, Mills College (Oakland, CA), and the University of California (both Santa Cruz and the Office of the President). Jacque holds a Ph.D. in Theology (Practical Theology) and a Masters of Divinity degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Boston University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Northwestern University. She has served as an adjunct professor of Pastoral Care at the University of Chicago and Boston University. She serves on the boards of the American Baptist Churches USA (Board of General Ministries), Journey Care Hospice and Palliative Care Center, National Senior Campuses, Samaritan Counseling Center of Northwest Illinois, and the Barrington Area Ministerial Alliance, among others. But what is most important to her is this, she is a child of God, formed and filled with God’s love. She believes we are each sent into the world to live out our gifts and talents for the good of the whole, and that, as Christians, we are meant to be the channel through which all of the families of the earth are blessed.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Zina Jacque    Amphitheater
Zina Jacque is the Lead Pastor at the Community Church of Barrington in Illinois. She has served on the staffs of multicultural, urban, and suburban churches, and has done extensive work in the areas of education, counseling, and support programs. Jacque was the founder and first Executive Director of the Pastoral Counseling Center of Trinity Church (Episcopal) in Boston. In this role she implemented training on mental health issues for local pastors and led the Center in the delivery of direct service hours to economically disenfranchised people across greater Boston. The center is now in its 18th year and remains a unique center serving the greater Boston area. Previously Jacque served as the Protestant Chaplin at Bentley College, and as the Executive Director of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, where she served as a key member of the Boston program of violence reduction: Operation Ceasefire. Prior to entering ministry Rev. Jacque completed a 20+ year career in higher education serving in senior positions at Northwestern, the University of Chicago, Mills College (Oakland, CA), and the University of California (both Santa Cruz and the Office of the President). Jacque holds a Ph.D. in Theology (Practical Theology) and a Masters of Divinity degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Boston University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Northwestern University. She has served as an adjunct professor of Pastoral Care at the University of Chicago and Boston University. She serves on the boards of the American Baptist Churches USA (Board of General Ministries), Journey Care Hospice and Palliative Care Center, National Senior Campuses, Samaritan Counseling Center of Northwest Illinois, and the Barrington Area Ministerial Alliance, among others. But what is most important to her is this, she is a child of God, formed and filled with God’s love. She believes we are each sent into the world to live out our gifts and talents for the good of the whole, and that, as Christians, we are meant to be the channel through which all of the families of the earth are blessed.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Zina Jacque    Amphitheater
Zina Jacque is the Lead Pastor at the Community Church of Barrington in Illinois. She has served on the staffs of multicultural, urban, and suburban churches, and has done extensive work in the areas of education, counseling, and support programs. Jacque was the founder and first Executive Director of the Pastoral Counseling Center of Trinity Church (Episcopal) in Boston. In this role she implemented training on mental health issues for local pastors and led the Center in the delivery of direct service hours to economically disenfranchised people across greater Boston. The center is now in its 18th year and remains a unique center serving the greater Boston area. Previously Jacque served as the Protestant Chaplin at Bentley College, and as the Executive Director of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, where she served as a key member of the Boston program of violence reduction: Operation Ceasefire. Prior to entering ministry Rev. Jacque completed a 20+ year career in higher education serving in senior positions at Northwestern, the University of Chicago, Mills College (Oakland, CA), and the University of California (both Santa Cruz and the Office of the President). Jacque holds a Ph.D. in Theology (Practical Theology) and a Masters of Divinity degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Boston University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Northwestern University. She has served as an adjunct professor of Pastoral Care at the University of Chicago and Boston University. She serves on the boards of the American Baptist Churches USA (Board of General Ministries), Journey Care Hospice and Palliative Care Center, National Senior Campuses, Samaritan Counseling Center of Northwest Illinois, and the Barrington Area Ministerial Alliance, among others. But what is most important to her is this, she is a child of God, formed and filled with God’s love. She believes we are each sent into the world to live out our gifts and talents for the good of the whole, and that, as Christians, we are meant to be the channel through which all of the families of the earth are blessed.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Zina Jacque    Amphitheater
Zina Jacque is the Lead Pastor at the Community Church of Barrington in Illinois. She has served on the staffs of multicultural, urban, and suburban churches, and has done extensive work in the areas of education, counseling, and support programs. Jacque was the founder and first Executive Director of the Pastoral Counseling Center of Trinity Church (Episcopal) in Boston. In this role she implemented training on mental health issues for local pastors and led the Center in the delivery of direct service hours to economically disenfranchised people across greater Boston. The center is now in its 18th year and remains a unique center serving the greater Boston area. Previously Jacque served as the Protestant Chaplin at Bentley College, and as the Executive Director of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, where she served as a key member of the Boston program of violence reduction: Operation Ceasefire. Prior to entering ministry Rev. Jacque completed a 20+ year career in higher education serving in senior positions at Northwestern, the University of Chicago, Mills College (Oakland, CA), and the University of California (both Santa Cruz and the Office of the President). Jacque holds a Ph.D. in Theology (Practical Theology) and a Masters of Divinity degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Boston University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Northwestern University. She has served as an adjunct professor of Pastoral Care at the University of Chicago and Boston University. She serves on the boards of the American Baptist Churches USA (Board of General Ministries), Journey Care Hospice and Palliative Care Center, National Senior Campuses, Samaritan Counseling Center of Northwest Illinois, and the Barrington Area Ministerial Alliance, among others. But what is most important to her is this, she is a child of God, formed and filled with God’s love. She believes we are each sent into the world to live out our gifts and talents for the good of the whole, and that, as Christians, we are meant to be the channel through which all of the families of the earth are blessed.
Morning Devotional: Rev. David Anderson    Amphitheater
Dr. David Anderson, founder and President of the BridgeLeader Network (BLN), is one of the world’s leading authorities on building bridges across the deep divides of race, faith, culture, and wealth. His global work has brought hope and healing to communities, families, and people in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America including work in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, during recent civil unrest around issues of race and police brutality. Wherever there is a divide, Anderson seeks to build a bridge through relevant and intelligent conversation. His insight, vision, and passion have made him a widely sought speaker, writer, and consultant for major national and international events and policy initiatives. He has appeared on ABC, CNN, FOX, BET, TBN and C-SPAN television networks, and has been interviewed on more than 2,000 radio stations worldwide. Anderson is the bridge-building voice in the Nation's Capital as host of the daily radio talk show "Real Talk with Dr. David Anderson" on WAVA (105.1 FM) – the most listened to Christian talk station on the East Coast and the 2nd most listened to Christian talk station in the nation. Dr. Anderson also hosted “Real Talk with Dr. David Anderson” on ABC2 in Baltimore, Maryland, for 4 seasons. Dr. Anderson earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2001 from Oxford Graduate School's American Centre for Religion and Society Studies in the US, while studying and defending his essays at Oxford University in England. Dr. Anderson currently serves as the Chancellor of Omega Graduate School (formerly Oxford Graduate School). As the founder and senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church located in Columbia, Maryland, Dr. Anderson reaches a dynamic, multicultural congregation of over 5,000 weekly attendees from more than 52 different nations, and their services are viewed online in over 100 countries. Dr. Anderson is the author of several books on race and diversity, including Letters across the Divide and Multicultural Ministry, the award-winning Gracism: The Art of Inclusion, and I Forgrace You: Doing Good to Those Who Have Hurt You. In 2010, Dr. Anderson edited and co-authored the acclaimed Multicultural Ministry Handbook: Creatively Connecting to a Diverse World. His newest book, How to Think like a Gracist, along with all of Dr. Anderson's resources, are available at EmbraceGracism.com. You can learn more about Dr. Anderson and his work at AndersonSpeaks.com. Dr. Anderson and his family reside in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Morning Lecture: Corey Jaskolski; conservationist, engineer    Amphitheater
Corey Jaskolski is an inventor, engineer, National Geographic Fellow, photographer, AR and VR developer, and an explorer who specializes in creating technologies for some of the most challenging environments on Earth. Early in his career, he founded Hydro Technologies, an engineering company that specialized in building sensing and imaging solutions for the world’s toughest environments. At Hydro Technologies, his clients included DARPA, NASA, half a dozen departments in the U.S. Navy, and the U.S, Special Forces (SOCOM). Jaskolski has developed a suite of exploration technologies including archaeology search drones, robotic underwater camera systems, color night vision platforms, 3D scanning camera traps, and underwater laser scanners. His technical imaging and scanning work has taken him to some of the world's most sacred and beautiful places including dives in the frigid waters of Antarctica for VR capture, 3D scanning in the Tomb of Jesus, working 12,500 feet deep in a three-man submersible on the wreck of the Titanic, spherical image capture inside Tut’s tomb, aerial LIDAR scanning of Chichen Itza, VR capture in some of Italy’s most iconic cathedrals, and deep into underwater caves containing Mayan human sacrifice victims for 3D scanning. Jaskolski is co-founder of Virtual Wonders, a company focused on protecting and sharing the world’s special places through 3D scanning. Jaskolski’s work often appears in National Geographic Magazine’ on PBS and the National Geographic Channels; and in numerous scientific journals and other publications. He serves as a member of the board of directors at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Jaskolski has degrees in physics, mathematics, electrical engineering and computer science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Morning Devotional: Rev. David Anderson    Amphitheater
Dr. David Anderson, founder and President of the BridgeLeader Network (BLN), is one of the world’s leading authorities on building bridges across the deep divides of race, faith, culture, and wealth. His global work has brought hope and healing to communities, families, and people in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America including work in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, during recent civil unrest around issues of race and police brutality. Wherever there is a divide, Anderson seeks to build a bridge through relevant and intelligent conversation. His insight, vision, and passion have made him a widely sought speaker, writer, and consultant for major national and international events and policy initiatives. He has appeared on ABC, CNN, FOX, BET, TBN and C-SPAN television networks, and has been interviewed on more than 2,000 radio stations worldwide. Anderson is the bridge-building voice in the Nation's Capital as host of the daily radio talk show "Real Talk with Dr. David Anderson" on WAVA (105.1 FM) – the most listened to Christian talk station on the East Coast and the 2nd most listened to Christian talk station in the nation. Dr. Anderson also hosted “Real Talk with Dr. David Anderson” on ABC2 in Baltimore, Maryland, for 4 seasons. Dr. Anderson earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2001 from Oxford Graduate School's American Centre for Religion and Society Studies in the US, while studying and defending his essays at Oxford University in England. Dr. Anderson currently serves as the Chancellor of Omega Graduate School (formerly Oxford Graduate School). As the founder and senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church located in Columbia, Maryland, Dr. Anderson reaches a dynamic, multicultural congregation of over 5,000 weekly attendees from more than 52 different nations, and their services are viewed online in over 100 countries. Dr. Anderson is the author of several books on race and diversity, including Letters across the Divide and Multicultural Ministry, the award-winning Gracism: The Art of Inclusion, and I Forgrace You: Doing Good to Those Who Have Hurt You. In 2010, Dr. Anderson edited and co-authored the acclaimed Multicultural Ministry Handbook: Creatively Connecting to a Diverse World. His newest book, How to Think like a Gracist, along with all of Dr. Anderson's resources, are available at EmbraceGracism.com. You can learn more about Dr. Anderson and his work at AndersonSpeaks.com. Dr. Anderson and his family reside in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Morning Lecture: Steve Winter, wildlife photographer    Amphitheater
Wildlife photographer Steve Winter has spent over 20 years leading photographic expeditions to remote locations around the world on a mission to document big cats. Winter’s dedication to the protection of these iconic animals on the brink of extinction in the wild is evident throughout his career where he has served as an ambassador for the the wildlife he photographs. He has also been a champion of the Big Cats Initiative, a long-term commitment by National Geographic Society to fund on-the-ground research and innovative conservation projects to protect big cats and their critical habitats. A former photojournalist with the Black Star Photo Agency, Winter began shooting for National Geographic in 1991. He has covered many subjects for National Geographic Magazine, including the natural history of Cuba, Russia’s giant Kamchatka bears, Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River, snow leopards, cougars, Kaziranga National Park, tigers and leopards. Winter has been named BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and BBC Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year. He won first prize in the nature story category from World Press Photo in 2014 and 2008. He twice was awarded the Global Vision Award from Pictures of the Year International from University of Missouri. He has appeared on CBS Nightly News, 60 Minutes, NPR, the BBC, and other media outlets, and has filmed numerous shows for National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild. Winter speaks all over the world for Nat Geo Live on his “On the Trail of Big Cats” presentation. In November 2013, National Geographic published Winter’s photography book, Tigers Forever: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Cat. Winter is a graduate of the Academy of Art and the University of San Francisco.
Morning Devotional: Rev. David Anderson    Amphitheater
Dr. David Anderson, founder and President of the BridgeLeader Network (BLN), is one of the world’s leading authorities on building bridges across the deep divides of race, faith, culture, and wealth. His global work has brought hope and healing to communities, families, and people in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America including work in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, during recent civil unrest around issues of race and police brutality. Wherever there is a divide, Anderson seeks to build a bridge through relevant and intelligent conversation. His insight, vision, and passion have made him a widely sought speaker, writer, and consultant for major national and international events and policy initiatives. He has appeared on ABC, CNN, FOX, BET, TBN and C-SPAN television networks, and has been interviewed on more than 2,000 radio stations worldwide. Anderson is the bridge-building voice in the Nation's Capital as host of the daily radio talk show "Real Talk with Dr. David Anderson" on WAVA (105.1 FM) – the most listened to Christian talk station on the East Coast and the 2nd most listened to Christian talk station in the nation. Dr. Anderson also hosted “Real Talk with Dr. David Anderson” on ABC2 in Baltimore, Maryland, for 4 seasons. Dr. Anderson earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2001 from Oxford Graduate School's American Centre for Religion and Society Studies in the US, while studying and defending his essays at Oxford University in England. Dr. Anderson currently serves as the Chancellor of Omega Graduate School (formerly Oxford Graduate School). As the founder and senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church located in Columbia, Maryland, Dr. Anderson reaches a dynamic, multicultural congregation of over 5,000 weekly attendees from more than 52 different nations, and their services are viewed online in over 100 countries. Dr. Anderson is the author of several books on race and diversity, including Letters across the Divide and Multicultural Ministry, the award-winning Gracism: The Art of Inclusion, and I Forgrace You: Doing Good to Those Who Have Hurt You. In 2010, Dr. Anderson edited and co-authored the acclaimed Multicultural Ministry Handbook: Creatively Connecting to a Diverse World. His newest book, How to Think like a Gracist, along with all of Dr. Anderson's resources, are available at EmbraceGracism.com. You can learn more about Dr. Anderson and his work at AndersonSpeaks.com. Dr. Anderson and his family reside in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Morning Devotional: Rev. David Anderson    Amphitheater
Dr. David Anderson, founder and President of the BridgeLeader Network (BLN), is one of the world’s leading authorities on building bridges across the deep divides of race, faith, culture, and wealth. His global work has brought hope and healing to communities, families, and people in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America including work in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, during recent civil unrest around issues of race and police brutality. Wherever there is a divide, Anderson seeks to build a bridge through relevant and intelligent conversation. His insight, vision, and passion have made him a widely sought speaker, writer, and consultant for major national and international events and policy initiatives. He has appeared on ABC, CNN, FOX, BET, TBN and C-SPAN television networks, and has been interviewed on more than 2,000 radio stations worldwide. Anderson is the bridge-building voice in the Nation's Capital as host of the daily radio talk show "Real Talk with Dr. David Anderson" on WAVA (105.1 FM) – the most listened to Christian talk station on the East Coast and the 2nd most listened to Christian talk station in the nation. Dr. Anderson also hosted “Real Talk with Dr. David Anderson” on ABC2 in Baltimore, Maryland, for 4 seasons. Dr. Anderson earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2001 from Oxford Graduate School's American Centre for Religion and Society Studies in the US, while studying and defending his essays at Oxford University in England. Dr. Anderson currently serves as the Chancellor of Omega Graduate School (formerly Oxford Graduate School). As the founder and senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church located in Columbia, Maryland, Dr. Anderson reaches a dynamic, multicultural congregation of over 5,000 weekly attendees from more than 52 different nations, and their services are viewed online in over 100 countries. Dr. Anderson is the author of several books on race and diversity, including Letters across the Divide and Multicultural Ministry, the award-winning Gracism: The Art of Inclusion, and I Forgrace You: Doing Good to Those Who Have Hurt You. In 2010, Dr. Anderson edited and co-authored the acclaimed Multicultural Ministry Handbook: Creatively Connecting to a Diverse World. His newest book, How to Think like a Gracist, along with all of Dr. Anderson's resources, are available at EmbraceGracism.com. You can learn more about Dr. Anderson and his work at AndersonSpeaks.com. Dr. Anderson and his family reside in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Morning Devotional: Rev. David Anderson    Amphitheater
Dr. David Anderson, founder and President of the BridgeLeader Network (BLN), is one of the world’s leading authorities on building bridges across the deep divides of race, faith, culture, and wealth. His global work has brought hope and healing to communities, families, and people in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America including work in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, during recent civil unrest around issues of race and police brutality. Wherever there is a divide, Anderson seeks to build a bridge through relevant and intelligent conversation. His insight, vision, and passion have made him a widely sought speaker, writer, and consultant for major national and international events and policy initiatives. He has appeared on ABC, CNN, FOX, BET, TBN and C-SPAN television networks, and has been interviewed on more than 2,000 radio stations worldwide. Anderson is the bridge-building voice in the Nation's Capital as host of the daily radio talk show "Real Talk with Dr. David Anderson" on WAVA (105.1 FM) – the most listened to Christian talk station on the East Coast and the 2nd most listened to Christian talk station in the nation. Dr. Anderson also hosted “Real Talk with Dr. David Anderson” on ABC2 in Baltimore, Maryland, for 4 seasons. Dr. Anderson earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2001 from Oxford Graduate School's American Centre for Religion and Society Studies in the US, while studying and defending his essays at Oxford University in England. Dr. Anderson currently serves as the Chancellor of Omega Graduate School (formerly Oxford Graduate School). As the founder and senior pastor of Bridgeway Community Church located in Columbia, Maryland, Dr. Anderson reaches a dynamic, multicultural congregation of over 5,000 weekly attendees from more than 52 different nations, and their services are viewed online in over 100 countries. Dr. Anderson is the author of several books on race and diversity, including Letters across the Divide and Multicultural Ministry, the award-winning Gracism: The Art of Inclusion, and I Forgrace You: Doing Good to Those Who Have Hurt You. In 2010, Dr. Anderson edited and co-authored the acclaimed Multicultural Ministry Handbook: Creatively Connecting to a Diverse World. His newest book, How to Think like a Gracist, along with all of Dr. Anderson's resources, are available at EmbraceGracism.com. You can learn more about Dr. Anderson and his work at AndersonSpeaks.com. Dr. Anderson and his family reside in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III    Amphitheater
With civil rights advocacy in his DNA, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Ill., Dr. Moss spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice, and economic inequality. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College, who earned a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. He returned to Yale in 2014 to present the famed Lyman Beecher lectures. The three-day event included an in-depth discourse on the subject of "The Blue Note Gospel: Preaching the Prophetic Blues in a Post Soul World." The lectures, which demonstrated a homiletic blueprint for prophetic preaching in the 21st century, were the foundation of his latest book, Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair, published in 2015. His earlier publications include: Redemption in a Red Light District, and The Gospel According to the Wiz and Other Sermons from Cinema. He co-authored The Gospel Re-Mix: How to Reach the Hip-Hop Generation with three other contributors, and Preach! The Power and Purpose behind Our Praise, with his father. Dr. Moss was named to the inaugural Root 100, a list that “recognizes emerging and established African-American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions,” according to the publication’s Website. Honorees range between ages 25 to 45, and their accomplishments and successes transcend media headlines or statistics. With a unique gift to communicate across generations, Dr. Moss’ creative bible-based messages have inspired young and old alike. His intergenerational preaching gift has made Dr. Moss a popular speaker on college campuses, and at conferences and churches across the globe. Highly influenced by the works of Zora Neale Hurston, August Wilson, Howard Thurman, Jazz, and Hip-Hop music, the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the pastoral ministry of his father, Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, have been primary mentors for his spiritual formation. The former pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., his first pastorate, where the church grew from 125 members to over 2100 disciples during his tenure, Dr. Moss is an ordained minister in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ. He is on the boards of Auburn Seminary and the Faith-In-Place/Action Fund, and is chaplain of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Child Advocacy Conference. Dr. Moss is also a Senior Fellow in the Auburn Seniors Fellow Program. Married to his college sweetheart, the former Monica Brown of Orlando, Fla., a Spelman College and Columbia University graduate, he and Monica are the proud parents of two creative and humorous children, Elijah Wynton and Makayla Elon.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III    Amphitheater
With civil rights advocacy in his DNA, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Ill., Dr. Moss spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice, and economic inequality. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College, who earned a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. He returned to Yale in 2014 to present the famed Lyman Beecher lectures. The three-day event included an in-depth discourse on the subject of "The Blue Note Gospel: Preaching the Prophetic Blues in a Post Soul World." The lectures, which demonstrated a homiletic blueprint for prophetic preaching in the 21st century, were the foundation of his latest book, Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair, published in 2015. His earlier publications include: Redemption in a Red Light District, and The Gospel According to the Wiz and Other Sermons from Cinema. He co-authored The Gospel Re-Mix: How to Reach the Hip-Hop Generation with three other contributors, and Preach! The Power and Purpose behind Our Praise, with his father. Dr. Moss was named to the inaugural Root 100, a list that “recognizes emerging and established African-American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions,” according to the publication’s Website. Honorees range between ages 25 to 45, and their accomplishments and successes transcend media headlines or statistics. With a unique gift to communicate across generations, Dr. Moss’ creative bible-based messages have inspired young and old alike. His intergenerational preaching gift has made Dr. Moss a popular speaker on college campuses, and at conferences and churches across the globe. Highly influenced by the works of Zora Neale Hurston, August Wilson, Howard Thurman, Jazz, and Hip-Hop music, the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the pastoral ministry of his father, Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, have been primary mentors for his spiritual formation. The former pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., his first pastorate, where the church grew from 125 members to over 2100 disciples during his tenure, Dr. Moss is an ordained minister in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ. He is on the boards of Auburn Seminary and the Faith-In-Place/Action Fund, and is chaplain of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Child Advocacy Conference. Dr. Moss is also a Senior Fellow in the Auburn Seniors Fellow Program. Married to his college sweetheart, the former Monica Brown of Orlando, Fla., a Spelman College and Columbia University graduate, he and Monica are the proud parents of two creative and humorous children, Elijah Wynton and Makayla Elon.
Morning Lecture: Larry P. Arnn; president, Hillsdale College    Amphitheater
Larry P. Arnn is the 12th president of Hillsdale College, where he also serves as a professor of politics and history, teaching courses on Aristotle, Winston Churchill, and the American Constitution. Under Arnn’s leadership, Hillsdale College has launched several new initiatives, and has established a distinguished visiting fellowship program which brings leading scholars and public figures to campus to teach courses. Imprimis, the college’s national speech digest, has increased its monthly circulation to over 3.7 million. Prior to Hillsdale, Arnn was an editor for Public Research, Syndicated, and then president of Claremont Institute for 15 years, where he was the founding chairman of the California Civil Rights Initiative. Arnn also lived and studied in England, where he served as director of research for the late Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill. Arnn is on the board of directors of the Heritage Foundation, the Henry Salvatori Center of Claremont McKenna College, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and the Claremont Institute. He served on the U.S. Army War College Board of Visitors, for which he earned the Department of the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. In 2015, Arnn received the Bradley Prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Arnn is the author of three books, and editor of The Churchill Documents, a sub-series in the official biography of Winston Churchill. The official biography is the largest of its kind, and under Arnn’s direction, will grow to a total of 31 volumes. Arrn received his Bachelor of Arts from Arkansas State University, and his master’s and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School. He also studied at the London School of Economics, and at Worcester College, Oxford University.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III    Amphitheater
With civil rights advocacy in his DNA, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Ill., Dr. Moss spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice, and economic inequality. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College, who earned a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. He returned to Yale in 2014 to present the famed Lyman Beecher lectures. The three-day event included an in-depth discourse on the subject of "The Blue Note Gospel: Preaching the Prophetic Blues in a Post Soul World." The lectures, which demonstrated a homiletic blueprint for prophetic preaching in the 21st century, were the foundation of his latest book, Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair, published in 2015. His earlier publications include: Redemption in a Red Light District, and The Gospel According to the Wiz and Other Sermons from Cinema. He co-authored The Gospel Re-Mix: How to Reach the Hip-Hop Generation with three other contributors, and Preach! The Power and Purpose behind Our Praise, with his father. Dr. Moss was named to the inaugural Root 100, a list that “recognizes emerging and established African-American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions,” according to the publication’s Website. Honorees range between ages 25 to 45, and their accomplishments and successes transcend media headlines or statistics. With a unique gift to communicate across generations, Dr. Moss’ creative bible-based messages have inspired young and old alike. His intergenerational preaching gift has made Dr. Moss a popular speaker on college campuses, and at conferences and churches across the globe. Highly influenced by the works of Zora Neale Hurston, August Wilson, Howard Thurman, Jazz, and Hip-Hop music, the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the pastoral ministry of his father, Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, have been primary mentors for his spiritual formation. The former pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., his first pastorate, where the church grew from 125 members to over 2100 disciples during his tenure, Dr. Moss is an ordained minister in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ. He is on the boards of Auburn Seminary and the Faith-In-Place/Action Fund, and is chaplain of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Child Advocacy Conference. Dr. Moss is also a Senior Fellow in the Auburn Seniors Fellow Program. Married to his college sweetheart, the former Monica Brown of Orlando, Fla., a Spelman College and Columbia University graduate, he and Monica are the proud parents of two creative and humorous children, Elijah Wynton and Makayla Elon.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III    Amphitheater
With civil rights advocacy in his DNA, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Ill., Dr. Moss spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice, and economic inequality. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College, who earned a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. He returned to Yale in 2014 to present the famed Lyman Beecher lectures. The three-day event included an in-depth discourse on the subject of "The Blue Note Gospel: Preaching the Prophetic Blues in a Post Soul World." The lectures, which demonstrated a homiletic blueprint for prophetic preaching in the 21st century, were the foundation of his latest book, Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair, published in 2015. His earlier publications include: Redemption in a Red Light District, and The Gospel According to the Wiz and Other Sermons from Cinema. He co-authored The Gospel Re-Mix: How to Reach the Hip-Hop Generation with three other contributors, and Preach! The Power and Purpose behind Our Praise, with his father. Dr. Moss was named to the inaugural Root 100, a list that “recognizes emerging and established African-American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions,” according to the publication’s Website. Honorees range between ages 25 to 45, and their accomplishments and successes transcend media headlines or statistics. With a unique gift to communicate across generations, Dr. Moss’ creative bible-based messages have inspired young and old alike. His intergenerational preaching gift has made Dr. Moss a popular speaker on college campuses, and at conferences and churches across the globe. Highly influenced by the works of Zora Neale Hurston, August Wilson, Howard Thurman, Jazz, and Hip-Hop music, the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the pastoral ministry of his father, Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, have been primary mentors for his spiritual formation. The former pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., his first pastorate, where the church grew from 125 members to over 2100 disciples during his tenure, Dr. Moss is an ordained minister in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ. He is on the boards of Auburn Seminary and the Faith-In-Place/Action Fund, and is chaplain of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Child Advocacy Conference. Dr. Moss is also a Senior Fellow in the Auburn Seniors Fellow Program. Married to his college sweetheart, the former Monica Brown of Orlando, Fla., a Spelman College and Columbia University graduate, he and Monica are the proud parents of two creative and humorous children, Elijah Wynton and Makayla Elon.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III    Amphitheater
With civil rights advocacy in his DNA, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Ill., Dr. Moss spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice, and economic inequality. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College, who earned a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. He returned to Yale in 2014 to present the famed Lyman Beecher lectures. The three-day event included an in-depth discourse on the subject of "The Blue Note Gospel: Preaching the Prophetic Blues in a Post Soul World." The lectures, which demonstrated a homiletic blueprint for prophetic preaching in the 21st century, were the foundation of his latest book, Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair, published in 2015. His earlier publications include: Redemption in a Red Light District, and The Gospel According to the Wiz and Other Sermons from Cinema. He co-authored The Gospel Re-Mix: How to Reach the Hip-Hop Generation with three other contributors, and Preach! The Power and Purpose behind Our Praise, with his father. Dr. Moss was named to the inaugural Root 100, a list that “recognizes emerging and established African-American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions,” according to the publication’s Website. Honorees range between ages 25 to 45, and their accomplishments and successes transcend media headlines or statistics. With a unique gift to communicate across generations, Dr. Moss’ creative bible-based messages have inspired young and old alike. His intergenerational preaching gift has made Dr. Moss a popular speaker on college campuses, and at conferences and churches across the globe. Highly influenced by the works of Zora Neale Hurston, August Wilson, Howard Thurman, Jazz, and Hip-Hop music, the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the pastoral ministry of his father, Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, have been primary mentors for his spiritual formation. The former pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., his first pastorate, where the church grew from 125 members to over 2100 disciples during his tenure, Dr. Moss is an ordained minister in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ. He is on the boards of Auburn Seminary and the Faith-In-Place/Action Fund, and is chaplain of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Child Advocacy Conference. Dr. Moss is also a Senior Fellow in the Auburn Seniors Fellow Program. Married to his college sweetheart, the former Monica Brown of Orlando, Fla., a Spelman College and Columbia University graduate, he and Monica are the proud parents of two creative and humorous children, Elijah Wynton and Makayla Elon.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Susan Sparks    Amphitheater
As a trial lawyer turned standup comedian and Baptist minister, Susan Sparks is America’s only female comedian with a pulpit. A North Carolina native, Susan received her B.A. at the University of North Carolina and a law degree from Wake Forest University. After ten years as a lawyer moonlighting as a standup, she left her practice and spent two years on a solo trip around the world, including working with Mother Teresa’s mission in Calcutta, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and driving her Jeep Wrangler solo from NYC to Alaska. Upon returning home, she entered Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she earned a Master of Divinity and wrote an honors thesis on humor and religion. In May 2007 Susan was installed as the 15th Senior Minister of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City. She was the first woman pastor in its 170-year history and she remains there to this day. (Y'all come visit!) A featured TEDx speaker, Susan's work with humor, healing, and spirituality has been featured in O (The Oprah) Magazine, the New York Times, and on such networks as ABC, CNN, CBS, and the History Channel. A professional comedian, Susan tours nationally with a stand-up Rabbi and a Muslim comic in the Laugh in Peace Tour. She is also an internationally known preacher and speaker whose wide-ranging clients include the World Bank, colleges and universities, resorts such as Canyon Ranch, religious conventions, and national/regional gatherings for cancer survivors and caregivers (Susan is a breast cancer survivor). In addition to her speaking and preaching, Susan writes a nationally syndicated column through GateHouse Media distributed to over 600 newspapers reaching over 21 million people in 36 states. She is the author of the award-winning book, Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor, and her second book, Preaching Punchlines: The Ten Commandments of Standup Comedy, is due to be released in the summer of 2019. Susan is the 20th recipient of the John L. Haber Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts given by the University of North Carolina (and comedian/alum Lewis Black), as well as a recipient of the Intersections International Award for interfaith work to promote justice and reconciliation among diverse communities. Most importantly, Susan and her husband Toby love to fly-fish, ride their Harleys, eat good BBQ, and root for North Carolina Basketball and the Green Bay Packers.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Susan Sparks    Amphitheater
As a trial lawyer turned standup comedian and Baptist minister, Susan Sparks is America’s only female comedian with a pulpit. A North Carolina native, Susan received her B.A. at the University of North Carolina and a law degree from Wake Forest University. After ten years as a lawyer moonlighting as a standup, she left her practice and spent two years on a solo trip around the world, including working with Mother Teresa’s mission in Calcutta, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and driving her Jeep Wrangler solo from NYC to Alaska. Upon returning home, she entered Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she earned a Master of Divinity and wrote an honors thesis on humor and religion. In May 2007 Susan was installed as the 15th Senior Minister of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City. She was the first woman pastor in its 170-year history and she remains there to this day. (Y'all come visit!) A featured TEDx speaker, Susan's work with humor, healing, and spirituality has been featured in O (The Oprah) Magazine, the New York Times, and on such networks as ABC, CNN, CBS, and the History Channel. A professional comedian, Susan tours nationally with a stand-up Rabbi and a Muslim comic in the Laugh in Peace Tour. She is also an internationally known preacher and speaker whose wide-ranging clients include the World Bank, colleges and universities, resorts such as Canyon Ranch, religious conventions, and national/regional gatherings for cancer survivors and caregivers (Susan is a breast cancer survivor). In addition to her speaking and preaching, Susan writes a nationally syndicated column through GateHouse Media distributed to over 600 newspapers reaching over 21 million people in 36 states. She is the author of the award-winning book, Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor, and her second book, Preaching Punchlines: The Ten Commandments of Standup Comedy, is due to be released in the summer of 2019. Susan is the 20th recipient of the John L. Haber Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts given by the University of North Carolina (and comedian/alum Lewis Black), as well as a recipient of the Intersections International Award for interfaith work to promote justice and reconciliation among diverse communities. Most importantly, Susan and her husband Toby love to fly-fish, ride their Harleys, eat good BBQ, and root for North Carolina Basketball and the Green Bay Packers.
Morning Lecture: Frank Oz; Muppet performer, film director    Amphitheater
Director, producer, writer, Muppet performer and actor Frank Oz has directed a dozen feature films, created and performed many of the original Muppet characters with the famed Jim Henson and is the performer behind Jedi Master Yoda in all of the Star Wars films. Oz has directed acclaimed comedy, musical comedy, drama, and fantasy films, including “The Muppets take Manhattan” (also sharing screenwriting credit), “Little Shop of Horrors,” “What About Bob?,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” “Housesitter,” “The Indian in the Cupboard,” “In & Out,” “Bowfinger,” “The Score,” “The Dark Crystal” (co-directed with Henson), the original “Death at a Funeral” and the remake of “The Stepford Wives.” Early in his career Oz became known for creating and performing the legendary Muppet characters Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Animal and Sam Eagle on “The Muppet Show,” Cookie Monster, Bert and Grover on “Sesame Street,” and “The Mighty Favog” on the first season of “Saturday Night Live,” among hundreds of television and film projects. Oz is the recipient of four Emmy Awards — for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children’s Programming, and for Outstanding Children’s Programming for his work on “Sesame Street”; and for Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series, and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children’s Programming for “The Muppet Show.” He also won two George Foster Peabody awards, the American Comedy Awards’ Creative Achievement Award, the Art Director’s Guild award, the Saturn Lifetime Achievement Award, three gold and two platinum records, among numerous other honors.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Susan Sparks    Amphitheater
As a trial lawyer turned standup comedian and Baptist minister, Susan Sparks is America’s only female comedian with a pulpit. A North Carolina native, Susan received her B.A. at the University of North Carolina and a law degree from Wake Forest University. After ten years as a lawyer moonlighting as a standup, she left her practice and spent two years on a solo trip around the world, including working with Mother Teresa’s mission in Calcutta, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and driving her Jeep Wrangler solo from NYC to Alaska. Upon returning home, she entered Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she earned a Master of Divinity and wrote an honors thesis on humor and religion. In May 2007 Susan was installed as the 15th Senior Minister of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City. She was the first woman pastor in its 170-year history and she remains there to this day. (Y'all come visit!) A featured TEDx speaker, Susan's work with humor, healing, and spirituality has been featured in O (The Oprah) Magazine, the New York Times, and on such networks as ABC, CNN, CBS, and the History Channel. A professional comedian, Susan tours nationally with a stand-up Rabbi and a Muslim comic in the Laugh in Peace Tour. She is also an internationally known preacher and speaker whose wide-ranging clients include the World Bank, colleges and universities, resorts such as Canyon Ranch, religious conventions, and national/regional gatherings for cancer survivors and caregivers (Susan is a breast cancer survivor). In addition to her speaking and preaching, Susan writes a nationally syndicated column through GateHouse Media distributed to over 600 newspapers reaching over 21 million people in 36 states. She is the author of the award-winning book, Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor, and her second book, Preaching Punchlines: The Ten Commandments of Standup Comedy, is due to be released in the summer of 2019. Susan is the 20th recipient of the John L. Haber Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts given by the University of North Carolina (and comedian/alum Lewis Black), as well as a recipient of the Intersections International Award for interfaith work to promote justice and reconciliation among diverse communities. Most importantly, Susan and her husband Toby love to fly-fish, ride their Harleys, eat good BBQ, and root for North Carolina Basketball and the Green Bay Packers.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Susan Sparks    Amphitheater
As a trial lawyer turned standup comedian and Baptist minister, Susan Sparks is America’s only female comedian with a pulpit. A North Carolina native, Susan received her B.A. at the University of North Carolina and a law degree from Wake Forest University. After ten years as a lawyer moonlighting as a standup, she left her practice and spent two years on a solo trip around the world, including working with Mother Teresa’s mission in Calcutta, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and driving her Jeep Wrangler solo from NYC to Alaska. Upon returning home, she entered Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she earned a Master of Divinity and wrote an honors thesis on humor and religion. In May 2007 Susan was installed as the 15th Senior Minister of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City. She was the first woman pastor in its 170-year history and she remains there to this day. (Y'all come visit!) A featured TEDx speaker, Susan's work with humor, healing, and spirituality has been featured in O (The Oprah) Magazine, the New York Times, and on such networks as ABC, CNN, CBS, and the History Channel. A professional comedian, Susan tours nationally with a stand-up Rabbi and a Muslim comic in the Laugh in Peace Tour. She is also an internationally known preacher and speaker whose wide-ranging clients include the World Bank, colleges and universities, resorts such as Canyon Ranch, religious conventions, and national/regional gatherings for cancer survivors and caregivers (Susan is a breast cancer survivor). In addition to her speaking and preaching, Susan writes a nationally syndicated column through GateHouse Media distributed to over 600 newspapers reaching over 21 million people in 36 states. She is the author of the award-winning book, Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor, and her second book, Preaching Punchlines: The Ten Commandments of Standup Comedy, is due to be released in the summer of 2019. Susan is the 20th recipient of the John L. Haber Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts given by the University of North Carolina (and comedian/alum Lewis Black), as well as a recipient of the Intersections International Award for interfaith work to promote justice and reconciliation among diverse communities. Most importantly, Susan and her husband Toby love to fly-fish, ride their Harleys, eat good BBQ, and root for North Carolina Basketball and the Green Bay Packers.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Susan Sparks    Amphitheater
As a trial lawyer turned standup comedian and Baptist minister, Susan Sparks is America’s only female comedian with a pulpit. A North Carolina native, Susan received her B.A. at the University of North Carolina and a law degree from Wake Forest University. After ten years as a lawyer moonlighting as a standup, she left her practice and spent two years on a solo trip around the world, including working with Mother Teresa’s mission in Calcutta, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, and driving her Jeep Wrangler solo from NYC to Alaska. Upon returning home, she entered Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she earned a Master of Divinity and wrote an honors thesis on humor and religion. In May 2007 Susan was installed as the 15th Senior Minister of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City. She was the first woman pastor in its 170-year history and she remains there to this day. (Y'all come visit!) A featured TEDx speaker, Susan's work with humor, healing, and spirituality has been featured in O (The Oprah) Magazine, the New York Times, and on such networks as ABC, CNN, CBS, and the History Channel. A professional comedian, Susan tours nationally with a stand-up Rabbi and a Muslim comic in the Laugh in Peace Tour. She is also an internationally known preacher and speaker whose wide-ranging clients include the World Bank, colleges and universities, resorts such as Canyon Ranch, religious conventions, and national/regional gatherings for cancer survivors and caregivers (Susan is a breast cancer survivor). In addition to her speaking and preaching, Susan writes a nationally syndicated column through GateHouse Media distributed to over 600 newspapers reaching over 21 million people in 36 states. She is the author of the award-winning book, Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor, and her second book, Preaching Punchlines: The Ten Commandments of Standup Comedy, is due to be released in the summer of 2019. Susan is the 20th recipient of the John L. Haber Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts given by the University of North Carolina (and comedian/alum Lewis Black), as well as a recipient of the Intersections International Award for interfaith work to promote justice and reconciliation among diverse communities. Most importantly, Susan and her husband Toby love to fly-fish, ride their Harleys, eat good BBQ, and root for North Carolina Basketball and the Green Bay Packers.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad    Amphitheater
Barbara K. Lundblad is the Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching Emerita at Union Theological Seminary. She received a B.A. degree from Augustana College and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School. In addition she is the recipient of several honorary doctorates including Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. An ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she served for sixteen years as pastor of Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church in New York City. While teaching at Union she also served as Pastoral Associate at Advent Lutheran Church in Manhattan. A preacher on The Protestant Hour radio program (now Day 1) since 1983, Professor Lundblad has appeared on the Chicago Evening Club television series “30 Good Minutes.” She has preached in hundreds of congregations and universities; has lectured extensively in this country and internationally; and has given the Beecher Lectures at Yale Divinity School. She is the author of Transforming the Stone: Preaching through Resistance to Change and Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense. In addition she has written articles for Christianity & Crisis, Christian Century, Journal for Preachers, The Living Pulpit, Word and World, and Currents in Theology and Mission. In 2014 the Academy of Homiletics honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award. She is currently the editor of “Preaching Helps,” a regular feature of the journal Currents in Theology and Mission. This will be Barbara’s sixth Chaplaincy at Chautauqua.
Morning Lecture: Krista Tippett, host, "On Being"    Amphitheater
Krista Tippett is the founder and CEO of The On Being Project, host of “On Being,” curator of The Civil Conversations Project who, as Week Seven’s host and co-curator, will be leading daily conversations in the Amphitheater. A journalist and former diplomat who had studied theology, Tippett saw a black hole where intelligent conversation about the religious, spiritual, and moral aspects of human life might be. She pitched and piloted her idea for a show for several years before launching “Speaking of Faith” — later “On Being” — as a weekly national public radio show in 2003. “On Being” is now a pursuit of the ancient and enduring human questions that gave rise to our spiritual traditions and resonate through every institution anew in this century. The show is now heard on over 400 public radio stations and a successful podcast, is produced by On Being Studios, together with the On Being Blog, initiatives like the Poetry Radio Project and Public Theology Reimagined, and an expanding portfolio of new podcasts. Additionally, Tippett is the curator of The Civil Conversations Project, and founder of the independent, non-profit public life and media initiative The On Being Project. Tippett is the author of Speaking of Faith; Einstein’s God; and Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. She is at work on her next book, Letters to a Young Citizen. For her work, President Barack Obama awarded Tippett the National Humanities Medal in 2014. Tippett is a graduate of Brown University and holds a Masters of Divinity from Yale University.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad    Amphitheater
Barbara K. Lundblad is the Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching Emerita at Union Theological Seminary. She received a B.A. degree from Augustana College and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School. In addition she is the recipient of several honorary doctorates including Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. An ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she served for sixteen years as pastor of Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church in New York City. While teaching at Union she also served as Pastoral Associate at Advent Lutheran Church in Manhattan. A preacher on The Protestant Hour radio program (now Day 1) since 1983, Professor Lundblad has appeared on the Chicago Evening Club television series “30 Good Minutes.” She has preached in hundreds of congregations and universities; has lectured extensively in this country and internationally; and has given the Beecher Lectures at Yale Divinity School. She is the author of Transforming the Stone: Preaching through Resistance to Change and Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense. In addition she has written articles for Christianity & Crisis, Christian Century, Journal for Preachers, The Living Pulpit, Word and World, and Currents in Theology and Mission. In 2014 the Academy of Homiletics honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award. She is currently the editor of “Preaching Helps,” a regular feature of the journal Currents in Theology and Mission. This will be Barbara’s sixth Chaplaincy at Chautauqua.
Morning Lecture: Krista Tippett, host, "On Being"    Amphitheater
Krista Tippett is the founder and CEO of The On Being Project, host of “On Being,” curator of The Civil Conversations Project who, as Week Seven’s host and co-curator, will be leading daily conversations in the Amphitheater. A journalist and former diplomat who had studied theology, Tippett saw a black hole where intelligent conversation about the religious, spiritual, and moral aspects of human life might be. She pitched and piloted her idea for a show for several years before launching “Speaking of Faith” — later “On Being” — as a weekly national public radio show in 2003. “On Being” is now a pursuit of the ancient and enduring human questions that gave rise to our spiritual traditions and resonate through every institution anew in this century. The show is now heard on over 400 public radio stations and a successful podcast, is produced by On Being Studios, together with the On Being Blog, initiatives like the Poetry Radio Project and Public Theology Reimagined, and an expanding portfolio of new podcasts. Additionally, Tippett is the curator of The Civil Conversations Project, and founder of the independent, non-profit public life and media initiative The On Being Project. Tippett is the author of Speaking of Faith; Einstein’s God; and Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. She is at work on her next book, Letters to a Young Citizen. For her work, President Barack Obama awarded Tippett the National Humanities Medal in 2014. Tippett is a graduate of Brown University and holds a Masters of Divinity from Yale University.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad    Amphitheater
Barbara K. Lundblad is the Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching Emerita at Union Theological Seminary. She received a B.A. degree from Augustana College and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School. In addition she is the recipient of several honorary doctorates including Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. An ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she served for sixteen years as pastor of Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church in New York City. While teaching at Union she also served as Pastoral Associate at Advent Lutheran Church in Manhattan. A preacher on The Protestant Hour radio program (now Day 1) since 1983, Professor Lundblad has appeared on the Chicago Evening Club television series “30 Good Minutes.” She has preached in hundreds of congregations and universities; has lectured extensively in this country and internationally; and has given the Beecher Lectures at Yale Divinity School. She is the author of Transforming the Stone: Preaching through Resistance to Change and Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense. In addition she has written articles for Christianity & Crisis, Christian Century, Journal for Preachers, The Living Pulpit, Word and World, and Currents in Theology and Mission. In 2014 the Academy of Homiletics honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award. She is currently the editor of “Preaching Helps,” a regular feature of the journal Currents in Theology and Mission. This will be Barbara’s sixth Chaplaincy at Chautauqua.
Morning Lecture: Krista Tippett, host, "On Being"    Amphitheater
Krista Tippett is the founder and CEO of The On Being Project, host of “On Being,” curator of The Civil Conversations Project who, as Week Seven’s host and co-curator, will be leading daily conversations in the Amphitheater. A journalist and former diplomat who had studied theology, Tippett saw a black hole where intelligent conversation about the religious, spiritual, and moral aspects of human life might be. She pitched and piloted her idea for a show for several years before launching “Speaking of Faith” — later “On Being” — as a weekly national public radio show in 2003. “On Being” is now a pursuit of the ancient and enduring human questions that gave rise to our spiritual traditions and resonate through every institution anew in this century. The show is now heard on over 400 public radio stations and a successful podcast, is produced by On Being Studios, together with the On Being Blog, initiatives like the Poetry Radio Project and Public Theology Reimagined, and an expanding portfolio of new podcasts. Additionally, Tippett is the curator of The Civil Conversations Project, and founder of the independent, non-profit public life and media initiative The On Being Project. Tippett is the author of Speaking of Faith; Einstein’s God; and Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. She is at work on her next book, Letters to a Young Citizen. For her work, President Barack Obama awarded Tippett the National Humanities Medal in 2014. Tippett is a graduate of Brown University and holds a Masters of Divinity from Yale University.
Paul Taylor Dance Company    Amphitheater
Paul Taylor helped shape and define American modern dance from the earliest days of his career as a choreographer in 1954 to his death in 2018. Michael Novak succeeds Paul Taylor as Artistic Director of this legacy dance company, and Chautauqua Institution is proud to be part of the one-year tour that celebrates Paul Taylor’s life and most defining works. Novak shares, “I am determined to further Paul Taylor’s vision and to bring his gems to every part of the globe…and to make sure modern dance remains a transformative force for good in our lives long into the future.” This evening’s concert features Aureole (music by George Handel), 3 Epitaphs (performed to early New Orleans jazz), Piazzolla Caldera (music by Astor Piazzolla and Jerzy Peterburshsky) and Esplanade (music by Johann Sebastian Bach). The exuberant Esplanade was dubbed an instant classic and has come to be regarded as among the greatest dances ever created. http://www.ptamd.org/main/about-ptamd/ptdc/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blq1BNhyyVg Residency The Paul Taylor Dance Company and Taylor 2 will be in residence on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution August 6–10. Taylor 2 will be presenting over ten residency activities and classes that will delight community members throughout the week. Be looking for Taylor Movement Classes offered through Special Studies, mini-performances, open rehearsals, a pre-concert chat and more! http://www.ptamd.org/main/about-ptamd/taylor-2/
Morning Devotional: Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad    Amphitheater
Barbara K. Lundblad is the Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching Emerita at Union Theological Seminary. She received a B.A. degree from Augustana College and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School. In addition she is the recipient of several honorary doctorates including Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. An ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she served for sixteen years as pastor of Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church in New York City. While teaching at Union she also served as Pastoral Associate at Advent Lutheran Church in Manhattan. A preacher on The Protestant Hour radio program (now Day 1) since 1983, Professor Lundblad has appeared on the Chicago Evening Club television series “30 Good Minutes.” She has preached in hundreds of congregations and universities; has lectured extensively in this country and internationally; and has given the Beecher Lectures at Yale Divinity School. She is the author of Transforming the Stone: Preaching through Resistance to Change and Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense. In addition she has written articles for Christianity & Crisis, Christian Century, Journal for Preachers, The Living Pulpit, Word and World, and Currents in Theology and Mission. In 2014 the Academy of Homiletics honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award. She is currently the editor of “Preaching Helps,” a regular feature of the journal Currents in Theology and Mission. This will be Barbara’s sixth Chaplaincy at Chautauqua.
Morning Lecture: Krista Tippett, host, "On Being"    Amphitheater
Krista Tippett is the founder and CEO of The On Being Project, host of “On Being,” curator of The Civil Conversations Project who, as Week Seven’s host and co-curator, will be leading daily conversations in the Amphitheater. A journalist and former diplomat who had studied theology, Tippett saw a black hole where intelligent conversation about the religious, spiritual, and moral aspects of human life might be. She pitched and piloted her idea for a show for several years before launching “Speaking of Faith” — later “On Being” — as a weekly national public radio show in 2003. “On Being” is now a pursuit of the ancient and enduring human questions that gave rise to our spiritual traditions and resonate through every institution anew in this century. The show is now heard on over 400 public radio stations and a successful podcast, is produced by On Being Studios, together with the On Being Blog, initiatives like the Poetry Radio Project and Public Theology Reimagined, and an expanding portfolio of new podcasts. Additionally, Tippett is the curator of The Civil Conversations Project, and founder of the independent, non-profit public life and media initiative The On Being Project. Tippett is the author of Speaking of Faith; Einstein’s God; and Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. She is at work on her next book, Letters to a Young Citizen. For her work, President Barack Obama awarded Tippett the National Humanities Medal in 2014. Tippett is a graduate of Brown University and holds a Masters of Divinity from Yale University.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad    Amphitheater
Barbara K. Lundblad is the Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching Emerita at Union Theological Seminary. She received a B.A. degree from Augustana College and a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School. In addition she is the recipient of several honorary doctorates including Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. An ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she served for sixteen years as pastor of Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church in New York City. While teaching at Union she also served as Pastoral Associate at Advent Lutheran Church in Manhattan. A preacher on The Protestant Hour radio program (now Day 1) since 1983, Professor Lundblad has appeared on the Chicago Evening Club television series “30 Good Minutes.” She has preached in hundreds of congregations and universities; has lectured extensively in this country and internationally; and has given the Beecher Lectures at Yale Divinity School. She is the author of Transforming the Stone: Preaching through Resistance to Change and Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense. In addition she has written articles for Christianity & Crisis, Christian Century, Journal for Preachers, The Living Pulpit, Word and World, and Currents in Theology and Mission. In 2014 the Academy of Homiletics honored her with the Lifetime Achievement Award. She is currently the editor of “Preaching Helps,” a regular feature of the journal Currents in Theology and Mission. This will be Barbara’s sixth Chaplaincy at Chautauqua.
Morning Lecture: Krista Tippett, host, "On Being"    Amphitheater
Krista Tippett is the founder and CEO of The On Being Project, host of “On Being,” curator of The Civil Conversations Project who, as Week Seven’s host and co-curator, will be leading daily conversations in the Amphitheater. A journalist and former diplomat who had studied theology, Tippett saw a black hole where intelligent conversation about the religious, spiritual, and moral aspects of human life might be. She pitched and piloted her idea for a show for several years before launching “Speaking of Faith” — later “On Being” — as a weekly national public radio show in 2003. “On Being” is now a pursuit of the ancient and enduring human questions that gave rise to our spiritual traditions and resonate through every institution anew in this century. The show is now heard on over 400 public radio stations and a successful podcast, is produced by On Being Studios, together with the On Being Blog, initiatives like the Poetry Radio Project and Public Theology Reimagined, and an expanding portfolio of new podcasts. Additionally, Tippett is the curator of The Civil Conversations Project, and founder of the independent, non-profit public life and media initiative The On Being Project. Tippett is the author of Speaking of Faith; Einstein’s God; and Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. She is at work on her next book, Letters to a Young Citizen. For her work, President Barack Obama awarded Tippett the National Humanities Medal in 2014. Tippett is a graduate of Brown University and holds a Masters of Divinity from Yale University.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Dr. Mary Luti    Amphitheater
A native of Boston, MA, Mary Luti is a pastor and teacher ordained in the United Church of Christ, retired as a seminary educator and administrator. After many years as a member of a Roman Catholic women’s community, with assignments in Rome, Madrid, and Mexico City, Mary returned to Boston and earned a PhD in theology in the Jesuit faculty of Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. From 1984-1998, she taught the history of Christian Life and Thought at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA (now Andover Newton Seminary at Yale). During this period, she also served as Director of the school’s Center for the Ministry of the Laity and as Associate Dean for Academic Programs. After serving two years as a consultant for congregational development at South Church, UCC, in Springfield, MA, she was called in 2000 to serve as senior minister of the historic First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, in Harvard Square, the 16th minister and the sole woman pastor in the community’s 382 years of continuing life. After an intense period of congregational renewal at First Church, she returned to Andover Newton in 2008 as Visiting Professor of Worship and Preaching and was appointed first Director of the newly inaugurated Wilson Chapel. A sought-after conference speaker, workshop leader and preacher, she was recognized with the outstanding teaching award of the United Church of Christ at its 2011 General Synod. Dr. Luti is the author of Teresa of Avila’s Way, a volume in the series, “The Way of the Christian Mystics” (Liturgical Press), and numerous other publications on topics of the Christian life and practice. A longtime member of the UCC’s Stillspeaking Writers Group, Mary is well-known to many in the denomination and beyond for her regular contributions to the UCC’s online Daily Devotional. She has also pastored several Boston area churches during sabbatical and interim periods, most recently at the Wellesley Congregational Church in Wellesley, MA. Mary is a founding member of The Daughters of Abraham, a national network of interfaith women’s book groups formed after 9/11 whose mission is to provide a replicable grassroots platform for greater understanding, respect, and reconciliation among women of the Abrahamic faiths. (www.daughtersofabraham.com). In retirement, Mary continues to teach, offer workshops, and preach about all the ways people of faith have sung, prayed, preached, shaped communities, and handed on the meaningful traditions of the Christian Church. She and her spouse also organize and lead small group study tours and retreats to southern Spain, Jerusalem, and Assisi that help participants connect great figures and movements of the past with current questions of faith, spirituality and social concern. She lives with her spouse, the Rev. Dr. Anne M. Minton, a retired college professor and Episcopal priest, in a restored textile mill on the Merrimack River in Lowell, MA, the historic city that catapulted the nation into a new industrial era in the early 19th century. Both Mary and Anne are irrationally devoted fans of the Boston Red Sox.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Dr. Mary Luti    Amphitheater
A native of Boston, MA, Mary Luti is a pastor and teacher ordained in the United Church of Christ, retired as a seminary educator and administrator. After many years as a member of a Roman Catholic women’s community, with assignments in Rome, Madrid, and Mexico City, Mary returned to Boston and earned a PhD in theology in the Jesuit faculty of Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. From 1984-1998, she taught the history of Christian Life and Thought at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA (now Andover Newton Seminary at Yale). During this period, she also served as Director of the school’s Center for the Ministry of the Laity and as Associate Dean for Academic Programs. After serving two years as a consultant for congregational development at South Church, UCC, in Springfield, MA, she was called in 2000 to serve as senior minister of the historic First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, in Harvard Square, the 16th minister and the sole woman pastor in the community’s 382 years of continuing life. After an intense period of congregational renewal at First Church, she returned to Andover Newton in 2008 as Visiting Professor of Worship and Preaching and was appointed first Director of the newly inaugurated Wilson Chapel. A sought-after conference speaker, workshop leader and preacher, she was recognized with the outstanding teaching award of the United Church of Christ at its 2011 General Synod. Dr. Luti is the author of Teresa of Avila’s Way, a volume in the series, “The Way of the Christian Mystics” (Liturgical Press), and numerous other publications on topics of the Christian life and practice. A longtime member of the UCC’s Stillspeaking Writers Group, Mary is well-known to many in the denomination and beyond for her regular contributions to the UCC’s online Daily Devotional. She has also pastored several Boston area churches during sabbatical and interim periods, most recently at the Wellesley Congregational Church in Wellesley, MA. Mary is a founding member of The Daughters of Abraham, a national network of interfaith women’s book groups formed after 9/11 whose mission is to provide a replicable grassroots platform for greater understanding, respect, and reconciliation among women of the Abrahamic faiths. (www.daughtersofabraham.com). In retirement, Mary continues to teach, offer workshops, and preach about all the ways people of faith have sung, prayed, preached, shaped communities, and handed on the meaningful traditions of the Christian Church. She and her spouse also organize and lead small group study tours and retreats to southern Spain, Jerusalem, and Assisi that help participants connect great figures and movements of the past with current questions of faith, spirituality and social concern. She lives with her spouse, the Rev. Dr. Anne M. Minton, a retired college professor and Episcopal priest, in a restored textile mill on the Merrimack River in Lowell, MA, the historic city that catapulted the nation into a new industrial era in the early 19th century. Both Mary and Anne are irrationally devoted fans of the Boston Red Sox.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Dr. Mary Luti    Amphitheater
A native of Boston, MA, Mary Luti is a pastor and teacher ordained in the United Church of Christ, retired as a seminary educator and administrator. After many years as a member of a Roman Catholic women’s community, with assignments in Rome, Madrid, and Mexico City, Mary returned to Boston and earned a PhD in theology in the Jesuit faculty of Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. From 1984-1998, she taught the history of Christian Life and Thought at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA (now Andover Newton Seminary at Yale). During this period, she also served as Director of the school’s Center for the Ministry of the Laity and as Associate Dean for Academic Programs. After serving two years as a consultant for congregational development at South Church, UCC, in Springfield, MA, she was called in 2000 to serve as senior minister of the historic First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, in Harvard Square, the 16th minister and the sole woman pastor in the community’s 382 years of continuing life. After an intense period of congregational renewal at First Church, she returned to Andover Newton in 2008 as Visiting Professor of Worship and Preaching and was appointed first Director of the newly inaugurated Wilson Chapel. A sought-after conference speaker, workshop leader and preacher, she was recognized with the outstanding teaching award of the United Church of Christ at its 2011 General Synod. Dr. Luti is the author of Teresa of Avila’s Way, a volume in the series, “The Way of the Christian Mystics” (Liturgical Press), and numerous other publications on topics of the Christian life and practice. A longtime member of the UCC’s Stillspeaking Writers Group, Mary is well-known to many in the denomination and beyond for her regular contributions to the UCC’s online Daily Devotional. She has also pastored several Boston area churches during sabbatical and interim periods, most recently at the Wellesley Congregational Church in Wellesley, MA. Mary is a founding member of The Daughters of Abraham, a national network of interfaith women’s book groups formed after 9/11 whose mission is to provide a replicable grassroots platform for greater understanding, respect, and reconciliation among women of the Abrahamic faiths. (www.daughtersofabraham.com). In retirement, Mary continues to teach, offer workshops, and preach about all the ways people of faith have sung, prayed, preached, shaped communities, and handed on the meaningful traditions of the Christian Church. She and her spouse also organize and lead small group study tours and retreats to southern Spain, Jerusalem, and Assisi that help participants connect great figures and movements of the past with current questions of faith, spirituality and social concern. She lives with her spouse, the Rev. Dr. Anne M. Minton, a retired college professor and Episcopal priest, in a restored textile mill on the Merrimack River in Lowell, MA, the historic city that catapulted the nation into a new industrial era in the early 19th century. Both Mary and Anne are irrationally devoted fans of the Boston Red Sox.
Morning Lecture: Joi Ito; director, MIT Media Lab    Amphitheater
Joi Ito is an activist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist and scholar focusing on the ethics and governance of technology, tackling complex problems such as climate change, societal inequity and redesigning the systems that support scholarship and science. As director of the MIT Media Lab and a Professor of the Practice in Media Arts and Sciences, he supports researchers at the Media Lab to deploy design, science, and technology such AI, cryptography, and synthetic biology to transform society in substantial and positive ways. Ito is a member of the 2017 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Visiting Professor of Law from Practice at the Harvard Law School, where he and Jonathan Zittrain teach ethics and governance of artificial intelligence. Ito is chairman of the board of PureTech Health and was previously the board chair and chief executive of Creative Commons. He serves on the boards of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The New York Times Company. In Japan, he was a founder of Digital Garage and helped establish and later became CEO of the country's first commercial Internet service provider. Among his honors are a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Internet Institute and the IRI Medal. He is co-author of Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future, and writes a monthly column for WIRED magazine. Ito earned a PhD from Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance; he also currently serves as a distinguished researcher at the Keio Research Institute at SFC's Internet and Society Laboratory.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Dr. Mary Luti    Amphitheater
A native of Boston, MA, Mary Luti is a pastor and teacher ordained in the United Church of Christ, retired as a seminary educator and administrator. After many years as a member of a Roman Catholic women’s community, with assignments in Rome, Madrid, and Mexico City, Mary returned to Boston and earned a PhD in theology in the Jesuit faculty of Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. From 1984-1998, she taught the history of Christian Life and Thought at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA (now Andover Newton Seminary at Yale). During this period, she also served as Director of the school’s Center for the Ministry of the Laity and as Associate Dean for Academic Programs. After serving two years as a consultant for congregational development at South Church, UCC, in Springfield, MA, she was called in 2000 to serve as senior minister of the historic First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, in Harvard Square, the 16th minister and the sole woman pastor in the community’s 382 years of continuing life. After an intense period of congregational renewal at First Church, she returned to Andover Newton in 2008 as Visiting Professor of Worship and Preaching and was appointed first Director of the newly inaugurated Wilson Chapel. A sought-after conference speaker, workshop leader and preacher, she was recognized with the outstanding teaching award of the United Church of Christ at its 2011 General Synod. Dr. Luti is the author of Teresa of Avila’s Way, a volume in the series, “The Way of the Christian Mystics” (Liturgical Press), and numerous other publications on topics of the Christian life and practice. A longtime member of the UCC’s Stillspeaking Writers Group, Mary is well-known to many in the denomination and beyond for her regular contributions to the UCC’s online Daily Devotional. She has also pastored several Boston area churches during sabbatical and interim periods, most recently at the Wellesley Congregational Church in Wellesley, MA. Mary is a founding member of The Daughters of Abraham, a national network of interfaith women’s book groups formed after 9/11 whose mission is to provide a replicable grassroots platform for greater understanding, respect, and reconciliation among women of the Abrahamic faiths. (www.daughtersofabraham.com). In retirement, Mary continues to teach, offer workshops, and preach about all the ways people of faith have sung, prayed, preached, shaped communities, and handed on the meaningful traditions of the Christian Church. She and her spouse also organize and lead small group study tours and retreats to southern Spain, Jerusalem, and Assisi that help participants connect great figures and movements of the past with current questions of faith, spirituality and social concern. She lives with her spouse, the Rev. Dr. Anne M. Minton, a retired college professor and Episcopal priest, in a restored textile mill on the Merrimack River in Lowell, MA, the historic city that catapulted the nation into a new industrial era in the early 19th century. Both Mary and Anne are irrationally devoted fans of the Boston Red Sox.
Morning Lecture: Bill McKibben; co-founder, 350.org    Amphitheater
Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist and co-founder of anti-carbon campaign group 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement. McKibben is the author of more than a dozen books, including 1989’s The End of Nature, regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. Currently, McKibben is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2014, he was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes referred to as the “alternative Nobel.” Other honors and awards include Guggenheim and Lyndhurst fellowships; a Lannan Literary Award; a Gandhi Peace Award; a Thomas Merton Prize; a John Muir Award; and the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Prize for Global Environmental Activism at Dickinson College. In accepting that prize, he told the graduating Dickinson students that global climate change is the greatest challenge that has ever confronted human society. A former staff writer for The New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications, including the New York Review of Books, National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. In 2014, biologists honored him by naming a new species of woodland gnat — Megophthalmidia mckibbeni — in his honor.
Morning Devotional: Rev. Dr. Mary Luti    Amphitheater
A native of Boston, MA, Mary Luti is a pastor and teacher ordained in the United Church of Christ, retired as a seminary educator and administrator. After many years as a member of a Roman Catholic women’s community, with assignments in Rome, Madrid, and Mexico City, Mary returned to Boston and earned a PhD in theology in the Jesuit faculty of Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. From 1984-1998, she taught the history of Christian Life and Thought at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA (now Andover Newton Seminary at Yale). During this period, she also served as Director of the school’s Center for the Ministry of the Laity and as Associate Dean for Academic Programs. After serving two years as a consultant for congregational development at South Church, UCC, in Springfield, MA, she was called in 2000 to serve as senior minister of the historic First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, in Harvard Square, the 16th minister and the sole woman pastor in the community’s 382 years of continuing life. After an intense period of congregational renewal at First Church, she returned to Andover Newton in 2008 as Visiting Professor of Worship and Preaching and was appointed first Director of the newly inaugurated Wilson Chapel. A sought-after conference speaker, workshop leader and preacher, she was recognized with the outstanding teaching award of the United Church of Christ at its 2011 General Synod. Dr. Luti is the author of Teresa of Avila’s Way, a volume in the series, “The Way of the Christian Mystics” (Liturgical Press), and numerous other publications on topics of the Christian life and practice. A longtime member of the UCC’s Stillspeaking Writers Group, Mary is well-known to many in the denomination and beyond for her regular contributions to the UCC’s online Daily Devotional. She has also pastored several Boston area churches during sabbatical and interim periods, most recently at the Wellesley Congregational Church in Wellesley, MA. Mary is a founding member of The Daughters of Abraham, a national network of interfaith women’s book groups formed after 9/11 whose mission is to provide a replicable grassroots platform for greater understanding, respect, and reconciliation among women of the Abrahamic faiths. (www.daughtersofabraham.com). In retirement, Mary continues to teach, offer workshops, and preach about all the ways people of faith have sung, prayed, preached, shaped communities, and handed on the meaningful traditions of the Christian Church. She and her spouse also organize and lead small group study tours and retreats to southern Spain, Jerusalem, and Assisi that help participants connect great figures and movements of the past with current questions of faith, spirituality and social concern. She lives with her spouse, the Rev. Dr. Anne M. Minton, a retired college professor and Episcopal priest, in a restored textile mill on the Merrimack River in Lowell, MA, the historic city that catapulted the nation into a new industrial era in the early 19th century. Both Mary and Anne are irrationally devoted fans of the Boston Red Sox.
Morning Devotional: Miguel De La Torre    Amphitheater
Born in Cuba months before the Castro Revolution, Miguel De La Torre and his family came to the United States as refugees when he was six months old. At the age of nineteen, he began a real estate company in Miami, Florida, and became active in local politics, at one point a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives. The company was a financial success. Convicted by the biblical passage concerning the “Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18),” however, De La Torre dissolved his thirteen-year-old firm and attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in order to obtain a Masters in Divinity. During his seminary training he served as pastor to a rural congregation. Lacking opportunities within the church structure due to ethnic discrimination, however, De La Torre continued his theological training and obtained a doctoral. The focus of his academic pursuit was social ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. He specialized in applying a social scientific approach to Latino/a religiosity within this country, Liberation theologies in the Caribbean and Latin America, and postmodern/postcolonial social theory. De La Torre is one of the most (if not the most) prolific contemporary Latinx religion scholars. Since obtaining his doctoral in 1999, Dr. Miguel De La Torre has authored several hundred articles and over thirty-two books, including the national award-winning Reading the Bible from the Margins, (Orbis, 2002); Santería: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004); Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins, (Orbis, 2004); and the two-volume Encyclopedia on Hispanic American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO, 2009). He presently serves as Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Within the academy he is a past-director to the American Academy of Religion, 2012 and served as co-chair of its Ethics Section; President of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Executive Officer (and cofounder) of the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion. Additionally, he is the founding editor of the “Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion.” A scholar-activist, Dr. De La Torre has written numerous articles in popular media, https://ourlucha.wordpress.com/ and has served on several civic organizations. De La Torre received a Fulbright Specialists Scholarship allowing him to teach at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia during the summer of 2012. He has also taught classes at Johannesburg University in South Africa (Fall 2014) and Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany (Fall 2015). He recently received a Louisville Institute Grant that will allow him to do research in Cuba for an upcoming book on the Political Theology of José Martí.
Morning Devotional: Miguel De La Torre    Amphitheater
Born in Cuba months before the Castro Revolution, Miguel De La Torre and his family came to the United States as refugees when he was six months old. At the age of nineteen, he began a real estate company in Miami, Florida, and became active in local politics, at one point a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives. The company was a financial success. Convicted by the biblical passage concerning the “Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18),” however, De La Torre dissolved his thirteen-year-old firm and attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in order to obtain a Masters in Divinity. During his seminary training he served as pastor to a rural congregation. Lacking opportunities within the church structure due to ethnic discrimination, however, De La Torre continued his theological training and obtained a doctoral. The focus of his academic pursuit was social ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. He specialized in applying a social scientific approach to Latino/a religiosity within this country, Liberation theologies in the Caribbean and Latin America, and postmodern/postcolonial social theory. De La Torre is one of the most (if not the most) prolific contemporary Latinx religion scholars. Since obtaining his doctoral in 1999, Dr. Miguel De La Torre has authored several hundred articles and over thirty-two books, including the national award-winning Reading the Bible from the Margins, (Orbis, 2002); Santería: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004); Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins, (Orbis, 2004); and the two-volume Encyclopedia on Hispanic American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO, 2009). He presently serves as Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Within the academy he is a past-director to the American Academy of Religion, 2012 and served as co-chair of its Ethics Section; President of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Executive Officer (and cofounder) of the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion. Additionally, he is the founding editor of the “Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion.” A scholar-activist, Dr. De La Torre has written numerous articles in popular media, https://ourlucha.wordpress.com/ and has served on several civic organizations. De La Torre received a Fulbright Specialists Scholarship allowing him to teach at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia during the summer of 2012. He has also taught classes at Johannesburg University in South Africa (Fall 2014) and Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany (Fall 2015). He recently received a Louisville Institute Grant that will allow him to do research in Cuba for an upcoming book on the Political Theology of José Martí.
Morning Devotional: Miguel De La Torre    Amphitheater
Born in Cuba months before the Castro Revolution, Miguel De La Torre and his family came to the United States as refugees when he was six months old. At the age of nineteen, he began a real estate company in Miami, Florida, and became active in local politics, at one point a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives. The company was a financial success. Convicted by the biblical passage concerning the “Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18),” however, De La Torre dissolved his thirteen-year-old firm and attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in order to obtain a Masters in Divinity. During his seminary training he served as pastor to a rural congregation. Lacking opportunities within the church structure due to ethnic discrimination, however, De La Torre continued his theological training and obtained a doctoral. The focus of his academic pursuit was social ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. He specialized in applying a social scientific approach to Latino/a religiosity within this country, Liberation theologies in the Caribbean and Latin America, and postmodern/postcolonial social theory. De La Torre is one of the most (if not the most) prolific contemporary Latinx religion scholars. Since obtaining his doctoral in 1999, Dr. Miguel De La Torre has authored several hundred articles and over thirty-two books, including the national award-winning Reading the Bible from the Margins, (Orbis, 2002); Santería: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004); Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins, (Orbis, 2004); and the two-volume Encyclopedia on Hispanic American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO, 2009). He presently serves as Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Within the academy he is a past-director to the American Academy of Religion, 2012 and served as co-chair of its Ethics Section; President of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Executive Officer (and cofounder) of the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion. Additionally, he is the founding editor of the “Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion.” A scholar-activist, Dr. De La Torre has written numerous articles in popular media, https://ourlucha.wordpress.com/ and has served on several civic organizations. De La Torre received a Fulbright Specialists Scholarship allowing him to teach at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia during the summer of 2012. He has also taught classes at Johannesburg University in South Africa (Fall 2014) and Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany (Fall 2015). He recently received a Louisville Institute Grant that will allow him to do research in Cuba for an upcoming book on the Political Theology of José Martí.
Morning Devotional: Miguel De La Torre    Amphitheater
Born in Cuba months before the Castro Revolution, Miguel De La Torre and his family came to the United States as refugees when he was six months old. At the age of nineteen, he began a real estate company in Miami, Florida, and became active in local politics, at one point a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives. The company was a financial success. Convicted by the biblical passage concerning the “Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18),” however, De La Torre dissolved his thirteen-year-old firm and attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in order to obtain a Masters in Divinity. During his seminary training he served as pastor to a rural congregation. Lacking opportunities within the church structure due to ethnic discrimination, however, De La Torre continued his theological training and obtained a doctoral. The focus of his academic pursuit was social ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. He specialized in applying a social scientific approach to Latino/a religiosity within this country, Liberation theologies in the Caribbean and Latin America, and postmodern/postcolonial social theory. De La Torre is one of the most (if not the most) prolific contemporary Latinx religion scholars. Since obtaining his doctoral in 1999, Dr. Miguel De La Torre has authored several hundred articles and over thirty-two books, including the national award-winning Reading the Bible from the Margins, (Orbis, 2002); Santería: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004); Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins, (Orbis, 2004); and the two-volume Encyclopedia on Hispanic American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO, 2009). He presently serves as Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Within the academy he is a past-director to the American Academy of Religion, 2012 and served as co-chair of its Ethics Section; President of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Executive Officer (and cofounder) of the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion. Additionally, he is the founding editor of the “Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion.” A scholar-activist, Dr. De La Torre has written numerous articles in popular media, https://ourlucha.wordpress.com/ and has served on several civic organizations. De La Torre received a Fulbright Specialists Scholarship allowing him to teach at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia during the summer of 2012. He has also taught classes at Johannesburg University in South Africa (Fall 2014) and Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany (Fall 2015). He recently received a Louisville Institute Grant that will allow him to do research in Cuba for an upcoming book on the Political Theology of José Martí.
Morning Devotional: Miguel De La Torre    Amphitheater
Born in Cuba months before the Castro Revolution, Miguel De La Torre and his family came to the United States as refugees when he was six months old. At the age of nineteen, he began a real estate company in Miami, Florida, and became active in local politics, at one point a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives. The company was a financial success. Convicted by the biblical passage concerning the “Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18),” however, De La Torre dissolved his thirteen-year-old firm and attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in order to obtain a Masters in Divinity. During his seminary training he served as pastor to a rural congregation. Lacking opportunities within the church structure due to ethnic discrimination, however, De La Torre continued his theological training and obtained a doctoral. The focus of his academic pursuit was social ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression. He specialized in applying a social scientific approach to Latino/a religiosity within this country, Liberation theologies in the Caribbean and Latin America, and postmodern/postcolonial social theory. De La Torre is one of the most (if not the most) prolific contemporary Latinx religion scholars. Since obtaining his doctoral in 1999, Dr. Miguel De La Torre has authored several hundred articles and over thirty-two books, including the national award-winning Reading the Bible from the Margins, (Orbis, 2002); Santería: The Beliefs and Rituals of a Growing Religion in America (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004); Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins, (Orbis, 2004); and the two-volume Encyclopedia on Hispanic American Religious Cultures (ABC-CLIO, 2009). He presently serves as Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. Within the academy he is a past-director to the American Academy of Religion, 2012 and served as co-chair of its Ethics Section; President of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Executive Officer (and cofounder) of the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion. Additionally, he is the founding editor of the “Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion.” A scholar-activist, Dr. De La Torre has written numerous articles in popular media, https://ourlucha.wordpress.com/ and has served on several civic organizations. De La Torre received a Fulbright Specialists Scholarship allowing him to teach at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia during the summer of 2012. He has also taught classes at Johannesburg University in South Africa (Fall 2014) and Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany (Fall 2015). He recently received a Louisville Institute Grant that will allow him to do research in Cuba for an upcoming book on the Political Theology of José Martí.
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge    Amphitheater
Ticket Price: $59–$159* (GA @ $59, P1 PLUS @ $100, P1 @ $40, P2 @ $40) *VIP Photo Op Package with premium seating locations available @ $379 Presale: 3/28/19 (Fan Club and VIP Tickets Presale), 10:00 a.m. Public On-Sale Date: 3/29/19, 10:00 a.m. This concert is anticipated to sell out and standing room tickets may be sold Pat Benatar’s staggering vocals and take-no-prisoners attitude, along with Neil Giraldo’s trailblazing artistry as a guitarist, producer and songwriter, forged the undeniable chemistry and unique sound that created some of rock’s most memorable hits including “We Belong,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Love Is A Battlefield,” “Promises In The Dark” and “We Live For Love.” Together Benatar and Giraldo have created two multi-platinum albums, five platinum albums and three gold albums, as well as 19 Top 40 hits. They have sold over 30 million records worldwide and have won four consecutive Grammy awards. Benatar and Giraldo have been married since 1982, and this summer they will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their musical career. Melissa Etheridge is one of rock music’s great female icons. Her critically acclaimed eponymous debut album was certified double-platinum. Etheridge’s popularity grew around such memorable songs as “Bring Me Some Water,” “No Souvenirs” and “Ain’t It Heavy” for which she won her first Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal. Her fourth album, Yes I Am, brought her a second Grammy and featured one of her biggest hit songs, “I’m the Only One.” This six-time platinum album spent more than two and a half years on the charts. Etheridge’s latest release was 2016’s Memphis Rock and Soul, and she is ready to rock the Amphitheater and help Chautauqua celebrate summer on this season’s closing night of popular entertainment. https://www.benatargiraldo.com/ https://www.melissaetheridge.com/ https://youtu.be/WlKUArDGXoY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDpJRI7CocU

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