Shmuel Vilenkin, 12, stands outside the Chabad Lubavitch house August 2, 2016.

With their first steps onto the grounds, Chautauquans can follow their own path and explore one of its four pillars, like a contemplative journey through a labyrinth. All kinds of people join hands and pray at the Peace Poles, meditate at Mystic Heart, and discover faith traditions beyond their own. From attending Islamic Jum’ah prayer, to praying the rosary at the Catholic House, or observing the Sabbath at the Zigdon Chabad Jewish House, everyone is encouraged to walk the spiritual path that is fitting for them. The pillar of religion remains as important today as it did at the founding of Chautauqua. Through lifelong learning, it is possible to find peace.

Susan Drabant demonstrates the meaning behind the beads of her rosary outside the Catholic House August 24, 2016.
Susan Drabant demonstrates the meaning behind the beads of her rosary outside the Catholic House August 24, 2016.
Chautauquans gather around a peace pole to pray for universal peace and compossaion August 23, 2016.
Chautauquans gather around a peace pole to pray for universal peace and compossaion August 23, 2016.
Imam Feisal leads non-Muslims and Muslims in friday Jummah prayer July 14, 2016.
Imam Feisal leads non-Muslims and Muslims in friday Jummah prayer July 14, 2016.
Chautauquans walk through the Labrynth as a way of meditation July 12, 2016
Chautauquans walk through the Labrynth as a way of meditation July 12, 2016
Subagh Singh Khalsa meditates in his house as a daily morning routine August 23, 2016.
Subagh Singh Khalsa meditates in his house as a daily morning routine August 23, 2016.
Shmuel Vilenkin, 12, stands outside the Chabad Lubavitch house August 2, 2016.
Shmuel Vilenkin, 12, stands outside the Chabad Lubavitch house August 2, 2016.