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Guest column — Principled pluralism: The ethical imperative of our time

“There will be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions and no peace among the religions without dialogue.” — Hans Kung

Recently, I had the privilege of serving as a member of a panel of thought leaders convened by the Aspen Institute’s “Inclusive America Project.” The distinguished group of scholars, religious and civic leaders is concerned but hopeful about the future of our great nation as it pertains to our current state of religious diversity and tolerance. We believe, as the theologian Hans Kung says in the quote above, that religious people, communities and leaders hold the key to peace between opposing nations and groups.

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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerAlgae covers the new Chautauqua Golf Club wetlands Thursday. The algae growth is encouraged by phosphate and nitrate nutrients settling in the wetlands — and not Chautauqua Lake. The nutrients also nourish the native plantings around the wetlands, which, when mature, will obscure most of the algae. The bare area at the bottom center of the photo is what will become part of the third tee of the golf club’s Lake Course, which will be completed in the off-season.

This offseason: A path to a greener Chautauqua, strewn with boulders

Chautauquans will recall that the Institution received federal and New York state grants totaling more than $700,000 in 2011 to support efforts to better manage stormwater runoff and to help keep Chautauqua Lake free of phosphates and other harmful nutrients.

One of the signature elements in the Institution’s plan to spend the grant money most effectively is a wetlands project near the tee on the third hole of Chautauqua Golf Club’s Lake Course. The wetlands project has taken visible shape during the 2013 Season.

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Spring 2014 WQED documentary to showcase four music students’ talent

Four students from Chautauqua Institution’s Schools of Fine and Performing Arts will take their talents from the Amphitheater to the small screen next spring as features of a documentary produced by WQED-TV, Pittsburgh’s PBS affiliate.

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Stephen Palencar, 11, creates giant bubbles in Bestor Plaza. Palencar saw a man do it on YouTube and wanted to try it out himself.

The World of Bestor Plaza, the free-form heart of Chautauqua

A young boy blows bubbles on Bestor Plaza. One makes it past the squealing children and over the trees. Viewed from above, the bubble is a small world, encapsulating the plaza below in a psychedelic snowglobe.

The inhabitants of the bubble are free to do what makes them happy. Whistling balloon rockets and hovering frisbees make the airspace look like a futuristic highway, complete with flying saucers and soaring airships. [w/ SLIDESHOW]

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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerKirsten Engstrom’s sculptures are very personal pieces of artwork. Engstrom says that each one is her — they each contain a part of her soul and personality.

Mayville artist Engstrom spreads joy through sculptures

Nearly two dozen men and women have become a staple in the Chautauqua community. They are stationed throughout the grounds: clustered in front of the Hall of Missions, forming a semicircle in the parsonage lawn across from Hurlbut Church and emerging from various gardens. Kirsten Engstrom’s sculptures stand with open arms, open mouths and open hearts, encapsulating her goal to spread joy to those who see them.

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For eighth year, Archives to celebrate Chautauqua Giants

There are many giants at Chautauqua — not measured by physical stature, wealth, size of house or material possessions, but by the contributions they have made to the Chautauqua community. Now in its eighth year, a celebration of five Chautauqua Giants will commence at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ. The presentation is part of the Oliver Archives Heritage Lecture Series.

The event first occurred in 2006 as part of a week themed “Five Giants.” Jon Schmitz, Chautauqua archivist and historian, said that Tom Becker asked him to do a presentation on the “Giants of Chautauqua.” Schmitz, in turn, asked five people to choose five Chautauquans, “living or dead, famous or unknown, people they knew or never met, and to say a few words about why they believe they made a special contribution to Chautauqua.”

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Katie McLean | Staff PhotographerPeg Snyder, manager of the CLSC Veranda, has been selling books and managing CLSC membership for 14 years.

At CLSC Veranda, two Snyders share workload

Two women sneak out before the Q-and-A session of each Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle author presentation. Lugging boxes of books, plenty of pencils and a cash box to the porch of Alumni Hall, they get ready for the book signing that follows each presentation. No matter how long the line, they are always the last to leave.

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