Posts Tagged 'APYA'

An Abrahamic family: Imam’s Cordoba House highly supported by Chautauqua Faith leaders

An Abrahamic family: Imam’s Cordoba House highly supported by Chautauqua Faith leaders

Eighth Century. Córdoba, Spain: At the time, the country was under Islamic rule, and cities like Córdoba absorbed the language, beliefs and religion of the Islamic people. Córdoba, now a World Heritage Site, was unique in the sense that there was unification between the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam — a notion of “shared worship” that, as evidenced in contemporary media, has increasingly diminished.

APYA coordinators reflect on relationship between evil and suffering and God

APYA coordinators reflect on relationship between evil and suffering and God

If there is anything that regularly challenges belief in God, it’s the existence of the ungodly. Evil and suffering have been frequent visitors to Chautauqua Institution, both as topics of discussion — for example, during the Interfaith Lecture Series’ week on emancipation — and as experiential realities. While some may think otherwise, Chautauqua isn’t paradise; evil and suffering happen here every day.

APYA coordinators respond to Week Two theme: ‘The Next Greatest Generation’

APYA coordinators respond to Week Two theme: ‘The Next Greatest Generation’

The coordinators of the Abrahamic Program for Young Adults shared with the Daily their personal reactions to Week Two’s theme of “The Next Greatest Generation.” Comprising of four coordinators representing Judaism, Christianity and Islam, APYA develops programs geared specifically toward generating interfaith dialogue among young adults at Chautauqua Institution.

Jurellers’ support for Chautauqua grounded in interfaith programming

Jurellers’ support for Chautauqua grounded in interfaith programming

Like so many vacationers, John Jureller and Mary Giegengack Jureller expected their trip in the summer of 1992 to result in relaxation, with entertainment and quaint sights and, maybe, if they were lucky enough to stumble upon a decent place, church on Sunday morning. But the Jurellers were going to Chautauqua.

“You can’t often find a vacation place where you can expect to have your spiritual life nourished and expanded. Mostly you go searching about for a church that’s tolerable,” Mary said. “We found the Sunday morning ecumenical service here just wonderfully enriching.”

Since finding Chautauqua much better than “tolerable” — both spiritually and in other regards — the Jurellers of Syracuse, N.Y., have returned for another 20 seasons.