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Muslim? There’s an app for that: APYA’s Bayat explains offerings available in app stores that cater to Islamic audience

There seems to be a smartphone app for everything these days — social media, weather forecasts and even an app that shows the exact direction of Mecca. And that’s just one of the many apps that are made specifically for Muslims.

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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.

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Sacred Song to illustrate oases of Abrahamic faiths

The Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are the focus of this Sunday’s 8 p.m. Sacred Song Service in the Amphitheater. The four coordinators of the Abrahamic Program for Young Adults will weave together their faith traditions to tell the story of Abraham.

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WATCH: Weekly Jum’a service provides opportunity for learning, discussion

Jawad Bayat’s mouth is parched. He’s standing at the front of the Hall of Christ, shoes off, facing Mecca.

It’s Ramadan, and he can’t eat or drink until dark. [w/ VIDEO]

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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.

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Roxana Pop | Staff PhotographerThe Rev. Otis Moss III, pastor of the Trinity United Church of Chicago, Ill., sits opposite his wife, Monica Brown Moss, during Sunday’s morning worship service in the Amphitheater.

‘You are to be a witness to your community, to your family’

The words of the Rev. Otis Moss III rolled in waves over the Chautauqua congregation at Sunday’s morning worship and sermon, causing heads to bob and even drawing a few verbal affirmations from the most tacit of congregants.

Moss, chaplain in residence this week, opened his sermon with words from the first verses of Psalm 34.

“Taste and see the goodness of the Lord!” he said, welcoming his listeners.

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Benjamin Hoste | Staff PhotographerThe four coordinators of the Abrahamic Program for Young Adults, pose on the steps of Hurlbut Church at the beginning of the 2013 Season. 
From left to right, Sydney Maltese (Christian), Jawad Bayat (Islam, rear), Farrah Walji (Islam) and Moshe Givental (Judaism).

Challenging assumptions: APYA coordinators promote learning and cooperation among young adults

In her application for the Abrahamic Program for Young Adults, Farrah Walji referenced the Quran: “[We] have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another.” To truly know one another, Walji argued in her essay, there needs to be interfaith dialogue.

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Braham Fund celebrates former Institution president, family’s dedication to Chautauqua

Before W. Walter Braham had ever been to Chautauqua, N.Y., he paid his way through law school as a lecturer on the tent Chautauqua circuit.

Years later, he served as president of Chautauqua Institution, from 1956 to 1960.

Braham’s wife, Selina, had a history with the Institution, and introduced Walter to the place.

“My mother had been coming since her childhood,” said Isabel Pedersen, Walter and Selina’s daughter. “She and Dad rented for five years before we bought the family house. He was a new Chautauquan when he got married.”

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