Interfaith News for August 20


Chautauqua Catholic Community
Daily Mass is held at 8 a.m. Mondays and Fridays and at 7 p.m. Thursdays at St. Mary of Lourdes in Mayville. Daily Mass is held at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Our Lady of Lourdes in Bemus Point. Consult the website for details:

Chabad Jewish House
Esther Vilenkin presents “Medical Ethics” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 20, via Zoom and YouTube. As new ethical matters arise, Judaism offers Divine guidelines to these often-complex issues. These discussions explore medical ethics issues through the lenses of Jewish law.

To watch the classes streamed live, please visit If you would like to join in the discussions and classes via Zoom, click here.

Shabbat candle lighting is 7:51 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 21. 

Hebrew Congregation
With a bit of ingenuity, we are continuing our tradition of a Kabbalat Shabbat service at 5 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 21, via Zoom. Cantorial Song Leader Susan Goldberg Schwartz will lead it from her home in Buffalo with a beautiful Chautauqua Lake scene in the background. The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, vice president of religion and senior pastor of Chautauqua Institution, will give the d’var Torah. Join us at 4:45 p.m. EDT for 15 minutes of meet and greet before the service begins. Following the service, there will be Break Out Rooms with rotating small groups for schmoozing until 6:30 p.m.

To register, send an email request to president Larry Cohen.

Please download or obtain a prayer book before the service. For those who are at Chautauqua, you may borrow a copy of our prayer book from Arty Salz at 4 Ames (716-357-2001) to be returned at the end of your stay. For those not at Chautauqua, the prayer book is available here. The downloaded PDF file can be printed for your personal use. 

If you have not downloaded the prayer book in advance, click on the Chat icon in Zoom, and the link to the prayer book will be posted as a PDF file.

If you have a loved one having a yahrtzeit who you would like named in our service, or someone who should be named in our Mi Shebeirach – Prayer of Healing, send their names to Renee Andrews at

Mystic Heart Community Meditation
The mission of The Mystic Heart is to help participants discover and manifest peace, compassion, and kindness in themselves, in their relations with others, and in their communities.

Bob Zuiryu Moore leads a session on Soto Zen Meditation at 8 a.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 20, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch.

Wayman Kubicka leads a session on Japanese Zen Meditation at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 20, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch.

Subagh Khalsa leads a session on Sikh Dharma Meditation at 8 a.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 21, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch.

Muinuddin Charles Smith leads a session on Sufi Meditation on the Breath at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 21, on the CHQ Assembly Virtual Porch.

Prayers for Peace through Compassion
For many years, every morning during the season from 8:55 to 9 a.m., Chautauquans gather in the Grove to pray for peace through compassion. In 2020, all Chautauquans around the world are invited to join together from wherever they are in silent prayer and reflection for five minutes.

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The author Meg Viehe

Meg Viehe is a retired teacher living in Newport Beach, California, during the off-season. She is happiest when she and her husband Rich are surrounded by their children, grandchildren and the extended Viehe clan and friends at Chautauqua. Her advice to her grandchildren and others: “Be nice to everyone at Chautauqua. You never know who will be part of your future family!”