The Symposium

The Symposium: Religion in the 21st Century

In an America that seems to be fracturing along cultural, political, and geographical lines, we have the opportunity to act bravely and wisely by learning with and from people who think and act differently than we do. Over the course of this year, we will welcome clergy and leaders from other faith traditions and other Jewish denominations. We will learn about their history, their inspirational texts, the major tenets of their theology, and what teachings their tradition can bring to bear on the most important questions and challenges of religious life in 21stCentury America. As always, our Symposium will be taught by some of Chicagoland’s leading rabbis and teachers, along with our own BJBE clergy. Download the printable flyer here.

Walk-ins are always welcome, but RSVPs help us plan. Please let us know you are attending one or all here.

Meet the Neighbors
During this section of the year, we invite clergy from Religious Leaders United, the organization of faith leaders from Southeast Lake County, to teach about their religious backgrounds. Additionally, we are also inviting members of their congregations to learn alongside us. We hope we will get to know our neighbors through learning, conversation, and, of course, a little nosh. 

“Besa: The Promise”—Learning about the Albanian Muslim Community
Tuesdays, October 9 & 16, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Bobby Arifi

Episcopalianism
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: The Rev. Anne B. Jolly, St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church

Episcopalianism
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rev. Court Williams, Trinity Episcopal Church

Presbyterianism
Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Suzan Hawkinson, First Presbyterian Church of Deerfield

Lutheranism
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.            
Instructor: Rev. David Kyllo, Zion Lutheran Church

Methodism
Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Norval I. Brown, Christ United Methodist Church

Unitarianism
Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.  
Instructor: Rev. Lucas Hergert, North Shore Unitarian Church

Catholicism
Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.           
Instructor: Rev. Vincent Costello, Holy Cross Catholic Church

Islam
Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: TBD 

Christianity in Chicago
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Pastor Mike Neal, Glorious Light Church

Reform Judaism
Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m. 
Instructor: Rabbi Karyn Kedar

Buddhism
Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m. 
Instructor: Asayo Horibe, President, Buddhist Council of the Midwest 

Bahá'í Faith
Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Shayda Safapour, Baha'i representative on the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago

Closing Panel
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Clergy from Religious Leaders United

Jewish Denominations
At the midpoint of our year, we will look internally to learn about different Jewish denominations and segments of the Jewish community. What distinguishes the movements from each other? What is the history that brought them to the present moment? What are the specific challenges or opportunities each faces? And, most importantly, what do we share and how can we build a strong k’lal Yisrael, community of Israel?

Humanistic Judaism
Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Jodi Kornfeld, Beth Chaverim Humanistic Jewish Community

Orthodoxy in America
Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Dr. Zev Eleff , CAO of Hebrew Theological College

Yeshivat Maharat and Orthodox Feminism
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbanit Leah Sarna, Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation

Jewish Spirituality
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell, Orot, Center for New Jewish Learning

Conservative Judaism
Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Ari Averbach, Congregation Beth Shalom

Reconstructionist Judaism
Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Eitan Weiner-Kaplow, Shir Hadash Synagogue

Mishkan Chicago—The Jewish Emergent Network
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 2018, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Lizzi Heydemann, Mishkan Chicago

Hillel: Judaism on Campus
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Rabbi Brandon Bernstein, Campus Rabbi at Northwestern University

Synagogue Music in America
Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Cantor David Berger, KAM Isaiah Israel

Religion in America
Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Instructor: BJBE Clergy

 

Walk-ins are always welcome, but RSVPs help us plan. Please let us know you are attending one or all here.