Listening to Other Voices

Glastonbury Abbey’s Listening to Other Voices interfaith lecture series returns in October. The theme for the 2022-23 program is:

The Journey Continues: Reclaiming the Heart of Faith

This year our lecture series looks at the state of religion in America, where our traditions seem to be now and where they may be going.

The committee expects our programs to be virtual, with an occasional presenter with us in person. We invite you to join us to watch the virtual presentations on the larger screens at the Morcone Center. Communal discussion will follow. Of course, as is our custom, refreshments will be served at the Center! The lectures will also be available via Zoom for home viewing.

Registration is now open for the October and November lectures. Please click here for the programs registration page. Or click here for the programs brochure.

Thursday, October 20, Diana Butler Bass, Ph.D, award-winning author & inspiring teacher, "Freeing Jesus and Freeing Ourselves."
POSTPONED to 2023, Rev. James Martin, SJ, Catholic priest & author, "Where is the Church Going? A Conversation with James Martin, SJ."
Thursday, January 19, Imam Asif Hirani, scholar & author, "Purifying Hearts with the Divine Guidance and the Process of Self Development."
Thursday, February 16, Rabbi Noa Kushner, writer & Rabbi, “Connecting Heaven and Earth: Building Modern Religious Community in San Francisco.”
Thursday, March 23, Brian McLaren, author, activist, theologian, "Staying Christian When the Church is on Fire."
Thursday, April 20, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, UCC pastor & intergenerational speaker, “Dancing in the Darkness.”

This program is offered by the Glastonbury Abbey Listening to Other Voices interfaith lecture series, which is an extension of the rich Benedictine monastic teaching tradition found at the Abbey.

All our programs are offered free, but donations are gratefully received to cover the costs of producing our programs online. If you would like to make a donation, please click here.

In case you missed our 2021-2022 series...

Hope and Healing in a Fractured World:
A Faith Response

The 2021-22 program is complete and almost all of the presentations are recorded and available for personal viewing only (see links below). For more information on the 2021-22's lecture series content, click here.

The theme of the 2021-22 interfaith lecture series centered on the fractures, the breaks and the antagonisms that we find today in church and society. Our featured speakers addressed the crises with faith and hope. They also have the experience of having already faced these problems and thereby gave us hope.

Pádraig Ó Tuama, poet & theologian, "What Were You Arguing About Along the Way?" (recording not available).
Rev. Bryan Massingale, Catholic priest & social ethicist, "A Spirituality of Racial Metanoia."
Cantor Rosalie Will, worship leader & performer, "Prayer, Song, Breath...Healing for Self and Community."
Rabbi Ariel Burger, author, teacher & artist, “In Search of Melody: Reweaving the Bonds of Human Community in 2022.” (recording not available).
David Gushee, Christian ethicist, "Torn Asunder: How White Evangelicalism Became a Central Part of Our National Fracturing."
Traci Blackmon, UCC pastor & Activist, “Embracing the Power of WE.”

These recordings are offered free, but donations are gratefully received to cover the costs of producing them. If you would like to make a donation, please click here.

Our 2020-2021 series...

"We All Live in the Same House"* A Faith Response to Climate Change
*Rep John R. Lewis

The future of our earth is in crisis! Many seem asleep to this reality and feel uncertain about what they can do. In this series we heard from various interfaith speakers who shared their insights on how we can help the natural environment.

The 2020-2021 virtual interfaith lecture series is now completed but you can access recordings of all five lectures. Click on the links below to access the recordings on our YouTube channel:

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb "Our Essential Interdependence: of Souls, Nations, Faiths, and Species"
Rev. Jim Antal "God's Call - Our Voices - in a Time of Climate Chaos"
Cary Wollinsky "Burning Oz, Why Australia Is So Weird"
Nana Firman "Walking Gently On Earth"
Mary Evelyn Tucker & John Grim "Laudato Si: The Cry of the Earth, the Cry of the Poor"

These recordings are offered free, but donations are gratefully received to cover the costs of producing them. If you would like to make a donation, please click here.