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Upcoming Lectures and Opportunities

Beggs Lecture

This lecture is named in memory of the Rev. Robert W. Beggs, an Episcopal priest and CURW affiliate, and Mabel Beggs, a co-founder of the Foundation of Light Spiritual Center in Ithaca. They bequeathed to CURW an endowment for a lectureship on science, spirituality and society in consultation with Science and Technology Studies and Religious Studies. Emphasis is placed on ethics and public policy, comparative religions and the interplay between science and religion to illustrate, in Rev. Beggs’ words, “science and religious spirituality can work hand in hand for a better world society.”

Cornell Sermon Contest

The 9th Annual Harold I. Saperstein '31 Cornell Student Topical Sermon Contest challenges you to address: The Ethical Economic Issues of Today. The contest is open to all Cornell University undergraduate and graduate students.

Frederic C. Wood Lecture

Frederic C. Wood was a member of the Class of 1924 and a former member of the University Board of Trustees (1956-1966). This occasional lecture was established by Frederic C. and Emma Wood in 1984 to “bring scholars dedicated to innovative religious thought” to Cornell’s campus. Previous lecturers included Elaine Pagels, Martin Marty, Lloyd Steffen, Karen Armstrong, Michael Eric Dyson, Mark Noll, Bishop Gene Robinson, Phillips Jenkins, and Eboo Patel.

Please contact the Director of Cornell United Religious Work for further information or to recommend future Wood Lecture speakers.

Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making and Cornell United Religious Work (607) 255-6003.

Podcast Perspectives

The Office of Spirituality and Meaning-Making and Cornell United Religious Work have partnered with Vennly to share spiritual wisdom and inspiration with the Cornell Community. Click the links below to listen to short podcast perspectives from our staff and affiliates.

Oliver Goodrich, "Meaning-Making in the Time of Coronavirus"

David Larson, "Searching for Answers"

Oliver Goodrich, Inclusive Excellence Podcast: "Making Meaning of Religion, Faith, and Spirituality"

Oliver Goodrich, Inclusive Excellence Podcast: "Social Change through the Lens of Religion, Faith, and Spirituality"