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Religious Retreats to Recharge the Spirit this Summer (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 06/06/2011 12:25 pm   Updated: 08/06/2011 5:12 am

HuffPost Religion contributors and editors selected some of our favorite religious retreat destinations just in time for summer vacation. From denominational oases to interfaith explorations, from Meccas of meditation to bastions of environmental sustainability, all of these escapes from "the real world" are sure to be soul-expanding and give us strength for the journey.

Chautauqua (Ecumenical)
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"A utopian oasis of intellectual, spiritual and cultural thought."
--Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

From the website:

Chautauqua provides a wide variety of services of worship and programs that express the Institution's Christian heritage as well as its interfaith commitment. Chaplains-in-residence, representing a diversity in gender, race and theological perspective, deliver sermons during morning worship services and participate in special programming throughout the community. The afternoon Interfaith Lecture Series focuses on issues that impact the lived experience of everyday life from theological, ethical, moral, humanitarian, philosophical and religious perspectives. Chautauqua's Abrahamic program is designed to build bridges among Jews, Christians and Muslims through both in-season and off-season programming. The Abrahamic Program for Young Adults (APYA) builds off this commitment with weekly discussions and activities for high school and college students. A vibrant sacred Christian music program, with Sacred Song services Sunday evenings and performances at worship services by the Chautauqua Choir, draws together all denominations and faiths.

View the Chautauqua's 2011 calendar of events.
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