The 2019 IOKDS Chautauqua Scholarship Program has started incredibly well with our nine remarkable scholars, representing Lebanon, Ukraine, and of course the United States—Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, and Mississippi Branches. As usually happens at Chautauqua, the scholars have developed a close bond in a short time.
The Scholarship Program this year focuses on the theme of stretching oneself—intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. This happens at the morning lectures, in classes, at the Hall of Philosophy, in worship services, in our daily Reflections classes, and in the interchange of ideas and emotions that happens daily. There is a lot of physical stretching, as well—students take yoga and Zumba classes, bike around the Chautauqua grounds, and walk what must be 10,000 steps daily when they’re not biking.
Chautauqua was created as a place for stretching in these many ways, and the object of the Order—the development of spiritual life and the stimulation of Christian activities—is realized here as strongly as in the other missions of the Order. Students volunteer to read scripture at the large morning worship services, stop to help the stranger on the walkway, and will soon be preparing meals for a nearby kitchen.
Meanwhile, they all seem to be having a lot of fun during all this stretching. Summer at Chautauqua is the perfect time and place to re-create and to re-discover the spirituality in the world, in others, and in ourselves.