Thanksgiving Service

Our Thanksgiving service will take place Sunday, November 22, 7:00 pm, at Chatham United Methodist Church, 104 West Chestnut, Chatham.  We thank the Rev. Sara Isbell and the people of her congregation.

Our December general meeting

We will meet Tuesday, December 1, 11:45 to 1:30 pm, at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 1615 West Washington, Springfield.  Program: The Rev. Sara Isbell (Chatham United Methodist Church) and The Rev. Kevin Laughery (Catholic parishes of New Berlin, Alexander, Franklin, and Waverly) will talk about their experiences at the Parliament of the World’s Religions held in Salt Lake City in October.  Bring your lunch!

Mayor Ossie Langfelder

To:  Mayor Jim Langfelder
On behalf of the Greater Springfield Interfaith Association and the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee, I bring prayers for strength and peace, for you and all your family, upon the death of your father.
I cherish the memory of Ossie Langfelder’s participation in a worship service at First Presbyterian Church to mark the 50th anniversary of Kristallnacht — this was in November 1988.  He witnessed deeply troubling events, and his participation was a spur to all of us to work unceasingly for human rights and dignity, and understanding across all perceived barriers among human beings.
Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
The Rev. Kevin Laughery
President, Greater Springfield Interfaith Association
Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee

Humanitarian Award

Greater Springfield Interfaith Association
2015 Humanitarian Service Award
Nomination Form
Deadline is Monday, September 21, 2015.
Please print out this form, complete it, and mail it to:
GSIA Humanitarian Service Award
1140 Governor
Springfield, IL  62704
I nominate the following individual or organization to receive the Greater Springfield Interfaith Association Humanitarian Service Award:
Last name                                         First name                                       MI
Address                           Phone number                               Email
City                                                    State              ZIP
Faith community to which nominee belongs
How long have you known the nominee and in what capacity?
Please list at least two other people who are acquainted with the nominee:
Last name                                         First name                                       MI
Address                           Phone number                               Email
City                                                    State              ZIP

Relationship to nominee

Last name                                         First name                                       MI
Address                           Phone number                               Email
City                                                    State              ZIP
Relationship to nominee
Please use additional paper to describe the reasons you are nominating this individual or organization for the GSIA Humanitarian Service Award:
Nominator’s signature
Nominator’s phone number; email
The criteria for nominating a person for the Humanitarian Award are as follows:
1.  The winner shall be a member of a faith group.
2.  The winner shall not be a current member of GSIA.
3.  The winner shall be chosen for his/her service to those in human need in the community.
4.  It shall be irrelevant to the judgment of the committee whether the winner has been compensated for his/her service or is a volunteer.  In the event the winner is compensated for his/her services, the award shall go to his/her organization or agency.
5.  The award may be given to organizations, agencies, and/or individuals.
6.  The winner shall not have received the Humanitarian Service Award in the previous seven (7) years.
7.  Submission deadline is Monday, September 21, 2015.

Welcoming Banquet

Tuesday, October 6, 11:45 am to 1:30 pm, the Greater Springfield Interfaith Association will hold its annual “Welcoming Banquet” at Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 745 Woodside Road, Springfield.  This is a vegetarian potluck.  Our speaker will be public radio journalist Dusty Rhodes, who will talk about her discoveries about racial disparities regarding the disciplining of students in the Springfield school district.


Our next general meeting, Tuesday, September 1

We will meet at the Baha’i Center, 1131 South Eighth Street, Tuesday, September 1, 11:45 am to 1:30 pm.  Bring your lunch.  We will be discussing among ourselves the challenges our community faces in regard to race.  We will see a brief video which will introduce us to the documentary Racial Taboo; there is an effort going forward to bring this documentary to Springfield for a showing and continuing discussion.

Event: GIFT, Monday, September 21

Dear Friends of Grassroots InterFaith Team (GIFT)

Again we plan to hold our annual interfaith prayer service on the International Day of Peace.  This year’s  service, Partnerships for Peace: May Peace Prevail in Springfield For All, is based on the UN International Day of Peace theme, Partnerships for Peace: Dignity for All, and will be held on Monday, September 21 from 7:30 am to 8 am.  We have tentatively chosen the Peace Garden at First Presbyterian Church, Seventh and Capitol as the location.  We want to make sure that this location is acceptable to all who wish to participate in the service.

As always, we call for prayers to be shared from all faith traditions and would especially like friends from all faith traditions to participate in planning the event.  We intend to meet twice before the prayer service around the noonhour. The planning meetings will be sometime in the next month or so and are open to all.  Please consider helping us plan. this year’s service.  Your thoughts and participation would be much appreciated.  You may reply to this email, or contact Jack Shook at 217-546-6216 for more information.

All GIFT members thank you for your support.


June meeting

GSIA meets Tuesday, June 2, 11:45 am to 1:30 pm, at Temple Israel, 1140 Governor. Bring your lunch!

We will be meeting one last time before our summer break. Join us on Tuesday, June 2, for a discussion on marriage, in which we will particularly examine the experience of interreligious/ interfaith marriage. I would imagine that we might also get into issues of one spouse having religious belief, and the other, not.