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:
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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:
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Address                           Phone number                               Email
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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.

This Tuesday’s meeting

Greater Springfield Interfaith Association
General Meeting

May 5, 2015

11:45 – 1:30
Learn more about Buddha’s Birthday and enjoy a Vegetarian Potluck 
Hosted by Vinnie Gupta
3505 Deer Run DrSpringfield, IL 62711-6708
Please RSVP to Vinnie Gupta

150th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War

From Martin Woulfe:

Weather permitting, we will meet at 2:00 pm [on Thursday, April 9] at the Lincoln Home Visitor’s Center and join the bell ringing ceremony that starts at 2:15. Afterwards, accompanied by music and more bell ringing, the group will march to the Old State Capitol where Dr. Wes McNeese will speak about the struggle for racial equality.

Rain is predicted tomorrow, so please dress appropriately for the weather. Bring an umbrella, or bring an extra umbrella for a friend!

If the weather is severe at 2 pm and the forecast shows no immediate improvement, we will not meet at the Lincoln Home but everyone is to go directly to the Old State Capitol and arrive by 2:30pm. We will gather inside on the ground floor. There, we will observe four minutes of bell ringing, followed by singing and then the program will follow in the Representatives Hall.

We invite all citizens here in the home of Lincoln who remain concerned about racial justice to join in this commemoration in the hope that we can follow in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. in their struggle for racial equality.

Read more about the March here:

Our April meeting

When: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Host: Third Presbyterian Church, 1030 North Seventh Street, Springfield
Program: Sister Marcelline Koch, O.P., who visited Iraq in January, will present Iraq’s Internally Displaced Persons: Their Life and Their Future

Bring your lunch!

Other News: Please Share with your congregations and all who might be interested the attached information about the “Let Freedom Ring” March on April 9, 2015

Feel free to make copies of the attached flier to distribute.

Let Freedom Ring flyer good white background

Starting up again

Hello.  I’m Kevin Laughery, the administrator of; I also happen to be the current president of GSIA.  I ran this site for a number of years, and now it is necessary to start over with the site.

Today, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, we had to cancel our regular meeting due to ice.  My diocesan office was closed as well.  Sitting at home in New Berlin, I decided to get the site rolling.

The Board of GSIA will meet again on Tuesday, March 24, 8:30 am, at Temple Israel, 1140 West Governor, Springfield.

After the board meeting we will announce plans for the meeting of Tuesday, April 7, 11:45 am to 1:30 pm.  We have offers from both Third Presbyterian Church, 1030 North Seventh Street, Springfield, to host that day as they had planned to host today; and from Sister Marcelline Koch, O.P., to present that day her thoughts on her January visit to Iraq.