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.
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!
We have this scheduled for Sunday, November 22, 7:00 pm, place TBA. We will be taking up a collection to benefit the Innocence Project.
We will meet Tuesday, November 3, 11:45 am to 1:30 pm, at Temple Israel, 1140 Governor. Program: The Innocence Project. Bring your lunch.
Relationship to nominee
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.
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.
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.