About GSIA


The Greater Springfield Association (GSIA) is a community of individuals engaged in ministry from many different faith traditions.  For forty years, we've met monthly, September through June, at each others' houses of worship and at social service agencies for professional development and socialization.


We've also used our time together to identify and address issues facing our community. Helping Hands Homeless Shelter and Interfaith Caregivers are examples of responses that grew out of our discussions. 


But, we don't want to stop there. We want to continue building a meaningful presence in Springfield. Therefore, in addition to our monthly meetings, we are planning a number of activities to celebrate our 40th Anniversary Year. 


These include:

  • Organizing a picnic celebration with the Springfield Ministerial Alliance;
  • Participating in the third Sangamon County Habitat for Humanities interfaith build;
  • Holding our 40th Annual Welcome Banquet and Interfaith Thanksgiving Service; and
  • Conducting a professional development workshop. 


We hope you'll join us.


Interested? Send a note to GSIA@gsia.info. Or, complete the form on the Contact​ page. We look forward to hearing from you.


The GSIA logo illustrates our belief that all faiths grow out of a spiritual sense of mystery and thus should be held with reverence and respect.

Representative List of Faiths in Springfield










Native American



Unitarian Universalist




Board of Directors


  • President, Maryam Mostoufi, D. Min., Islamic Society of Greater Springfield
  • Vice President of Programing, Rev. Martin Woulfe, Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation
  • Treasurer, Rabbi Barry Marks, Temple Israel
  • Secretary, Chaplain Dawn Victor, Memorial Medical Center
  • Rabbi Michael Datz, Temple B'rith Sholom
  • Dan Frachey, Chiara Center
  • Rev. Sara Isbell, Chatham United Methodist Church
  • Bhikkhu Mahinda, Springfield Buddhist Community
  • Delores Martin, Springfield Baha'i Community
  • Stacie Reichensperger, H.S.H.S. St. John's Hospital

Next Meeting 

March 6, 2018, Noon - 1:30 PM* 


Program:  Spiritual Care and Behavioral Health


Host: Memorial Pastoral Care at  Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI) 

228 W Miller Street, Springfield, IL 62702


Lunch: Bring your own brown bag or pick up a tasty treat at the Food For Thought Café located on the first floor of the MCLI.



Guest parking is available on Levels 1 & 3 at signs that read  “Reserved for MCLI Events Only”

Access the MCLI & MCLI Garage from  Garage Level 3 – Red / MCLI Level 2


* You are welcome to arrive anytime after 11:30 AM if you wish to socialize and have lunch before the meeting begins.


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