Other Events of Interest

Reception for Rajan Zed


The clergy and those engaged in ministry as well as their spouses are invited to a reception for Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism. He is the first Hindu to offer an invocation at the U.S. Capitol and will be the first to offer it at the Illinois Capitol on February 27 and 28, 2018.


The reception will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM , Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the home of Dr. Maryam and Siavash Mostoufi:

                                                                3604 Hoylake Drive

                                                                Springfield, IL 62712 USA


Please send a note to GSIA@gsia.info indicating how many in your party will be attending. Call 217/494-8472 with questions.


Sponsors: The Greater Springfield Interfaith Association


We look forward to seeing you.


The Sultan and the Saint


A viewing of the movie the Sultan and the Saint--the story of the Interaction of St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt during the Crusades and their resulting transformation. 


A panel discussion will follow. Panelists include Dr. David Bertaina, Dr. Maryam Mostoufi and Mr. Dan Frachey.


Light food and refreshments will follow.


The program will beThursday, March 1, 2018 from 6 to 8 PM at the Brookens Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Springfield.


Sponsors: The Muslim Students Organization, International Students Services and the Diversity Center.




Food and Faith Dinner Series


There is a new narrative forming in the hearts of those who are ready to forge new relationships with other in their community. In the spirity of Saint Francis who met the Sultan Al-Kamil and discovered a kindred spirit, this year's series offers participants the chance to grow in understanding how Jews, Christians and Muslims see God and other spiritual realities through their respective lenses.


While growing in understanding of one another's faith would be a good outcome, the intent of this series is to invite each participant to form new and meaningful relationships with someone from a different religious group. Our hope is that this forum will provide us with a new way of seeing how we can abide togeher in a peaceful community as children of Abraham.


A panel made up of religious leaders from these faith communities will guide the evening's topics  before inviting each table, made up of people from each religious group, to enter into a fruitful dialogue.


The final dinner in the Food and Faith Series will be March 15, 2018 at the Chiara Center:


 48775 LaVerna Road

Springfield, IL 62707


Sponsors:  Hospital Sisters of St. Francis


Call 217/523-0901 for reservations ($20).





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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