GSIA Meetings


October 2, 2018, Noon - 1:30 PM 


Program: 40th Annual Welcome Banquet and Lecture


In honor of the Illinois Bicentennial Year of celebrations, we will be developing a twenty-foot long timeline of spiritual and religious events in Springfield. It will then be presented to staff of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.


We encourage you to bring a separate sticky note for up to five significant religious/spiritual events in the history of Springfield. In addition to naming and dating each event, note such things as:

  • When your congregation/organization began in Springfield?
  • Where you were originally located?
  • Where you are located now?
  • Why you came to Springfield?
  • What propelled the growth of your congregation/institution? 

Feel free to bring a copy of your congregation's/institutions's history if you have one. It will also be shared with representatives of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Musuem along with the timeline.


Host: Dove Conference Center

Main floor of the Prairie Heart Institute Building


Lunch: Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. Table settings and beverages will be provided.


Parking: Ample parking in ramp accross the street from the Prairie Heart Institute Building. Limited street parking


November 18, 2018, 7:00 PM


Program:  Thanksgiving Service

Time: 7 PM


Host: Temple B'rith Shalom 


Parking: Parking lot south of entrance and limited on-street parking 


December 4, 2018, Noon - 1:30 PM


Program:  Three members of GSIA who attended this year's Parliament of World Religions in Toronto, Canada (November, 2018) will speak about their experiences.


Host: Temple Israel, 1140 W. Governor Street, Springfield, IL


Lunch: Bring your own brown bag.


Parking: On Governor Street or next to side entrance



January 8, 2019, Noon - 1:30 PM


Program:  Discussion of the Response and Responsibility of Faith Leaders to Community Shootings


Host: TBA


Lunch: Bring your own brown bag.


Parking: TBA




Past GSIA Meetings


September 4, 2018-- 


Program:  Jane Ford spoke about Changes to the Springfield Mass Transit System and Homelessness


Host: Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation


April 3, 2018-- 


Program:  Gift of Hope: Organ and Tissue Donation


Host: Chiara Center


March 6, 2018-- 


Program:  Pastoral/Spiritual Care & Behavioral Health


Host: Memorial Medical Center for Learning & Innovation


February 6, 2018-- 

Program:  Role of SIU Medical Students in Community


Host: Pearson Musuem, SIU Medical School


January 9, 2018-- 


Program:  Clergy Self-care lecture by Shauna Summers


Host: Islamic Society of Greater Springfield (ISOGS)


Lunch: Vegetarian Lunch provided by ISOGS members


December 5, 2017 


Program:  Discussion of Security within Our Houses of Worship


Host: Chatham United Methodist Church


November 19, 2017


Program: Thanksgiving Service, Presentation of Humanitarian Award and reception


Host: The Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Musuem


October 3, 2017


Program: Annual Welcome Banquet and lecture by Rachel Otwell from WUIS on essays written by HS Seniors titled This I Believe


Host: Unitarian Universalist Congregation


Lunch: Vegetarian Pot Luck


September 5, 2017


Program: Role of Religious Institutions in Dist. 186, Sup. Jennifer Gill


Host: Westminster Presbyterian

Next Meeting 

October 2, 2018, Noon - 1:30 PM* 


Program: Annual Welcoming Banquet

We will be developing a twenty-foot long historical timeline of our religious congregations and institutions.  Please see the Our Meetings and Events page to learn what your can do in preparation.


Host: Dove Conference Center, Prairie Heart Institute


Parking: Ample parking in ramp across from Prairie Heart Institute and limited on street parking.


Lunch: Vegetarian Potluck

Please bring a vegetarian dish to share. Place settings and beverages will be provided.


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


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