Performed by Rosamond Brenner—Piano

1. Opening Prayer
Bahá'í Scripture
Read by: Lorelie McClure

2. “The Fountain” by Rosamond Brenner
performed by Rosamond Brenner, piano

3. Selections from Buddhist, Islamic
& Hindu Scriptures
Read by: Irma Simuni

4. “The Lord is My Shepherd” & “Short Healing Prayer”
performed by Rosamond Brenner, piano &
Cheryll Simmerman, vocals

Medley based on the 23rd Psalm and a Bahá'í prayer,
original music by Rosamond Brenner

5. Prophet’s of God are one and the same.
Bahá'í and Islamic Scripture
Read by: Chris Vodden
6. “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” & “Come Sunday”
performed by Cheryll Simmerman, flute, Jon Hey, piano & Dan Godston, trumpet

7. The Utterance of God is a Lamp
Bahá'í Scripture
Read by: Robert Rogers

8. “Impromptu No. 3 in G-Flat” by Franz Schubert
performed by Jonathan Wheat, piano

9. The Sower
Christian Scripture
Read by: Ruth Jackson

10. “Hosanna”
performed by Bam Hoener, vocals

11. Closing Prayer
Bahá'í Scripture
Read by: Juliet Gentzkow

Please note: the program might be subject to change...

The Baha'i House of Worship
100 Linden Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091

Transportation: If you're coming by CTA, you can take the purple line to its terminus (Linden Station), and walk east for several blocks.
Everywhere I go, everyone I talk to about Gaia House Interfaith Center says the same thing. "I wish there was one of those in my town! I would hang out there all the time!" Why? No other place I know of offers such a rich and diverse collection of spiritually edifying gatherings, eye-opening cultural experiences, and opportunities to create a community with truly amazing people of all ages and walks of life. 

I have sat down and shared meals with Jews, Muslims, and Christians who love each other. I have meditated with Buddhists and Hindus alike. I have shared and received life lessons with believers
and non-believers of all kinds. I have spent nearly three years of my life working to expand our reach and provide our students with opportunities to deepen their connections with themselves and one another, and become leaders who are the change they wish to see in the world. I have seen these students grow into aware adults, and I have seen them build on their experiences here by moving on to other peace, justice, and sustainability-based endeavors like the Peace Corps and the Greensburg, Kansas sustainable city project. 

The earth is Gaia, and this is our Gaia House: a microcosm, a sandbox, in which to create peace and understanding and learn to spread it.

Jon-Paul Diefenbach
Operations Director
Gaia House Interfaith Center
913 S. Illinois Ave.
Carbondale, IL 62901 
(618) 549-7387