Program

  Prelude
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
 847-853-2300

Transportation: If you're coming by CTA, you can take the purple line to its terminus (Linden Station), and walk east for several blocks.
 
"Spring, Rebirth, and Renewal" was an interfaith arts event that happened at the Ridgeville Community House in Evanston. It was a dynamic event, with readings from sacred texts as well as poetry readings, and musical performances.

 
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I recently returned from the Interfaith conference in Nashville, TN called "The Big I". There were religious leaders, philosophers, and writers from all over the country.  

There will be videos and a book coming out soon with all the speakers and papers from the conference. In the meantime, you can read a preliminary version of the paper I presented by clicking here

-- by Theodore Richards

 
The "Harmonies of Faith" North Shore Interfaith Choral Concert happened in Evanston this afternoon; two magnificent choirs performed -- The Campanella Children's Choir and North Shore Interfaith Choir. "Harmonies of Faith" happened in the beautiful  Alice Millar Chapel at Northwestern University, with a receptive audience contributing to the dynamic experience. 

Program

Campanella Children's Choir
Marianna Kosaya, conducting

  1. Zima ("The Winter") -- music by A. Grechaninov, words by E. Baratynskij
  2. Kolokol'chiki ("The Bells”) -- music by M. Ancev, words by A. Tolstoj
  3. Russian folk song “Pojdu l' ya vyjdu l' ya"
  4. Ukrainian folk song “Oj syvaya ta I zozulen'ka” ("The Gray Cuckoo") arranged by M. Leontovich
  5. "The Alphabet Song" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
  6. "The Butterfly" -- music by C. Davidson, words by Pavel Friedman
  7. “The Arithmetic Lesson” from cantata "Kak narisovat' pticu" ("How To Draw the Bird") -- music by E. Podgajts and words by J. Prever

North Shore Interfaith Choir

  1. "Jacob's Ladder" -- Peggy Massello conducting
  2. "Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit" -- arranged by William Dawson, Van Gilmer conducting
  3. "Oseh Shalom" composed by Jeff Klepper, with Jason Kaufman conducting and Pavel Roytman accompanying on piano
  4. "Avinu Malkeynu" composed by Max Janowski, with Jason Kaufman soloing, Pavel Roytman conducting, and Diana Koffman accompanying on piano
  5. "Total Praise" composed by Richard Smallwood, with Van Gilmer conducting and Peggy Massello accompanying on piano
  6. "My God, My Adored One" composed by Van Gilmer, with Van conducting, soloing, and accompanying on piano
  7. "Let the Heavens" by Rob Weinberg, with Pavel Roytman conducting, soloing and accompanying on piano
  8. "Benediction (The Lord Bless You and Keep You)" composed by Peter Lutkin, with Van Gilmer conducting

photos from "Harmonies of Faith"


audio from "Harmonies of Faith"
Click on the triangle icons below to listen to audio recordings from the concert --  


The North Shore Interfaith Choir performing "Oseh Shalom" by Jeff Klepper,

with Pavel Roytman accompanying on piano --

The Campanella Children's Choir performing Zima ("The Winter") -- music by A. Grechaninov, words by E. Baratynskij), with Marianna Kosaya conducting: 
The Campanella Children's Choir  performing Kolokol'chiki ("The Bells”) -- music by M. Ancev, words by A. Tolstoj, with Marianna Kosaya conducting:  
The Campanella Children's Choir performing the Russian folk song “Pojdu l' ya vyjdu l' ya," with Marianna Kosaya conducting:     
The Campanella Children's Choir  performing Ukrainian folk song “Oj syvaya ta I zozulen'ka” ("The Gray Cuckoo")  arranged by M. Leontovich, with Marianna Kosaya conducting:    
The Campanella Children's Choir  performing "The Alphabet Song" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with Marianna Kosaya conducting:   
The Campanella Children's Choir  performing "The Butterfly" (music by C. Davidson, words by Pavel Friedman), with Marianna Kosaya conducting:   
The Campanella Children's Choir  performing “The Arithmetic Lesson” from cantata "Kak narisovat' pticu" ("How To Draw the Bird") -- music by E. Podgajts and words by J. Prever, with Marianna Kosaya conducting:    
The North Shore Interfaith Choir performing "Avinu Malkeynu" by Max Janowski,
with Diana Koffman accompanying on piano -- :  

The North Shore Interfaith Choir performing "Total Praise" by Richard Smallwood,
with Van Gilmer conducting and Peggy Massello accompanying on piano -- :  
The North Shore Interfaith Choir performing "My God, My Adored One,"
with Van Gilmer conducting, soloing, and accompanying on piano -- 

The North Shore Interfaith Choir performing "Let the Heavens" by Rob Weinberg,
with Pavel Roytman conducting, soloing, and accompanying on piano -- 
The North Shore Interfaith Choir performing "Benediction (The Lord Bless You
and Keep You)" by Peter Lutkin, with Van Gilmer conducting --   
"Harmonies of Faith" encore --
Here's the "Harmonies of Faith" flyer -- 
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blog post by Dan Godston

 
Years ago I was what you might call faithless. I had given up on the religion that I was raised with. Once I entered adulthood, I found that it just didn't match up with the world that I was experiencing, so I rejected it. But ironically, I still used it to define myself. I became an atheist, but not the kind of atheist that refuses to take mythology literally and finds more meaning in rational exploration of our experiences. I was the kind of angry, reactionary atheist that wasn't really an atheist at all. I was the kind of atheist that was mad at God for not existing.

Eventually I found my anger and rejection of faith to be hollow. I felt a need for meaning in my life, and I noticed that event though I didn't believe in the aspects of religion that I would call "magical", there were still some things that I did believe in. I believed in right and wrong, and I believed in love. I believed that there must be some kind of meaning to life, even if I had to make it myself.

So, I started searching. And, I found very quickly that there are a lot of options when it comes to faith. Humankind has been wrestling with these questions for all time, and there is a vast wealth of information out there from those who have gone before us. I found that I didn't have to accept a cookie cutter, one size fits all explanation of life in order be a person of faith. I found that faith is not what happens when you stop asking questions and blindly accept things that seem unbelievable. Faith is what happens when you start asking questions, and searching in itself is part of the answer.

I also managed to make peace with my past and can now find a lot of value in the tradition I was raised with. Once, while I was taking a meditation course from a Zen priest, some of the students made some disparraging remarks about the Catholicism that they were raised with. The priest advised, "Don't disparage your past. It's what brought you here." Years later, I'm still practicing Buddhist meditation while studying to become a Unitarian Universalist minister at a Catholic university.

I'm still searching, but I've left the need to have all of the answers far behind. I've found that faith is not a set of statements that can be memorized, or a bunch of rules that I need to follow. Faith is something that I live, and it is enriched by every new experience and perspective that I add to it.

-Seth Fisher
 
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

ourgaiahouse.org 
(618) 549-7387
 
"The Fabric of Our Faith" was a dynamic event presented by Treasures of Uptown earlier today. An intimate gathering of people from the community created fiber artworks that will be installed in The Peoples Church later this year. "The Fabric of Our Faith" was part of an series of innovative events presented by Treasures of Uptown; check out their website for info about their other programs.  

Listen to this audio to find out about the concepts and beliefs that inspired participants to come up with the images and patterns in their fiber artworks -- 
Here are some pictures taken during "The Fabric of Our Faith." Looking forward to seeing how those individual pieces of fiber art will be stitched together later! 


Here's the flyer that Treasures of Uptown produced for "The Fabric of Our Faith" -- 
 
 
Every Friday (6 p.m.): Rice & Spice International Slow Foods Dinner at the Gaia House Interfaith Center (913 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale) Wednesday, January 18: "Women in Jewish and Muslim Traditions" -- Jewish/Muslim Text Study. Contact Annemarie (annemarie@jcua.org) for more information. 

Sunday, January 22 (2-4 p.m.): "The Fabric of Our Faith: An Interfaith Dialogue Expressed Through Fabric Art" at The Peoples Church (941 W. Lawrence Ave., Molly's Cafe, floor 3 1/2, Chicago)


Friday, January 27 (7:30 p.m.): Peace Concert featuring Cuba d'Angelo at Soka Gakkai International-USA (1455 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago)

Sunday, January 29 (3 p.m.): "Harmonies of Faith: North Shore Interfaith Choral Concert" that includes songs from various faith traditions (Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, Evanston). Click HERE for more information.   

Tuesday, January 31 (8:30-9:30 a.m.): Greater Springfield Interfaith Association Board Meeting (Temple Israel, Springfield)