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
"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)