Be the Change

Gaia House Interfaith Center is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a year of special events. The "Be the Change" series celebrates the center's rich history as a home for people of diverse spiritual traditions with a shared commitment to social justice and ecological sustainability. Each month will feature several special events that explore new social justice, environmental, and spiritual themes. These events and themes will offer students and community members opportunities to learn about each other's beliefs and discover new ways everyone can use to work together to create a more just and sustainable society.

The social justice, environmental, and spiritual themes for January are Human Trafficking, Fracking, and Taoism. Upcoming social justice themes include Animal Rights, Child Abuse, Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Hunger and Homelessness, Education and Literacy, LGBTQIA, Peace and Nonviolence, Racial Equality, Restorative Justice, and Women and Social Justice. Upcoming environmental themes include Carbon Footprint, Climate Change, Conservation, Food Justice, Genetic Engineering, Permaculture, Pollution, Reduce Reuse Recycle, Renewable Energy, Shawnee National Forest, and Urban Sprawl. Upcoming spiritual themes include Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Native American Traditions, Nonreligious, Paganism, Quakerism, Sikhism, and Unitarianism. Anyone interested in organizing additional events of a social justice, environmental, or spiritual nature is welcome to contact our director, Treesong, at (618) 549-7387 or

For 70 years, Gaia House Interfaith Center has offered programming focused on religious, spiritual, and cultural diversity. In 1943, it began as the Student Christian Foundation, an ecumenical Christian campus ministry that brought together people of many Christian denominations. Over time, it expanded to include people of many faiths, beliefs, and cultures. The center also has a long history of supporting social justice and environmental causes by providing community space and hosting events that address the many social and environmental questions of our lifetimes.