Be the Change

Be The Change 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 features several special events that explore new social justice, environmental, and spiritual themes. These events and themes 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.

Our schedule of themes for 2016 is available at the bottom of this page. Anyone interested in organizing additional events of a social justice, environmental, or spiritual nature is welcome to contact us at (618) 549-7387 or email:

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.


 Social Justice Themes

 JAN: Human Trafficking
 FEB: Racial Justice
 MAR: Women & Social Justice
 APR: Child Abuse
 MAY: Prisoners & Social Justice
 JUN: Literacy
 JUL: Civil Rights
 AUG: Animal Rights
 SEP: Peace & Nonviolence
 NOV: Restorative Justice
 DEC: Hunger & Homelessness
  Environmental Themes

 JAN: Conservation
 FEB: Fracking
 MAR: Apiculture
 APR: Climate Change
 MAY: Renewable Energy
 JUN: Permaculture
 JUL: Gardening
 AUG: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
 SEP: Shawnee National Forest
 OCT: Divestment
 NOV: Carbon Footprint
 DEC: Pollution
 Spiritual Themes

 JAN: Taoism
 FEB: Hinduism
 MAR: Nonreligious
 APR: Paganism
 MAY: Quakerism
 JUN: Buddhism
 JUL: Unitarianism
 AUG: Sufism
 SEP: Judaism
 OCT: Islam
 NOV: Native American
 DEC: Christianity