"Chicago Interfaith Encounters"
Chicago is an interfaith hub of learning and connection. The first World's Congress of Religions was held in Chicago in 1893 which set the stage for decades of dialogue in this robust city. All of the world's major spiritual traditions are represented here with their own houses of worship. This allows us at SGTI to provide you with a myriad of unique opportunities to learn and grow in interspiritual awareness—up close and personal! Field trips to key religious sites and conversations with spiritual leaders are central to this interfaith immersion experience.
View these slide shows which feature highlights
of our 2017 Residential Institute in Chicago
#1 - On-site learning at The Cenacle Retreat House in the historic Lincoln Park neighborhood, north of the city, just 3 blocks west of Lake Michigan. A day with the Residential Institute includes large group instruction, paired listening practice, one-on-one interaction with instructors, periods of contemplative practice, and restorative time spent in beauty. The Cenacle is the perfect home away from home in a quiet, tree-lined neighborhood. It boasts comfortable private rooms, delicious meals, chapel and grounds for contemplation.
#2 - Interfaith Immersion experience. Our cohort visited Mishkan, "a spiritual community in Chicago reclaiming Judaism’s inspiration and transformative essence." They participated in a lively, Shabbat service followed by a seder meal. Conversation with Rabbi Lauren helped our students understand the passion and purpose of this vibrant, growing community which meets in a Unitarian/Universalist church in north Chicago.
#3 - Interfaith Immersion and Cultural Appreciation. Our cohort visited the Midwest Buddhist Temple and joined in the Ginza Holiday Festival. Music, drumming and dancing, combined with traditional foods, arts and crafts made it an evening to remember. Contemplative time was spent inside the temple.
#4 - Interfaith Immersion Experience and Cultural Appreciation. Our cohort participated in a call and response chanting session at the ISKON Chicago temple, spiritual home of many of Chicago's Indian immigrants. They met with a community outreach educator of the Hare Krishna tradition to have their questions answered, and were invited to a "Krishna Lunch" with traditional Indian foods.
#5 - Relaxation and fun in Lincoln Park bordering beautiful Lake Michigan. Lincoln Park has been called "The City in a Garden" and is situated 3 miles north of downtown Chicago. Boasting 1200 acres of green space, it has quaint, tree-lined neighborhoods with ethnic restaurants, sidewalk cafes, shops, theaters, the famed Lincoln Park Zoo, nature museum, conservatory, and the beach.