Please join us for the Celebration of World Faiths, as we build bridges of understanding and compassion across our unifying faith traditions. This annual event, presented by The Center for Spirituality and Sustainability, is free and open to the public.
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Center for Spirituality and Sustainability
Joanne Shenandoah is one of “America’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed Native American musicians of her time” according to the Associated Press. She’s won more than 40 music honors including 14 Native American Music awards. Nominated three times for a Grammy, she won in 2006 for her work on the album Sacred Ground. Her original compositions combined with a striking voice enable her to embellish the ancient songs of the Iroquois using a blend of traditional and contemporary instrumentation.
"She weaves you into a trance with her beautiful Iroquois chants and wraps her voice around you like a warm blanket on a cool winter's night."
-Robbie Robertson, lead guitarist for The Band
Everyone is encouraged to come share in the celebration on the SIU Edwardsville campus
Join us in the Fuller Dome on the SIUe campus for these engaging programs from the SIUe Native studies program from october 7th through the 9th:
Join us for an evening of cosmically inspired sounds as we journey to the stars! Weaving together breath, meditation, and guided journey deep within. We will utilize the power of Alpha/Theta states to bring our dreams into reality.
Pati Pellerito • Himalayan Singing Bowls, Planet Gongs (Sedna, Chiron & Nibiru), Shruti, bells & chimes
Mark Holland • Native American Style Flutes including the infamous sub bass big boys!
Ben Von Harz • Hand pans
You are invited to join SIUE students as they commemorate Earth Day with a ‘Stand for the Future’ walk and vigil on Thursday evening April 20, 2017. They will gather outside in the Stratton Quadrangle at the cougar statue in front of the Morris University Center at 7:30 P.M. and proceed with a short walk to several campus buildings that represent SIUE’s commitment to sustainability. The walk will end in front of the Fuller Dome with a candle light vigil and commitment ceremony. Weather permitting, it will conclude with light refreshments outside at the grove by the side of the building. The event is co-sponsored by Students Organized for Sustainability (SOS) and the Center for Spirituality & Sustainability.
The Center for Spirituality and Sustainability presented their 14th annual Spirituality and Sustainability Awards Dinner on Saturday, March 25th. Each year the Center bestows two awards, one for Spiritual Leadership and one for Leadership in Sustainability. These dual awards reflect the Center’s mission to “promote humanity’s sacred connection to the Earth and each other.” The 2017 recipients are:
MCT Trails system – Sustainability Leadership Award - Madison County Transit manages 130 miles of scenic bikeways in the MCT Trails system that consists of 9 unique, inter-connected trails, created primarily from decommissioned railways.
Dr. Billie Mayo – Spirituality Leadership Award - Dr. Billie Mayo has just completed a year as Board President of the Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis.
Student Honoree; Wolf Mark Veverka is also receiving a 2017 Sustainability Leadership Award. During his tenure as a student at SIUE, he has taken a lead role in student sustainability initiatives on campus.
The SIUE Native American Studies Program is bring renowned native pigment expert and artist Melonie Ancheta to the Fuller Dome onWednesday April 5th at 6 PM.
14th Annual Awards Dinner
Edwardsville, IL - The Center for Spirituality and Sustainability will be holding its 14th annual Leadership Awards Dinner on Saturday, March 25th, at 7:00 p.m. in the LeClaire Room on the N. O. Nelson Campus of Lewis and Clark Community College in Edwardsville. Each year the Center bestows two awards, one for Spiritual Leadership and one for Leadership in Sustainability. These dual awards reflect the Center’s mission to “promote humanity’s sacred connection to the Earth and each other.” This year’s recipients are:
MCT Trails system – Sustainability Leadership Award - Madison County Transit manages 130 miles of scenic bikeways in the MCT Trails system that consists of 9 unique, inter-connected trails, created primarily from decommissioned railways. The MCT Trails system is one of the most extensive, user-friendly Class One bikeway systems in the country. MCT Trails has preserved 1,500 acres of greenspace providing a sustainable recreation option for families. Jerry Kane has served as Managing Director of MCT since 1986 and he will be accepting the award on the agency’s behalf. Through his 31 years of service, Kane has overseen the development and growth of the MCT into a world class multi-modal public transportation agency.
Dr. Billie Mayo – Spirituality Leadership Award - Dr. Billie Mayo has just completed a year as Board President of the Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis. This organization strives to bring together people of faith for dialogue, celebration, service, and pursuit of social justice. Dr. Mayo has also been a facilitator for the World of Differences Program, the National Conference for Community and Justice Dismantling Racism Institutes, and the Leadership and Racism Program.
Student Honoree; Wolf Mark Veverka is also receiving a 2017 Sustainability Leadership Award. Veverka is a senior student at SIUE majoring in Geography with a specialization in Biogeography. He is past president of the Student Organization for Sustainability (SOS) and current president of Natural Connections, a sustainable gardens group on campus. During his tenure as a student at SIUE, he has taken a lead role in student sustainability initiatives on campus.
For reservations call Juli Jacobson (618) 650-3246 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets (partially tax deductible) are $50.
The Center for Spirituality and Sustainability is a nonprofit multifaith home for spirituality and sustainability efforts housed in the Buckminster Fuller dome on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus.
SELF-SIMILARITY; In the spirit of Buckminster Fuller
CEL – Center for Architecture + Design presents a talk by artist Benjamin Lowder, opening the exhibition of his work, Self-similarity: with reference to Buckminster Fuller. Mr. Lowder will speak about how nature’s geometric patterns and proportions have informed the legacy of Buckminster Fuller and other modern architects like Eero Saarinen, as well as Mr. Lowder’s own artwork.
Benjamin Lowder promotes the legacy of Buckminster Fuller as a Creative Consultant for the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability, located in a Fuller-designed geodesic dome on the campus of Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Lowder also serves as a board member of the Fuller Dome Home historic site which is the geodesic dome that Bucky lived in at Carbondale, Illinois.
For 15 years after studying at SIUC and the University of Illinois Lowder worked as an award winning commercial artist. He turned to fine art after building his own family’s home using ancient building techniques, an experience that revealed to him the powerful beauty and efficiency of design that is rooted in the sacred geometry of Nature.
This passion for design and architecture rooted in Nature has lead Lowder to create a body of artwork built from reclaimed barn wood and vintage metal signage that echo the patterns of natural geometry – the same patterns found in Bucky’s geodesic domes and in Lowder’s own home design.
Local architecture to be covered in this talk includes:
- Buckmister Fuller’s 1972, geodesic domed cathedral for the SIUE campus
- The mile-wide dome for East St. Louis called “Old Man River City” designed by Buckminster Fuller at the request of local community leaders
- The evolution of modern American architecture through local examples like Louis Sullivan’s Wainwright Building, Gyo Obata’s St Louis Abby, and Eero Saarinen’s Arch.
CEL – Center for Architecture + Design
3307 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103
Friday, Feb 3, 2017 – 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
For further information and to RSVP please contact
"Balancing Faith & Reason: Religion in a Scientific Age."
Arts & Issues and the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability present:
Autumn’s Child with Mark Holland
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability
Award-winning artist Mark Holland is considered one of the best performers in the world today on his instrument of choice, the Native American flute. His ensemble Autumn’s Child will present an evening of acoustic instrumental fusion--a hybrid of world, jazz, classical and folk styles described as “global chamber music.” Holland showcases the versatility of the Native American flute through this combination of instrumentation and the blending of musical genres which creates his one of a kind sound.
Holland started Autumn’s Child in 1995 and has released more than 20 CDs on his own label. He tours regularly throughout the country sharing his unique and skillful “playing from the heart” presentation. The concert will feature the haunting beauty of the Native American flute along with piano, guitar, bass, cello and percussion. Join us for this beautiful music in an intimate and stunning space. Seats are limited!
Sponsored by: Scott Credit Union
Creating Space for the Sacred, with Shamanic Practitioner Mary Wolk Agnew and Sound Therapist Pati Pellerito
Through an afternoon of experiential & interactive exercises you will learn:
- Creating, Maintaining and Closing Sacred Space using various means
- Learn several modalities used by indigenous cultures to clear your personal space
- Working with the natural world to facilitate resolution of issues
- Create a personal Despacho, your own sacred “Feast for the Gods”
- How to weave Sacred Sound into your everyday life with hands - on experience with Singing Bowls
- Experience the healing qualities of a Sound Journey
Location: The Fuller Dome, Edwardsville IL
Time: Saturday, January 28: 1pm- 5pm
American Indian Culture-bearer to appear at CSS Saturday, Nov. 5
Pacific Northwest Coast culture-bearer and storyteller Johnny Moses will appear at the Center for Spirituality & Sustainability on Saturday, November 5 from noon to 3PM. He will present stories, songs, and teachings of Native Northwest. The event is suitable for all ages. Guests can attend all or part of the event.
Free parking is available on Saturday in Visitors’ Lot B. The event is free of charge and donations are appreciated.
Moses will appear also on Sunday, November 6, from 1 to 3PM in Alton, at the store called It's Raining Zen in the Mineral Springs Mall, 301 East Broadway.
Johnny Moses has ancestry from several tribes of Washington and British Columbia. He is enrolled with the Coast Salish Tulalip Tribes near Seattle. He is a traditionally trained cultural practitioner and memorizer of oral tradition. In 2012 he received the Washington Governor’s Heritage Award.
Moses and SIUE Professor of Philosophy Gregory Fields have collaborated for more than two decades. Their current project is a book and media collection under contract with the University of Nebraska Press: “Sacred Breath: Pacific Northwest Medicine Teachings, Stories, and Epics.” Moses’ audio collection, produced by Fields, “Medicine Songs of the Four Seasons from the Straits and Coast Salish,” is forthcoming from Smithsonian Folkways.
The events are sponsored by the Red Cedar Circle of Southwestern Illinois: a spiritual fellowship and study group that meets at the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability. Meetings are held on the first Saturday afternoon of each month (except January and July), starting at noon. All persons of open mind and heart are welcome to attend. Moses first visited Edwardsville in 1996; this will be his sixth visit.
For information, contact Prof. Greg Fields: email@example.com 618.692-6492.
For maps, see siue.edu/maps
The 2016 Celebration of World Faiths united seven different faith traditions under the Fuller Dome's miniature-earth dome for prayers of unity and peace. Our 2016 program opened with the Native American Flute playing of flute maker and musician, Jay kemp. Welcoming and closing remarks were provided by Center for Spirituality & Sustainability Board member, Dr. Jeanne Aguirre. Prayers of unity and peace were offered by seven different participating faith traditions; Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, jewish, Islam and Native American. Concluding the program all those in attendance representing the varied faith traditions joined in singing, "Let There Be Peace On Earth."
Come together for common cause and prayer for the greater good in the Fuller Dome on October 15th. This is a celebration among diverse faith traditions who are coming together in the miniature earth dome on the Southern Illinois University Campus to pray together and bridges of unity rather than walls of division.
An offering from the hearts of Pati Pellerito, Dianna Lucas, James Ibur, and Ben Von Harz. Join us for an evening of guided movement, meditation, and deep sound healing with cosmic gongs, bells, bowls, guitar, hand pans, and drums. Beginning with a sacred circle and moving from gentle, primal movement into deeply relaxing yoga nidra, with guided breathwork, meditation, and layers of sound, you will be transported to deep rest and a dream state. Upon awakening we will respond with mandalas of color and line, journaling and open conversation. This multi-dimensional event is held in the sacred geometry of the Buckminster Fuller Dome on the SIU Edwardsville campus.
The Center for Spirituality and Sustainability was proud to host a terrific group from St Louis, Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice. The Fuller Dome's creative consultant, Benjamin Lowder, shared the dome's history, the legacy of Buckminster Fuller and the social justice implications of resource consumption as it relates to architecture. The Women’s Voices’ mission is:
- To identify, research and discuss critical issues
- To mobilize, energize and inspire ourselves and others to action
- To work as individuals and in community for social justice
Women’s Voices achieves their mission through education and advocacy. Their program committee selects a variety of knowledgeable speakers to provide information on a variety of social justice issues. Programs are held on the second Thursday of each month, September through May, at 7 p.m. at The Heights (Maplewood-Richmond Heights Community Center), 8001 Dale Avenue, Richmond Heights 63117. Programs are open to the public, free of charge, and guests are welcome.
The Fuller Dome Center for Spirituality & Sustainability is pleased to announce that the Center is now hosting the Light of Compassion Zen Community. Under the guidance of the Ven. Bikkhu HaeWon Sunim, two public services per month will be held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays at 7:00 pm (with traditional chanting, meditation & a dharma discussion).
The Ven. Haewon is Director of the Boundless Buddha Zen Society in St. Louis. In starting a community at the CSS, he is responding to the desires of Buddhists who live on the east side of the metropolitan area to have an opportunity for gathering closer to home. We are honored to have this Buddhist presence at the Fuller Dome, CSS. This Buddhist community welcomes all persons to take part in their services, classes, and events regardless of their own faith traditions, or absence of one. For more information go to Boundless Buddha Zen Society