A trip of a lifetime: The Great Chicago Tapestry Field Trip

During first week of May 2017 four members of the Tapestry Ministry thoroughly enjoyed the trip of a lifetime – a guided tour of Chicago and the Baha’i House of Worship by Chicago native Rev. Karen Lindvig. The Baha’i volunteers and staff at the House of Worship gave us a personal tour, including a viewing of their four tapestries, which depict the earthly ascent of the human journey  from war and chaos to peaceful harmony, one of their core beliefs.

We are deeply grateful to Rev. Karen Lindvig for holding the original vision of this trip, and for her incredible skills as a tour guide. She truly welcomed us into, and introduced us to, her world of “Chicago-land”, and we are so lucky and honored we could be there and enjoy this with her.

Not completed until 1953!

We particularly want to acknowledge all the support of all of our wonderful sponsors! You all made this possible for us, and thanks to you we had plenty of funds to travel and to visit.

Our group visited the Baha’i House of Worship for North America, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie. In addition, we sampled “Chicago food”: Chicago beef sandwiches, deep dish pizza, Indian cuisine, and Jewish delicatessen fare. Our hands-down favorite was the deep dish pizza.

Trip Highlights?

Sandi Didrichsen: “the Art Institute – such a variety of exhibits in such a beautiful building, and being inside the Baha’i House of Worship – such a peaceful feeling.”

Donna Kimbrough: “Before the trip, all we read and learned and studied just didn’t jell; after we visited the House of Worship, it all came together. Now I feel we can design and execute a beautiful Baha’i tapestry.”

Evelyn Reingold: “Being able to witness and take part in one young man’s conversion to the Baha’i faith with friends from all over the world: allowing me to stay and witness. I felt very honored, and how simple it was.

The Visitor’s Center is so welcoming, and how much information there was.

I liked the different sections of the Sanctuary, and how inviting the different writings were.

I also appreciated the Holocaust Museum, because it’s so timely. To remember the past to transform the future. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing. (Edmund Burke)””

Heather Thompson: (She wasn’t able to go on the trip.) “I was happy to be so connected through text updates and to play my small part in coordinating the visit.”

Annie Christensen: “The Art Institute of Chicago is one of my very favorite places on earth. Going there to me is holy, and having the whole day there was magnificent.

I loved seeing the Baha’i tapestries, and their depiction of deeply held values.

I was most struck by visiting the Baha’i House of Worship on Wednesday, and then visiting the Holocaust Museum on Friday. The contrasting world pictures were deeply compelling and disturbing.”

February Field Trip not Forgotten!

We also wanted to pay respect to the field trip we had in February, 2017 to the Baha’i History Museum in the University District. We were taken aback at the time – when we visited, we were greeted with an entire tea party! We had lots of conversation with the Baha’i group there, and learned from our visit that to Chicago that this also appears to be a core value of the Baha’i faith – they are incredibly welcoming and gracious in affirming all people of all faiths.