In the 1960s, Bishop Yost traveled to France to attend a World Mennonite Conference and a World Council of Churches Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. During these travels, he was also attracted to some old windmills which were converted to wayside chapels by the simple addition of a steeple. They were often referred to as “Paux Mulon” or “Mill of Peace.” These and other such encounters inspired Bishop Yost to dream of a more ecumenical and interfaith chapel situated in his hometown; Aspen, Colorado.
Plans for the Chapel began in 1966. The articles of corporation were signed on December 21, 1967. The first board of directors consisted of Erving Yost and eleven other members and representatives from different religious backgrounds.
The Chapel was founded on an inclusive form of Christianity’s mystical tradition; now however, it has no formal denomination and allows exercise of rights to find wisdom wherever that be in Taoism, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism or none of the mentioned before – Making the Chapel a spiritual home for everyone.