“Aware that looking deeply at the nature of suffering can help us develop understanding and compassion, we are determined to come home to ourselves, to recognize, accept, embrace and listen to suffering with the energy of mindfulness.” (from our Spiritual Discernment for 2017: Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism by Thich Nhat Hanh)
Take the journey with Associate Minister and Cherag Sally Jo Gilbert de Vargas, ICS members Jose LaSalle, and Michelle Nikfarjam as they explore personal and collective suffering through storytelling and song. How can we evoke, embrace and reconcile? Please join us, hear our stories, and share your own.
Read more about our worship co-creators here.
Our spiritual discernment for 2017 are the Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism developed by Thich Nhat Hanh. During the month of March we focus upon "Awareness of Suffering."
Aware that looking deeply at the nature of suffering can help us develop understanding and compassion, we are determined to come home to ourselves, to recognize, accept, embrace and listen to suffering with the energy of mindfulness. We will do our best not to run away from our suffering or cover it up through consumption, but practice conscious breathing and walking to look deeply into the roots of our suffering. We know we can realize the path leading to the transformation of suffering only when we understand deeply the roots of suffering. Once we have understood our own suffering, we will be able to understand the suffering of others. We are committed to finding ways, including personal contact and using telephone, electronic, audiovisual, and other means, to be with those who suffer, so we can help them transform their suffering into compassion, peace, and joy. Read more here.
"We are made of light. We are children of light.
We are sons and daughters of the Sun."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Jamal Rahman's book "Sacred Laughter of the Sufis..." was chosen
by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat of Spirituality & Practice
as one of the Best Spiritual Books of 2014!
In March 2012 the Interfaith Community Sanctuary initiated a Capital Fundraising Campaign to cover current and anticipated major expenses to maintain our historic building…our unique sacred space. To cover current and anticipated expenditures plus provide a reasonable reserve fund for unexpected emergencies.
In 2014 we were blessed with a grant that allowed us to replace the roof but the exterior of our historic building still needs repainting. Our almost 100 year old water line and the gutters and downspouts are also in need of replacement. In addition, we would like to provide a means of access for the disabled. All of these projects are expensive but necessary to maintain the integrity of our facility.
We are asking each and every friend and member of ICS to think hard about what this community means to you and to contribute something extra to support the Capital Fundraising Campaign. All donations to ICS are completely tax deductible. Any donation to the Capital Fundraising Campaign should be marked “Capital Fundraising Campaign” or ICS/CFC. Donations can be made by Credit Card or PayPal by clicking on the "Donate" button to the right or by mailing a check directly to the church at the address below. Thank you for your continued support! Click HERE for more information on our Capital needs and Fundraising Campaign.