Interfaith Community Sanctuary

Welcome to Interfaith Community Sanctuary!

10:00am Sunday March 5th

Coming Home to the Compassionate Heart
of our Collective Suffering:
Racism, Trauma, and Oppression 


“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 February we focus upon "Freedom of Thought." 

Aware of the suffering brought about when we impose our views on others, we are determined not to force others, even our children, by any means whatsoever – such as authority, threat, money, propaganda, or indoctrination – to adopt our views. We are committed to respecting the right of others to be different, to choose what to believe and how to decide. We will, however, learn to help others let go of and transform fanaticism and narrowness through loving speech and compassionate dialogue. Read more here.

"We are made of light. We are children of light.
We are sons and daughters of the Sun."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Upcoming Special Events

Apr 12, 6:00 PM
The Interfaith Community Sanctuary and St. Patrick Catholic Church present the 4th Annual Community Seder led by Rabbi Ted Falcon with enrichment from Ann Holmes Redding, Imam Jamal Rahman, and musician Jenny Heutmaker.


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



Jamal Rahman's book
"Spiritual Gems of Islam..."
has been selected as one of
The Best Spiritual Books of 2013
by Spirituality & Practice
See Publisher's Weekly Review and Author Profile.

Capital Fundraising Campaign

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.

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