Consuming in a healthy way preserves compassion, well being, and joy in ourselves... our families, our society, and the earth.
Eating and drinking are consumption, of course, but so is what we read, what we watch on tv and movies, what we listen to, as well as our conversations. To live a joyful, healthy life we need to pay attention to everything that comes into our bodies and minds.
Please join Associate Ministers Sibyl Lundy and Linda Stern as we continue our year of study and discernment delving into the basics of Engaged Buddhism and the Order of Interbeing, based on the teachings of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. His teachings help us to live simply, compassionately and joyfully in the world today.
Our spiritual discernment for 2017 is the Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism developed by Thich Nhat Hanh. During the month of April we focus upon "Compassionate, Healthy Living."
Aware that true happiness is rooted in peace, solidity, freedom, and compassion, we are determined not to accumulate wealth while millions are hungry and dying nor to take as the aim of our life fame, power, wealth, or sensual pleasure, which can bring much suffering and despair. We will practice looking deeply into how we nourish our body and mind with edible foods, sense impressions, volition, and consciousness. We are committed not to gamble or to use alcohol, drugs or any other products which bring toxins into our own and the collective body and consciousness such as certain websites, electronic games, music, TV programs, films, magazines, books and conversations. We will consume in a way that preserves compassion, wellbeing, and joy in our bodies and consciousness and in the collective body and consciousness of our families, our society, and the earth. 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.