The Book of Psalms is accepted and revered as divine wisdom by all three Abrahamic faiths. Certainly, with timeless poetic themes of praise, joy, thanksgiving, pilgrimage, collective and individual lamentation, and supplication, they speak to a broad range of common human experience, and can serve well as a strong, colorful thread in the vibrant tapestry of interfaith.
Of particular interest is the range of relationship to the Divine that they express, everything from reverent submission to God's will to outrage and questioning of God's intentions. As Pamela Greenberg writes, "The psalms have touched people because they reflect the lived experience of religion, not neat theological doctrine... we find in these verses the human search for God in all its mire and mud of complexity".
Intended as songs addressed to God, they have functioned as items of musical worship for centuries in various settings across cultures, empowering prayer with music. "A Journey with the Psalms" explores some of the important elements and themes of the psalms, their importance to the Abrahamic faiths, and their musical settings across cultures.
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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, we hope to raise $30,000 by March of 2014. As of November 2013, we've raised about half of our original goal.
The exterior of our historic building badly needs repainting which we hope to accomplish in 2014. We also expect to have to replace the roof in the next 2-3 years. Both of these projects are expensive but necessary.
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.