Interfaith Community Sanctuary

Welcome to Interfaith Community Sanctuary!

10:00am Sunday May 28th

"Taking Care of Anger:
Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict"


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With a loving mind, cherish more than a child
The hostile gods and demons of apparent existence,
And tenderly surround yourself with them.
~ Machig Labdrön (1055 – 1145)

Within this worship celebration, guided by Rev. Karen Lindquist, we will experience a profound meditation created to help resolve inner conflict. This ancient practice is called "Feeding Your Demons." When we feed our demons, through this practice, we turn them into allies.

(NOTE: An inner demon is anything that inhibits us from full liberation, such as negative emotions, bad habits, trauma, illness...) 

The practice of Feeding Our Demons is drawn from the teachings of 11th century Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön. Recognized as an authentic master by the great scholars of her day, she is one of the few Tibetan women to establish practice lineages of her own. She had thousands of disciples and her teachings have been disseminated into every school of Tibetan Buddhism. The image above is a representation of Machig Labdrön.

Karen Lindquist is an interfaith minister, spiritual director, and co-founder of Interfaith Community Sanctuary. 

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Our spiritual discernment for 2017 is the Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism developed by Thich Nhat Hanh. During the month of May we focus upon "Taking Care of Anger." 
Aware that anger blocks communication and creates suffering, we are committed to taking care of the energy of anger when it arises, and to recognizing and transforming the seeds of anger that lie deep in our consciousness. When anger manifests, we are determined not to do or say anything, but to practice mindful breathing or mindful walking to acknowledge, embrace, and look deeply into our anger. We know that the roots of anger are not outside of ourselves but can be found in our wrong perceptions and lack of understanding of the suffering in ourselves and others. By contemplating impermanence, we will be able to look with the eyes of compassion at ourselves and at those we think are the cause of our anger, and to recognize the preciousness of our relationships. We will practice Right Diligence in order to nourish our capacity of understanding, love, joy and inclusiveness, gradually transforming our anger, violence and fear, and helping others do the same. 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

Jun 03, 1:00 PM
Many of us feel besieged these days, and can fall back on the instinct to build barriers instead of bridges to community and understanding. How might you respond differently? Join participants from a wide variety of spiritual traditions for an afternoon learning from our presenters, and by engaging in small group discussions. Through peaceful dialogue and contemplative listening, we can look beyond our fears and differences to encourage our similarities and cultivate positive change in our communities. No cost to participate.

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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

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Jamal Rahman's book
"Spiritual Gems of Islam..."
has been selected as one of
The Best Spiritual Books of 2013
by Spirituality & Practice
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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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