Interfaith Community Sanctuary

Welcome to Interfaith Community Sanctuary!

 10:00am Sunday September 24

"Right Livelihood"
InterSpiritual Worship
with Rev. Karen Lindquist

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"To practice Right Livelihood (samyag ajiva),
you have to find a way to earn your living
without transgressing your ideals
of love and compassion.

The way you support yourself can be
an expression of your deepest self,
or it can be a source of suffering
for you and others. 

" ... Our vocation can nourish our
understanding and compassion,
or erode them.

We should be awake
to the consequences, far and near,
of the way we earn our living."

~ Vietnamese Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh  
(The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching)

This time of year is a time of reflection and renewal. As the fall equinox arrives and with the season leaves begin to fall, we awaken to the cycle of life. We are also deep within the Days of Awe, the Jewish High Holy Days. Our service, one we co-create together, will be one of reflection, hope, and deep conversation about our place in the universe and how important our Awake presence is for the world. 

Rev. Karen Lindquist is an interfaith minister, spiritual director, and co-founder of Interfaith Community Sanctuary where she serves as co-minister and Interfaith Worship Coordinator. Read more here. Music, song, and chant will be shared by devotional artist, Isla Ross.

Image: Blossoming Almond Tree, Van Gogh. "It is a painting that is full of hope, with it’s branches curling in front of a blue sky."

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The Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism developed by Thich Nhat Hanh is our Spiritual Discernment for 2017. During the month of September we focus upon "Right Livelihood." 

Aware that great violence and injustice have been done to our environment and society, we are committed not to live with a vocation that is harmful to humans and nature. We will do our best to select a livelihood that contributes to the wellbeing of all species on earth and helps realize our ideal of understanding and compassion. Aware of economic, political, and social realities around the world, as well as our interrelationship with the ecosystem, we are determined to behave responsibly as consumers and as citizens. We will not invest in or purchase from companies that contribute to the depletion of natural resources, harm the earth, or deprive others of their chance to live. 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

Sep 23, 4:30 PM
Join us for a community feast and sharing of our personal experiences and stories lead by SiSwinKlae following the Northwest Coast First People's tradition. 
Oct 29, 2:00 PM
A two hour program of silence, presentations, music, and conversation with Dr. Robert A. Jonas and Imam Jamal Rahman.
Nov 18, 6:00 PM
BENGALI GALA 2017: Annual Fundraising Dinner with music and classical / folk Bengali dancing! Authentic South Asian dinner catered by Shalimar Restaurant.

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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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