Interfaith Community Sanctuary

Welcome to Interfaith Community Sanctuary!

 10:00am Sunday October 22
InterSpiritual Worship with Rev. Karen Lindquist
"Reverence for Life: Diwali"

Isla Ross, Chris & Lila Rapcewicz join in helping us celebrate Diwali!

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Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs and Newar Buddhists to mark different historical events and stories, but they all symbolize the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, hope over despair. The mythical stories told for Diwali vary regionally and within the traditions of Hinduism.Yet, they all point to joy and the celebration of Diwali with lights to be a reminder of the importance of knowledge, self inquiry, self-improvement, knowing and seeking the good and the right path. It is a metaphor for resisting evil, for dispelling darkness and for compassion to others. Diwali is the celebration of this inner light over spiritual darkness, of knowledge over ignorance and right over wrong. It is a festive restatement of the Hindu belief that the good ultimately triumphs over evil.

“Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists will celebrate Diwali this year on [October 19th, 2017.] The “Festival of Lights” reaffirms the things in life that matter most. Dancing, celebration, and good food remind us that life’s greatest joys are the simple pleasures that come from spending time with people we love. Contemplation and prayer remind us that people of all faiths have an obligation to perform seva, or service to others. And the flame of the diya, or lamp, reminds us that light will ultimately triumph over darkness. Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak.”  ~ president Barack Obama (Paraphrased from a ‘Statement from the President’ Nov. 1, 2013.) President Barack Obama was the first president to celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights in the White House. 

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

Aware that much suffering is caused by war and conflict, we are determined to cultivate nonviolence, compassion, and the insight of interbeing in our daily lives and promote peace education, mindful mediation, and reconciliation within families, communities, ethnic and religious groups, nations, and in the world. We are committed not to kill and not to let others kill. We will not support any act of killing in the world, in our thinking, or in our way of life. We will diligently practice deep looking with our Sangha to discover better ways to protect life, prevent war, and build peace. 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

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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