Interfaith Community Sanctuary

Welcome to Interfaith Community Sanctuary!

10:00am Sunday November 23rd

"The Intrinsic Wisdom
and Benevolence of the Cosmos"

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with Rev. Karen Lindquist and Japanese koto music by Chigusa Kitai

Thousands of refugees from around the world are invited to find safety and freedom within the United States and many arrive here in Washington State fleeing conflict, persecution, famine and war. As we contemplate the intrinsic wisdom and benevolence of the cosmos, join us in creating a welcoming and sacred space for those forced from their homelands, those who must recreate new lives in unfamiliar places.

Pope Francis message for Migrants and Refugees (1/19/14)

"What is involved in the creation of 'a better world'? The expression does not allude naively to abstract notions or unattainable ideals; rather, it aims at an authentic and integral development, at efforts to provide dignified living conditions for everyone, at finding just responses to the needs of individuals and families, and at ensuring that God’s gift of creation is respected, safeguarded and cultivated.
... Not infrequently, the arrival of migrants, displaced persons, asylum-seekers and refugees gives rise to suspicion and hostility. There is a fear that society will become less secure, that identity and culture will be lost, that competition for jobs will become stiffer and even that criminal activity will increase..."

Pope Francis’ Blessing for Migrants and Refugees:

"Dear migrants and refugees! Never lose the hope that you too are facing a more secure future, that on your journey you will encounter an outstretched hand, and that you can experience fraternal solidarity and the warmth of friendship! To all of you, and to those who have devoted their lives and their efforts to helping you, I give the assurance of my prayers and I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing." Read entire Message here

This month's Principle of Spiritual Activism is: "Rely on Faith, and Let Go of Having to Figure It All Out." Read more here.

Ballard Food Bank donations are welcomed each Sunday. The donation barrel is on the landing into the Sanctuary front door. Read more here about Neighbors Helping Neighbors! 


Upcoming Special Events

Nov 23, 1:00 PM
Exploring Spiritual Activism: A Monthly Transformative Learning Circle! Occupy Chaplains Seattle and Interfaith Community Sanctuary invite you to explore the intersection of activism and spirituality - how to keep from burning out, how to bring our personal realization to benefit the world, how to be the community of change we wish to see. 
Dec 13, 11:00 AM
Multicultural Holiday Bazaar ~ FundraiserSaturday December 13th & Sunday December 14th 11am--5pm. Art, Baked Goodies, Crafts, Gifts, Handcrafted and Homemade, Jewelry, Nostalgic, Ornaments, Textiles, Unique… many holiday items for sale! *Raffle *Fry Bread 
Dec 13, 7:00 PM
An evening of Interfaith Kirtan, Call and Response Chanting, Healing Songs, and Mystical Poetry with Suniai and Friends at Interfaith Community Sanctuary.

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Jamal Rahman's latest book is available: 

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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.

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Our Spiritual Discernment for 2014: 
"Principles of Spiritual Activism."


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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