Yoga – A Path toward Merging with the Divine
~ with guest worship presenter, Julie Hsu
While most people today consider yoga a form of exercise or stress reduction, the initial purpose of yoga was much more than this. Instead of using yoga to merely work on the physical body or to ease the busy mind, yoga was utilized to ultimately merge with Spirit. The system of yoga is a network of moral recommendations, breathwork, postures, and meditation. Even the postures themselves, by way of promoting present-moment awareness and changing energy, can be used to take the practitioner to a higher level of consciousness and toward merging with the Divine. Revisiting the purpose of yoga can enrich our yoga practices, meditation practices, and everyday lives. Learn more here.
Our spiritual discernment for the year is Spiritual Permaculture: Coming into Deeper Relationship with Earth. Working with the 12 principles we remember to Care for the Earth, Care for the People, and to not use more than our Fair Share of resources. In October we look at Principle #10: "Use and Value Diversity." Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides. Read more about Spiritual Permaculture at Interfaith Community Sanctuary here.
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!
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.