Interfaith Community Sanctuary

Welcome to Interfaith Community Sanctuary!

Sunday September 6th

Honoring the Guest ~ Interfaith Worship Series
Exploring Diverse Faith and Spiritual Traditions

"Being with a Living Master"
Brahmacharini Rema Devi


Brahmacharini Rema Devi, a disciple of Amma (Mata Amritananda Mayi) will be our Guest for Sunday September 6th. She will give a talk and lead a meditation.   Bri. Rema Devi will share her perspective about the guru/disciple relationship in Indian Hindu tradition and what it is like to be with a Living Master.  She met Amma 28 years ago and is one of Amma’s senior disciples in the West. Bri. Rema Devi is also a pujari – a person trained to perform ancient sacred ceremonies, pujas (Hindu prayer ceremonies) and homas (fire ceremonies) in the Kerala tradition. Having lived full time in India with Amma for several years, Bri. Rema Devi is now based in Amma’s first North American ashram in Castro Valley, California and travels to different Amma centers in the West leading programs. 

Our Spiritual Discernment for the year is "Restoring Balance to the World: Hoops of Honor." In September we explore the "Hoop of All My Relations."  In this circle we celebrate Relationships to all that exists. We are all children of the same God. Animal, vegetable, mineral, the two legged, the four legged, the fliers, and the swimmers are all celebrated in this circle. Read more about "Restoring Balance to the World: Hoops of Honor" here. 

Upcoming Special Events

Sep 06, 1:00 PM
IAMIntegrated Amrita Meditation Technique with Jagati Olson, meditation instructor qualified by Amma, an internationally recognized humanitarian and spiritual teacher! 
Sep 12, 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.

Ballard Food Bank donations are invited each Sunday. The donation barrel is located on the eastside of our building. Follow the walkway through the garden. The barrel is up the stairs, under the covered porch. Let's fill it up every Sunday. Thank you for feeding the hungry! Read more here about Neighbors Helping Neighbors! Please give non-perishable food items, spices, personal hygiene items, etc. 


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



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