Honoring the Guest:
Interfaith Worship Series
~ Exploring Diverse Faith & Spiritual Traditions
Rev. Lila Rapcewicz and Rev. Chris Rapcewicz
"Beltane and the Magic of the Maypole Dance"
Beltane is a fire festival between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. Historically it was observed in Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man in England. Rituals were performed to protect the cattle, the crops and the people. Special bonfires and feast were done to honor the Gods. Since the late 20th century, neo-pagans and wiccans observe Beltane as a religious holiday. A maypole dance is done to weave the magic and the ribbons carry your wishes.
Today we will experience the magic of a maypole dance. We will set our intentions of what we want to give birth to in our lives and we will be planting the seeds of our dreams. Read more here.
Our spiritual discernment for the month of May — as part of our year long exploration of Spiritual Permaculture: Coming into Deeper Relationship with Earth, — is “Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services: Make the best use of nature's abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.” Read more about our spiritual discernment 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.