Interfaith Community Sanctuary

Welcome to Interfaith Community Sanctuary!


Karen scarf 2.jpgReverend Karen Lindquist

is co-founder and co-minister of Interfaith Community Church, now Interfaith Community Sanctuary. We are a small, all volunteer, self-determining  spiritual community grounded in circular leadership principles.

Reverend Karen Lindquist serves our community as Interfaith Worship Program Coordinator and brings guests from diverse spiritual and faith traditions to share a Message with us on the first Sunday each month. [see details here] and [here].
She co-creates the Universal Worship service on second Sundays with Cherags Michael Douglas and Sally Jo Gilbert de Vargas, and offers InterSpiritual Worship services on fourth Sundays.
Rev. Karen also co-creates many interfaith services throughout the year with faith and spiritual communities and interfaith organizations in the greater Seattle area.

Rev. Karen Lindquist was the 2012 Honoree of the
Father William Treacy "Models-of-Hope" Award
presented on December 8th 2012 at the
10th annual Interfaith Summit held at Cascadian Center
at Camp Brotherhood in Mt. Vernon, WA. 
When being presented with the award this quote by Lao Tzu from the Tao-de-Ching was read:

"A leader is best
When people barely know that she exists.
Of a good leader, who talks little,
When her work is done, her aim fulfilled,
They will say, “We did this ourselves.”

Huston Smith commented on the above passage in his book "The World's Religions: Our Great Wisdom Traditions" by writing: 

"Infinitely supple, yet incomparably strong—these virtues of water are precisely those of wu wei as well. The person who embodies this condition, says the Tao Te Ching, “works without working.” Such a one acts without strain, persuades without argument, is eloquent without flourish, and achieves results without violence, coercion, or pressure. Though the agent may be scarcely noticed, his or her influence is in fact decisive."

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Rev. Karen Lindquist’s service to humanity includes assisting individuals fulfill their highest spiritual and mystical potential and awaken to the Divine Presence Within. 

As a spiritual guide, Karen supports individuals as Anamchara (soul friend), a gentle regular ’checking in’ with one’s higher self; Kalyana-mitra (noble friend), a fierce and challenging confrontation with one’s own limitations; and as a Channel of Divine Light, removing impurities on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. (These Spiritual Companioning agreements may last one year.)
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Karen’s spiritual practices include the sacred turning-of-the-heart of the great Sufi poet, Rumi and his whirling dervishes
— an ancient, indigenous spiritual practice spontaneously revived through mystical and prayerful experiences entered into by Rumi.

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Karen is a meditation and prayer practitioner and lives a life of contemplative interiority balanced with service in the community.

Rev. Karen Lindquist may be reached through the Interfaith Community Sanctuary office at 206.783.1618 or email: or 
Rev. Karen Lindquist in prayer
“So at the end of this day, we give thanks
For being betrothed to the unknown.” 
 - John O'Donohue

Rev. Karen Lindquist (far right) "Listening" in prayer with fellow dervishes preparing to whirl....



"At every instant and from every side

resounds the call of Love.
We are going to the sky,
Who wants to come with us?"

~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

Image taken after a Sema Ceremony, Seattle, WA, March 2017.