Interfaith Community Sanctuary

Welcome to Interfaith Community Sanctuary!

To view MAY 2017 Bulletin -- CLICK HERE

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Rental Rates:

Fellowship Hall: $75.00 per hour.
Healing Room: $50.00 per hour.
Sanctuary: $200.00 per hour.
A deposit equal to the first hour of rental is required to reserve a room. 

Our kitchen is a shared space. When you rent a room you will have access to the kitchen for water, tea, and light snacks with use of the refrigerator. Other groups renting other rooms in the building will also have access to the kitchen. Coordinating breaks with other building users is suggested. 

Rental of the entire building is $400.00 per hour.

Wedding Rates are subject to change: 2015 rates as follows: $1200.00 for ceremony.  A $500.00 deposit is required to reserve your date. Add $500.00 for a minister of Interfaith Community Sanctuary to officiate your wedding. Add $200.00 to your deposit and $200.00 to your rental for a reception in Fellowship Hall. 

If you would like to rent a room at Interfaith Community Sanctuary for your class, workshop, or other gathering, please contact the Sanctuary Office: info@interfaithcommunitysanctuary.org, 206.783.1618.
If you would like to reserve a date for your wedding, contact Rev. Karen Lindquist revkarenlindquist@interfaithcommunitysanctuary.org, 206.783.1618.


ICS Calendar of Events

May 23, 6:00 PM
Interfaith Community Sanctuary
PLEASE NOTE: Tuesday May 23rd gathering will be at local sacred site -- not at Interfaith Community Sanctuary. See note from SiSwinklae below: Dear Sisters,    We made a one time change for the SiSiWiss Womens Medicine circle for next Tuesday,(May 23rd) our regularly scheduled day to meet.  The change is we will be meeting at Licton Springs Park, at the playground. The address is 9536 Ashworth Ave.Seattle 98103. The playground is visible from the street, and there is street parking ( no parking lot).  There is the sacred springs there, that we will be visiting. Please bring a small container for gathering the tumulth (red paint). If the weather is cooperative with us for the evening, we will have circle at the park. Please dress comfortably, be prepared for change in the weather. We will meet at the playground at 6p.m. and walk to the springs together.    It will not be conducive to have a potluck meal at the park, as we will go to the springs first, and that will take some time. By the time we would get to eating, it would be too late for us to eat outdoors (will explain on Tuesday).  We can meet for less time than usual, and one sister suggested everyone go out to eat after, if you would like.   This is a field trip we usually do once per year. Really hope that you can join us and pray at this First People's sacred site that still exists in the city.  We will share teachings about the site during the evening, and about the tumulth. Love to all, SiSwinKle, Laurel All women and children welcome.  We meet on the second and fourth Tuesday each month at 6:00pm. This gathering shares First Peoples Northwest Coast traditions and teachings with song, story, dance. Bring drums, rattles, bells... If your way is open, please bring a potluck dish to share.  Facilitator: Siswinklae Laurel Boucher.  Location: InterfaithCommunity Sanctuary1763 NW 62nd Street, Seattle, WA 98107. Please confirm dates on website: www.interfaithcommunitysanctuary.org. Please Note: This is a clean and sober gathering. FLYER here.
May 24, 7:00 PM
The Mathnawi is a work of mystical poetry by Jalalu'din Rumi. His work is a guidebook through the twists and turns of life, leading to the clarity love.Exploring Rumi’s Mathnawi An ongoing collaborative learning experience to explore the mystical poetry of Rumi’s Mathnawí at Interfaith Community Sanctuary in Ballard. 1763 NW 62nd Street, Seattle, WA 98107. Class time is from 7pm – 8:30. The beautiful poetry of Rumi has touched countless lives and has been a source of inspiration for anyone searching for a deeper awareness of what it means to be human. When the heart and mind find balance, the limitations of life are set aside, and the soul has the two wings needed for flight. The possibilities for the soul to fly freely are not limited to this physical atmosphere, the invisible realms are also open for exploration. The means of opening these doors of awareness are described in the six books of his Mathnawí, a guide-book for his journey of the spirit. We will use this updated and corrected version of Book 1 (Corrections by Nicholson): ISBN 978–1500539795. https://www.amazon.com/Mathnaw%C3%AD-Jal%C3%A1lud%C3%ADn-R%C3%BAm%C3%AD-spiritual-couplets/dp/1500539791/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470259961&sr=1-2 Available from Amazon. Book 2, 978-1533505651. Available from Amazon.https://www.amazon.com/Mathnawi-Jalaludin-Rumi-Book/dp/1533505659/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1470260030&sr=1-1  Book 3 is planned to be available in August.  Books 4, 5, 6 are in the updating process, and hopefully will be available later this year. For more information contact Hafiz   turning@whidbey.net Check out and stay updated on the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Mathnawi-1303756766320783/ Location: Interfaith Community Sanctuary1763 NW 62nd StreetSeattle, Washington 98107{CCM:BASE_URL}/
May 25, 6:30 PM
Copper Canyon Press / Port Townsend publishes emerging poets such as Ocean Vuong and well known poets like Pablo Neruda. We read a variety of poets and styles. We share our poetry efforts without negative criticism of participant’s writings. Our aim is to engage one another socially and establish friendships through the medium of poetry. We meet monthly at Interfaith Community Sanctuary (1763 NW 62nd Street in Ballard) on the fourth Thursday evening 6:30—8:30pm. Contact: David Jenkins (360) 390—8104,
May 26, 1:30 PM
Friends: All friends are welcome to join together in prayer in the Islamic tradition on Fridays in the Healing Room of Interfaith Community Sanctuary Our prayer experience is guided by Muslim/Christian scholar and teacher, Ann Holmes Redding. This is a woman-led prayer experience. Whenever possible, prayers are offered in both Arabic and English. The weekly address is offered in English. Women and men pray together. We begin at 1:00pm. Please enter through the east garden door.
May 28, 10:00 AM
Interfaith Community Sanctuary
Taking Care of Anger: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict With a loving mind, cherish more than a childThe hostile gods and demons of apparent existence,And tenderly surround yourself with them.~ Machig Labdrön (1055 – 1145) Within this worship celebration, with Rev. Karen Lindquist we will experience a guided meditation created to help us learn how to feed our demons and turn them into allies. (An inner demon is anything that inhibits us from full liberation, such as negative emotions, bad habits, trauma, illness.)  The practice of Feeding Our Demons is drawn from the teachings of 11th century Tibetan yogini Machig Labdrön. Recognized as an authentic master by the great scholars of her day, she is one of the few Tibetan women to establish practice lineages of her own.She had thousands of disciples and her teachings have been disseminated into every school of Tibetan Buddhism. The image above is a representation of Machig Labdrön. Rev. Karen Lindquist is co-founder and co-minister of Interfaith Community Sanctuary. Our spiritual discernment for the month of May as part of our exploration of Engaged Buddhism taught by Thich Nhat Hanh is "Taking Care of Anger."   Aware that anger blocks communication and creates suffering, we are committed to taking care of the energy of anger when it arises, and to recognizing and transforming the seeds of anger that lie deep in our consciousness. When anger manifests, we are determined not to do or say anything, but to practice mindful breathing or mindful walking to acknowledge, embrace, and look deeply into our anger. We know that the roots of anger are not outside of ourselves but can be found in our wrong perceptions and lack of understanding of the suffering in ourselves and others. By contemplating impermanence, we will be able to look with the eyes of compassion at ourselves and at those we think are the cause of our anger, and to recognize the preciousness of our relationships. We will practice Right Diligence in order to nourish our capacity of understanding, love, joy and inclusiveness, gradually transforming our anger, violence and fear, and helping others do the same. Read more here.
Jun 02, 6:30 PM
**** EVENING CONSTELLATION CIRCLE We gather on the first Friday evening each month at Interfaith Community Sanctuary. ....as part of a regular monthly schedule of brief Evening Circles in community settings, designed to be easily accessible to all. Minimal donation, one or two personal Constellation spaces available each evening, repeated opportunities to experience, explore, and practice together in Nature and Environmental Constellations, Community Constellations, Systemic, Organizational and Health-related Constellations on topics and issues affecting our Beloved Community. Please feel free to REGISTER with Katherine by using this email at:  katherine.yano@yahoo.com or   ksy1@eighthfield.com. ***** and you are welcome to leave questions in a message for Karen Stocker at (206) 363-5555 x 1064. with love, respect, gratitude and best wishes, Karen and Katherine!
Jun 03, 1:00 PM
Many of us feel besieged these days, and can fall back on the instinct to build barriers instead of bridges to community and understanding. How might you respond differently? Join participants from a wide variety of spiritual traditions for an afternoon learning from our presenters, and by engaging in small group discussions. Through peaceful dialogue and contemplative listening, we can look beyond our fears and differences to encourage our similarities and cultivate positive change in our communities. No cost to participate.
Jun 04, 10:00 AM
Interfaith Community Sanctuary
We welcome SiSwinKlae Laurel Boucher in guiding an introduction to and experience of an SiSiWiss Open Healing Circle.   Read more about this worship service and all of our guest worship services  here.
Jun 05, 7:30 PM
Ballard Odd Fellows Hall
We invite you to join us for a prayer gathering!  Full details are included below, visit our website: http://rumiseattle.org/ , or view flyer here. The Mevlevi Order of America welcomes all to our public  Estag'furullah Zikr on the first Monday of the month (not on Labor Day 9/7) beginning at 7:30pm in the  Ballard Odd Fellows Hall, 1706 NW Market Street in Seattle. Zip 98107.  http://rumiseattle.org/ The Seattle Circle of Mevlevi invites you to join us for this beautiful prayer of forgiveness, redemption, music, Love, movement in Unity, reaching out to each other and the entire world in the spirit of inclusion, grace and beauty of  Hazrati Pir Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi, peace and blessings upon him and his worldwide family. This special prayer in movement and music is from the inspiration of Postneshin Jelaleddin Loras, founder of the Mevlevi Order of America. Throughout the evening we invoke the Forgiveness of God for all of our shortcomings by singing the word "Esta'furullah." This expression is similar to the asking of Forgiveness within the Christian Lord's Prayer, and the annual Yom Kippur request of God to Forgive humanity within the Jewish tradition. Many other spiritual traditions also practice prayers of Forgiveness. This gathering is welcoming of all people of any spiritual path or no spiritual path.Dress modestly, yet comfortably for ease of movement, wear thick socks for floor movement as this gathering is fully participatory... If you cannot physically participate, do not worry, there are many comfortable benches around the room that you may rest upon while still being included within the prayer circle.Follow this link to the Mevlevi Order of America website to discover more about Rumi's spiritual tradition: www.hayatidede.org. The MOA is a not-for-profit educational organization.Cost: Love Offering (Suggested $15) No one is turned away for lack of funds!
Jun 06, 7:00 PM
Interfaith Community Sanctuary
First & Third Tuesdays each month Ongoing study group for variety of course related topics.All are welcome whether you are new to the course or a long time student.There are no fees or dues. A Love offering for use of the sacred space at Interfaith Community Sanctuary is collected at each gathering. For more info, contact one of the facilitators: Theressia phone: 206.999.6987email: theressia (at) rosehedge (dot) org, or Jonathan phone: 206.713.1237email: jonathanvanvalin (at) hotmail (dot) com.
Jun 11, 10:00 AM
Interfaith Community Sanctuary
In the Universal Worship, we turn toward the source of all spiritual revelation and let it shine into ourselves, our communities, and our world. Honoring all the wisdom traditions of humanity equally, we join in an ongoing cosmic celebration with all of creation, from the mineral to the angelic.  The Universal Worship recognizes that all religions originate in the same Truth. All of the great teachers and prophets have reflected this truth to humanity in their own way. The same power that inspired them continues to move through and guide our own lives. Read more here. Messages, Music, Readings and Ritual for our Universal Worship services in 2017 will be focused upon the spiritual discernment for the year. Read about our past discernments here.  Universal Worship at ICS is shared by Cherags Michael Douglas, Karen Lindquist and Sally Jo Gilbert de Vargas. 
Jun 15, 7:30 PM
Zikr of Presence is shared by the Mevlevi Order of America Seattle Circle on the third Monday each month at 7:30pm: "Zikr of Presence," a traditional spontaneous movement prayer of the Mevlevi dervishes. We move and chant in unison in Remembrance of the Unity of God. All are welcome. View flyer here. Questions? Call Cherag Michael Douglas 206.769.1980 or Rev. Karen Lindquist divinepresencewithin (at) yahoo (dot) com. Location: Ballard Odd Fellows Hall, 1706 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107. Website: rumiseattle.org.
Jun 18, 10:00 AM
Interfaith Community Sanctuary
Imam Jamal Rahman  will be out of town on June 18. "Dwelling Happily in the Present Moment" This day is Father's Day. We invite all to join us in celebrating and acknowledging the wonderful men in our lives! Our monthly community POTLUCK luncheon follows the morning worship. Please bring a prepared dish to share.  Read more about Imam Jamal Rahman here and here.
Jul 30, 10:00 AM
Interfaith Community Sanctuary
Fifth Sunday worship services in 2017 will be co-created with Associate Ministers Sibyl Lundy, Linda Stern and David Heitmiller, Emeritus.Next Date in 2017: Sunday July 30, “True Community and Communication & Truthful and Loving Speech” Aware that lack of communication always brings separation and suffering, we are committed to training ourselves in the practice of compassionate listening and loving speech. Knowing that true community is rooted in inclusiveness and in the concrete practice of the harmony of views, thinking and speech, we will practice to share our understanding and experiences with members in our community in order to arrive at a collective insight. We are determined to learn to listen deeply without judging or reacting and refrain from uttering words that can create discord or cause the community to break. Whenever difficulties arise, we will remain in our Sangha and practice looking deeply into ourselves and others to recognize all the causes and conditions, including our own habit energies, that have brought about the difficulties. We will take responsibility for the ways we may have contributed to the conflict and keep communication open. We will not behave as a victim but be active in finding ways to reconcile and resolve all conflicts however small. Aware that words can create happiness or suffering, we are committed to learning to speak truthfully, lovingly and constructively. We will use only words that inspire joy, confidence and hope as well as promote reconciliation and peace in ourselves and among other people. We will speak and listen in a way that can help ourselves and others to transform suffering and see the way out of difficult situations. We are determined not to say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest or to impress people, nor to utter words that might cause division or hatred. We will protect the happiness and harmony of our Sangha by refraining from speaking about the faults of other persons in their absence and always ask ourselves whether our perceptions are correct. We will speak only with the intention to understand and help transform the situation. We will not spread rumors nor criticize or condemn things of which we are not sure. We will do our best to speak out about situations of injustice, even when doing so may make difficulties for us or threaten our safety. Please join us as we continue our year of study and discernment delving into the basics of Engaged Buddhism and the Order of Interbeing, based on the teachings of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. His teachings help us to live simply, compassionately and joyfully in the world today.