Interfaith Community Sanctuary

Welcome to Interfaith Community Sanctuary!

To view SEPTEMBER 2017 Bulletin -- CLICK HERE

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Come, come, whoever you are;
Unbeliever, fire worshiper, lover of leaving,
It doesn't matter; Ours is not a caravan of despair; 
Even if you have broken your vows a thousand times,
Come, come again.
 ~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

Toward the One,
The Perfection of Love, Harmony & Beauty,
The Only Being,
United with All the Illuminated Souls
Who form the Embodiment of the Master,
The Spirit of Guidance.
 ~ Pir-o-Murshid Hazrat INAYAT KHAN

Beloved Friends,

Soon our region will host Northwest RUMI FESTIVAL 2017 (download a flyer with full details here), with local Sufi circles uniting to co-create a weekend of spiritual practice in community Friday September 29 -- Sunday October 1st.

Proceeds after very minimal expenses benefit the Ballard Food Bank.

The event is limited to the 99 participants allowed by building codes. 

Your contribution in any amount is welcome; multiples of $99 ticket price are ESPECIALLY welcome. Donors will be listed as sponsors in the program.

Contributions beyond the cost of your own ticket (please buy that on Brown Paper Tickets http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3051614) are ONLY tax-deductible if your check is made to “Ballard Food Bank” (your receipt is your cancelled check). Please SEND A CHECK sooner rather than later to: William Wright with “Rumi Festival” on the MEMO LINE, 2905 Vallette Street, Bellingham WA 98225.


INVITATION TO STUDY!
2017 Spiritual Development in the Path of Rumi

The Mevlevi Order of America Seattle Circle meets Monday evenings at 7:30pm at Ballard Odd Fellows Hall, 1706 NW Market Street. 98017. 

If you desire to study the Path of Rumi with us, new students are accepted each February. Let our teaching circle know of your intention to join us by calling: Scott Hofmann 206.784.1532, Michael Douglas 206.769.1980, Karen Lindquist 206.783.1618, or Jason Bennett 206.300.4146.

The public is invited to our first Monday Esta'firullah Zikr and our third Monday Zikr of Presence (info below). Students continue to meet on other Monday evenings as well. Visit our website: rumiseattle.org

Prayers of Forgiveness in Movement and Music
Oct 02, 7:30 PM
Ballard Odd Fellows Hall

Please Note: There will be no Estag'firullah Zikr on Monday September 4th because it is Labor Day. Our next Estag'firullah Zikr will be Monday October 2nd. (Zikr of Presence will be held on Monday September 18th)

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.

reaching_for_God.jpgThe 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!

Zikr of Presence
Oct 21, 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.jpg"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.

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"Love is the dancing cry of the soul, calling the body to worship 
Like a shining whirlpool, or a spinning mayfly 
So is love among the skies.
I leap across the mountaintops, madly singing the song of all songs 
I float through the ether, intoxicated, thrilled 
I think only of your love, your calling to me 
And I dance the thousand dances of love, all returning to you."
~ Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

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Makam Postneshin Jelaleddin Loras
is the Spiritual Director and President
of the Mevlevi Order of America.
http://rumiseattle.org/?page_id=44
http://hayatidede.org/popups/postneshin.htm

View youtube video of the Sema Ceremony here.

“I come to plant Mevlana’s message of Universal Love in this soil.
The way of Mevlana, of Rumi, will grow here in the West in its own way.”
~ Suleyman Hayatidede

 

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download the FLYER
from our December 2014 Sema in Seattle
here

MORE "IN THE COMMUNITY":

Interfaith Commmunity Sanctuary is delighted to be collaborators with many local, national and international interfaith organizations, some we have been involved with since their beginnings, others we have been invited to join in a deeply connected way.

Follow these links below to discover more about these organizations and Interfaith Community Sanctuary .

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United Religions Initiative
www.uri.org

Dowload the URI Charter in your language HERE

Interfaith Circle of Love Cooperation Circle est. '99
http://www.uri.org/CC_Listing_by_Region.html

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Charter for Compassion
http://charterforcompassion.org/

Interfaith Community Sanctuary
is a Partner with the Charter for Compassion
http://charterforcompassion.org/learn/partners/interfaith-community-church/

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Compassionate Action Network
www.compassionateactionnetwork.com/

Seattle's 10 Year Compassionate Cities Campaign
http://www.landonelmore.com/interra/CANS/compassionate-cities/CampaignforCompassionateCities_March25.pdf

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The Interfaith Network
http://www.theinterfaithnetwork.org/DesktopDefault.aspx

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