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Book Launch: Following the Light - the Dance of the Elements
Aug 04, 7:00 PM

Join Cherag Michael Bodhi Douglas for a reading from his book, Following the Light: the Dance of the Elements. Michael will also share spiritual practices invoking the four elements. 

Date: Thursday August 4th. Time: 7:00 --9:00pm. Following_the_Light_2.jpg

Location: Interfaith Community Sanctuary, 1763 NW 62nd Street, Ballard. 98107.

Following the Light: the Dance of the Elements is an exploration of the twelve signs of the zodiac as particular expressions of the four elements: earth, water, fire, and air. The four elements are living beings that create the universe through their changing relationships. Becoming aware of this dance is the first step to engaging with it consciously.

Each chapter moves through one of these twelve archetypal landscapes using stories, sacred writings, poetry, and meditation.

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Author Michael Bodhi Douglas is an initiated teacher and musician in the Mevlevi Sufi tradition. As a Cherag of the Universal Worship in the Sufi Order International, he leads interfaith worship, guides spiritual practice, and teaches world religions. He co-founded Occupy Chaplains, a spiritual support to the Occupy movement, and maintained an interfaith chapel in the Seattle encampment. He served as president of the Guiding Council of Interfaith Community Sanctuary for several years, is an icon painter, and a stonemason.

From Hiroshima to HOPE
Aug 06, 6:00 PM

The annual lantern-floating ceremony honoring victims of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and all victims of violence. Location: Green Lake's northwest shore (near Bathhouse Theater): 6pm gathering. 7pm family program. 8:15pm lantern floating ceremony.

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the From Hiroshima to Hope lantern-floating ceremony will take place at the shores of
Green Lake. The annual peace event honors the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all victims of war and violence. One of the largest commemorations held outside of Japan, From Hiroshima to Hope takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, on Green Lake’s northwest shore. This year marks the 71st anniversary of the atomic bombings.

Pre-program activities begin at 6:00 p.m. and include lantern calligraphy and folding of peace cranes. A family program with music and speakers begins at 7 p.m. with a welcome by Red Eagle Soaring Native Youth Theatre students. The program features keynote speaker Imam Jamal Rahman, co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at Interfaith Community Sanctuary, and a popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality, and interfaith relations.

Musical performers include the popular Japanese-American drum performance group, Seattle Kokon Taiko; Sound Singers; and folksinger Gen Obata. The program also features performances on traditional Japanese instruments with Marcia Takamura on koto, and James Jennings on shakuhachi. In addition, Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim will read a proclamation from the Mayor’s Office, proclaiming August 6 as Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day. Stan Shikuma, a Seattle Kokon Taiko member and a founding participant in From Hiroshima to Hope, will emcee the event.

This year’s ceremony again includes the exhibition of artist Yukiyo Kawano’s fabric sculpture, “Little Boy (folded),” a haunting depiction of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. By dusk, the sculpture will be lit from within and moved towards the dock, where it will remain as the lanterns are floated on the lake. The candle-lit lantern floating begins at approximately 8:30 p.m. with a Toro Nagashi lantern ceremony. Those wishing to assemble and float a lantern are encouraged to arrive by 6:30 p.m. to ensure lantern availability.

From Hiroshima to Hope is created annually by local peace, faith and community organizations. Sponsors include the Ethnic Heritage Council, the Abe Keller Peace Education Fund, Ground Zero Community, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Seattle Chapter; the Japanese American Citizens League, Seattle; Seattle Buddhist Betsuin Temple, Wing Luke Museum, and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility. The event is free and open to the public, and is held just south of the Bathhouse Theater on Green Lake’s northwest shore,West Green Lake Drive North and Stone Avenue North. For more information, please call 206-453-4471, or see


Saraswati Nights
Aug 13, 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.

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Music starts at 7:00pm

An evening of Interfaith Kirtan, Call and Response Chanting, Healing Songs,
and Mystical Poetry with Suniai and Friends. Come and Bathe in the River of Love and Delight! 

All are welcome to chant, dance, or simply enjoy the healing frequencies.

Interfaith Community Sanctuary 1763 NW 62nd Street Ballard 98107

This gathering of friends is a benefit for Interfaith Community Sanctuary Building Fund and SAMC (Suraiya Ataur Medical Clinic) in Chondipur Village, Bangladesh.

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