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2017
"Honoring the Guest ~ Interfaith Worship Series:
Exploring Diverse Faith and Spiritual Traditions"


Sunday March 5th
Coming Home to the Compassionate Heart
of our Collective Suffering:
Racism, Trauma and Oppression

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“Aware that looking deeply at the nature of suffering can help us develop understanding and compassion, we are determined to come home to ourselves, to recognize, accept, embrace and listen to suffering with the energy of mindfulness.” (from our Spiritual Discernment for 2017: Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism by Thich Nhat Hanh)

Take the journey with Associate Minister and Cherag Sally Jo Gilbert de Vargas, ICS members Jose LaSalle, and Michelle Nikfarjam as they explore personal and collective suffering through storytelling and song. How can we evoke, embrace and reconcile? Please join us, hear our stories, and share your own.

About the worship co-creators:

Sally Jo Gilbert de Vargas is an active member of Interfaith Community Sanctuary who has served on the Guiding Council for 10 years as secretary, president, and currently as treasurer. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Project Ethiopia and the Suraiya Ataur Medical Clinic in the village of Chondipur, Bangladesh. Sally Jo has been ordained as a Cherag, a minister, of Universal Worship with Sufi Order International. She also volunteers regularly at the Ballard Ecumenical Homeless Ministry, and is an apprentice with Seattle Restorative Justice Project. She has been a public school educator and administrator for over 30 years.

Michelle Nikfarjam is an ICS member, environmental activist, and recently completed her B.S. in Sustainable Food and Farming. She founded the UMass Spiritual Ecology and Regenerative Systems Initiative focused on upholding right thought, action, and relationship to Earth through spiritual practice. This fall she will build upon her work at the University of Oregon where she plans to focus her masters on the intersection between Traditional Ecological Knowledge, permaculture, and education.

Jose LaSalle is a new member of the Interfaith Community Sanctuary. He founded the BioSTEAD Initiative at the University of Massachusetts, a transdisciplinary initiative to construct green buildings as sustainable community development research sites on university campuses. Jose is now an R&D Engineer working at a clean water and clean energy startup in Seattle.

 

Guest Worship Presenters for 2017

On Sunday February 5th In celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week, we gathered our United Religions Initiative Cooperation Circle members and friends together to offer our personal thoughts about interfaith harmony. We shared a candlelighting ritual and a reading of the URI Charter, which begins with this paragraph: 

 "We, people of diverse religions, spiritual expressions and indigenous traditions throughout the world, hereby establish the United Religions Initiative to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings."   ~ URI Charter preamble 

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Each year, since April 1998, Interfaith Community Sanctuary has welcomed guests into our worship services to share the beauty, love, prayer, scripture, spiritual practices and teachings of their traditions. Through this collective experience we benefit deeply through being in one another’s presence, and over time we develop lasting friendships as individuals and community to community. Together we find our intersection of agreement, respect our differences and share an appreciation of the Divine Mystery that infuses all our lives.

Join us in this exploration and discover more about yourself, others, and about diverse ways of worshiping.

"Honoring the Guest: Interfaith Worship Series ~ Exploring Diverse Faith & Spiritual Traditions" is the inspiration and ministry of Rev. Karen Lindquist, co-founder Interfaith Community Sanctuary. All presenters share from the heart without financial compensation. We are grateful for their time, energy, talent and enthusiasm to serve the Divine and for allowing us to drink from the eternal wisdom of their tradition. If you are interested in sharing your tradition with us, know that we plan many months to a year ahead. Contact us at 206.783.1618.

"Honoring the Guest..." is co-sponsored with The Interfaith Network of WA
and is an activity of our
United Religions Initiative Cooperation Circle
of Interfaith Community Sanctuary & School.

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Honoring the Guest 2016 
began Sunday February  7th 
with a worship service celebrating World Interfaith Harmony Week!  
Bahiyaa Ann Holmes Redding and Squi qui Ray Williams offered the morning Message "Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbor." Suniai offered the arrival music and the opening song. Jon Ramer shared two songs, Heart of the Earth and Heart of the City and accompanied Suniai with guitar. Jon also shared about Compassion Games International, Souper Bowl Sunday, and Harmony Week Coopetition. John Hale shared about Call of Compassion NW. The service was hosted by Rev. Karen Lindquist.

Sunday March 6th 2016
we welcomed Gerald Pollack, PhD
 
sharing "The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, LIquid, and Vapor."
Gerald Pollack received his PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. He then joined the University of Washington faculty and is now professor of Bioengineering. He is also Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal, WATER, convener of the Annual Conference on the Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Water, and Executive Director of the Institute for Venture Science.

Sunday April 3rd
we welcomed Rev. Sam Osborne+, founder of Hagia Sophia Gnostic Church, Seattle parish and Rev. Andrea Turner+ who together shared The Round Dance of the Cross from The Acts of John, an early second century document historically preserved in monastic collections also called The Hymn of the Lord Which He Sang in Secret to the Holy Apostles, His Disciples 

Sunday May 1st
we welcomed Reverend Lila Rapcewicz and Reverend Chris Rapcewicz for "Beltane and the Magic of the Maypole." 

Sunday June 5th
we welcomed Rich Ater who shared "Polydoxy."  Polydoxy is a new movement in theology that combines theological study with quantum mechanics. It states that how one sees religious truth depends on where one is standing and changes as one observes it. Yet truth remains constant. Rich Ater is a long time friend of the Interfaith Sanctuary and has been a student of Theology, Philosophy, and comparative religion for over 40 years. He is a Christian, a Theosophist, and a Druid who sweetens his path with Sufism and Hemeticism.

Sunday July 3rd
We learned about the holy month of Ramadan and the celebration of the night the Qur'an was first Revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) through the angel Gabriel (Jibra'il) December 22nd 609 CE as shared by Bahiyaa Ann Holmes Redding, Imam Jamal Rahman, Sally Jo Gilbert de Vargas. 

Sunday August 7th
Cherag Michael Douglas shared the morning message:
"Confronting the Vampire: A Discourse of Liberation."

Timothy P. Kinsella shared in the offering of the morning Message
and offered music along with David Jenkins and Michael Douglas.

“Those who have will receive more, but as for those who don’t have, even what they don’t have will be taken away from them." –Mark 4:25

Like most human beings who have ever participated in what we call “civilization”, we live in a social system that tends to channel wealth into the hands of the wealthy. This tendency toward economic disparity now seems to threaten our very survival. What does this mean for our spiritual path? Come explore this question with us through music, discussion, and prayer.

Sunday September 4th
 Eriko Rowe shared "Spiritual Hygiene – Ancient Healing Wisdom"

I’ll tell you the secret.
Miracles happen when your mind shifts
from You Wei (everything) to Wu Wei (emptiness)
—Lü Dongbin, Tang Dynasty Taoist Scholar

Native American Ways, Shinto (Japan’s indigenous religion), and Taoism, these seemingly unrelated ancient spiritual traditions share some important central themes. One is the idea that people are not separate from their environment but part of nature’s web. Another is that an invisible subtle energy (spirit, Ki, or Qi) is our true nature. In this view, living beings, the natural elements, such as wind, fire, earth, metal and water, and the whole universe, are all connected in a vast energetic field. Building on these ideas, each of these traditions developed unique healing practices that focus on spiritual hygiene to restore integrity and balance in each person’s body, mind, and spirit.

Eriko Rowe, originally from Japan is a journalist, documentary producer, energy healer and certified Yi Ren Qigong instructor.

Sunday October 2nd 
guest worship presenter Julie Hsu shared
Yoga – A Path toward Merging with the Divine

While most people today consider yoga a form of exercise or stress reduction, the initial purpose of yoga was much more than this. Instead of using yoga to merely work on the physical body or to ease the busy mind, yoga was utilized to ultimately merge with Spirit. The system of yoga is a network of moral recommendations, breathwork, postures, and meditation. Even the postures themselves, by way of promoting present-moment awareness and changing energy, can be used to take the practitioner to a higher level of consciousness and toward merging with the Divine. Revisiting the purpose of yoga can enrich our yoga practices, meditation practices, and everyday lives.

Julie Hsu is a certified yoga instructor (500 hr) and veterinary acupuncturist. Her passions are the spirituality and philosophy of yoga. Julie teaches yoga in Seattle at Phinney Ridge Yoga (http://phinneyridgeyoga.com/).

Sunday November 6th
guest worship presenter Elizabeth Noora Grace Uding shared
Nature is the Best Teacher

Nature is the best teacher. When we are awake enough we can be good students. Humans are learning to return to the original book to get the lessons that we have turned away from for so long. The Permaculture principal: “Use edges and value the marginal” is one of many, many lessons that nature holds out for us. For far too long we have catered to the center of the bell-shaped curve in designing our landscapes, our schools, our economic lives. It is time to re-examine the edges, both physically and metaphorically to see what we have been missing. The edges represent the places where there is increased interaction and therefore, the most creativity!

Elizabeth Noora Grace Uding is a member of Interfaith Community Sanctuary, a Sufi with Sufi Order Inayati, a student of University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism, a science teacher, and parent. She has a Permaculture Design Certificate through Seattle Tilth and Toby Hemenway.

Sunday December 4th
We welcomed Moss Magill, Rich Ater and The Circle of Coll for "A Ceremonial Journey"

The local Druidic group Circle of Coll shared a celebration of the Light as it penetrates and illuminates the Darkness. Circle members Rich Ater and Moss Magill will lead us on a ceremonial journey through the ancient Irish saga The Battle of Moytura (Caith Maige Tuired) to honor the Celtic sun god Lugh and the mysterious Morrigan goddess who, in this legend, overcome the dark ruler Bres. In the legend, newly appointed Bres is found to be unfit as the king who has plunged his kingdom into sudden worry and despair. Through interactive ritual, we learned about how the brighter forces of Lugh and the motivational spirit of the Morrigan can be harnessed to seek out, examine and make use of the Darkness, helping us all to call forth understanding and tenacity to deal with great change in the coming year.

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About our Guest Worship Presenters in 2015:

Sunday December 6th we welcomed Dr. Jasmit Singh and youth from Khalsa Gurmat Center

Dr. Jasmit Singh and youth from Khalsa Gurmat Center introduced the Sikh faith and its view on the Creator. The Sikh Scriptures, Guru Granth Sahib Ji starts with mool mantar that describes the qualities of the Creator. The talk engaged us in how these values connect the Sikh to her/his daily life.
Dr. Jasmit Singh is a co-founder of the Sikh Coalition - a national civil rights organization that uses education, advocacy and legal redress for the realization of civil and human rights for all people. He currently serves on the Community Advisory Board of the Coalition and volunteers with a number of non-profits in Washington. He has established Khalsa Gurmat Center in Washington to focus on education, empowerment and civic engagement for the elders and youth in the Sikh community.

Sunday November 1st we welcomed Sahila ChangeBringer, sharing about "The Hoop of Celebration." 
Sahila ChangeBringer is a medicine woman from New Zealand. She is a 'writer / speaker / rabble-rouser' passionate about public education, social justice, sustainability, and creating a humane/holistic world.
As You Think, So It Is...Your Beliefs Shape Your Reality
If your reality isn't working for you, create a new one!
Sahila works with people to bring change in their own lives, in their families, in their work, within groups and organizations. She uses a synthesis of mind-body-spirit shamanic and healing energy and transpersonal psychology techniques to help people move into wholeness and wellbeing. She can be reached at
206 679 1738 and at metamind_universal@yahoo.com

Sunday October 4th we welcomed Jamila Donna Crews Finney who shared about the "Hoop of Intention."
We are asked to commit ourselves to something and set a clear intention as to how we will work to make a better world for all. We will explore Intention being the commitment to open and receive Divine Guidance. Action from Divine Guidance that gives us energy instead of depleting us.
Jamila is a graduate of the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism, a follower of the Sufi path since 1998.

Sunday September 6th we welcomed Bramacharini Rema Deva, a disciple of Amma, the hugging saint. Bri. Rema Devi shared her perspective about the guru/disciple relationship in Indian Hindu tradition and what it is like to be with a Living Master.  She met Amma 28 years ago and is one of Amma’s senior disciples in the West. Bri. Rema Devi is also a pujari – a person trained to perform ancient sacred ceremonies, pujas (Hindu prayer ceremonies) and homas (fire ceremonies) in the Kerala tradition. Having lived full time in India with Amma for several years, Bri. Rema Devi is now based in Amma’s first North American ashram in Castro Valley, California and travels to different Amma centers in the West leading programs. Read more about Mata Amritanandamayi (aka Amma) here

Sunday August 2nd we welcomed Reverend Steven Crawford, sharing the "Human Spiritualization of Scientific Knowledge: A path of opportunity and obligation for a peaceful and compassionate world." Reverend Steve Crawford is a long standing member of "The Interfaith Community Sanctuary". He is a co-founder of "Living Interfaith Church" in Lynnwood, Wa. He has been interested in the interconnection of all life since he first experienced a glimpse of it as a small boy wandering alone in nature.

Sunday July 5th we welcomed Story Teller Doug Banner sharing  "Living the Honor Way as an Artist of Social Change." Doug is executive director of The Flow Project. Doug shared how the principals and practices of art, indentified by the extensive research completed by The Flow Project, can be used as guiding principles and practices in living the Honor Way. He integrated the six principles and practices of art as tools to apply to living the 12 hoops of the world from the perspective of the artist within us all.

Sunday June 7th we welcomed Chris Holland, Jonathan Vanvalin, and Gloria Kempton sharing "A Course In Miracles." Chris, Gloria, and Jonathan also shared about the Reality of the Golden Rule in the Course. All are invited to join Chris, Gloria, and Jonathon in an ongoing study of the Course in the Healing Room on the first and third Tuesday evenings each month beginning around 7:00pm.

Sunday May 3rd we welcomed Ruth Ann Lonardelli, sharing "Inscendence!"
Ruth Ann gave a glimpse of the Pagan Christ through story and deep consideration of "inscendence" - ecotheologian Thomas Barry's word capturing a sense of transcendence inherent in all of life.
Ruth Ann Lonardelli is co-founder and spiritual leader of Unity Center of Peace in Woodinville. 

Sunday April 5th we celebrated this important holy day by exploring the Christian Message of Easter with Ritual inspired by Orthodox tradition and deep conversation shared with Ann Holmes Redding, Rabbi Ted Falcon, and Imam Jamal Rahman.

Sunday March 1st we welcomed interfaith activist and author Ruth Broyde Sharone sharing "...Why God and Allah Need to Talk." Here are two links to youtube videos with Ruth Broyde Sharone and Noor-Malika Chisti entitled: "A Muslim / Jewish Dialogue in Difficult Times."
Part I
Part II 

Sunday February 1st, Interfaith Community Sanctuary, working with Compassion Games Seattle, Compassionate Seattle, NICO, and URI, joined the world in launching the United Nations’ World Interfaith Harmony Week through interfaith worship. For this worship service we brought many friends together in a spirit of celebration and harmony. Friends include Ann Holmes Redding, Rabbi Ted Falcon, Imam Jamal Rahman, Jon Ramer, John Hale … music was shared by Suniai and Jon. Friends brought cans of soup for the Souper Bowl 2015 Compassion Games Challenge. 


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2014 "Honoring the Guest ~ Interfaith Worship Series:" 

First Sunday Guest Worship Presenters and the date of their visit can be viewed below.
(Message titles, description and short bios arriving soon.)

January 5th – Interfaith Community Sanctuary annual intention setting worship service

February 2nd  – Mevlevi 
Order of America Seattle Circle share “Zikr of Presence” 

March 2nd –--  Mevlana Sufi Ensemble shares "Integrity as a Dervish Practice."
Timothy Kinsella, Jason Bennett, Michael Douglas, Karen Lindquist.

April 6th  –  Ann Holmes Redding Abrahamic Reunion West

May 4th  – Swami Brahmatmananda Vedanta Society "Why Aren't We Illumined?"

June 1st – Moss McGill Circle of Coll Seed Group (The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids)  "A Druidic Ceremony of Healing and Fairy Spirit"

July 6th – Jamila Donna Crews Finney "Selfless Service Serves Us Also."
Donna Jamila Crews received a Masters of Divinity in Spiritual Healing & Peacemaking from the University of Spiritual Healing & Sufism.  She may be reached through e-mail: donnajamilacf@gmail.com.
 Boomer Women Bucket List

August 3rd – Doug BannerStoryTeller: "How I learned to live the Red Road: Walking The Path of Honor."

September 7th – Dr. Timothy P. Kinsella, Emine Meg Savlov, Michael Douglas
"Journey with the Psalms" Mevlana Sufi Ensemble


October 5th – Joshua John-Otto Liljenstolpe Order of St. Francis


November 2nd -- Monica Schley (harppoet) "Guided Meditation with Harp" 

Monica will play harp for 40 minutes in a guided meditation focusing on each of the 7 chakras and in relation to the 7 notes of the Western scale. Mudras (hand yoga), affirmations and imagery will also be used in this guide through attunement as I simultaneously play electro-acoustic harp with looping and effects.

December 7th -- Rev. Judith Laxer "The Deep Peace of Winter" Gaia's Temple


Honoring the Guest”
 is the interfaith ministry of  Rev. Karen Lindquist 
and is co-sponsored with The United Religions Initiative local Cooperation Circles,
 Interfaith Community Sanctuary and The Interfaith Network www.theinterfaithnetwork.org.

Each year, since April 1998, Interfaith Community Sanctuary has welcomed guests into our worship services to share the beauty, love, prayer, scripture, spiritual practices and teachings of their traditions. Through this collective experience we benefit deeply through being in one another’s presence, and over time we develop lasting friendships as individuals and community to community. Together we find our intersection of agreement, respect our differences and share an appreciation of the Divine Mystery that infuses all our lives.

Join us in this exploration and discover more about yourself, others, and about diverse ways of worshiping.

"Honoring the Guest ~ Interfaith Worship Series" is the inspiration and ministry of Rev. Karen Lindquist, co-founder Interfaith Community Sanctuary. All presenters share from the heart without financial compensation. We are grateful for their time, energy, talent and enthusiasm to serve the Divine and for allowing us to drink from the eternal wisdom of their tradition. If you are interested in sharing your tradition with us, know that we plan many months to a year ahead.  Contact us at 206.783.1618.

Download .pdf booklet of all 2013 guest worship presenters here.

 

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