Interfaith Community Sanctuary

Welcome to Interfaith Community Sanctuary!

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Our Spiritual Discernment for 2017 is:
Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism
as taught by Thich Nhat Hanh
Read more here.

Sunday Worship

First Sunday: Honoring the Guest
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.  
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Read more about this worship service and all of our guest worship services  here.

Second Sunday: Universal Worship
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.

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Third Sunday: Imam Jamal Rahman
Jun 18, 10:00 AM
Interfaith Community Sanctuary

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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.

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Fourth Sunday: InterSpiritual Worship with Rev. Karen Lindquist
May 28, 10:00 AM
Interfaith Community Sanctuary

Taking Care of Anger: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict

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With a loving mind, cherish more than a child
The 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.

Fifth Sunday: Associate Ministers
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.