Our Spiritual Discernment for 2017 is:
Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism
as taught by Thich Nhat Hanh
Read more here.
United Religions Initiaive
In celebration of World Interfaith Harmony Week we gather members and friends of our United Religions Initiative Cooperation Circle to offer our personal thoughts on interfaith harmony.
We are hoping that a special guest, Frederica Helmiere, URI Multiregional Coordinator, will join us.
We will also offer a reading of the URI Charter that begins with this important 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.
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.
Imam Jamal Rahman welcomes Erika Berg
"Opening Hearts to Build Bridges, Not Walls"
Music: to be announced.
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.
Erika Berg facilitates visual storytelling workshops with marginalized and often misunderstood communities, including refugees, asylees, undocumented immigrants, survivors of human trafficking, former political prisoners, street kids and individuals struggling with mental illness. The workshops have been healing and empowering for participants whose visual stories have served – locally as well as in their native lands – as powerful advocacy tools.
Examples of “visual stories” can be seen on the website for a book Erika self-published, Forced to Flee: Visual Stories by Refugee Youth from Burma: www.burmavisionsforpeace.org.
Sunday January 22: InterSpiritual Worship with Rev. Karen Lindquist
Rev. Karen Lindquist is co-founder and co-minister of Interfaith Community Sanctuary.
Our spiritual discernment for the month of January as part of our exploration of Engaged Buddhism as taught by Thich Nhat Hanh is "Openness and Non-attachment to Views."
Read more here.
Our fifth Sunday worship services in 2016 will be co-created with Associate Ministers Sibyl Lundy, Linda Stern and David Heitmiller, Emeritus.
Next Date in 2017:
Sunday January 29: “Openness and Non-Attachment to Views”
We look toward the future and our new spiritual discernment: the Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism as shared by the Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh.
A flower is always receiving non-flower elements like water, air, and sunshine, and it is always giving something to the universe. A flower is a stream of change, and a person is also a stream of change. At every instant, there is input and output. When we look deeply at the flower, we see that it is always being born and always dying, and that it is not independent of other things. The components of the universe depend on one another for their existence. The lotus flower expresses the awareness that engaged Buddhists strive to bring to their involvement in the world.