Our Spiritual Discernment for 2016 is:
"Spiritual Permaculture: Coming into Deeper Relationship with Earth"
Read more here.
Honoring the Guest ~ Interfaith Worship Series
Exploring Diverse Faith and Spiritual Traditions
"Use Edges and Value the Marginal: Nature is the Best Teacher"
with guest worship presenter, Elizabeth Noora Grace Uding
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.
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 2016 will be focused upon the spiritual discernment of the year, Spiritual Permaculture: Coming into Deeper Relationship with Earth. Read more here.
“Use Edges and Value the Marginal"
Our monthly community POTLUCK luncheon follows the morning worship. Please bring a prepared dish to share.
“Use and Value Diversity: Praises to the Twenty-One Taras”
“Homage to you whose face is like
The gathering of a hundred full moons in autumn,
Shining resplendent light
In the perfect, spacious constellation of a thousand stars.”
Tara is a Sanskrit word meaning “Star.” She is Goddess, Mother, the Buddha Essence of the Enlightened Feminine and Mother of all Buddhas. Tara is an archetype of our own inner wisdom— a wisdom that transforms consciousness. Through the Tibetan practice of praising Tara in all her aspects, we discover Her wisdom, Her compassion, and Her glory, within ourselves.
Suniai & Michael Douglas will share music and chant for this worship service.
Our spiritual discernment for the month of October — as part of our year long exploration of Spiritual Permaculture: Coming into Deeper Relationship with Earth is: Use and Value Diversity. Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides. Read more here.
Rev. Karen Lindquist is co-founder and co-minister of Interfaith Community Sanctuary.
Our fifth Sunday worship services in 2016 will be co-created with Associate Ministers Sibyl Lundy, Linda Stern and David Heitmiller. Dates in 2016: January 31st, May 29th, July 31st, Ocober 30th.
Archival info from our services in 2016:
Sunday January 31st we celebrated the goddess Bridget and the return of spring!
Sunday May 29th we explored "Recycle, Reuse, Reinvent ~ Honoring the Resources of the Universe."
Sunday July 31st we explored the monthly discernment "Design from Patterns to Details" from a Buddhist perspective with Rev. Sibyl Lundy. We included spiritual practices, Walking Meditation, Tonglen, and the chant: Om Mani Padme Hum.