Our Spiritual Discernment for 2017 is:
Guidelines for Engaged Buddhism
as taught by Thich Nhat Hanh
Read more here.
"Transforming Anger to Postive Action" with Gretchen Rowe
In the thick of your battles, I strike like an arrow. You sit destroyed, astounded, and then suddenly Love appears. (Rumi)
Gretchen Rowe will use poetry, storytelling, and movement to illustrate the journey of uniting tenderness and anger, so they may speak in one revolutionary voice.
Read more about our guest worship services here.
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.
Compassionate, Healthy Living -- Kirtan!
Experience healing call-and-response chanting from many traditions in this participatory worship gathering with Isla Ross and Karen Lindquist.
Isla Ross is a Devotional Artist and Composer who offers Healing Songs, Interfaith Chants, and Meditative Music, accompanied by an array of exotic instruments.
Rev. Karen Lindquist is co-founder and co-minister of Interfaith Community Sanctuary.
Our spiritual discernment for the month of April as part of our exploration of Engaged Buddhism taught by Thich Nhat Hanh is "Compassionate, Healthy Living."
Aware that true happiness is rooted in peace, solidity, freedom, and compassion, we are determined not to accumulate wealth while millions are hungry and dying nor to take as the aim of our life fame, power, wealth, or sensual pleasure, which can bring much suffering and despair. We will practice looking deeply into how we nourish our body and mind with edible foods, sense impressions, volition, and consciousness. We are committed not to gamble or to use alcohol, drugs or any other products which bring toxins into our own and the collective body and consciousness such as certain websites, electronic games, music, TV programs, films, magazines, books and conversations. We will consume in a way that preserves compassion, wellbeing, and joy in our bodies and consciousness and in the collective body and consciousness of our families, our society, and the earth. Read more here.
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 April 30, “Compassionate, Healthy Living.”
Consuming in a healthy way preserves compassion, well being, and joy in ourselves... our families, our society, and the earth.
Eating and drinking are consumption, of course, but so is what we read, what we watch on tv and movies, what we listen to, as well as our conversations. To live a joyful, healthy life we need to pay attention to everything that comes into our bodies and minds.
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.
Reverends Sibyl and Linda will explore April's topic, "Compassionate, Healthy Living." Come take a deep, relaxing breath with us as we gain the insight of Interbeing.