Interfaith Community Sanctuary

Welcome to Interfaith Community Sanctuary!

To view JUNE 2017 Bulletin -- CLICK HERE


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
Jul 02, 10:00 AM
Interfaith Community Sanctuary

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with Rich Ater

 Religion is progressive. It evolves through time and culture. In this discussion I will focus on the Abrahamic faiths in general and Islam in particular. I maintain that religions must keep up with the times to be relevant to there practitioners. In this talk I will discuss the progressive movements in Judaism and Christianity briefly to show what they can offer to Islam then focus on progressive movements in Islam and what needs to be done in the future.

Rich Ater is a Muslim, a student of Sufism,  & a Christian. He has studied world religions for 35 years, with a particular interest in the Abrahamic traditions and mysticism. He has taught classes on Islam at the Interfaith Community Sanctuary.

Read more about this worship service and all of our guest worship services  here.

Second Sunday: Universal Worship
Jul 09, 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.

"Honoring the Traditions of our Fathers"

For this Fathers Day join us in honoring the traditions of our Fathers. We will gather outside in circle around a fire. Reflection, Sharing, Song, Poetry and a drum circle are part of the offering. Bring drums and rhythm instruments. Read more on the homepage of this website. 

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
Jun 25, 10:00 AM
Interfaith Community Sanctuary

Seven Extraordinary Women

Seven Extraordinary Women -- Tibetan Princesses -- seek enlightenment from the great master Padmasambhava -- and succeed!

The seven extraordinary women are:  ~ Lady Yeshe Tsogyal of Kharchen, Lady Diamond Lake of Shelkar, Lady Splendid Worship of Cholero, Lady Matingma of Dro, Lady Jewel Crest of Margong, Lady Sparkling Light of Chim and Lady Mati of Ruyan.

Join with us as we explore the teachings given for women obtaining enlightenment without abandoning daily activities by the great master Padmasambhava.

Tea and delicacies will be served and a rich discussion will  ensue.

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Lady Yeshe Tsogyal of Kharchen

Rev. Karen Lindquist is co-founder and co-minister of Interfaith Community Sanctuary.

Our spiritual discernment for the month of June as part of our exploration of Engaged Buddhism taught by Thich Nhat Hanh is "Dwelling Happily in the Present Moment."   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.