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
Nov 05, 10:00 AM
Interfaith Community Sanctuary

Honoring the Guest: Interfaith Worship Series
Exploring Diverse Faith & Spiritual Traditions

Sunday November 5th: to be announced

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

Second Sunday: Universal Worship
Nov 12, 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
Oct 15, 10:00 AM
Interfaith Community Sanctuary

"Reverence for Life"

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Read more about Imam Jamal Rahman here and here.

Our monthly community POTLUCK luncheon follows the morning worship. Please bring a prepared dish to share. 

Fourth Sunday: InterSpiritual Worship with Rev. Karen Lindquist
Oct 22, 10:00 AM
Interfaith Community Sanctuary

 “Reverence for Life: Diwali” 

One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika in Bikram Sambat calendar (the month of Aippasi in Tamil Calendar). In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.

Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, people dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow,then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends. Deepavali also marks a major shopping period in nations where it is celebrated.

On the same night that Hindus celebrate Diwali, Jains celebrate a festival also called Diwali to mark the attainment of moksha by Mahavira, Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas to mark the release of Guru Hargobind from a Mughal Empire prison, and Newar Buddhists, unlike the majority of Buddhists, celebrate Diwali by worshipping Lakshmi. Source: Wikipedia.

Music, song, and chant will be shared by Isla Ross.

Our spiritual discernment for the month of October as part of our exploration of Engaged Buddhism taught by Thich Nhat Hanh is "Reverence for Life."  Learn more here.

Rev. Karen Lindquist is an interfaith minister, spiritual director, and co-founder of Interfaith Community Sanctuary where she serves as co-minister and Interfaith Worship Coordinator. She is an initiated teacher in the Mevlevi Order of America, the Sufi tradition of Rumi, and a Cherag of the Universal Worship in The Inayati Order: A Sufi Path of Spiritual Liberty. She works with many organizations and faith communities to create interfaith events and opportunities for dialogue, interfaith worship and celebration. Read more here

Fifth Sunday: Associate Ministers
Oct 29, 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 October 29, join us as we explore the discernment for the month, “Reverence for Life