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
Yoga -- A Path Toward Merging with the Divine
with Julie Hsu
While most people today consider yoga a form of exercise or stress reduction, the initial purpose of yoga was much more than this. Instead of using yoga to merely work on the physical body or to ease the busy mind, yoga was utilized to ultimately merge with Spirit. The system of yoga is a network of moral recommendations, breathwork, postures, and meditation. Even the postures themselves, by way of promoting present-moment awareness and changing energy, can be used to take the practitioner to a higher level of consciousness and toward merging with the Divine. Revisiting the purpose of yoga can enrich our yoga practices, meditation practices, and everyday lives.
Julie Hsu is a certified yoga instructor (500 hr) and veterinary acupuncturist. Her passions are the spirituality and philosophy of yoga. Julie teaches yoga in Seattle at Phinney Ridge Yoga (http://phinneyridgeyoga.com/).
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.
Sunday September 18th: “Bringing Healing and Reconciliation to Shia and Sunni Disharmony”
Following the InterSpiritual Community Summit (9/17) and the focus on Healing Broken Relationships, Imam Jamal Rahman invites Sister Faiza Sultan and Brother Hussam Farez to join him in offering the morning Message Sunday September 18th to foster healing and reconciliation between two denominations of Islam, the Sunni and Shia traditions.
Music: to be announced
Our monthly community POTLUCK luncheon follows the morning worship. Please bring a prepared dish to share.
“Using Small and Slow Solutions: The Earth Charter.”
“Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.” ~ concluding sentence of The Earth Charter
The Earth Charter was launched in 2000 yet its origins began at the Earth Summit in 1992. Since that time, The Earth Charter and its principles have maintained incrementally small and slow progress toward awakening the global community to the challenges we face, to the values we need, and to the policies and practices we must follow to create a just, sustainable and peaceful future for all humans, the greater community of life, and future generations.
Our spiritual discernment for the month of September — as part of our year long exploration of Spiritual Permaculture: Coming into Deeper Relationship with Earth is: "Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes." 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.