Imam Jamal Rahman shares from his Islamic Sufi spiritual tradition.
Music will be shared by Phil and Birgit Ages of FolkVoice Band with holiday music and international folk songs.
Our monthly community POTLUCK will follow the morning worship.
If possible, please bring a prepared dish of nutritious, healthy food to share.
Enchanted Seattle Jewelry is featured during the social -- find holiday gifts for a loved one!
Renée López will share specially treated tap water during the potluck and inform us about how to convert our tap water into a wellness enhancing resource,
"Return of the Light: a Survey of Solstice Traditions"
with Associate Minister Rev. Sibyl Lundy
Many cultures throughout time deeply resonate with and connect to the archetypal energies of the light returning after a dark time. For this worship service Sibyl will share about ancient Celts’ solstice practices at Newgrange, a large earth and stone mound located in Ireland. Built in prehistoric times, it is older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. At winter solstice, the rising sun shines directly inside illuminating the inner chamber.
Sibyl Lundy, M.A. in Applied Interfaith Theology from Marylhurst University in Oregon, is a practicing Zen Buddhist and Buddhist instructor through Marylhurst U. She is an Interfaith Hospital Chaplain, and certified in techniques such as Bereavement Facilitation (CBF), Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and sudden and traumatic loss counseling. See her website to learn more: http://www.wholelifedesigns.com/aboutus.htm
This month's spiritual focus as part of our "Following the Light: The Dance of the Elements" theme, is mutable Fire, expressed this way: "The Transforming Fire . Using our passions as fuel for the spiritual path."
with Musician Celebrant Yanadevi Viniko and Tim Malone, M.Div.
HeartSongs is a participatory all music, chant and song service. Congregants are encouraged to bring a song, short poem or prayer to share.
Tim Malone, M.Div. is a Spiritual Director and Retreat master who has been immersed in interfaith for over 20 years. He is a lineage holder of the Spiritual Exercises (SEEL) of St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuit Order. Tim roots music and chants in a prayerful sacred space which often faciliates participants entering a meditative state. Thus centered we become open to the power of Spirit and Healing Energy in silence, sound and poetry. Read more about Tim on his website: www.timmalone.org.
Yanadevi Viniko enjoys sharing the timeless gift of music as an uplifting way to weave community and to touch the mystery of the heart. As a musician-celebrant and composer, she is a long-standing member of ICS as well as a contributor to interfaith gatherings, chanting circles, Dances of Universal Peace and other spiritfilled venues. Yana may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday January 5th
ICS ministers, officers and members of the Guiding Council weave the morning worship service together. We will set our intentions for the new year together.
Following the morning worship our Annual Member's Celebration begins. At this time we elect our new officers for our new year.
First Sundays return to to our "Honoring the Guest ~ Interfaith Worship Series" in February.
This series is the interfaith ministry of Rev. Karen Lindquist and began in 1998. It is co-sponsored with United Religions Initiative Cooperation Circles, "Interfaith Community Sanctuary" and "The Interfaith Network" www.theinterfaithnetwork.org.
with Cherag Michael Douglas & Rev. Karen Lindquist
joined by Rev. Linda Stern, Sally Jo Gilbert de Vargas, Vanessa Newell.
The Universal Worship celebrates the essential unity of all religions. We light lamps on the altar to represent the diversity of faiths and offer prayers to honor all traditions. We invoke the messengers of God, known and unknown, who have appeared in all times and all places to serve and enlighten humanity. By the practice of uniting in meditation, we allow this one message to enter our lives and change our being. Bathing in the presence of these living streams of revelation, we express and deepen our community's interfaith commitment. Using this ritual as a foundation, we will explore our relationship to Divine Unity, share the songs and scriptures of various faith traditions & learn to recognize the energy of divine guidance in our lives.
Michael Douglas is a Cherag (minister) in the Sufi Order International and a teaching initiate in the Mevlevi Order of America.
Karen Lindquist is co-founder and co-minister if Interfaith Community Sanctuary.
Linda Stern is Associate Minister of ICS. Sally Jo Gilbert de Vargas is ICS Guiding Council treasurer. Vanessa Newell is ICS Guiding Council secretary.