A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Bro. Joshua Liljenstolpe is presently a novice in the Order of Lutheran Franciscans. He is also a pastor of the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Currently he is a co-director of the Church Council of Greater Seattle’s Rauschenbusch Center for Spirit and Action and a chaplain in the Seattle Occupy movement as well as a consultant with the Catholic Just Faith and Pax Christi movements. Read more on our Guest Worship Webpage.
First Sundays is our "Honoring the Guest ~ Interfaith Worship Series." This series is the interfaith ministry of Rev. Karen Lindquist and has been offered since 1998. It is co-sponsored with two United Religions Initiative Cooperation Circles, "Interfaith Community Sanctuary" and "The Interfaith Network" www.theinterfaithnetwork.org. TIN Facebook page.
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.
Sunday September 14th our Universal Worship reflection will be focused upon this month's Principle of Spiritual Acitvism: "What You Attend To, You Become." As we have throughout 2014, we will continue sharing / learning the primary prayer of the six major religions as part of the Universal Worship.
Universal Worship at ICS is shared by Cherags Michael Douglas, Karen Lindquist, Sally Jo Gilbert de Vargas, Linda Stern, Vanessa Newell.
International Day of Peace
“Truly in the Remembrance of God do hearts find Peace.” (13:28 Qur’an)
Music shared by Chigusa Kitai of SilkStrings Koto Ensemble.
Out monthly potluck follows the morning worship.
Imam Jamal Rahman, originally from Bangladesh, has an abiding faith in the power of heart-to-heart connections to encompass differences and dissolve prejudices. Jamal's passion lies in interfaith community building. He remains rooted in his Islamic tradition and cultivates a "spaciousness" by being open to the beauty and wisdom of other faiths. By authentically and appreciatively understanding other paths, Jamal feels that he becomes a better Muslim. View Jamal's Interfaith Community Sanctuary Minister's webpage here.
Navaratri: Celebrating Durga, Lakshmi, & Saraswati
with Rev. Karen Lindquist
“Navaratri” is the Hindu Festival of nine nights when nine forms of Devi Durga (the Supreme Deity in female form) are worshiped. Navaratri is understood to be a journey from the outer world of names and forms to the subtle world of energies. It is an annual cycle of rebirth occurring over nine days. Just as our nine month gestation in the womb created us anew, so to the Navratri Festival renews us and the world. It is celebrated in three sets of three days to adore three different aspects of the supreme goddess: Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. Within in this worship celebration, we will explore these goddesses, these energies, and receive their blessings.
4th Sunday worship services in 2014 are shared by Rev. Karen Lindquist, community members, and Associate Ministers (Sibyl Lundy, Linda Stern, David Heitmiller.)
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