"Celebrate and welcome the rebirth of the Sun! The Pagan holy day of Yule at the Winter Solstice is the time when we emerge from the darkest eighth of the solar year. What light is being reborn within us? How might it help keep the deep peace of Winter at our core, even amid all the activity of the season? Join us to contemplate nature’s wisdom at this time of endings and beginnings." Read more here:
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 December 14th our Universal Worship will be focused upon this month's Principle of Spiritual Activism: "Love Creates the Form." As we have throughout 2014, we will continue sharing / learning a primary prayer from six major world religions as part of the Universal Worship. Read more about the Principles here.
Universal Worship at ICS is shared by Cherags Michael Douglas, Karen Lindquist, Sally Jo Gilbert de Vargas, Linda Stern, Vanessa Newell.
"Homelessness Awareness: A Blessing of the Scarves"
Please Note: Jamal Rahman is traveling and will not be present at this service.
We are planning to hold our annual “Blessing of the Scarves” — an interfaith blessing of the Warm for Winter handmade hats and scarves created for, and gifted to, men, women and children seeking housing in the Seattle area. The Warm for Winter project created by ICS member, sister Janice Tufte, brings awareness to the fact that homelessness exists in our neighborhoods, forcing us to have important conversations and make necessary changes in our social structures so homelessness becomes a shame of the past.
WforW gifting has been a much-loved experience for members of our community and for those who knit, crochet, and sew each item. Within this worship service, we shall infuse them with our blessings before delivery to homeless shelters. Bring your scarves!
Music, Song & Chant shared by Suniai.
Our 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.
“The Intrinsic Wisdom and Benevolence of the Cosmos”
with Rev. Karen Lindquist
“There are larger ‘divine’ forces as work that we can trust completely without knowing their precise workings or agendas. Faith means trusting the unknown, and offering ourselves as willing vehicles for the intrinsic wisdom and benevolence of the cosmos to do its work. ‘The first step to wisdom is silence. The second is listening.’ If you earnestly ask inwardly and listen for guidance, and then follow it carefully—you are working in accord with these larger forces… We can draw upon and engage these hidden forces, first by knowing they are there, and second by asking or yearning for them to support us — or more precisely, asking them to allow us to serve on their behalf.”
~excerpt from November’s Principle of Spiritual Activism.
4th Sunday worship services in 2014 are shared by Rev. Karen Lindquist, community members, and Associate Ministers (Sibyl Lundy, Linda Stern, David Heitmiller.)
Traditional SiSiWiss Medicine Circle with SisWinKlae Katrina Laurel Boucher. This service will be longer than normal, concluding at 12:00 or 12:30pm. It will include an orientation to the SiSiWiss tradition and the teachings of the healing ceremony.
Please Note: a longer SiSiWiss Healing Ceremony in the SiSiWiss tradition is scheduled for Saturday December 7th 1:00pm --5:00pm at ICS. More info coming soon.