"We Call upon the Power that Sustains
the Planets in their Orbits..."
with Sally Jo Gilbert de Vargas and Karen Lindquist
Inspired by the prophetic warnings about global warming from her rocket scientist father, Harry Gilbert, Sally Jo Gilbert de Vargas with Karen Lindquist conspire to weave this worship service as a Call and an answer for healing our planet.
"We call upon the power that sustains the planets in their orbits, that wheels our Milky Way in its 200-million-year spiral, to imbue our personalities and our relationships with harmony, endurance, and joy. Fill us with a sense of immense time so that our brief, flickering lives may truly reflect the work of vast ages past and also the million of years of evolution whose potential lies in our trembling hands.” ~ excerpt from “Invocation” by John Seed.
"Our pain for the world is a natural response that mirrors our love for the world. Do not pathologize your sorrow/grief. Embrace it and dance with it as it changes. These feeling are an indicator of your health and sense of deep connectedness. Of course you are feeling this sorrow, your larger body is in trauma and you feel it as part of you." ~ Joanna Macy
Music shared by Chigusa Kitai of Silk Strings, offering traditional and contempory Japanese music.
2013 “Honoring the Guest ~ Interfaith Worship Series"
welcomes Rajesh Fandan with the Sant Nirankari Mission.
When true religion is established in our lives, the world becomes a better place to live. Humanity is the true religion and we are all One.
Sant Nirankari Mission is an all embracing spiritual movement cutting across all divi-sions of caste, color and creed and uniting the Man-kind under the roof of one universal God. Website: www.nirankari.org.
"Honoring the Guest ~ Interfaith Worship Series" is the interfaith ministry of Rev. Karen Lindquist and is co-sponsored with United Religions Initiative Cooperation Circles, "Interfaith Circle of Love" and "The Interfaith Network" www.theinterfaithnetwork.org.
"Reflective Consciousness. Working with the relationship of self and other. Balancing of masculine and feminine energies."
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.
Honoring the Sacred with Imam Jamal Rahman.
Jamal Rahman shares from his Islamic Sufi spiritual tradition with insights and teachings from the Eastern wisdom traditions. To read more about Jamal and his interfaith work, view his minister’s page, (www.jamalrahman.com). To read more about The Interfaith Amigos, visit: (www.interfaithamigos.com).
Inspirational music tba.
Our monthly community Potluck follows the morning worship. If possible, please bring a prepared dish of nutritious, healthy food to share.
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.