Services 2017-2018

NOTHING IS IN STONE: But here is our draft schedule

All of good will are welcome and encouraged to attend all services.

Sept 9th – Ingathering – Welcome Back to Living Interfaith

Sept 23rd – Experiencing the Equinox

Oct 14th – Celebrating Baha’u’llah’s Birth (Baha’i View of Faith)

Oct 28th – Celebrating Samhain

Nov 11th – Reclaiming “Us”

Nov 25th – The Need to Belong

Dec 9th – Advent – Anticipation & Expectation

Dec 16th – Chanukah, Spiritual Freedom and Holy Days

Jan 13th–MLK Day–The Work of Embracing our Humanity

Jan 27th – My Path to Interfaith (a personal reflection)

Feb 10th – The Joys and Challenges of Missionary Work

Feb 24th – Celebrating the Chinese New Year

Mar 10th – Discussing our Spiritual Paths – Respectful Q & A (Interfaith)

Mar 24th – The Quest for Meaning

Apr 14th –  Celebrating the Easter Season

Apr 28nd – Discussing our Spiritual Paths – Respectful Q & A (Interfaith)

May 12th – Learning What We Don’t Do (by reading Scripture)

May 26th – A Personal Reflection on Ramadan

June 9th –Please Look at Me (the quest for self in a faceless world)

June 23rd – Eight Years Together

 

2016-2017

NOTHING IS IN STONE: But this is our schedule.  It includes:

  All of good will are welcome and encouraged to attend all services.

Sept 10th – Welcome Back to Living Interfaith (Interfaith)

Sept 24th – Honoring Mabon (Pagan)

Oct 8th – The Hijrah (Muslim)

Oct 22nd – Celebrating Diwali (Hindu)

Nov 12th – Women in Buddhism (Buddhist)

Nov 26th – Honoring Abdul’ Baha (Baha’i)

Dec 10th – Honoring Advent (Christian)

Dec 17th – Honoring Chanukah (Jewish)

Jan 14th – Your Money or Your Life!

Jan 28th – Celebrating Chinese New Year (Buddhist)

Feb 11th – On Human Spiritualization (Humanist)

Feb 25th – Listen! … please  (Interfaith)

Mar 11th – Avoiding the Hate Pathogen (Interfaith)

Mar 25th – An Early Earth Day (Interfaith)

Apr 8th – Honoring Our LGBTQ Brothers and Sisters (Interfaith)

Apr 13th – Thursday – Maundy Thursday and Passover (Christian and Jewish)

Apr 22nd – Celebrating Easter (Christian)

May 13th – Lailat al Bara’a (Muslim)

May 27th – The Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

June 10th – Honoring Shavuot (Jewish)

June 24th – Seven Years Together (Interfaith)

 

2015-2016

Nothing is in stone, but this is our schedule, it includes:

2 Buddhist, 2 Muslim, 2 Baha’i, 1 Jewish, 1 Pagan, 2 Christian, 1 Daoist, 1 Science Spirituality, 2 New Age holy days, and 7 Interfaith days                   (there are scheduling difficulties but we still hope to celebrate Passover)

September 12th – High Holy Days – (Jewish)
September 26th – Eid al Adha – (Islamic)

October 10th – Celebration of Fall – (New Age)
October 24th – Disunited Nations (Interfaith)

November 14th – Twin Holy Days – (Baha’i)
November 28th – Why Give Thanks? – (Interfaith)

December 12th – An Epidemic of Blinders – (Interfaith)
December 19th – Christmas – (Christian)

January 9th – Words Matter – (Interfaith)
January 23rd – Festival of the Full Moon – (Pagan)

February 13th – Chinese New Year – (Daoist, Buddhist)
February 27th – Great Prayer Festival – (Buddhist)

March 12th – The Outrageous Cost of Cheap – (Interfaith)
March 26th – Easter – (Christian)

April 9th – Earth Day (Science Spirituality)
April 23rd – Ridvan – (Baha’i)

May 14th – What is Prayer? (Interfaith)
May 28th – New Age Beliefs (New Age)

June 11th – Ramadan begins (Islam)
June 25th – Six Years Together (Interfaith)

2014-2015

September 13 – Our Fifth Year

September 27 – High Holy Days – Judaism

October 11 – Columbus Day – Whose Country Is This?

October 25 – TBA

November 8 – Lhabab Duchen – Buddhism

November 22 – Human Spiritualization of Scientific Knowledge

December 13 – The Need for Spiritual Humility & Other Thoughts from the Book Tour

December 20 – Christmas – Christian

January 10 – Epiphany – Christian

January 24th – Inbolc – Pagan

February 14 – Celebrating Love

February 28 – The Fast – Baha’i

March 14 – Navroz – Islam

March 28 – History Matters

April 2 – Passover Seder – Judaism  Maundy Thursday – Christianity : These two holy days are honored, NOT combined.

April 11 – Sometimes Uncomfortable Is a Good Thing

April 25 – Beltane – Pagan

May 9 – Miraj – Islam

May 23 – Saga Dawa – Buddhism

June 13 – Overcoming Roadblocks on Our Search for Meaning

June 27 – Five Years Together

Services – 2013-2014

September 8 – The Call of Interfaith

September 22 –  A Constant State of Anger? 

October 13   –    Honoring Eid al Adha

October 27    –  Must We Argue about God?

November 10  – Honoring Samhain and Departed Souls

November 24  – Thanks for What?

December 8   –  Making a Fortune Keeping You Down/Life in the Zero Sum World

December 15 Honoring Peace on Earth

January 12    –   Honoring Epiphany – Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas

January 26   –   Why Are We? – Contemplating Meaning In Our Lives

February 9  –   World Interfaith Harmony Week – New Member Sunday

February 23  –  Forgiveness

March 9    –     Honoring Magha Puja Day

March 23   –    Honoring Naw Ruz

April 13   –      Honoring Passover

April 27   –     Honoring Holocaust Remembrance Day  

May  11   –     Honoring Buddha Day (14 May)

May  25   –    Honoring the Ascension of Bahaullah

June 8     –     Honoring Pentecost

June 22    –    Our Fourth Year – Honoring Ramadan (28 June)

Services 2012-2013

September 9 – Welcome to Living Interfaith

September 23 – Yom Kippur – Honoring Forgiveness (Judaism, Islam, Christianity)

October 14 – An Interfaith Service of Peace

October 28 – Pondering Difficult Scripture Passages (Eid al Adha )

November 11 – A Smidge of November Whimsy

November 25 – Our Common Humanity

December 9 – Rohatsu – Honoring Bodhi Day (Buddhism)

December 16 – Christmas – Reflections on Jesus

January 13 – Remembering the Winter Solstice – Honoring the Seasons

January 27 – MLK Day – Pondering Freedom

February 10 – World Interfaith Harmony Week

February 24 – The Path of the Sikhism

March 10 – Constructive Agnosticism

March 24 – Palm Sunday/Passover

April 14 – Science and Spirit: Earth Day 2013

April 28 – Honoring Flower Communion in UU

May 12 – How Do We “Spend” Our Lives?

May 26 – Declaration of the Bab/Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

June 9 – Mother’s and Father’s Day – Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother

June 23 – Our Third Year

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Services: 2011-2012

September 11th – Welcome to Living Interfaith

September 25th – An Interfaith Service of Peace

October 9th – Honoring Yom Kippur

October 23rd – The Joys of Smiling

November 13th – Who Are You Escorting to the Witch-burning?

November 27th – Honoring Muharram/Remembering Ramadan (Muslim New Year)

December 11th – Responsibilities of the Spiritual Engaged

December 18th – Honoring Christmas

January 8th –  The Turning of the Seasons

January 22nd – Celebrating New Years (Chinese, Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)

Fifth Sunday weekend – visit Shoreline mosque

February 12th – World Interfaith Harmony – Signing of Membership Book

February 26th – RememberingLincoln (Greatness Does Not Mean Perfection)

March 11th – Pitfalls of the Messala Complex OR Church, State and Gay Marriage

March 25th – But Did You Dance?

April 8th – Honoring Passover/Easter

April 22nd – Honoring Ridvan (Baha’i) / Earth Day

May 13th – Honoring Visakha Puja (Buddhism)

May 27th – Same Sex Marriage: What’s Really At Stake? / Remembering Sacrifice

June 10th –  Tales of Interfaith: Reflections on a Book Tour

June 24th – Our Second Year

17 Responses to Services 2017-2018

  1. Donna Austin says:

    Hi, Interested on coming to the service on April 22nd, where are you located? Also, How are you different from Unitarianism? Really enjoyed the presentation at Thirdplace Books the other day. Thanks Donna

  2. Ann Rugh says:

    Sounds like an idea way over due. Are there other congregations and if so how do I locate one near me? I am in upstate New York, about 2 1/2 hours north of NYC. My father was a Methodist minister and he strove to integrate respect for and action with other denominations. This sounds like the place for me.

    • steven says:

      Hello! At present, there aren’t other congregations like this … yet! I’m hoping my book The Interfaith Alternative will encourage the formation of similar congregations. And we are redoing our website so that we can be as transparent as possible and others can download what they like (our mission and vision statements are already on the site, our bylaws will be up soon) and not feel they have to reinvent the wheel. I was in upstate New York a bit over a week ago (well, on the train) while on the book tour. It seemed a beautiful area.

  3. Victoria Stultz says:

    I have been on a search for a theology
    that matches my own beliefs. I found
    It in Interfaith, but you are on the West
    Coast and I am on the East Coast. How
    can I share this spiritual blessing?
    In Love and Service, Victoria in Maryland.

    • steven says:

      Hi Victoria,
      The first thing to know is that you are not alone. I’ve heard this question from people all over the U.S. and Canada, also the U.K.. You left your e-mail, so I’ll respond at greater length in an e-mail, as a long reply really doesn’t work here. You may know I wrote a book on Interfaith (“The Interfaith Alternative”). In response to comments just like yours I’m busy writing a follow-up book on how people can start their own Interfaith groups. No need to reinvent the wheel. But in the meantime there are some things you can do now that may help. I’ll chat with you more about that in the e-mail. Thank you for writing! It is my strong hope that Interfaith groups can spring up around the country and indeed around the world! Best to you! Steven (Oh, and Living Interfaith has one Interfaith message posted on YouTube. We hope to have an entire service on YouTube by the end of June.)

      • Karl Cranford says:

        There are so many people of faith who are being seperated by so much political idiology. There is only one Creator and all who recognize and acknowledge that One do so in their own way. I see diversity as the one constant in Creation, so why should we all be limited to only one path to our Creator? Please send me the same info as you’ve promised to Victoria. Thank you.

  4. I found a reference to your church at linkedin’s “Interfaith Professionals” Group while reading a hotly debated “But Isn’t Jesus God ?” session. One of our members, Edward Reed, has recently posted what I presume to his work, the first part of which (I think) brilliantly puts the case re The Bhagavad Gita and its interpretation.

    I wonder if you have heard of this group, and would like to “join” (if you have not already done so) and “respond”. Currently, since Edward (perhaps) implies that more is come, I am waiting for more while composing my response, which, having now read many of your balanced comments to questions, I think are more in line with “raising all” (ie not puffing oneself up while putting others down).

    • steven says:

      Thank you for your info. I’m not involved with “Linkedin”. We’re on Facebook (both Living Interfaith and The Interfaith Alternative), but that’s about as far as it goes. You are quite right. Living Interfaith is all about ALL of us. It continues to me to be unfortunate that so many of us feel the need to put down another’s faith. I think, at it’s heart, it comes from a fear of “other.” As humans we don’t tend to take the time to make fun of or put down a person or a faith that doesn’t cause us, at least at some level, fear.

      For me the question is always not what faith-path do you walk, but how do you walk your faith? In terms of our varying Scriptures, again (for me) the question remains not what Scripture is sacred to you but what do you do with it? As example, some will take sacred Christian Scripture and turn it into a handbook for intolerance, and a feeling of superiority. Others will take that same sacred Scripture and turn it into a handbook for love and compassion. I think they same may be said for Hebrew Scripture, Hindu Scripture, Buddhist, Muslim, Baha’i and any other.

  5. Hello, I am Angelo Cannata from Italy, an ex-Catholic priest, no longer priest, nor Catholic. I have read your book and I felt enthusiast about it, because it reflects about 100% my personal philosophy. I would ask some questions:
    – “lex orandi, lex credendi”, say, almost all rites of all religions are strictly involved with exact dogmas, doctrines that explicitly claim to be the only right truth; how can you make, for example, a Christian service, knowing that almost all liturgical words imply precise doctrines that exclude validity of other faiths? Do you import liturgical formulas and adapt them, or do you create them from scratch?
    – I have seen that you wear, during the services, a brown stole, as a minister, a guide, like a priest. This seems to express the idea that, during the services, you hold a role that others cannot hold, you represent the right, guaranteed, official way; this seems in contradiction with the refusal of a single right way.
    – Is there a way to email you privately?

    • steven says:

      Hello Angelo. Thank you for your questions, they are important. I appreciate your comments about my book The Interfaith Alternative. My second book on Interfaith will be published in September, and I hope will answer your questions more fully. But rather than make you wait, let me try to answer briefly now.

      To your question about liturgy – we have created some liturgy from scratch (examples will be in the new book). That liturgy is for services that are wholly Interfaith (about half of them). The other half of our services honor specific holy days from differing spiritual traditions. When, as example, we honor a Christian holy day (we’ll be honoring Pentecost in June), we do use prayers and some liturgy from a Christian tradition (two people will be sharing their Pentecost celebration with us: one Lutheran and one Catholic).

      Where you may be confused is that we don’t attempt to replicate a Christian service. We celebrate and honor a Christian holy day and tradition. So we, and our guests, who understand our Interfaith nature, remain inclusive. We don’t judge each other’s traditions. Rather we share our traditions with one another. Our commonality is our embrace of Interfaith as a faith. We believe that there are a multitude of ways to approach the sacred, and there is no one “right” path or tradition. So when we celebrate a Christian holy day, the one thing we do leave behind us is the idea that this can be the only “right” way. Just as when (as we will this Sunday) we celebrate a Buddhist holy day, we don’t see Buddhism as “the” way. It is a good way, but not the only way.

      Your second question is also important. Yes, I wear a stole. But that stole has on it symbols from a multitude of spiritual paths. I wear it during the service and only during the service. It does not mark me as the keeper of a single right way, but rather acknowledges that while I may lead the service, and while on any given Sunday we may be honoring and celebrating a specific spiritual tradition, always, always we hold in our hearts a respect for the multitude of ways that humanity has sought to discover the Sacred.

      I hope this helps. Thank you for reaching out. And I’m both amazed and pleased that the book has found its way to Italy.

    • steven says:

      My new book Practical Interfaith deals with many of your questions. You can find out more about it at http://www.practicalinterfaith.com. I hope it will be helpful. Let me know.

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