Networks of Faith, Spirit and Action


Networks of Faith, Spirit and Action

Cultivating an Interspiritual / Interfaith community-wide movement grounded in contemplative wisdom and practical compassionate action for the common good.

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Interspiritual Overview - Hosted by NICO

NICO (Northwest Interspiritual Community Outreach) hosts this Interspritual / Interfaith group that serves Individuals, Groups, Organizations, Youth, and Leaders

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Exploring Spiritual Activism

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Started by John Hale Nov 30, 2009.

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Comment by RJ Taylor on July 9, 2014 at 9:38am

Might I suggest Video Cyber-Meets for this Group...Love the messages and energy coming from Seattle, but I am not local...I want to attend! Here's a great program I use for some things I do...Amazing communication tool CLICK HERE

Comment by Anne Liu Kellor on February 3, 2014 at 3:25pm

Hello There,

I wanted to let you all know about an upcoming workshop I'm facilitating in NE Seattle. WRITING COMPASSION will be held on Saturday, 2/15 at George: Center for Community. 

In this workshop, we will explore the role of compassion in our lives through a series of free-writing exercises. As we practice writing and listening from a safe place of non-judgment and openness, we will delve into the intimate terrain of our hearts, including: the many ways in which we love and suffer, the people we care for, and the people we struggle to forgive. Participants will be encouraged (but no one is required) to share from their writing, and no prior writing experience is necessary. Brief meditations and resources for furthering your compassionate writing practice will be provided. All are welcome.

When: Saturday, February 15th, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
(with 30-45 min. lunch break)
WhereGeorge: Center for Community; 2212 NE 125th Street; Seattle, WA 98125
Cost: $50-$60 (sliding scale); one “pay-what-you-can” scholarship available.
For more information, please visit: or contact the facilitator, Anne Liu Kellor at

I've also listed the workshop under events here at Compassionate Seattle.

Thanks so much,


Comment by Bruce Schuman on October 7, 2012 at 5:41pm


Just want to mention -- that I just got back down the mountain, after spending the afternoon at the Chumash Inter-Tribal PowWow.

This was something new to me -- I had never been to one of these before -- and I just have to say -- that it was a beautiful and very sweet-spirited experience.  A bunch of different groups were dancing in the center ring, surrounded by many areas and drumming groups and people and families -- and, I guess, different tribes.  The faces there -- were just amazing.  Beautiful people all dressed up and ready to dance.

I love the spirit of the circle.  That place -- was just resonating with -- kindness, mutual support, the energy of community, simple basic humanity -- and beauty.  Just speaking into an interfaith/interspiritual context -- it's my sense that "the spirit of the circle" -- as found up there today, or anywhere else -- is the foundation for broad social change that the world is so hungry for right now.  The spirit in that circle -- comes as close to being truly "universal" as anything in particular possibly could.

My vision is: we just connect that spirit in every direction.  That's how we fix everything....

- Bruce Schuman, Santa Barbara

Comment by Karen Lindquist on May 17, 2010 at 10:41am

We have lots of interest and a desire to begin shaping the Summit.

I would like to suggest we add an interfaith worship dimension to the Summit. For example;

I would like to offer a Universal Worship experience in the Chapel. This is a service that honors all traditions on one altar with scripture readings, meditations, quotations and other spiritual practices.

I would also like to offer a contemporary spiritual practice called "Divinity IN," a mudra, breath, and movement prayer that concentrates the energies of awakening to our divinity with gratitude to nature. (This is timely as its roots emerged out of Japan following WWII and our Summit is close to the memorial dates of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.)

Some of you may recall that the Divinity IN was one of the presentations at a Praise & Thanksgiving Interfaith Worship Celebration held at SFBC in '04 or '05...

Also, the organization (Byakko Shinko Kai) that developed this practice may be in your consciousness as Jamal Rahman, Ted Falcon and Don Mackenzie participated in their Symphony of Peace Prayers on Mt. Fuji in Japan this past weekend.

I have other ideas for offerings for worship in the Chapel as well.

If you like, I can fill the Chapel for entire day with worship experiences for Summit participants to choose from....

In Service,
Comment by Reverend Cheen on March 24, 2010 at 9:44am
Mark the date, Karen Armstrong will be here with us in Seattle on April 24th for Compassionate Seattle! It's Up to Us!
Comment by Inderias Dominic Bhatti on February 3, 2010 at 10:27pm
Dear Revered Cheen,

Peace and blessing from Lahore, Pakistan!!!

As per of my religious and spiritual journey my miles stones are: my parental faith of generations as the Roman Catholic Faith – My Catholic Seminary Life – My Studies from the University of the Punjab, Lahore – Theology of Liberation of the South American – Progressive Christianity – Rationalism – Humanitarianism – Unitarianism - interfaith and pluralism – Yoga – Zen – magnetic vibration poles – psychic potential mechanism – Hypnotic mythologies – introspect energies pathways – magic and ………… many other.

With this thirst of never ending search for meaning and values about life and God my family, relatives and the interfaith groups in Pakistan always call me a shaken footed religious or at risk on the borderlines of my family faith. My thirst priced me a lot at my personal and family level. I faced opposing, conflicts and even violence.

As being an affirmer of Non-Violence and charter for compassion I always adopted optimism and forgiveness even with the painful kidnapping of my son in 2007 without threats, peers and fear of defeatism.

I had affirmed “The Charter of Compassion” and publicized it from my formed group of “Peace Ambassadors – Pakistan”.

I have the honor of the following titles:

* “Love Ambassador”;

* “Peace Ambassador”;

* “HERO – Role Model Peace Maker”;

My Humble Request

At this point may I humbly ask you to put my group “Peace Ambassadors – Pakistan” and me with individual and group with interfaith/pluralism as of their operation domain. This will bring me and many others liberation, contentment and connections with their like minded in their faith based interfaith initiates to build and enhance social harmony band communal collaborations in Pakistan.

May God continue to bless you with all the worldly and divine sanctions, Amen!!!

In Sharing, I am,

Inderias Dominic Bhatti,
Comment by Reverend Cheen on February 3, 2010 at 5:32pm
See the Compassionate Action Network and Northwest Interfaith Community Outreach represented at the recent Parliament of World's Religions!
Comment by Reverend Cheen on January 12, 2010 at 9:42pm
An Invitation to Act

We invite you to join us for an online meeting to plan for interfaith and interspiritual events and initiatives for 2010 and beyond. Let us know whether you prefer this Thursday the 14th or Friday the 15th, noon to 1 p.m.

Here is an Parliament related.docexcerpt from the Parliament of World Religions’ Draft Request for Proposal. In bold is what Seattle is already doing and may do with your help. Please feel free to add your comments and questions before then.

Tentative Agenda for GoToMeeting

1. NICO Roadmap
(detail from today’s NICO meeting coming in another write-up)
Key Events
Interfaith Leadership Summit

2. Post Parliament Event

3. Partner City Team and Write Up
Bridge building
Next Steps

4. Site Selection
Collaboration with the Seattle Campaign for a Compassionate City
Team Members
Comment by Reverend Cheen on January 1, 2010 at 12:59pm
Skye, thank you for your definitions. Your words make these concepts come alive for me. I'll share them with others.

And to all, please read and circulate this very interesting and eloquent speech by a Senator in Canada throughout your circles and to legislators :

Senator Mobina JAFFER, Canada's only Muslim senator, speaks about Human Rights for the Baha'i, the Sunni Muslims and for the Christians in IRAN.
14 December 2009.
Comment by Skye Burn on December 27, 2009 at 2:43pm
In response to Reverend Cheen's questions regarding diversity, pluralism, and interfaith...

In my view, the diverse religions relate to and focus on different aspects of a common experience...humanity's religious and spiritual experience. Pluralism emphasizes the common experience. Diversity emphasizes the different aspects.

Put another way, diversity recognizes the gift that each religion and spiritual practice "brings to the table". Pluralism recognizes the bounty of all the gifts displayed on the table. Interfaith is the conversations we have as we open and compare the gifts and exclaim about their value.

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