Sedona Interfaith Fellowship
A spiritual oasis -- all are welcome!
Sedona Public Library
3250 White Bear Ln.
Sedona, AZ 86336
Sedona Interfaith Fellowship Mission Statement
To be an opening through which individuals may more deeply experience the presence of God. To create this opening by drawing upon the wisdom and beauty of the world’s great spiritual traditions.
Our Mission Statement is what sets the tone for the Sunday Services. We explore various topics of spiritual interest from the perspective of the world’s great religions and spiritual paths, as we open ourselves to the beauty and depth of our own personal experiences of God, by whatever name our Source is called.
Our Sunday Worship and Celebration Gatherings include:
• Singing: joyous praise, and meditative chant, traditional and contemporary
• Selected readings from sacred texts and inspirational teachers
• An inspirational or educational story, accompanying an inspiring and thought-
• A short guided meditation and a few minutes of silent meditation
Click on map for directions.
Holiday Season Sunday Gatherings
9:30 a.m., Sedona Library
Join us for brunch following at a local restaurant.
Third Sunday in Advent – Hanukkah
Hanukkah begins this coming Wednesday, and as a part of Sedona Interfaith Fellowship’s Advent light festival celebrations, for the 3rd Sunday, participants will honor Hanukkah, allowing the beauty found in Judaism to grace their lives.
Hanukkah, while being a minor festival, has become honored over time, and is a festival of lights, in which menorahs are seen burning everywhere, acknowledging the miracle that occurred in 165 B.C., when Judah Maccabbee led a small band of rebels in reclaiming Jerusalem and the temple. Upon lighting the temple menorah for their rededication, the Jews discovered there was enough oil for only one day, but the lamp miraculously burned for eight days.
Fourth Sunday in Advent – Kwanzaa
For the Fellowship’s light festival celebration during Advent, participants will use the lens of the contemporary celebration of the African-American Kwanzaa, which runs from December 26 to January 1. “Kwanzaa” means “first fruits” in Swahili. We will light a candle for each of the Nguzo Saba: Unity, self-determination, working together, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Sedona Creative Life Center in the Great Room
6:30 p.m., with potluck following
Christmas Eve will be a chance to catch our breath and remember the true spirit of the season. It’s a time to join with others in the quiet recollection of what is actually being celebrated. The light has come!
The Fellowship’s Christmas Eve Gathering at Sedona Creative Life Center is hosted by Reverend Susan Perry and Music Minister, Jon Michael. A tapestry of the birth narrative and inspiring readings, traditional and contemporary Christmas music, combined with a candlelighting ceremony, make the evening memorable. Bring a dish to share — a community potluck follows directly afterward in the Universal Room.
Last SIF Gathering at the Library
Our final library Sunday Gathering will be on December 28, 9:30 a.m., in the Community Room. In the spirit of New Year celebrations, it will be a great opportunity to give thanks for all that SIF was and did in the past, and to open to possibility, as we allow God’s Spirit to direct our future. A potluck will be held at the library afterward. The kitchen will be open, for storing and reheating food.
Reverend Susan Perry felt called to ministry at the age of ten, and twenty-five years later was ordained by the New Seminary in New York, in 1994, with a license as Minister, Spiritual Counseling. With its focus on the interfaith model, the seminary inspires individuals to expand their spiritual horizons to respect and honor the traditions of all of the world’s faiths. Susan’s ministry began in her own living room in 1991, then expanded to the more public setting of the Sedona Public Library’s Community Room in 1996.
Her spiritual career has included:
• Her upbringing in the Lutheran Church, which was the inspiration and preparing ground for her call to ministry;
• Many years of study and application of the principles of metaphysics as found in the Edgar Cayce channeled material, the Findhorn Foundation, and other spiritual teachings;
• A Course in Miracles study and practice, including working for several years at Miracle Distribution Center in California;
• For twelve years, assisting her then husband, Robert Perry, found and manage the Circle of Atonement, a center dedicated to embodying and teaching the principles of A Course in Miracles;
• Living in a spiritual community for twenty years.
Sedona Interfaith Fellowship is…
A Place of Fellowship
A Center of Worship
A Learning Center
A Focal Point for Action and Service
A Spiritual Oasis
As a Sanctuary, the Fellowship is a place where the seeker can find rest and solace from the daily walk of life. It is a place for nurturing and healing the soul on its journey of awakening.
As a Place of Fellowship, Sedona Interfaith is open to people from all walks of life, no matter what spiritual path one is or isn’t on. It is a place where the seeker may come to experience the oneness of all God’s children.
As a Center of Worship, the Fellowship utilizes the wisdom found in all of the world’s great spiritual traditions, to enlighten and illuminate the spiritual journey. It is a safe environment in which individuals may deepen their own relationship with and experience of God.
As a Learning Center, Sedona Interfaith Fellowship seeks to help break down the barriers people have built against different faiths, cultures, and ways of thinking. Educational opportunities range from hands-on experiential studies of spiritual practices and techniques, including those that relate to personal and inner growth, to scholarly studies of sacred texts and other writings.
As a Focal Point for Action and Service, the Fellowship challenges and encourages its participants to recognize that all God’s children are deserving of love. This love can be expressed in a variety of ways, for example, through service projects, prayer groups, educational forums, or action committees.
In sum, Sedona Interfaith Fellowship is a Spiritual Oasis, where the seeker may come to rest and replenish, to drink a new drink to refresh their soul, inspire their spirit, and bring new life and meaning into their daily lives.
That God is all there is.
That although God is all there is, we experience ourselves as separate humans on earth.
That God has sent enlightened teachers through the ages to bring a message of hope and deliverance to humankind.
That this message of hope, although different in expression from tradition to tradition, is at its core one and the same: God loves us, and wants us to come home.
That among the many holy messengers throughout history, all of whom have a voice within the Fellowship, Jesus holds the unique position as model and teacher of the interfaith principles and ideals for this Fellowship. His inspiring message is woven throughout this ministry, bringing hope and peace through the example of his love.
Rev. Susan Perry is available to officiate at your wedding!
This is a special day, and it would be an honor and a privilege to share in it with you.
I’ll work with wedding couples to create a meaningful and memorable ceremony to commemorate this joining. As the founding minister of Sedona Interfaith Fellowship, I recognize the importance of honoring whatever spiritual or religious backgrounds my couples come from. My focus is on the love and connection between the two of you, and this guides the planning of the ceremony to make it a perfect reflection of your values and vision.
With more than twenty years of officiating experience, I will help to create an environment at your ceremony full of presence, intimacy, joy, and love. We’ll find the right balance in the moment between those precious expressions of caring and when a little humor is called for!
Available also for:
• Baptisms & Christenings
• Commitment ceremonies
• Vow renewals
• Memorials & Funerals
• Home blessings
• And whatever sacred ceremony you might have in mind
Reverend Susan Perry
Basic Fee: $250.00
Additional fees may be applied to: Rehearsal, extended travel, guest count larger than 50, attendance and blessing/prayer at reception, for example.
Sedona Interfaith Fellowship
Reverend Susan Perry