So what’s an Interfaith Church? We look at the universe and our world and say there is no one “right” spiritual answer; that all of our spiritual traditions call upon us to love and respect one another. We celebrate our differing spiritual paths.
Why “Church”? The possible roots of the word are significant to us. Church may come from old English and old Germanic. The word means “circle.” So it is possible that the root of “church” is a circle, a community. We come together as a circle. New research has challenged the etymology. But regardless, we come together as a circle and use the word “church” in that context.
Is Interfaith “no faith?” To respect all faith traditions is not to ignore their importance or their differences. As example, Christianity is different from Buddhism. Islam is different from Humanism. Hinduism is different from Judaism. But in each what is the same is the call to compassion, the call to think beyond ourselves, to recognize that we are all connected. Interfaith calls upon us not to ignore our differences, but to rather to respect them, and to realize that each of our paths, in their own special and different way, call us to love and to be loving.
Then what is Interfaith, as a faith? Interfaith, as a faith, believes that we each encounter the sacred in our own way. Our encounters with the sacred are important to us and deeply personal. Interfaith embraces the teachings of all spiritual paths that lead us to seek a life of compassionate action. Interfaith, as a faith, does not seek to discover which religion or spiritual path is “right.” Rather, it recognizes that we are all brothers and sisters, and that a different times and different places we have encountered the sacred differently.
Why “Living” Interfaith? We believe it is essential to practice what we preach: to live our Interfaith call to compassionate engagement with the world.
What do you believe? What is expected of members? Please see our “Covenant and Six Fundamental Assumptions”, located in the “Church Foundations” section of the website.
Who is the Minister? Steven Greenebaum was raised within the Jewish tradition and practices his Jewish spiritual path within the framework of Interfaith. He holds Masters degrees in Music and Mythology as well as Theology. Steven is an ordained, Jewish, Reverend. That’s Interfaith for you!
Where are your services? Our services are from September, through June at the Good Shepherd Baptist Church. The address is 6915 196th Street Sw in Lynnwood.
How do I get there?
Coming south on I-5 (Everett area) take exit 181. That’s 196th Street, Lynnwood. You’ll want to be going west on 196th. You’ll pass major intersections at 44th Ave. W and then State Route 99. Several blocks after 99, you’ll see Good Shepherd on your right. Look for the Living Interfaith sign to point you to parking.
Coming north on I-5 (Shoreline/Seattle area) take exit 181A. That’s 44th Avenue W. Turn left onto 44th Ave W. Turn left on 196th. You’ll pass a major intersection at State Route 99. Several blocks after, you’ll see Good Shepherd on your right. Look for the Living Interfaith sign to point you to parking.
Do you have services every week? Our services are on alternate Saturdays at 11:30 AM. For our schedule, check this link. We have a pot-luck immediately after every service, and guests are cordially invited to participate.
Is there accessible parking? There is plenty of parking in the church parking lot behind the church. But please be sure not to park in the parking spaces reserved for the people who live next door to Good Shepherd. They have reserved spaces in front of the church.
Is there more to this than Saturdays? Yes! We believe that being involved in our community is an important part of who we are. We have already developed a close relationship with the Lynnwood Food Bank, and everyone is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to every service (unfortunately, the need for food is constant). Over time, we hope to be even more involved in service to and with our community.
I live in Seattle or south of Seattle. Is there a closer Interfaith Church? Absolutely! There’s Interfaith Community Church in Ballard!! Here’s a link to their website.
Do you do weddings? Steven strongly believes in the separation of church and state, and that weddings are a civil matter. Living Interfaith does offer Interfaith wedding celebrations.
Tell me more! For more information, try us out! Come for a month, talk to members, and see what our services and our diverse and loving community are all about.