What to Expect

Senior Minister David T. Bell gives a Sunday lesson at the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth, an alternative to church in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Senior Minister David T. Bell infuses Sunday services with humor.

Sunday services may draw upon sources as diverse as the poetry of Rumi, a teaching from the Buddha, a story about Jesus, a Jewish chant, and a reading from A Course in Miracles.  

Prayer, singing, and community announcements open our Sunday celebrations.  We take a few moments to greet each other with “Namaste” (Sanskrit for “the Divinity in me salutes the Divinity in you”). Each week also features guest musicians, a spiritual  reading and a guided meditation. These are offered by volunteers and expose us to diverse practices and perspectives.

Potluck lunch with our Sufi sisters at the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth.
Sharing a meal with our Sufi sisters. Potluck lunches are the first Sunday of the month in the Social Hall.

The core of our shared learning is a lesson by one of our ministers each Sunday, followed by Open Mic time. Open Mic is a time for spontaneous responses to the morning’s teachings. Anyone can share a question, struggle, or insight. Honest sharing connects us and helps us ground new spiritual insights in the reality of daily living.

Image of one of our "Youthful Spirits" after bobbing for apples.
Better than Halloween candy! Our “Youthful Spirits” celebrate values and principles that transcend religion — like peace, forgiveness, and service.

Each week the children and their teachers join the adults at the end of the service to share a synopsis of their activities. We close by singing Let There Be Peace on Earth and a Sufi benediction.

We are an open and affirming community.  Newcomers, please stop by the Welcome Table near the entryway to learn more.

Join us for coffee in the Social Hall after services and a potluck lunch the first Sunday of each month.

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