Saturday, June 28, 2014

Next Meeting July 12

Our next School for Contemplative Practices event will be on July 12, 10-Noon at Pilgrim.  Our topic will be Worship.

Every human culture we know of has had rituals that brought the community together, communicated an understanding of the relationship between the people and the cosmos, and imparted meaning and identity to the lives of the persons in the community.  Nevertheless, contemporary culture has fewer and fewer such rituals outside of the sports arena.  We in Sacred Soup are mostly folks who find the Sunday morning rituals to be less than fully satisfying.

What  is worship?  What does it do for those who attend?  What would such an event be like if it spoke to you?  Come on the 12th to join in this conversation.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Sufism: a guide for the Sacred Soup

School for Contemplative Practices: June 21, 2014: 10-noon

I confess that in my studies of the religions of the world I have been slow to approach Islam.  This is a lack I have lately been trying to remedy and I am interested in having you join me in this exploration.

I trust that most of you are as ignorant as I have been and so I can share what little knowledge I have gained without fear of boring you.  But when we meet on June 21 I don't so much want to lecture as to have a conversation about what we each can discover for ourselves about some of the central tenets of Islam as articulated in that more mystical form known as Sufism.

We know about Muslims that they pray five times a day, fast during Ramadan, go on pilgrimage to Mecca, and some engage in jihad.  What is the core truth that these practices reveal to us?  How can we bring these truths to play in our own lives?