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June 2019

Rumi Forum Co-sponsors: Our Muslim Neighbors

June 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Busboys and Poets, 450 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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REGISTER HERE Co-sponsors: Shoulder2Shoulder Campaign Jews and Muslims and Allies Acting Together (JAMAAT) Foundation for Ethnic Understanding   Islam is the second largest religion in the world. In America, Muslims are becoming our neighbors, co-workers, community leaders, caregivers and, in many cases, members of our families. Yet unfounded bigotry and fear are on the rise. Combatting that dangerous trend can be as easy as enjoying the dramatic—sometimes suspenseful and sometimes funny—memoir of Muslim peacemaker Victor Begg. His new memoir combines…

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Rumi Forum and JAMAAT Present: A Celebration of the Divine: An Interfaith Music Event!

June 30, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
ATFA, 14120 Newbrook Dr.
Chantilly, VA 20151 United States
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Register Here Program 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Presentations 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM Open Mic: Participants May Read Poems, Sing, or Pray Join us for an afternoon of spiritual music as we celebrate our love for the divine! Co-sponsors: American Turkish Friendship Association Congregation Adat Reyim Foundation for Ethnic Understanding

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September 2019

Rumi Forum Presents: Rumi Poetry Circle

September 25, 2019 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, 601 N Vermont St
Arlington, VA 22203 United States
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Rumi Poetry Circle

We invite you to explore the ecstatic poems of Rumi - the13th c. scholar & mystic. All are WELCOME. Your experience with poetry does not matter. We want your curiosity and willingness to explore. For more info and RSVP click here.  Poetry Circle Lead Explorer: Sara Ellen Swatt 1st started memorizing poetry 12 years ago as a key component of a healing program for a major crisis. She has continued to memorize poems and incorporates them into her Reiki Practice with cancer patients and the women…

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October 2019

Book Event: “Fethullah Gulen: A Life of Hizmet”

October 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Book Event in DC and Fairfax: "Fethullah Gulen: A Life of Hizmet"

Join us for a book signing event with author Dr. Jon Pahl featuring his recent biography of Fethullah Gulen. REGISTER HERE In this first critical biography of Fethullah Gülen in English, historian Dr. Jon Pahl takes us on a journey where we discover wisdom and controversy, from 1940's Turkey to the U.S. in the twenty-first century. Dr. Pahl tells the story of a pious Muslim boy from a tiny and remote Turkish village who on the one hand has inspired a…

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Book Event: “Fethullah Gulen: A Life of Hizmet”

October 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009 United States
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Book Event in DC and Fairfax: "Fethullah Gulen: A Life of Hizmet"

Join us for a book signing event with author Dr. Jon Pahl featuring his recent biography of Fethullah Gulen. The event will be moderated by Dr. Ori Z. Soltes from Georgetown University. REGISTER HERE In this first critical biography of Fethullah Gülen in English, historian Dr. Jon Pahl takes us on a journey where we discover wisdom and controversy, from 1940's Turkey to the U.S. in the twenty-first century. Dr. Pahl tells the story of a pious Muslim boy from a…

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4th Rumi Poetry Circle

October 30, 2019 @ 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, 601 N Vermont St
Arlington, VA 22203 United States
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Rumi Poetry Circle

Rumi, a 13th-century Sufi mystic poet is one of the most popular poets of our time.  The Poetry Circle uses Rumi's poems as a mindfulness practice. We welcome you & your friends to this Interfaith mindfulness practice. Every month we explore 2 Rumi poems. Your experience with poetry does not matter. We want your curiosity & willingness to explore. Our Poetry Circle is a supportive gathering. Everyone is welcome to participate at their own level of comfort.   Wednesday, October 30, 2019  6:45 pm - 7:00 pm     …

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November 2019

Free To Believe: The Battle Over Religious Liberty In America

November 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Rumi Forum, 2000 P Street NW Suite #503
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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Free To Believe

A Fresh Perspective on Religious Freedom from One of the Nation’s Top Attorneys. Many Americans feel like their religious freedoms are under attack and their beliefs will soon be punished as a form of bigotry. Others say these fears are overblown and Christians should stop complaining about imaginary persecution. In Free to Believe, leading religious freedom attorney Luke Goodrich challenges both sides of this debate, offering surprising insights on the most controversial religious freedom conflicts today—including gay rights, abortion rights,…

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Comparative Reading On Two Masters Of Spirituality: Rumi And Emanuel Swedenborg

November 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009 United States
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Rumi & Swedenborg

Join us for a comparative reading on the prominent 13th-century Sufi mystic Jelalludin Rumi and renowned 18th-century Swedish scientist, philosopher, and theologian Emanuel Swedenborg. With Ori Z. Soltes from Georgetown University and Richard Tafel from the Church of the Holy City as speakers, we will discuss personal philosophy, legacy, and impact of these two prominent luminaries.  REGISTER HERE Monday, November 18, 2019  6:30 pm - 6:50 pm        Gathering     6:50 pm - 7:50 pm       Discussion    7:50 pm…

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February 2020

Celebrating the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week with “Living Harmoniously in an Interfaith World: A Muslim Contribution”

February 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Churchill Center GWU-Gelman Library, 2130 H St NW
Washington, DC 20052 United States
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Celebrating the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week with "Living Harmoniously in an Interfaith World: A Muslim Contribution" A world of interfaith harmony will not be achieved by religious organizations agreeing on theology. Each faith tradition has its own unique teachings and traditions, and each individual is unique in their own personal understanding of the truth. A durable peace among the diverse peoples of the world will be achieved when individuals become mature in their faith and learn to embrace those…

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March 2020

Religious Literacy Series: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

March 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4911 Ox Road
Fairfax, VA 22030 United States
Religious Literacy Series

Rumi Forum is honored to launch the Religious Literacy Series. Our second destination will be The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints We are living in an era where knowledge is power. Considering how transnational and diverse our globe has become, simplistic and inaccurate representation of religion has always found its place among human agencies and understanding. Critical to this matter, we believe there is a need to expand the ability to dispel misinformation and unpleasantness of personal biases.…

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