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Devastation and Desperation in Haiti

We at the Rumi Forum are deeply saddened by the devastation of the recent earthquake in Haiti. Our hearts and prayers go out to those who have perished and those who have survived this disastrous event. The Rumi Forum encourages it’s friends to contribute in any way possible to the many aid organizations working on the ground to help the people of Haiti.

The Rumi Forum supports the work of Helping Hands as they work tirelessly alongside many other aid organizations to assist and support the survivors of this catastrophic earthquake that has killed over one hundred thousand people and left many more homeless and without food and shelter. Click here to donate.


In these difficult times the Rumi Forum wishes you good health, peace and prosperity in 2010.


Inspiring Words

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.

 -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.      


Rumi Forum President Address's Delaware Legislature

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Emre Celik, President of the Rumi Forum, presented to the Members of the Delaware Legislature what was an historic talk for the oldest intercultural dialogue organization founded by the Turkish American community. During his presentation Mr. Celik referred to the inspiration that the Rumi Forum’s Honorary President Fethullah Gulen has provided to numerous organizations around the world, sighting Mr. Gulen’s vision as a catalyst for encouraging positive interaction amongst all communities. The occasion was organized by Delaware Legislative Member Michael Ramone and the Rumi Forum’s Delaware Chapter. In addition, Delaware Legislative Member John Kowalko spoke of his appreciation for the efforts of the Rumi Forum in providing numerous dialogue activities both in Delaware and in the Washington, DC region.

Delaware is famous for being the first state of the United States of America and the home of current Vice President Joe Biden.

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Rumi Forum Chapter Dinners Promote Community Dialogue


Over the past few months Rumi Forum’s Chapters in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Kentucky have conducted several dialogue dinners. These dinners gathered diverse groups of people, including government and community leadership, to discuss the fruits of intercultural dialogue and to foster the exchange of ideas amongst community members. Such events create an environment where participants have the opportunity to improve mutual understanding and enhance cooperation.

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East West Encounters:                            The Gulen Movement


The Office of Religious Life at the University of Southern California, Department of Theological Studies at the Loyola Marymount University, International Education Center, Santa Monica College, Department of Religious Studies at the Humboldt State University, Department of Religious Studies at Whittier College and Pacifica Institute sponsored a conference on the general theme of an encounter between “East” and “West” in the case of the Gülen Movement and the movement’s contributions to education, interfaith and intercultural dialogue, tolerance, and world peace.

The Objective was to explore the appeal, meaning, and impact of Fethullah Gülen and the Gülen movement as exemplifying approaches to education, dialogue, and peace that transcend and mediate traditional distinctions between "East" and West".

Zeki Saritoprak (Rumi Forum, former President) wrote about his impressions of the conference, to read the article click here.

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Rumi Forum Internship Program

We are still accepting applications for our winter and spring 2010 internship program.

Eligibility: All undergraduate and master’s-level students and J.D. and Ph.D. candidates as well as recent graduates are eligible to apply.

Application Process: In order to apply for a Rumi Forum Internship, please submit the following:

· Cover Letter and Resume

· College or University Transcript

· 2-3 References (please provide both the phone and email contact information and please include a Professor or other individual familiar with your work)

Winter: January to March
Spring: March to May

*starting dates are flexible

Please send materials via email to 

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