Interfaith Spiritual Alphabet (free online series)
With Jay McDaniel and Sophia Said
October 4 - November 22, 2023
Spirituality and Poetry
Exploring the Wisdom of Rumi, Hafiz, and Process Theology
Bethlehem Centre, in collaboration with the Interfaith Center of Arkansas, the Cobb Institute and Process & Faith is delighted to present a captivating eight-week online series: “Spirituality and Poetry: Exploring the Wisdom of Rumi, Hafiz, and Process Theology.”
Led by Sophia Said and Jay McDaniel, this enriching series will delve into the connections between spirituality, poetry, and the transformative concepts of process theology. As a paradigm for thinking about spirituality, we will use the “spiritual alphabet” of Spirituality and Practice: “A” is for attention, “B” is for beauty, “C” is for compassion, etc. We invite you to join us for an hour each week as we embark on a reflective journey through the spiritual alphabet.
Together, we will explore the timeless verses of Rumi and Hafiz, two poets who transcend religious boundaries and touch upon the universal essence of the human experience. Through their words, we will uncover insights and inspirations that can enrich our spiritual lives, fostering a deeper connection with ourselves, others, and the divine.
In addition, the series will delve into the inclusive framework of process theology, which embraces the ever-evolving nature of spirituality. By integrating the wisdom of the poets and the principles of process theology, we will embark on a transformative exploration of spirituality, inviting active participation in the ongoing co-creation of our world.
The sessions will take place over eight consecutive weeks, providing ample time for reflection and integration between each gathering. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the facilitators, ask questions, and engage in interactive discussions. We aim to create a space where diverse perspectives can converge, fostering a deep appreciation for the power of spirituality, poetry, and process theology.
Jay McDaniel is Chair of the Board of the Cobb Institute for Process and Community. He taught the world’s religions at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, for 39 years. He is the author or editor of more than fifteen books, including Living from the Center: Spirituality in an Age of Consumerism and Gandhi’s Hope: Learning from Other Religions. Jay also curates and edits the world’s largest website on the ideas and practice of process thought: Open Horizons (www.openhorizons.org) Working in mainland China as a leader of workshops on process thought, he is also a member of the Board of the…
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Sophia Said is a transformational interfaith leader and visionary program manager who has led teams, executed ground-breaking projects, and engaged key stakeholders. Sophia has worked at the cross-section of interfaith and public policy for 15 years and has advised faith leaders, government officials, and CEOs about topics ranging from diversity and inclusion, women’s empowerment, interfaith relationships, and community development. Currently, she is serving as the founding executive director of the Interfaith Center of Arkansas which has the mission to reduce the fear and prejudice among world religions by providing education and enhancing public dialogue among different faith communities. She is also…
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