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CONFERENCE 2005

 

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The Day of Sharing Spiritual Practice and

The Two-Day International Conference

(preliminary details below)

Day of Sharing Spiritual Practice for Peace

A Day of Meditation, Prayer, and Reflection for World Peace:

Honouring Our Traditions: Sharing Spiritual Practice for Peace - closing with an Interspiritual Peace Ceremony and a Middle East themed World Peace Flag Ceremony (experiences of spiritual practices, chanting, meditation, prayer, reflection, music, dance and movement, storytelling and readings for peace). This day is in memory of the late Br Wayne Teasdale, pioneer of interspirituality.

Venue: St George’s West Church, 58 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh.

Time: Thursday 3 March; 9.15am-5pm, with registration from 8.30am-9.15am.

Event Description:

Participants will share experiences of spiritual practices, chanting, meditation, prayer, music, dance and movement, storytelling and readings for peace. This will contribute towards the 2-day International Conference which follows.

Cost: £30/£20 per day. Advanced registration is highly recommended to ensure a place. To be emailed a registration form and for a detailed schedule:

Contact: Neill Walker, 0131 331 4469, njwalk3001@hotmail.com

Contributions to the day are expected from the following traditions:

Baha’i, Buddhist, Celtic, Christian, Hindu, Ismaili, Jewish, Jewish/Sufi Zikr, the Middle East delegation, Muslim, Sikh, Subud, Sufi, and Zoroastrian. In addition, there will be an Interspiritual Ceremony for Peace, Dances of Universal Peace, and closing with a Middle East themed World Peace Flag Ceremony.

Program for the Day of Sharing  Spiritual Practice

 

2-Day International Conference on

Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace

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Venue: St George’s West Church, 58 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh.

Time: Friday 4 March: Registration, 8.45am-9.30am; Conference, 9.30am-5.30pm.

Saturday 5 March: Registration: 8.30am-9am; Conference: 9am-5.30pm.

Event Description:

Following on from the Day of Sharing Spiritual Practice for Peace, this two-day International Conference will have talks, workshops, readings, plenaries, and music and storytelling from Baha’i, Buddhist/Middle East, Christian, Ismaili, Jewish, the Middle East delegation, Muslim, Subud, Sufi, and Zoroastrian traditions, and from spiritual practices such as Dances of Universal Peace. There will be some 24 workshops and 14 talks to choose from.

Cost: £50/£30 per day. Advanced registration is highly recommended to ensure a conference place. To be emailed a registration form and for a detailed schedule:

Contact: Neill Walker, 0131 331 4469, njwalk3001@hotmail.com

By subject area, conference speakers and workshop facilitators are expected to include, among others:

Baha’i

Dr Moojan Momen: renowned scholar who has a special interest in the study of the Baha'i Faith and Shi`i Islam.

Dr John Parris: member of the nine-person National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of UK.

Buddhist/Middle East

Rev Dr Ruwan Palapathwala: Director, Centre for Social Inquiry, Religion and Interfaith Dialogue, Melbourne.

Christian

Dr Sebastian Brock: formerly Reader in Syriac Studies, the University of Oxford.

Prof Andrew Louth: Priest of the Russian Orthodox Patriarchal Diocese of Sourozh and Professor of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, the University of Durham.

Rev Prof Frank Whaling: formerly Professor of the Study of World Religions, the University of Edinburgh.

Father Mark Aziz: Priest of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Scotland.

Revd Jeremy Clines: York St John, Arab Christianity (Interfaith Values Project).

Ismaili

Dr Arzina Lalani: Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London.

Jewish

Rabbi Arthur Waskow: representative of the Jewish Renewal Movement in USA.

Rodef Shalom Eliyahu McLean: Orthodox Jew from Jerusalem; ordained as 'Rodef Shalom', 'Peace Pursuer' by Reb Zalman Schachter.

Middle East Delegation

Muslim

Abdul Aziz Ahmed: Islamic teacher and scholar.

Hassen Rasool: a leading singer of Islamic Nasheeds in the UK.

Subud

Sharif István Horthy: formerly Chair of the World Subud Association.

Amalia Dickie: Initiator and Moderator of the Subud Peace Forum.

Sufi

Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz: internationally-known scholar of religious studies and psychology.

Latif Bolat: the main Turkish musician and scholar of Turkish folklore in North America.

David Bellak: Sheikh of the Mevlivi Order and an initiate of the Helvet-Jeriahi Order of Dervishes.

Zoroastrian

Malcolm Deboo: Librarian and Information Officer at the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe, London.

Dances of Universal Peace

Alice Fateah Saunders: teacher of the International Network for the Dances of Universal Peace.