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Main Festival Events: Day-by-Day

 

Saturday 1 March:

Day Workshop:

The Lesson of Divine Harmony:
A Sufi Approach to the Repetition of the Names of the Divine, to the Purification of the Heart, and to the Liberation of the Soul

with Khidmatul Khadim, the International Sufi School (more)

This workshop is now fully booked.

 

Evening Event:

Love, Lover and Beloved:

An Evening of Sufi Devotions and Ecstatic Music.

Facilitators: Khidmatul Khadim, the International Sufi School, Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti (Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz), David Bellak and Jila Peacock.

Venue: Meeting Room, Quaker Meeting House, 7 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh.

Time: 7pm onwards. Doors open from 6.30pm.

Event Description: The Sufi musicians and teachers assembled here will share music and chant that awakens the heart and revivifies the soul, from the Middle East, Turkey, Africa and Europe (including Scotland).(more)

Cost: £7/£5 (Concessions), on the door, on the night.

 

Sunday 2 March:


Day Workshop: Living Blessing:

The Aramaic Lord's Prayer and the Middle Eastern Mystical Tradition of Jesus

with Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz (more)

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Monday 3 March:


Day Workshop:

Re-Membering the Divine Feminine

with Dr MaryCatherine Burgess (more)

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Evening Event:

Forum of Middle Eastern Faiths:

Wrecking God’s Creation? Faith, Stewardship and the Future of the Planet.

 

Speakers: Dr Ephraim Borowski, Director of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities; Eleanor Todd, from Eco-Congregation; Dr Jabal Buaben, Lecturer in Islam, University of Birmingham; Professor Tim Hayward, Professor of Environmental Political Theory, University of Edinburgh.

Chair: Joyce McMillan.

Venue: The Martin Hall, The School of Divinity, The University of Edinburgh, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX.

Time: 7pm-9.30pm. Doors open from 6.30pm.

Event Description: A forum on how the three 'Middle Eastern' faiths, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, understand ecological responsibility and whether they can help save the planet. Jointly organised by the Helsinki Citizens Assembly, Scotland and the Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, EICSP.

Cost: Admission Free. Donations Welcome.

Contact: Neill Walker, mesp2008@hotmail.co.uk, 0131 331 4469.

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Tuesday 4 March:


Day Workshop:

A Jewish Journey:

Opening the Heart through Song, Story, Psalms and Serenity

with Chana Sophia Yaffe and Tirtza Singer (more)

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Evening Event:

Talk: Mystical Poetry and the Middle Eastern Mind:

Experiments in Multi-leveled Poetic Translation.

Facilitator: Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz.

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

Time: 7pm onwards. Doors open at 6.30pm.

Event Description: In 1990, Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz pioneered a poetic approach to interpreting and understanding the words attributed to Jesus in the Gospels from his native Aramaic language. During this evening he will discuss the use of multi-leveled poetic verse to translate and interpret ancient Semitic languages in a way that fits the worldview and ways of knowing inherent in these cultures. He will also read from a number of his translations from the Aramaic of the words attributed to Jesus, from translations of mythic poetry from the Hebrew bible and from verses of the Quran.

Cost: £5/£3 (Concessions), on the door, on the night.

Contact: Neill Walker, mesp2008@hotmail.co.uk, 0131 331 4469.

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Wednesday 5 March:


Day Workshop:

Spirituality, Peace and Wellbeing

with Reverend Professor Stephen G Wright (more)

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Evening Event:

The Return of the Jerusalem Peacemakers.

             

Facilitators: Rodef Shalom Eliyahu McLean and Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari.

Chair: Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti (Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz).

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

Time: Doors Open: 7pm. Event: 7.30pm onwards.

Event Description: We are very pleased to welcome back to Scotland Rodef Shalom Eliyahu McLean and Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari, Co-Directors of the Jerusalem Peacemakers, which is a not-for-profit organisation. This evening’s event will be an opportunity to meet these two Jerusalem Peacemakers, who are also actively involved in the work of Abrahamic Reunion, to learn about their work in the Middle East and internationally, sharing insights into the tools and dynamics of interspiritual peacemaking, and to share with them and discuss with them their inspiring, hopeful and pioneering grassroots interspiritual peace work.

Cost: £7/£5 (Concessions), on the door, on the night.

Contact: Neill Walker, mesp2008@hotmail.co.uk, 0131 331 4469.

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Thursday 6 March:


Day Workshop:

Spirituality in Everyday Life:
An Interspiritual Workshop and Retreat Day with Jewish, Christian and Islamic Peacemakers

with Reverend Professor Stephen G Wright, Rodef Shalom Eliyahu McLean, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari and Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti (Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz).

Assisted by: Chana Sophia Yaffe and Tirtza Singer. (more)

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Evening Event:

Concert: A Jewish Journey through Song, Music and Story

with Chana Sophia Yaffe and Tirtza Singer

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

Time: Doors Open: 7pm. Concert: 7.30pm onwards.

Event Description: Here is your opportunity to enjoy two internationally renowned performers from Jerusalem, who regularly perform throughout the USA and Europe. Tirtza Singer and Chana Sophia Yaffe sing, play the harp and  guitar with keyboard and percussion and tell stories that are culturally enriching, and mystically illuminating. This is a unique Jewish Musical and Storytelling experience not to be missed! Their combined talents make for a powerful performance full of humour, inspiration and unabashed joy.

Cost: £9/£7 (Concessions). £5 (Students). On the door, on the night.             

Contact: Neill Walker, mesp2008@hotmail.co.uk, 0131 331 4469.

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Friday 7 March:

Day Workshop:

Pathways to Peace Through Spiritual Dance.

with Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti (Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz) (Traditional Sufi Movement and Aramaic Dance); Alice Fateah Saunders (Dances of Universal Peace inspired by the Middle East); Joy Fuller (Circle Dance - with live music from Peter Bolland); Stefan Freedman (Canaan Confluence: Israeli dances with a focus on peace). (more)

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Evening Event:

The World Peace Flag Ceremony.

Facilitator: The World Peace Prayer Society.

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

Time: Doors Open: 7.30pm. The World Peace Flag Ceremony: 8pm onwards.

Event Description: The World Peace Flag Ceremony is a celebration of the oneness of humanity, inviting all people to send their heartfelt wishes for peace by naming each country of the world as its flag is raised. During the Ceremony, a prayer is recited for peace and happiness to prevail in every nation of the world.

The World Peace Flag Ceremony is a moving ritual of prayer for world peace. The Ceremony has been presented all over the world in settings ranging from small gatherings of friends to the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations. It is a moving experience of our shared commitment to peace on Earth.

The World Peace Prayer Society is a non-profit, non-sectarian, member-supported organisation. The society works to support the UN in realising its mission of world peace. The Society respects the freedom of individuals to choose among the world’s beautiful teachings, religions, spiritualities and philosophies.

Cost: £7/£5 (Concessions), on the door, on the night.

Contact: Neill Walker, mesp2008@hotmail.co.uk, 0131 331 4469.

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Saturday 8 March:


Day Workshop:

Pathways to Peace Through Spiritual and Musical Practice.

with Stefan Freedman (Participatory Voice Harmony); Preben Olsen (Awakening the Heartbeat of the Drum); Baha’i Community (Expression of the Soul in Music and Song); Davod Azad (Mantra, Zeker); Alice Fateah Saunders (Movement and Meditation using the Dances of Universal Peace); Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti (Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz) (Sufi Chanting and Aramaic Song). (more)

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Evening Event:

Davod Azad in Concert: Songs for the Beloved.

Venue: Columcille Centre, 2 Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh.

Time: 7pm: Doors Open. 7.30pm-9.30pm: Concert.

Event Description: Davod is going to sing different poems from different Sufi poets. He is going to play Taar, Setar, Tanbour and Daf.

Cost: £10/£8 (Concessions), on the door on the night.

Contact: Neill Walker, mesp2008@hotmail.co.uk, 0131 331 4469.

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Sunday 9 March:


Day Workshop:

A Wealth of Difference:

Tapping Archetypal Sources of Wisdom and Creativity.

with Lee Gershuny, Ph.D. (more)

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Monday 10 March:

Day Workshop:

Sufism: Doctrines, Practices and Historic Manifestations

with Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr. (more)

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Tuesday 11 March:

Evening Event:

The 2008 Middle East Festival Lecture.

Title: Spiritual Approaches to Peace and Ecology in the Islamic World.

Speaker: Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr.

Chair: Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz.

Venue: The Queen’s Hall, 87-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh.

Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm: Talk, followed by Questions and Discussion. Doors open from 6.30pm.

Event Description: Edinburgh will host world-renowned Islamic scholar Dr Seyyed Hossein Nasr to address the opportunities and challenges of Middle East Peace from a spiritual, educational and cultural perspective as part of Edinburgh’s Fifth Annual International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace. One of the world's foremost thinkers looks at the global environmental crisis, religion, modernism, fundamentalism and the spiritual foundations of individual and social peace.

Cost: £9/£7 (Concessions). £5 (Students).

Contact: Booking Hotline on 0131 668 2019, or in person at the Queen’s Hall.

Queen’s Hall Website: http://www.thequeenshall.net/index.php

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Festival Directors and Contacts

Festival Directors:
Neill Walker and Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz.

Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, EICSP,

Scottish charity SC038996,
4, William Black Place, South Queensferry, Edinburgh, EH30 9PZ.
T: +44 (0) 131 331 4469, E: mesp2008@hotmail.co.uk, W: www.eicsp.org