Rumi Night Saturday, Dec. 15, 7-9 pm
Celebrating Rumi – The Timeless Persian Poet
By MELLEN KENNEDY
In these times of intolerance and religious factionalism, a voice of hope and compassion rings down through the ages. It’s the voice of that great 13th century Persian Sufi mystic and poet, Mevlana Jellaludin Rumi. More than 750 years ago Rumi said:
“Every war and every conflict between human beings has happened because of some disagreement about names. It is such an unnecessary foolishness, because just beyond the arguing there is a long table of companionship set and waiting for us to sit down. … All religions, all this singing, one song. The differences are just illusion and vanity.”
Given his uplifting message of unity, it’s easy to understand why Rumi is the best-selling translated poet in the US today. He invites us to go beyond our cultural conditioning and look for and witness the beauty and mystery of life.
Rumi lived in a time of upheaval and violence. He was a scholar and mystic and would recite ecstatic poems while whirling. This practice evolved into what we now call the whirling dervishes. Indeed, Rumi is the founder of this Mevlevi order.
You’re invited to learn more about Rumi and to join in celebrating his life and legacy.
Around the world, lovers of Rumi gather in mid-December in honor of his urs, the day of his death. Rumi died on December 17, 1273 in Konya (now in Turkey). Springfield will have its own Rumi Night on Saturday, December 15, from 7-9 pm also at the UU Meetinghouse. There will be live music, zikr, poetry and maybe even some whirling! The evening will be led by Shams and Walia Guillow and Rev. Mellen Kennedy. The evening will include the Dances of Universal Peace, simple, joyous dances which embrace the wisdom of the world’s religions and focus on peace and community. The event is free, donations welcome.
You’re invited to join in the participatory evening of poetry and ecstatic dancing in celebration of Rumi which will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 21 Fairground Road, Springfield, VT. All are welcome.
Games, Crafts & Cards Night, Sat, Dec. 1st, 6:30-8:30 pm
Join us for an evening of games, crafting and card writing on Saturday, December 1st. Bring a favorite game, a holiday gift you’re making, your holiday cards or any other craft project. Games and coloring will also be available. Join the conversation and the fun at the UU Meetinghouse, All welcome!
CANCELLED due to weather predictions: “Spirituality & Drumming” Workshop w/Matt Meyer, Sun, Dec. 2, 12-1:30 pm
Drummer Matt Meyer will hold a “Drumming & Spirituality workshop at the Meetinghouse on Sunday, Dec. 2, 12-1:30 pm. This will be a chance for people of all skill levels to participate in hands on rhythm-making. We’ll tour instruments from around the world and experience the connection of community drumming through activities, stories, and discussions. We’ll also look at how rhythm and music intersect with Unitarian Universalist values. Bring your own drum if you have one; for those who don’t, enough will provided.
Matt is a musician and community organizer who has led hundreds of services for UU congregations across the country. He has a degree in hand drumming and has studied abroad in Cuba, Ghana and Central America. Matt serves as Director of Community Life for Sanctuary Boston and is a founding resident of the Lucy Stone Cooperative in Roxbury.
Gentle Yoga Holiday De-stressor with Aimee Parnell,Wed, Dec. 5, 5:30-7 pm
Ahhh . . . . Relief from the December hustle and bustle . . . .
The yogic principal of Seva, or service, and the mindfulness practice of gratitude, can be antidotes to stress. Certified yoga instructor Aimee Parnell will offer a gentle yoga class on Wednesday, December 5, 5:30 pm at the Meetinghouse.
Admission is by donation of a gift item(s) such as children’s books, clothing, or toys (unwrapped) for families in need. Afterwards we’ll have tea and light refreshments and wrap the gifts. Please sign up in advance so we can contact you if we need to reschedule due to bad weather Contact Deb Diegoli: firstname.lastname@example.org; 802-885-3327.
First Friday Film: “Rumi, Poet of the Heart” Dec. 7, 7 pm
The December First Friday Film at the Meetinghouse will be “Rumi, Poet of the Heart.” The poems that this Sufi mystic composed about the transformative power of love have gripped the contemporary imagination. This film presents Coleman Barks, the most celebrated contemporary translator of Rumi’s poetry, in live performance and intimate conversation. Joining him to celebrate the earthy, joyous, spiritual passion of Rumi’s poetry are Robert Bly, Deepak Chopra, Michael Meade, Huston Smith and others. Narrator: Debra Winger. Music: Hamza El Din, Jai Uttal. Director: Haydn Reiss. (US, 1998) 60 min. plus discussion.Free admission, popcorn. Doors open at 6:45; movie starts at 7 pm. All welcome!
Coffeehouse Music: Vinnie DiBernardo Sat, Dec. 8, 7 pm
The December Coffee House will take place on the second Saturday of the month, Dec. 8, due to the holidays. Vinnie delighted us all with his songs in the past and we are thrilled to have him back again. Here’s hoping everyone can make it to this special coffee house..
Please come and enjoy the music and the delightful refreshments and coffee. Free admission. All Welcome. Doors open at 6:30, music starts at 7pm. This is a family-friendly evening of music and fun. You will be able to purchase delicious snacks and beverages.
Souper Sunday, December 9, after the service
The Caring Committee is sponsoring Souper Sunday on December 9th. This is a time to gather after the Service and share soup and bread as well as conversation. Soup and bread will be $4 (no charge for visitors). Come join us!
NOTE: There will be no Song Circle this month. We plan to resume in the spring.