Representing two orders
Sufism is both the mystical inner tradition
of Islam and the aquifer of spiritual depth
that exists beneath the surface of life,
taking different forms in different times,
places and cultures.
The dervish, or Sufi student, is a door between the worlds - the inner and the outer, the seen and the Unseen, the self and the Self. Inshallah (God willing), our
Center is also such a doorway.
The Tree of Life, the Seven Levels and More - October 26-27
On October 27th, Rabbi Yonassan Gershom stepped out of a ten-year retirement from active spiritual teaching to bless us with a full-day retreat on experiential Jewish mysticism, centered on the Tree of Life (from Kabbalah) and the seven levels of Maimonides. An author, hasidic storyteller and long-time spiritual researcher and teacher, Rabbi Gershom is probably the only person in Minnesota ready to share Jewish mystical teachings at this deep level. His worldview is also colored by life on a hobby farm near Sandstone with wife, chickens, cats, dogs, geese and garden, immersed in the changing seasons and local wildlife. Vegetarianism and deep ecology inform his teachings, and he heads up a multicultural and inclusive boy scout troop.
Aramaic Beatitude series begins at Circle of Grace. Beginning May 26, the Aramaic Beatitudes will be offered on the fourth Sunday of each month over the next seven months. The Beatitudes of Jesus approached in Aramaic are deeply transformative and integrative. Dr. Saadi Neal Douglas-Klotz, the originator of this approach in the present day, says that doing the Beatitudes in this manner is something like undergoing a course in psychotherapy. They address the deeply felt emotional needs we all share. The Aramaic Beatitudes are a strong tool for self-discovery and a present source of comfort.
Dr. Douglas-Klotz, a Sufi teacher, is also known around the world for his work with the Dances of Universal Peace.