Interfaith Iftar with Haneefiya America
On Friday, June 17, 2016 two Stewards of Seekers Church, Jacqie Wallen and Sandra Miller, attended an Interfaith Iftar with Haneefiya America Zawiya at the Silver Spring Civic Center where the group regularly worships. The invitation to this Iftar came through Mike Little of Faith and Money Network, a mission grown from Church of the Saviour. Mike has been in regular dialogue with the group, crossing boundaries and building bridges of understanding. Also in attendance was Kim Montroll of Bread of Life Church, a Church of the Saviour community where Mike Little also worships, and people from other faith communities in Mike’s network.
Those who arrived early were privileged to witness the first set of prayers for the evening. I was happy to sink into the rolling sounds of the men chanting the verses of the Qur’an and offer my own prayers to our common God. After we broke fast with delicious Senegalese food, Imam Papa Mboup invited several of the guests to say a few words during the program. It was a privilege to be asked, most especially because I was the only woman. All in all, a wonderful experience of showing solidarity with our Muslim neighbors who are feeling the brunt of verbal and physical abuse in these charged political times.
The Beauty of Islam
One Saturday June 4, 2016 a joint project of the Muslim Women’s Coalition of Greater Washington, the Interfaith Sacred Conversation on Race and Diversity, and the Eyes to See, Ears to Hear Peace Prayer Mission group of Seekers Church offered the first in a series of events open to the wider community in an effort to enlarge people’s knowledge of Islam. "Sublime Messages and Art of Islamic Calligraphy"
was presented by Nur Muhammad Osier in an academically grounded power point that explained how Islamic calligraphy came into existence, the six scripts used, and the long line of masters that led to his standing before the gathering and his status as a student of this amazing art.
When we look at Islamic calligraphy we are transported to another dimension. It is the highest form of Islamic art and medium through which the sublime messages of the Islamic religion, especially the Holy Quran, were conveyed and blessings bestowed. In addition to the Quran, the descriptions, characteristics, and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) are major subjects of Islamic calligraphy. In particular, the Hilye, or the description of the Prophet Muhammad as given by people who saw him during his lifetime, is one of the most important pieces in Islamic calligraphy, and is often the goal of the student to become a certified calligrapher.
After the power point presentation, with its numerous personal touches, Nur’s teacher Muhammad Zakariya kindly spoke briefly and fielded questions from our gracious audience as guests enjoyed an abundant buffet of tea and treats.
A Community of Communities
Since we began dreaming of our move to Takoma DC, long before we arrived in 2004, Seekers Church had a deep desire to share our space with other missions, ministries and organizations that are called to serve the greater good. Over the past decade we’ve helped that dream grow into a lively community of communities, that includes meetings by many different groups. Last year 49 different groups held over 550 events in our space. This did not include meetings or daily operations by Seekers Church or the three other organizations that use our space as their headquarters.
Currently, 19 of these 49 event sponsors host regular meetings at our place. Those who participate in their events often see our home on Carroll Street as their place for worship and meditation, healing practices like 12-step programs, folk life and music, and healing support.
Click here to go to brief introductions to these groups, with links to help you find more information about them and their activities.
• Al-Anon/ Alateen Information Service (Washington DC Region)
• Alcoholics Anonymous The Takoma Rush Hour Group
• Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (BMCM) Satsang
• Carpe Diem Arts - Summer Arts
• Carpe Diem Language Immersion Camps
• Christ Temple Ministries Church
• Covenant Christian Community
• Emotions Anonymous
• Fabrangen Cheder
• Folklore Society of Greater Washington
• Free Minds Book Club
• Insight Meditation Community of Washington
• Institute of Musical Traditions
• Mid-Atlantic Norwegian Dancers
• New Story Leadership
• Seekers Yoga
• Silver Spring Zendo/One Heart Sangha
• Takoma Groove Camp
• The Sanctuaries
• Triumphant Victory Christian Church
Seekers Church continues to support many missions and ministries in the United States and other countries. The amount budgeted for domestic giving this year is about 25% of what we expect to receive in offerings over the course of the year. Once our budget is approved each year and the overall amount available for domestic giving has been determined by the Stewards of Seekers Church, all members of the faith community are invited to request support for missions or ministries where they are personally involved.
For 2016 the community has affirmed support for 30 domestic missions and ministries. For easy access to more information, the name of each organization is linked to its web site.
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