Prof Karel Werner speaking

Prof. Karel Werner of SOAS, Religious studies Department, University of London, reviewed the history of Mysticism contrasting paths of doctrinal belief and ecstatic mystical union. His statement that ‘belief in doctrine was childish’ caused some discussion. He compared also the experience of interfaith dialogue and relationships today with the communities of mystics who have appeared throughout history. He added that the backlash against  those who transcended their belief to enter an ecstatic, mystical oneness has also been a common historical theme.

Bristol Bridge of Peace event for Brothers

This is one of our regular interfaith meetings where people can get together and learn about different Saints and their works. Starting with interfaith prayers from Christian, Hindu and Muslim, all the prayers had beautiful sounds. Particularly, Dr Krishna from the Hindu religion said prayers from the Qur’an which sounded so spiritual and enchanted. Report by Tomoko Harris (UPF Bristol).

glasgow upf interfatih meetingHeld at Unitarian Church, Glasgow Sunday Dec 20th

Due to the weather conditions, one of the speakers withdrew his presence and yet we managed to gather 13 of us for the meeting under the topic "The Kingdom of Heaven"

The meeting started with self introductions and a sharing on "wishes for the year 2010". AFP (Ambassador for Peace) Shubha highlighted that the purpose of the meeting is for mutual sharing and understanding and that either religious or non-religious people could find some insight during the meeting.

An evening with Islamic scholar Dr. Naznin Hirji

With a series of monthly interfaith events, the UPF’s Interfaith Committee has been exploring spirituality from many different traditions. Our February event featured author and Islamic scholar Dr. Naznin Hirji, who talked about how to create the right conditions to experience “the sacred,” a subject at the heart of her doctorate.

Dr. Naznin Hirji Experiencing the Sacred“According to the polishing of one’s heart can see the hidden meaning of things,” she said, quoting the 13th Century Persian poet Rumi as saying. The sacred could be found in “the silence that speaks” and “a thread that extends from the heart to the lips.”

The latest ‘Sharing for Peace’ meeting was held in the Pollokshield Community Centre, Glasgow, and focussed on the difference between a prophet and a reformer. After an introduction and presentation of the UPF 5 peace principles by Mr Jeff Allard, the Youth president of the Ahmadiyya mosque Ahmed Owusu, a cheerful and confident speaker, expounded on the principle that all prophets are reformers but not all reformers are prophets.


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