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Reunion: 2019 Festival of Rumi

Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

The Shining Heart Community of Greater Kansas City is holding its Annual Festival of Rumi, a celebration of the 13th century Sufi poet and mystic Jelaluddin Rumi.

Why should I seek? I am the same as He.
His essence speaks through me.
I have been looking for myself !
       from The Essential Rumi
         Translation by Coleman Barks
List of Events

Thursday December 5 from 7:30 -9 pm
Dances of Universal Peace
at Body and Soul Yoga Studio
at 59th & Holmes, KCMO

Join Allaudin and friends of the Friend as we center our class around the words of Rumi set to music. The dances use music and phrases with simple steps to help us attune to his mysticism.
$5 suggested donation

Friday Evening December 6
at Body and Soul Yoga Studio
59th & Holmes, KCMO

Reading and Book Signing with Mariam Baker
from 6:30. to 7:30 p.m

We are thrilled and fortunate to have Murshida Mariam Baker join us for the Rumi Festival this year.

This Special Event is a book signing/reading of her newest offering: Sacred Voices Stories From the Caravan of Women (illustrated by Habiba Dollard).

Community Night: Sharing the Wine of the Beloved
from 7:30 p.m on

Sufi Salon offers music, poetry and zikr in honor of Jelaluddin Rumi and for the love of God!
$10 suggested donation

Saturday December 7

Workshop with Mariam Baker from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m
"In the River of Blessings"

Dharamaasala House
5617 Kenwood Ave KCMO 64110

The workshop will include both seated and moving practices centered on opening the heart and mind to the gifts that surround us. Mariam brings a unique blend of softness and strength to her workshops.

This session will have a focus on the poetry of Rumi, in celebration of the season. The suggested donation is $20.

Afternoon & Evening events at St. Mary Episcopal Church
13th & Holmes, KCMO

Creating Sacred Space starting at 4:30
Help us prepare the Church for the afternoon and evening.

Turning Class from 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Join us as Murshida Mariam Baker and our senior semazens instruct participants into the meditative turn of the dervish as well as the meanings behind it.
Open to all levels of experience or non-experience.
$20 suggested donation

Catered Meal from 5:30 - 6:30 pm
For the convenience of Turn Class participants, out-of-town visitors, and local folks who love the food of Marwan, the Shining Heart Community is offering a mid-eastern meal.

If you are interested in breaking bread with your sisters and brothers, email Marty Amin Kraft at by Friday evening Nov. 29

Cost $10 for all those over 10 and no cost to youngsters. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Celebrating Rumi's Urs from 7:30
with Allaudin Ottinger and very special guest Mariam Baker
The main event of the festival features music, dance, zikr, and the poetry of Rumi. We are honored once again to have our semazens do the meditative turn during zikr.
Evening: $10 suggested donation
rounds out the evening celebration. Bring something sweet.

Sunday December 8
Universal Worship Service from 11:00 to Noon
Children's Mercy Hospital - Adele Hall
Lisa Barth Chapel, 2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

Officiants: Revs. Nur Rahman Martin Locke, Nuria Stephanie Sabato, Ali Kadr Larry Sousley

The Ceremony of Universal Worship is a devotional service that offers reverence, homage and gratitude to the one Source of all light, while symbolically acknowledging all the names and religious forms through which the light of Truth has shone.

Important NOTE: At the Visitor Parking Gate, say you are going to the chapel for Sufi Universal Worship with Reverend Nuria Sabato.
Every adult must bring photo identification (ex. drivers license) to check into the hospital Allow time for this..

Community Feast .
After Universal Worship concludes, we journey on to Taj Mahal restaurant at 75th and Wornall (next to Aldi's).
We have reserved the back room and they have a wonderful menu. Meals can be ordered and there is a $12.95 buffet.
Join us please! No one will be turned away for lack of funds.