Splendor Mandala by Julie Hliboki

"Splendor" Mandala
Julie Hliboki

Meditation

Inhale,
and God approaches you.
Hold the inhalation,
and God remains with you.
Exhale,
and you approach God.
Hold the exhalation,
and surrender to God.

-- Krishnamacharya

Interfaith Contemplative Meetings

Every second Sunday of the month, from 6.30pm to 8pm
Location: The Shambhala Center of Atlanta, 1447 Church Street, Decatur, GA 30030
 

Every third Sunday of the month, from 6.30pm to 8pm
Location:  Istanbul Cultural Center, 591, N Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009

Every fourth Sunday of the month, from 6.30pm to 8pm
Location:  The Vedanta Center of Atlanta, 2331 Brockett Road, Tucker 30084

Religious teachings and wisdom has proven to us that contemplative practice can provide powerful pathways to awareness, compassion, love, and “oneness”. Centering prayer, meditation, mindfulness, and “Lectio Divina” are just a few of the contemplative practices embraced by today’s mainstream traditions. These along with other practices allow us to open our hearts to self and to each other.

Interfaith Contemplative Meetings create an environment where persons of various faiths (or none) can gather monthly for contemplative practice and community building. Our groups are purposefully designed to focus on personal experience and inter-personal relationships rather than institutionalized theology and doctrine.  We begin our gatherings in contemplative practice, with 20 minutes of silence. We then engage in discussion on the personal spirituality of our participants, or a topic that allows us to share experiences from each other’s faith.  Group facilitators gently guide discussions to ensure all voices are heard. 

The rich dialogue that ensues fosters interfaith friendship, understanding and growth.  All this goodwill in 90 minutes!  You are always welcome to join us, at any location. 

If you are interested in joining the SECOND SUNDAY GROUP IN DECATUR, please contact Steve Gold (torahveda@gmail.com). 

If you are interested in joining the THIRD SUNDAY GROUP IN ALPHARETTA, please contact Marian Monahan (marian@neshamainterfaithcenter.org). 

If you are interested in joining the FOURTH SUNDAY GROUP IN TUCKER, please contact Steve Gold (torahveda@gmail.com).


Send an email to join the relevant mailing list, and to receive the latest information and confirmation of dates - especially as the location or timing may change from time to time, due to unforeseen circumstances.  Thank you for your understanding! 

Click for directions:

Decatur location - The Shambhala Center of Atlanta, 1447 Church Street, Decatur, GA 30030
Alpharetta location - Istanbul Cultural Center, 591, N Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Tucker location - The Vedanta Center of Atlanta, 2331 Brockett Road, Tucker 30084

 

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Cosponsored by Neshama Interfaith Center, Congregation Bet Haverim and JF&CS HAMSA

“Recovery: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice” with Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Friday, June 9 – Sunday, 11, 2017 - a weekend retreat with Rabbi Rami Shapiro 
Location: Congregation Bet Haverim, 2074 LaVista Rd., Atlanta, GA 30329 

“Recovery: The Twelve Steps as Spiritual Practice” … a wonderful bridge between the work of recovery from addictions (and we believe that we are all addicted to something, because we all do things to avoid pain, hurt and fear) and the spiritual awakening that is possible from the work of Recovery.

Join us for a weekend with nationally acclaimed author and spiritual teacher Rabbi Rami Shapiro to explore the spiritual practice of recovery and the spiritual drain of unhealthy dependence. In his book, "Recovery: The Sacred Art", Rabbi Rami teaches that addiction is a manifestation of a spiritual disease borne of a state of mind all humans share – the belief that we should be in control. Though this can play out in harder and softer forms, Rabbi Rami teaches that the 12 steps can be of service to all of us, because we are all addicted to the delusion of control. 

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Location:  2074 LaVista Rd., Atlanta, GA 30329

Program Schedule:

Friday, June 9, 2017: Erev Shabbat d’var Torah by Rabbi Rami. Open to all, no registration required, and no charge.

Saturday, June 10, 2017: Shabbat afternoon learning workshop, 3:00-8:30pm, including dinner and havdallah. Registration required.

Sunday, June 11, 2017: Morning learning and brunch, 9:00am-noon. Registration required.

Investment: $50, for Saturday & Sunday. $36 for Saturday program only.  To register - please click here.
For more details please contact Rabbi Mitch Cohen at mcohen5@comcast.net  or call Amy Robertson at Congregation Bet Haverim: 404-315-6446

About our cosponsors:  Congregation Bet Haverim is a Reconstructionist synagogue in Atlanta, whose mission is to promote a bold and expansive Jewish identity and culture emphasizing inclusivity, creativity, spirituality and social justice while upholding a commitment to serve the LGBTQ and allied community.
JF&CS HAMSA (Helping Atlantans Manage Substance Abuse) is a comprehensive substance abuse program for the Jewish community that is building bridges between Jews affected by substance abuse and their families and the support of the Jewish community. Together with clergy and members of the community, JF&CS’s HAMSA program is working to dispel the myth that Jews are not affected by substance abuse and addiction issues. HAMSA serves the community as an all-inclusive resource for education and clinical services relating to substance abuse. 

 

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Cosponsored with Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center

Interfaith Day of Reflection: "The Friends We Keep: Finding God" 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 9am to 3pm
Location: Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive NW, Atlanta GA 30328

We are excited to announce a very special Day of Reflection with Dr. John Cressler, Rabbi Mitch Cohen and Kemal Korucu. Our three presenters will share, not only their friendship with each other and how that has enhanced their lives, but also how their religious traditions encourage and support inter-religious dialogue as a path for peace and justice. Join us for what will be a very spiritually enriching and uplifting day!

Dr. John D. Cressler is one of Georgia Tech’s most decorated professors. He first became interested in interfaith issues while conducting research for his historical fiction novels - interfaith love stories designed to break open the magic of medieval Muslim Spain for modern readers. Cressler is also deeply interested in the interaction between science and religion, especially from an interfaith perspective, and has recently introduced a new course at Georgia Tech, titled, “Science, Engineering and Religion: An Interfaith Dialogue”. He and his wife Maria have been married for 34 years, are the proud parents of three exceptional young people, and the doting grandparents of five (nearly six!) beyond-cute little ones.

An inter-spiritual teacher and co-founder of The Neshama Interfaith Center, Rabbi Mitch Cohen is the spiritual leader of Congregation Shalom B'Harim (Hebrew meaning of ‘peace in the mountains’) in Dahlonega, GA.   He was ordained a rabbi by the Metifta Adat Wolkowisk Rabbinical Academy in New York in June, 2011.  Mitch earned his Master of Arts degree in Judaic Studies, with a focus on Jewish education and interfaith outreach from Siegal College of Judaic Studies in May 2008. Mitch provides counseling in two areas: difficult life transitions and grief.  Mitch has three adult children, and three granddaughters.

Kemal Korucu is the president of the board of directors of Southeast Islamic Community Center. He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations in Georgia, including the Istanbul Cultural Center, Neshama Interfaith Center, The Atlantic Institute and Georgia Interfaith Power and Light.  Outside of his work for his own software development company, Kemal always gives generously of his time, is frequently invited to speak at programs such as this and volunteers for interfaith dialogue activities whenever possible.  Through him, many of us have learned about Islam and Sufism, and commonalities with other faith traditions.  In April of 2015 he was inducted by Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel into College of Ministers and Laity. Kemal is married, and has a beautiful daughter.

What this Day of Reflection offers:
Gathering time is 9:00 am -9:30 am. The first presentation at 9:30am is held in the beautiful Ignatius Chapel and the day ends at 3 pm. There is a continental breakfast provided and a delicious vegetarian lunch is served mid-way through your day.  This program includes presentations, conversation, time for silence and an opportunity to walk in the beautiful grounds. All are welcome.

Day of Reflection Retreat cost: $60.  
Registration is through the Ignatius House Retreat Center's website - click here to get to that page

Location:  Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30328

About our cosponsor:  The Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center was created to provide retreat and spiritual renewal for those seeking to discover and live out God’s will in their lives. Through its silent or spiritual retreats, yoga and meditation retreats, cancer retreats or 12-step retreats, it provides a sacred place of peace and quiet and offers the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola to facilitate an encounter with God. 

 

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Cosponsored with Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center

"All the Great Religions of the World":  Reflecting on the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 15, 2018, from 9am to 1.30pm
Location: Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive NW, Atlanta GA 30328

Guest Speakers - Fr. Jeffery Ott, Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser, Mr. Kemal Korucu

This Morning of Reflection is cosponsored by Neshama Interfaith Center and Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center

In “All the Great Religions of the World” written for Redbook Magazine in 1964, Dr. King provides a poignant reminder that love lies at the heart of all major religions. Violence and conflict, then, are not a result of religious differences but of the fact that “too many people have been religious in their creeds but not enough in their deeds.” King believed that religion had the power to play a major role in establishing peace, but that it would only succeed with greater emphasis on following the inherent ethical teachings.

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, women and men of all faiths and backgrounds are invited to join us at Ignatius House to unplug for the day and reflect on what Dr. King called "A New Definition of Greatness." 

Our guest speakers will offer some thoughts on the legacy of Dr. King from the perspective of their own respective faith tradition, then lead us in dialogue first as a large group and then in more intimate smaller circles. You will have time for conversation with new friends and old, silence and contemplation, rest, a satisfying meal, and the beautiful Ignatius House grounds to wander around.

Gathering time is 9.00 am - 9.30 am, when  a continental breakfast is provided. The program starts at 9.30 am and concludes around 1.30 pm after a delicious and nourishing vegetarian lunch is served.  You are welcome to stay after the formal program is over, to enjoy the grounds and amenities of Ignatius House some more ... and for those who are interested, to join a Mass service later in the afternoon (exact time TBA).

Father Jeffery Ott is a friar of the Order of Preachers serving as Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, the first African American Catholic Church in Atlanta, now in its 103rd year. He is the President of the Board for Interfaith Community Initiatives, and is also Promoter of Social Justice and Peace for the Southern Dominican Province.  Father Ott received the Master of Arts in Theology and the Master of Divinity from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. He was ordained a priest in San Antonio May 2002.  Before joining the Dominicans, Father Jeffery worked as Director for Community Collaboration at the Columbia Business School in New York City, and was campus minister at Xavier University in New Orleans. His church’s website says “He loves music, singing, speaks Spanish fluently, and passionately preaches with a song in his heart if not on his lips”.

Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser has worked in Jewish education since her ordination as a rabbi in 1993 from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. She’s served as a consultant in Jewish education, developing curricula for schools, overnight camps and for rabbinic colleagues who want to further their studies. With her degree in vocal music Ellen has served as substitute cantor at Temple Sinai here in Atlanta. She is a board member of Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta and on the Executive Committee of the Jewish Community Relations Council. She has served as the Jewish leader on six World Pilgrims trips around the world. Ellen’s involvement in interfaith activities goes back to early childhood and she has continued to be passionate about exploring the interrelatedness in religions through texts, lifestyle, values and traditions. In 2017 Ellen was recognized for her interfaith work, by being inducted into the Morehouse College, Martin Luther King Chapel Board of Preachers. She lives in Sandy Springs with her family, who love to accompany her in whichever House of God she is visiting - a mosque, a church, a temple, a synagogue, or a sacred space in nature. 

Kemal Korucu is the president of the board of directors of Southeast Islamic Community Center. He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations in Georgia, including the Istanbul Cultural Center, Neshama Interfaith Center, The Atlantic Institute and Georgia Interfaith Power and Light.  Outside of his work for his own software development company, Kemal always gives generously of his time, is frequently invited to speak at programs such as this and volunteers for interfaith dialogue activities whenever possible.  Through him, many of us have learned about Islam and Sufism, and commonalities with other faith traditions.  In April of 2015 he was inducted by Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel into College of Ministers and Laity. Kemal is married, and has a beautiful daughter.

Morning of Reflection cost: $35

Registration is through the Ignatius House Retreat Center's website - click here to get to that page

Location:  Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30328

About our cosponsor:  The Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center was created to provide retreat and spiritual renewal for those seeking to discover and live out God’s will in their lives. Through its silent or spiritual retreats, yoga and meditation retreats, cancer retreats or 12-step retreats, it provides a sacred place of peace and quiet and offers the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola to facilitate an encounter with God.