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Experiencing the Meditative Heart of the World's Religions

by Lifelong Learning Staff

Mona Shah-Joshi

Are you curious about the meditative practices of the world’s major religions? Have you ever wanted to experience meditation, but haven’t found the right setting? 

The upcoming Interfaith Contemplative Conference, April 13-15 at the Harrington Center on the seminary campus, offers participants the opportunity to explore and experience the meditative heart of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam. 
 
Sponsored byAtlanta’s Interfaith Community Initiatives and hosted by the Center for Lifelong Learning and the Certificate in Spiritual Formation program, this event is a rare opportunity to hear speakers such as Dr. Alan A. Godlas, an authority on mystical Islam, and to experience Sufi meditation. 
 
Conference Leader, Ben Campbell Johnson says, “Friday night, the last night of Passover, Mitch Cohen, an expert on Judaic Studies, will lead the group in a Shabbat service.  Additionally,” says Johnson, “a special treat will be Coleman Barks' reading of Rumi’s poetry at his Saturday night concert."
 
The conference will close on Sunday with Carl McColman speaking on the hidden tradition of Christian mysticism, followed by a moving interfaith service led by the Rev. Robert Thompson. The Rev. Thompson served for six years as a member and nearly four years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Parliament of the World's Religions.
 
Presenters Gareth Young and Geshe Dadul Namgyal (Buddhism) and Mona Shah-Joshi (Hinduism), will also lead meditations. 
 
For more information and to register, click here.