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  • Revelation, Dreams and Prophecy

    A Workshop With Lee Irwin

    Saturday, April 11, 2009, 2-5 p.m.
    Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, New York
  • The Alchemical World View

    An Evening with Practicing Alchemist Kevin Townley

    Friday, May 1, 2009, 7-9:30 p.m.
    Kalliopeia Foundation, San Rafael, California
  • An Introductory Alchemy Workshop

    With Practicing Alchemist Kevin Townley

    Saturday, May 2, 2009, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Kalliopeia Foundation, San Rafael, California
  • The Promise of Islam: A Dialogue

    Hosted by Pir Zia Inayat-Khan and Sheikha Fariha

    Tuesday, May 5, 2009, 7-9 p.m.
    Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, New York
  • Awakening to the Prophetic Call

    A Conversation with Pir Zia Inayat-Khan

    Tuesday, June 8, 2009, 7-9 p.m.
    St. James Church, Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom

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The Jesus Sutras: An Ancient Message for a Post-Modernist Future

For over 30 years I have been profoundly interested in the faiths, cultures, history and philosophies of ancient China. Most especially, I have been intrigued by that strange phenomenon, ancient Christianity in China. When I mention this deep interest, the most common response is a puzzled look and the question “What ancient Christianity?” Chinese Christianity dates from early in the Seventh Century, but it has been a closely kept secret, both for China and for Christianity. The tradition, as it developed, drew upon not only Christian imagery and philosophy, but also the wisdom of Daoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. The texts that survive are few, but fascinating.  My colleagues and I, in recent years, entered, through them, the conceptual world of these early Chinese Christians. Most marvelous of all, hidden in plain sight in China’s heart, we discovered the earliest monastery—adorned with the earliest Christian artwork—that still survives.... 

Interspirituality:  Tools for Exploration

Brother Wayne Teasdale dedicated his life to establishing the connection that he defined as  “interspirituality.” As he writes here, he saw true faith as both inner and outer transformation, one feeding the other in an eternal cycle. 

Omid Safi Introduces Revelation Theme at Seven Pillars’ Inauguration

Omid Safi introduces the theme of Revelation at Seven Pillars' Inauguration' Opening Ceremony, Labor Day weekend 2008. Omid Safi is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he specializes on Islamic mysticism (Sufism), contemporary Islamic thought, and medieval Islamic history. He received his PhD from Duke University (2000). Before coming to UNC he was an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. Safi is the Chair for the Study of Islam at the American Academy of Religion. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Pluralism Project at Harvard University. His book The Politics of Knowledge in Premodern Islam, dealing with medieval Islamic history and politics, was published in 2006. His translation and analysis of Rumi’s biography is forthcoming from Fons Vitae.

The Mystical Heart of Abraham

Inspired by a miniature painted a millennium ago, noted spiritual writer Christopher Bamford reflects on the venerable tradition of Abraham as patriarch and suggests that the heart of this father of three great monotheistic religions embodies  “feminine” traits such as unselfish love, forbearance, hospitality, and, above all, receptivity to the Divine.

Creating a Spiritual Voice for Transformation

Over 150 spiritual leaders and practitioners gathered in Aspen, Colorado from November 6th to 9th to explore ways to develop a collective voice for compassion, inclusion and peace in our nation and in the world. The gathering was organized by the Global Peace Initiative of Women, and was motivated by a desire to come together to find: “universal principles that can guide the development of a new consciousness and new way of living, in harmony with our planet’s resources and needs, and in harmony with our fellow human beings. GPIW planned this four day reflection to tap a collective spiritual wisdom and explore ways to respond to the crises in our times, with an emphasis on engaging the feminine principles of interdependence, receptivity, connection, inclusion and compassion. The gathering was organized under the direction and guidance of a group of American women of spiritual vision and commitment.

In The Footsteps of Prophets

Building on the theme of planetary prophetology introduced in previous webcasts, Pir Zia speaks about the nature of prophetically-inspired action in today's world. Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Seven Pillars' President, is the spiritual leader of the Sufi Order International, a mystical and ecumenical fellowship rooted in the visionary legacy of his grandfather, Hazrat Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan. Pir Zia is also the President of the Suluk Academy and founder of Seven Pillars House of Wisdom. Pir Zia holds a Doctoral degree in Religion from Duke University and is a recipient of the U Thant Peace Award.

Accessing Prophetic Sources & Wisdom Traditions

Pir Zia discusses the need to access prophetic sources and wisdom traditions for the articulation of a forward-looking world culture. This talk was originally given at the Sufi Conference, held October 2008. For the full audio or set of DVDs related to this event, please visit http://www.suficonference.org/2008preorder.html and for the text of this discussion, please see http://www.sevenpillarshouse.org/article/a_forward_looking_world_culture

A Forward-Looking World Culture

“Where am I in my journey on the spiritual path? Where have I been? Where am I now? And in which direction am I going?” These seem to me such vital questions. And the question itself is more important, perhaps, than any answer. To keep the question alive, to keep inquiring, to keep looking, witnessing, experiencing, this is crucial for all of us; not to fall asleep on the journey, but rather, as Christ said on the eve of the crucifixion, “Stay awake!”

Revelation, Dreams and Prophecy

This workshop will explore the themes of revelation and prophecy in a direct personal sense, how revelation can work through dreams to shape personal destiny and suggest pathways for human development. Further, we will look at prophecy as multivocal and part of the process of holding new, shared visions of human development sensitive to ecological balance, the alchemy of soul development, and a deepening of mystical awareness.

The Promise of Islam: A Dialogue

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan, Sheikha Fariha and friends, from the faith and academic communities, will dialogue about the role of Islam in modern society. This dialogue is part of a series on the contemporary role of the traditions stemming from the Prophet Abraham, May Peace Be Upon Him. Seven Pillars’ next dialogue, on Judaism, will be held the evening of Tuesday, October 13th.

Awakening to the Prophetic Call

If religion is a body, prophecy is its beating heart. The message of the prophets is at once a warning and a blessing, a call for the creation of a better world and a revelation of the perfection that already indwells in the human soul. Heard as a single sacred symphony, the voices of the prophets carry a message that leads not to the past but to an as yet unrealized future, a visionary rendezvous beyond the morass of materialism, fundamentalism, ecocide and war. Please join us for this evening as we explore the prophetic call of our time.

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