Event Schedule

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Two evenings of engaging conversation on diversity,
interfaith dialogue and the role that laughter can play
in healing differences.

Jamal Rahman

Jamal Rahman is a popular speaker on Islam, Sufi spirituality, and interfaith relations.  He has been featured in the New York Times, CBS News, BBC, and various NPR programs. Co-founder and Muslim Sufi minister at Seattle's Interfaith Community Sanctuary and adjunct faculty at Seattle University, he is a former host of Interfaith Talk Radio.  He presents workshops and retreats world - wide.   Jamal's passion lies in interfaith community building. He remains rooted in his Islamic tradition and to cultivateing a “spaciousness" by being open to the beauty and wisdom of other faiths.  By authentically and appreciatively understanding other paths, Jamal feels that he becomes a better Muslim. This spaciousness is not about conversion but about completion. 

For more information about Jamal Rahman please visit his website.

Encountering Irreconcilable Differences

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7:00p.m. in the John C. Myers Convocation Center, Ashland University

Jamal will share his thoughts  in these areas of celebrating similarities and honoring the dignity of differences, understanding that the goal is not to change the other but to get to know the other on a human and personal level, recognizing how it feels to be “the other,” and reviewing the five stages of interfaith dialogue.

Sacred Laughter: Awakening the Soul Through the Sacred Laughter of the Sufis

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 7:00p.m. in the Hawkins-Conrad Student Center Auditorium, Ashland University

In this lecture, Jamal focuses on lighthearted and humorous ways to connect with the dilemmas and challenges of being a religious person.  He says, “When we go over to the other side and look back at our dramas and melodramas, we shall laugh and laugh. So, why don't we laugh right now?”


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