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Event: Naqshbandi Sufi Dhikr.

Venue: The Salisbury Centre, 2 Salisbury Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5AB.
Date: Friday 3 February 2017.
Time: 7.30pm.
Event Description: The practice of Dhikr (Remembrance of God) is a traditional Sufi method of purifying the soul to reach a state of oneness with the Divine Reality. The Distinguished Naqshbandi Order recite the Khatm ul-Khwajagan (Litany of the Masters), a traditional formulation of prayer, chanting, and recitation under the guidance of the Shaykh (Mawlana Shaykh Nazim). Members of the Naqshbandi community in Scotland meet regularly to recite Dhikr, and they are delighted to welcome the wider public to this event. We were blessed last year by a visit to the Salisbury Centre by Shaykh Nazim’s eldest son and successor, Shaykh Mehmet Adil ar-Rabbani. God willing, his blessings will be reaching our hearts at this event. Men, women and children of all backgrounds are welcome. Food will be served after.

For further info visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ScottishNaqshbandi

Cost: Donations Welcome.
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Event: Mindfulness@Lunchtime.

Venue: St Mark’s Unitarian Church, 7 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2DP.
Dates: Tuesday 7, 14, 21, 28 February and Tuesday 7, 14, 21 March 2017.
Time: 12.15pm-2pm.
Event Description: The Community of Interbeing and Unitarians in Edinburgh jointly organise Mindfulness@Lunchtime every Tuesday from 12.15pm to 2pm. Please take a break, slow down, and find mindfulness@lunchtime - guided sitting meditation, walking meditation, enjoying our food together in silence and ending with a short silent meditation, returning to the world refreshed! Mindfulness is gently bringing our attention to the present moment, invoking our inherent capacity for healing and renewal. Please bring your own lunch.

Cost: Admission Free. Everyone Welcome.
Contact: Jon Bagust, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Event: Film Screening and Seminar: Talk by artist filmmaker and scholar Isabel Rocamora.

Title: “The immanence of belief: presencing world and being through Faith”.

Screening of Faith, 22 mins, 2015.

Venue: Martin Hall, Divinity School, New College, University of Edinburgh.
Date: Wednesday 8 February 2017.
Time: 5pm.
Event Description: Described by The Times as “complex, beautiful, revelatory”, Faith is a triptych that intimately observes the act of worship of the three religions of Jerusalem. The film is set in the wilderness of the Judean desert, where, far from the built and contested territories, an Orthodox Jew, a Greek Orthodox Christian and a Sunni Muslim perform their morning prayers. Questioning segregation while celebrating difference, Faith contemplates issues of human belief, inviting reflection on one of the most tragic, world resonating conflicts that persist in this new century.

Following the screening, Isabel Rocamora will reflect on the thematic intentions and making of her project through a discussion of philosophies which accompany her conceptual process. The issues of imaging, belief as existential mood, and otherness will be considered in dialogue with Jean-Luc Marion’s thoughts on the religious icon, Martin Heidegger’s early ontology and the ethics of alterity as defined by Emmanuel Levinas.

Isabel Rocamora is an artist filmmaker, scholar and lecturer. Awarded internationally, her work can be seen in museums and filmothèques as well as on art broadcast. Her films have been exhibited at Centre for Contemporary Art Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; the National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen; the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; and the Bologna Museum of Modern Art, among other venues. Following solo shows at Senda Gallery in Barcelona and the Koffler Gallery in Toronto, Rocamora’s project Faith was recently exhibited at Edinburgh’s Summerhall Galleries, captivating a large number of visitors from diverse backgrounds and communities. Isabel has given talks on the moving image at the universities of Oxford, Glasgow, Dundee, Frankfurt (Goethe University) and Brown.

www.isabelrocamora.org

Cost: Admission Free.
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Event: Tu b'shvat seder. Tu b'shvat is the New Year for trees and a seder is a communal meal.

Venue: Columcille Centre, 2 Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH10 4RT.
Date: Friday 10 February 2017.
Time: 7pm.
Event Description: We will be having a bring and share supper, during which we will have various readings relating to Tu b'shvat and also eating various different fruits from different trees. There is a strong environmental theme to Tu b'shvat, so many of the readings relate to this. If you would like to come, please bring along a non-meat dish to share (vegetarian food is easiest!).

Cost: Admission Free.
Contact: If you would like to come, please leave a message on our answerphone on 0131 777 8024 or leave a message via our website (www.eljc.org) so that we know you are coming and can properly welcome you when you arrive.

Event: Langar Community Meal.

Venue: Guru Nanak Gurdwara, 1 Sheriff Brae, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6TJ.
Date: Sunday 12 February 2017.
Time: 2pm-3pm.
Event Description: Guests are welcome to attend this traditional vegetarian meal at the Edinburgh Gurdwara. Prior to the meal there will be a short talk with questions and answers.

The talk normally takes place upstairs in the worship hall and all visitors are reminded that shoes will have to be removed on entry and that their head should stay covered while in Gurdwara.

Cost: Admission Free. Everyone Welcome.
Contact: Wege Singh, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Event: 'Connecting to God'.

Venue: Edinburgh Central Mosque, 50 Potterrow, Edinburgh, EH8 9BT.
Date: Sunday 19 February 2017.
Time: 3.30pm–5.30pm.
Event Description: An event that focuses on the physical aspects of the Muslim prayer (Salah) and the prostration (Sujood) in particular. It discusses the similarities and differences between Islam and the other religions such as Judaism and Christianity. This event leads to the 'Experience Prayer' event.

Cost: Admission Free.
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Event: 'Experience Prayer'.

Venue: Edinburgh Central Mosque, 50 Potterrow, Edinburgh, EH8 9BT.
Date: Sunday 19 February 2017.
Time: 5pm-5.45pm.
Event Description: An invitation for the public to experience a live Muslim call to prayer (Adhaan) and observe the congregational prayer (Salaah) as it is performed. The call to prayer will be give around 5.25pm and the prayer performed shortly after that at around 5.30pm. We kindly ask that guests arrive in good time around 5pm to be situated in the prayer hall and minimise any potential disturbance of the worshippers.

Cost: Admission Free.
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