Faith House has been blessed for the last eighteen months by Juliet rabia Gentile's work as a founding staff member and Islamic Co-Leader. Rabia, a Dervish of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order, is a person of spiritual depth who has helped shape Faith House conceptually in its first stages of development, contributing to the Mission, Vision, Principles, website content, as well as the design and "feel" of our Living Room gatherings.
In mid-February, Rabia will begin a traveling sabbatical away from New York, where she will be working on a new book about her journey on the path of Sufism.
Rabia has been a friend, a budding mystic in our midst, and we look forward to her continued participation in the community, including opportunities for her to guest host future Living Rooms. For the next couple months, you can continue to email any messages to firstname.lastname@example.orgLiving Room Gatherings Designed by Juliet rabia Gentile
Banquet of Love: A Ramadan Feast with the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Community (September 2009)
The Garden of Union: Ancient Sufi Ceremony of Dhikrullah (May 2009)
Holy Journey: Hajj and Eid al-Adha (December 2008)
Islamic and Interfaith (organized with Jewish and Christian collaborators)
Seeding the Heart & Harvesting Intentions (July 2009)
Mother, Prophet, Mystic: Mary In New Testament, Holy Quran, and Beyond (January 2009)
Renewals of Life: Ramadan and Rosh Hashanah (September 2008, Launch!)
Breathing in... Faith House (June 2008, First Preview)
Other Faiths (with Zoastrian and Buddhist guest hosts)
Rebirth of the Sun: Nowruz and the Spring Equinox (March 2009)
Selflessness: Buddhism and Social Justice (November 2008)
Message from Rabia
Dear Friends and Members of the Faith House Community,
When I first joined Faith House Manhattan a year and a half ago it was like entering a new experiment in religious life. Each one of us had a vision for Faith House, but that vision had not yet taken form. The journey that unfolded in the doing, the reaching out, and the effort of shaping spiritual community in New york City was an invaluable experience that has enriched my life in myriad ways. Every moment of my time at Faith House has been precious and has taught me about myself, it has been a beautiful journey of discovery and learning for me.
It is an honor to know each of you and to have watched you grow and push yourselves out of your comfort zones to experience the "other." It is in these places of vulnerability, when we are pushed beyond our limits, that we experience true generosity of spirit.
I want to thank you for your generosity and your friendship. I look forward to watching this beautiful community blossom and grows in the coming years.
May God's light guide you and inspire you in every moment and with every breath!