December 17, Risk Everything for Love! Celebrating Rumi

Around the world, people of all faiths and cultures who are lovers of Jelaluddin Rumi gather today on Rumi’s Urs, the day of his death, in 1273 in Konya (now in Turkey).  He was a renowned scholar and mystic and would recite ecstatic poems while whirling in grief and joy. This practice evolved into what we now call the whirling dervishes. Come join in a time of song, mediation, poetry and story as we celebrate one of the greatest mystics of all times. If You have a favorite Rumi poem You’d like to share, please contact Rev. Mellen in advance at mellenken@aol.com. Music will be provided by the UCM Choir, and Kris Hammer on Oboe, performing the Interlude from Sir. Paul McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum. 

Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy is a Universalist and a Sufi Cheraga. She is delighted to be filling in for Rev. Joan during Joan’s sabbatical. Mellen enthusiastically served the Washington UU Church for 11 summers. Mellen teaches “The Sacred Art of Storytelling,” and is co-founder of Interfaith Bridge. She had the honor and joy of serving the Springfield Meetinghouse until retiring recently from UU parish ministry. Mellen loves gardening, running, dancing, singing and living in Lincoln, Vermont.