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Known to the West as Whirling Dervishes, the Mevlevi Order was found by Mevlana Rumi in the13th Century. The Order was based on teaching forgiveness, tolerance, and enlightenment. The members survive today as a cultural brotherhood. Although the whirling ritual, called sema, may appear at first glance like a theatrical performance, it actually represents a sacred Muslim religious ritual performed as a part of praying. Mevlevi believed that during this trance the soul is released from it earthly ties and is able to freely continue its journey.

Preceding the Sema, the ceremony of the whirling dervishes, we will be treated to inspiring readings from the work of 13th century Sufi mystic Jalaluddin Rumi, whose poetry is filled with a longing for God the Friend and the Beloved. The Sema will be accompanied by the sound of the ney with traditional music.

Suggested donation: $15; $7 for seniors and students. Sponsored by New Story Group and Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries.