Date: Saturday, April 2nd
Please join us this coming Saturday April 2nd for Universal Kirtan, Vancouver's interfaith chant & song evening. We are welcoming a newcomer to our musical ensemble, John Federico (on bass) and a big welcome BACK to Thom Evans who will be providing percussion as only Thom can. We're very excited about his return to our musical midst.
Each of our Kirtans is a fundraiser for a worthy charity, and we ask that you try to give $20 at the door to help the cause (if that's beyond your financial reach, just give what you can). This month, FINCA (www.fincacanada.org) will be our worthy recipient for their work in helping women running small businesses in developing countries through microfinance loans and banking.
"Universal Kirtan" is what the Sufis call "Sema", a journey to Divine Presence through sound. As in traditional Kirtan, the medium we use includes chants and songs, as well as sacred poetry, and to make it 'Universal' we draw from the many spiritual and faith traditions of the world to honour the One expressed by the Many. More than simply music, these Kirtans are designed to bring joy, inspiration, ecstasy, deep peace, and fellowship in community (Sangha).
Universal Kirtan is led by Amir O'Loughlin, a pioneer of inter-spiritual music in Vancouver, and features a roster of fine Vancouver world music instrumentalists and vocalists. We are a 100% volunteer Kirtan and each month raise funds through donations at the door for a variety of worthy charitable organizations. It is our aim to love and serve humanity with our Kirtans, as well as give participants an experience which touches the soul with beauty.
Thursday Evening Gatherings continue, now back at our usual address (4464 James Street) at 7:30 pm for Sufi teachings, meditation practice, music & spiritual friendship. This week the Graceful Passages series continues with more on deepening our spiritual lives through relationship and navigating life's passages. Free of charge, donations welcome.
More information on the Sufi Order Vancouver website: http://sufiordervancouver.org/