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Winter 2013 Newsletter

The SOI Toronto Notices Winter 2013 Quarterly Newsletter was distributed by email on December 2, 2013.

SOI Toronto Centres - Quarterly Newsletter - Winter 2013

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The quarterly Newsletter provides a detailed list of events for the next three months, compiled from those posted at the SOI Toronto Centres website. In addition, you can see these events displayed on our online calendar. All events are open to everyone unless the description specifically states otherwise. For more details about these events, visit the page for the event on our website or contact the event's organizer or leader.

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Special Events in Toronto and the GTA
Ongoing Events

• Special Events in Toronto and the GTA


Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 1:30pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto, ON
Amina Janet Berketa, amina [at] soitoronto [dot] org 416-782-6612

candle photoMany religions use light — inner and outer — to symbolize their prayers and hopes for what is right with the world, especially at this holiday season. Representatives from the Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Divine Feminine, Indigenous, Hindu, Jewish, Moslem, Sufi and Zoroastrian traditions will share with us their faith, their passion and their creativity in sacred words, poetry, chants, songs and music.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 7:00pm
Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 79 Hiawatha Rd, Toronto, ON
Habib at 416-627-9666, or Bassam at dec31 [at] thecenterforhealingarts [dot] com

winged heartThe Awakening Heart Circle, a Sufi Order International centre in Toronto, hosts an annual New Year's Eve celebration. The event features a pot-luck dinner, Universal Worship service, Dances of Universal Peace, and Sufi zikr ceremony (the remembrance of God). Please join us for this special evening.

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
Hafiz's home (please contact him for details)

candleWe'll have more about this shortly, but this event will be the first in a new series of quarterly half-day retreats featuring meditations and other practices drawn from the Sufi Order International tradition. We'll begin at 9:30am sharp (so please arrive a little early) and finish by 12:30pm.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 12:00pm
possibly at Famous Indian Cuisine, Toronto, ON
Habib (habib [at] soitoronto [dot] org) 416-627-9666

Hazrat Inayat Khan photoOn February 5th we celebrate the Urs of Pir-O-Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan, one of the four Sufi Order annual holidays. On this day in 1927 he rejoined Allah, his Beloved. This year we'll again be celebrating with a mid-day social gathering at a Toronto restaurant featuring Indian cuisine, honoring Murshid's birthplace.

• Ongoing Events

Please note that the monthly Zikr event is on hold indefinitely.
Thursdays, December 5, 2013; January 9, February 6, 2014 - 7:30pm
Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 79 Hiawatha Rd, Toronto
Fred Habib Maycock 416-627-9666

winged heartThe Way of the Heart explores the universal Sufi teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan through chant, meditation, sacred readings and movement. Each evening we’ll immerse ourselves in several of these spiritual practices, which for centuries have been used to achieve personal transformation and Divine enlightenment.

NOTE: The Way of the Heart will not be meeting at its usual date in January, but instead will meet a week later on the 9th.


Tuesdays, December 3, 2013; January 7, February 4, 2014 - 7:30pm
Metropolitan Community Church, 115 Simpson Ave, Toronto
Qahira Jo Oppenheimer (qahira [at] peacedances [dot] org)

DUP logoThe Dances of Universal Peace are a participatory, group form of "meditation in motion" that honours the sacred traditions of the world. Dances of Universal Peace are held the first Tuesday of every month (with some exceptions). The Dances begin at 7:30 pm, at the Metropolitan Community Church, 115 Simpson Avenue, one block north of Gerrard and one block east of Broadview.


Tuesdays, December 17, 2013 (NOTE: This date in the newsletter was incorrect. There is no regular Universal Worship in December, because it is replaced by the special Festival of Lights. We apologize for the error.); January 21, February 18, 2014 - 7:30pm
Bathurst/St. Clair area of Toronto (please contact Amina for details)
Janet Amina Berketa (amina [at] soitoronto [dot] org)

candlesThe Universal Worship is a devotional service which celebrates the light of all the great world religions, pays respect to all the great ones who have come from time to time to serve humanity, and gathers all the scriptures on the same altar so that the light given in all the different forms should be known by everyone. The Universal Worship does not belong to any particular religion, but rather belongs to all religions. It embraces them all and sees them as different expressions of the one religion of God.