Omid Safi, professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University who specializes in the study of Islamic mysticism and contemporary Islam wrote:
“In many Muslim cultures, when you want to ask them how they’re doing, you ask: in Arabic, Kayf haal-ik? or, in Persian, Haal-e shomaa chetoreh? How is your haal?
What is this haal that you inquire about? It is the transient state of one’s heart. In reality, we ask, “How is your heart doing at this very moment, at this breath?” When I ask, “How are you?” that is really what I want to know.
I am not asking how many items are on your to-do list, nor asking how many items are in your inbox. I want to know how your heart is doing, at this very moment. Tell me. Tell me your heart is joyous, tell me your heart is aching, tell me your heart is sad, tell me your heart craves a human touch. Examine your own heart, explore your soul, and then tell me something about your heart and your soul.”
Join with other Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) for holding sacred space. Discussion topics and presenters will change every time!
These experiences are designed for people who identify as Black, Indigenous, Person of Color, Mixed/Multiracial, or Transracially adopted in order to come together; welcomed and celebrated as whole and holy. Race-based identity groups, or caucuses, provide a chance for people to talk in a structured format with others from their own ethnic/racial group, an opportunity that is rare, even for those who regularly participate in multicultural communities.In 2020, The UUA Commission on Institutional Change called us to create anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multi-cultural communities, by "Widening the Circle of Concern." The UU Funding Panel provided a grant to UUJAZ to realize a critically important piece of this work: providing caucus space for BIPOC folx.
Our time will be coordinated by Jamili Omar, the Director of Lifespan Faith Development at the UU Church of Tucson in conjunction with UUJAZ.