Sufism, or Islamic mysticism, is a rich tradition known for its striking poetry, deep contemplation, singing and whirling dances. Quakerism — also known for its contemplative practice and mystic beliefs about personal encounter with the divine — make strong bedfellows. In this practice, Ruth will read poetry from the Sufi tradition, carefully selected to resonate with Quaker beliefs. Then, she will present queries to help us consider the poetry, journal, and respond.
Ruth Cutcher is a third year M/Div student at the Earlham School of Religion, and has been a Quaker and practicing Sufi for over a decade.