Splendor Mandala by Julie Hliboki

"Splendor" Mandala
Julie Hliboki

Meditation

Inhale,
and God approaches you.
Hold the inhalation,
and God remains with you.
Exhale,
and you approach God.
Hold the exhalation,
and surrender to God.

Krishnamacharya

Interfaith Contemplative Meetings

Every third Sunday of the month, from 6.30pm to 8pm
Location:  Istanbul Cultural Center, 591, N Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009

Every fourth Sunday of the month, from 6.30pm to 8pm
Location:  The Vedanta Center of Atlanta, 2331 Brockett Road, Tucker 30084

Each month a religiously and culturally diverse group of adults meet to sit in contemplative silence for 20 minutes and then have a spiritual conversation. The topics discussed are ones that affect all seekers or people of faith: surrender, forgiveness, prayer, spiritual practices, compassion, etc. The time together is respectful and honors the tradition and experiences of each person who shares; the rich dialogue that ensues fosters interfaith friendship, understanding and growth. All this goodwill in 90 minutes!  You are always welcome to join us. 

If you are interested in joining the THIRD SUNDAY GROUP IN ALPHARETTA, please contact Marian Monahan (marian@neshamainterfaithcenter.org) or Kemal Korucu (kkorucu@theatlanticinstitute.org).

If you are interested in joining the FOURTH SUNDAY GROUP IN TUCKER, please contact Steve Gold (torahveda@gmail.com) or Brother Shankara (shankara@vedantaatlanta.org).


Send an email to join the relevant mailing list, and to receive the latest information and confirmation of dates - especially as the location or timing may change from time to time, due to unforeseen circumstances.  Thank you for your understanding! 
 

Click for directions:
Alpharetta location - Istanbul Cultural Center, 591, N Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009
Tucker location - The Vedanta Center of Atlanta, 2331 Brockett Road, Tucker 30084

 

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In partnership with the Atlantic Institute

Interfaith Iftar Dinner

Sunday, June 26, 2016, from 7pm - 10pm
Location: Istanbul Cultural Center, 591 N. Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009

We are thrilled to cosponsor the fourth Annual Interfaith Iftar Dinner during Ramadan for the fourth consecutive year with the Atlantic Institute. Our keynote speakers will be Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser, Maria Cressler and Zehra Ozturk, representing the three Abrahamic faiths, who will be speaking to us on the topic of 'Hospitality: Welcoming The Stranger".  The conversation will be hosted by Kemal Korucu, Director of Interfaith Affairs at the Atlantic Institute.

Please join us for an inspirational evening including a delicious dinner served at nightfall when the Iftar meal can be served.  Free and open to the community.

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE before we reach our room capacity.  Reserve your seat now!  If we reach our limit, we would like to take your details for our waiting list ... Sorry if we cannot accommodate everyone.

Click here to reserve your seat, and obtain your free tickets.  Any donations to the Neshama and Atlantic Institute organizations to help offset costs are gratefully accepted ... Thank you!

Location: Istanbul Cultural Center, 591 N. Main Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009

 

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In partnership with Ahavath Achim Synagogue

“Mother Earth, Our Common Home: An Interfaith Conversation about the Environment”

Sunday, August 21, 2016, from 3pm - 5pm
Location: Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Avenue, NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 

How should people of faith respond to environmental concerns and growing degradation? What can we do? And what do our sacred texts have to say about stewardship of this planet we all call home? 

Pope Francis' encyclical Laudato Si reminds "every person living on this planet" that the reality of our interconnection means environmental deterioration anywhere affects us all. 

This event will feature speakers from the three Abrahamic faiths who will invite us to ponder the role that faith can play to inform, motivate and inspire us to action. Join us in conversation at this inspirational and interactive afternoon program, to be concluded with reflections in the gardens of AA Synagogue, with shared prayer, music and refreshments.

Free and open to the community.  Reservations will be requested - watch this space for more details, coming soon!

Location: Ahavath Achim Synagogue, 600 Peachtree Battle Avenue, NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 

 

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In partnership with Congregation Gesher L'Torah

T'Shuvah Program: A Reflection During The Sacred Season

Sunday, September 25, 2016, from 7pm - 10pm
Location: Congregation Gesher L'Torah, 4320 Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30022

The Hebrew word for atonement is “t’shuvah” which means to “turn towards”.  During this sacred season, join Rabbi Michael Bernstein and Rabbi Pamela Gottfried for a conversation about our inner journey, taking stock and considering our spiritual direction with some text study. After some time for process, introspection and reflection, turn your hand towards the art component of the program and release your creativity!  More details to be posted shortly. (Registration is not yet open).

Location: Congregation Gesher L'Torah, 4320 Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30022

 

 

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In partnership with Ignatius House Retreat Center

Interfaith Day of Reflection: "Come and See"

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, from 9am - 3pm
Location: Ignatius House Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30328

How is compassion understood and lived?  Come and be inspired by presenters from diverse religious traditions as they share their spiritual path using story, sacred texts, music, poetry. This day will include presentations, silence, conversation and a delicious vegetarian lunch. All are welcome. (Registration is not yet open, but save the date now and plan to join us).  
Any questions?  Contact Marian Monahan at Marian@neshamainterfaithcenter.org 

Location: Ignatius House Retreat Center, 6700 Riverside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30328