Dances of Universal Peace (DUP) are a spiritual practice in motion, employing singing and dancing the sacred phrases of the world's religions. Their intention is to raise consciousness and promote peace between diverse religions. The DUP are of North American Sufic origin. They combine chants from many world faiths with dancing, whirling, and a variety of movement with singing.
Five to 500 dancers stand in a circle often around a leader and musicians, with acoustic instruments, in the center. All dances are participatory and spectatorship is somewhat discouraged because joy is the goal, not technical performance of specified dance steps or forms. Dances are facilitated by a dance leader often playing a drum, guitar, flute or other stringed instrument. For lyrics, dances borrow inspirational poetry, quotes and chants which are sung as the dance is performed. Chants are often sacred phrases put to traditional, contemporary or occasionally improvised melodies. A wide range of languages are deliberately employed including Arabic, Aramaic, English, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Persian, and Sanskrit. Dance promoters use diverse religious practices, chants and languages to demonstrate how joy lives at the heart of each and all religions.
SUNDAY August 26 & October 21 1-2PM Friendship Hall
A Reiki Circle is for anyone who would like to receive the healing benefits of Reiki. No experience required. Of course, Reiki practitioners are always welcome to come join the fun! A $5, $10, or $? love offering is greatly appreciated. For more info, call Blossom Masters, KRM MPS (208) 819-8658.
Join Director and Certified Teacher, Phillip Land, for a free introduction to transcendental meditation (TM). This class is a gateway to a four day intensive offered to those interested in going deeper into TM.
4th TUESDAY* 6:30-8 pm Friendship Hall or Sanctuary
The Drums of Unity is a fellowship of drummers. Whether you are a long-time drummer or just curious, this group offers everyone an opportunity to connect through the power and rhythm of music. If you don't have your own drum, come anyway. There are always extra instruments to share.
Todd Neel coordinates this gathering.
*This is a reoccurring event. It takes place monthly.