“Embodied Healing Rituals: Sufi Islam’s Pathway to Peace and Love,” December 5, 2021

The Touchstones Theme for December is Healing. On December 5th, Rev. Summer Albayati will deliver a sermon entitled “Embodied Healing Rituals: Sufi Islam’s Pathway to Peace and Love.”

Experts tell us that we are in liminal times and experiencing collective trauma that yearns to be healed. What can we learn from the Sufi Islamic embodiment rituals practiced to bring more healing into our own lives and communities? How can embracing embodied healing help heal and lead us to collective salvation, freedom, peace and love? 

Reverend Summer Albayati (she/her) is a UU Muslim of Iraqi descent who has been playing the Arabic drum professionally since the age of 12.  In serving congregations, her focus was on transformation by emphasizing that a mission-focused congregation increases vitality, membership, commitment to justice and love. Rev. Summer co-hosts a podcast with her son called “The Bayat Beat,” a commentary on society and culture with an emphasis on social justice. She also has a chapter in the anthology, Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity and Power in Ministry, published by Skinner House, and is currently working on a book regarding Islam, the Qur’an and Liberation Theology. And as if that is not enough, Rev. Summer also serves as UUCC’s primary contact in the Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

As always, beautiful music is provided by Tom Devine and the UUCC Choir featuring LindaGrace Frost.

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