Sufism Reoriented: Celebrating Divinity Through the Arts

Celbrating Divinity Through the Arts

Sufi Choir in Performance

At the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi in San Francisco

In concert with the Meher Schools Children's Chorus in San Francisco's Mission Dolores Basilica

At an interfaith celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace in Antioch

Many members of Sufism Reoriented participate in the arts as an expression of devotion, a means of sharing their experience of divinity, and a way to enrich their understanding of harmony and creativity in life. In the performing arts, poets, composers, actors, dancers, and musicians explore spiritual themes through original music, drama, musical theater, mime, puppetry, and cabaret theater. Programs are based on Meher Baba's messages and on vignettes from the lives of the great spiritual figures from the world's religious traditions.

The chorus and performers of Sufism Reoriented often present their celebrations in public venues. Over the years, these have included events in San Francisco such as a Thanksgiving concert at Grace Cathedral, holiday and spring concerts in Union Square, and an interfaith program at the Presidio. Concerts celebrating the qualities associated with Saint Francis – brotherhood, inclusion, love, and joy – have been presented at the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi and at concerts at Mission Dolores Basilica. The chorus has presented other inspirational interfaith programs at the Rossmoor retirement community in Walnut Creek, St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Antioch, and other venues.

At a recent interfaith celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace, the chorus led an all-night vigil by singing two moving hymns each hour that included nearly 100 names of God from different traditions.

The chorus and performers from Sufism Reoriented also produce original plays on the lives of great spiritual figures from different traditions. You can view the video of a production on the life of St. Clare of Assisi performed at the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi (designated one of the five Holy Sites of Roman Catholicism, along with Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Rome, and Assisi).

To view the video click the arrow below .