Interfaith Poetic Prayer Station in Arlington, April 28, 2013

“One of the names of God is the Fashioner. He loveth craftsmanship.” — Bahá’u’lláh

Dear friends!

What nurtures your soul? What makes your heart tender? Prayer, music, fellowship, tea poured in peace, homemade banana bread baked with love and shared with a smile? Whatever the answer might be, sharing art and prayers with friends gets us all closer to the Creator.

Since the craft of poetry is artistically beautiful and a most personal act of expressing our Faith, on Sunday, April 28th, I invite you and your loves ones to an Interfaith Poetic Prayer Station in Arlington.


Flower for the Interfaith Poetic Prayer Station in ArlingtonWe’ll start at 7:30 pm with poetry readings by three talented local poets:

  • Ninie Gaspariani Syarikin, a Muslim from Indonesia, humbly presents her Hajj poetry collection for both Muslims and non-Muslims. For Muslims who have not made their Hajj, may it become an inspiration and encouragement to perform their Hajj as soon as they are able to do; and for Muslims who have done theirs, may it be a source of joy, nostalgia and reflections. For non-Muslims, it is sincerely aimed as a “cultural bridge” to introduce one aspect of Islam.
  • Sebastian Lopez lives in Washington, DC. He has lived in five different countries and speaks Spanish and Russian fluently. He is a freelance poet, a spoken word artist, emcee, musician, and philosopher. He studied letters at Cornell. He has a strong affinity with the American spiritual vision of Walt Whitman. He considers his written poetry to be the summit of his creative powers. It is his attempt to capture everything that is ineffable and transcendental.
  • Donna Denizé, a Baha’i from Washington, DC, is an American poet and award-winning teacher at St. Albans School, located in Washington, D.C. where Ms. Denize is currently Chairwoman of the English Department. She has contributed widely to journals and magazines with essays and poetry, written books of collections of poetry, participated in development of professional training programs for teachers as well as programs for students of multiple public schools. Some of her work has appeared in anthologies and magazines and she has contributed to Corporation for Public Broadcasting print and video media.

After the uplifting poetry, we will conclude with tea and sweets. We’ll also say prayers for anyone in need, so if you can’t join us and would like to request prayers please contact me.

Please also let me know if you plan on coming so I can plan the refreshments!

Last but not least, please book your calendars for May 19th, 2013, when Katharine Key will share her musical talents at the next Musical Prayer Station!

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