Columbia DUP Friday, March 7, 2014

Dear Friends,
Hafiz asked, “If God invited you to a party and said, ‘Everyone in the ballroom tonight will be my special guest,’ how would you then treat them when they arrived?
Indeed, indeed! And Hafiz knows that there is no one in this world who is not upon His Jeweled Dance Floor.”
-Hafiz ‘s “If God Invited You To a Party, ” p 47 in The Gift, Poems by Hafiz, Translated by Daniel Ladinsky, 1999 Penguin, New York 333 pp.

Please join the other special guests on the Beloved’s dance floor on Friday March 7, from 7-9 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia 2701 Heyward Street, Columbia SC, 29205.  Our usual leaders will teach and lead a variety of dances inspired by different spiritual traditions, celebrating the harbingers of spring.  Each dance is a practice that, like the facets of a jewel, reflects spiritual light from different perspectives.  Through the dances, we move towards greater awareness of inner peace. We will sprinkle in some prayers and blessings of the season.

After dancing, we socialize over refreshments.  Small donations accepted.  For more info, contact Marguerite <>, 803-743-0731.

Peace and Blessings,

************ UPCOMING EVENTS *************
Future Columbia Dances of Universal Peace are on First Fridays.  The usual location is UUCC; our alternate location is 3600 Beverly Drive, Columbia SC 29204.

3/7/14 UUCC
4/4/14 3600 Beverly Drive
5/2/14 UUCC*
6/6/14 UUCC*
7/4/14 NO DANCE
8/1/14 UUCC*
9/5/14 UUCC*
10/3/14 UUCC*
11/7/14 UUCC*
12/5/14 UUCC*

* location may change

DUP North America website,

Abraham and Halima Sussman, Sept 27-28 in Asheville

“A Heart With Wings” retreat with Abraham and Halima Sussman, Sept 27-28 in Asheville. Halima & Abraham are senior teachers and dance mentors in the Sufi Ruhaniat International. Inspired musicians, travelers on the path of Heart, they bring joy and clarity to companions along the way. Their depth and compassion arises from a lifetime of integrating spiritual practice and psychological exploration of the human condition. ** Jubilee Community Church, 46 Wall St, Asheville NC 28801 Friday Eve Sept 27th 7pm-9pm($15), Saturday Sept 28th 10am-5pm($55) Saturday Eve Zikr 7pm-8:30pm($10) Entire program $75

Register: Linda Wesley,

pdf iconA Heart with Wings Retreat Sept 2013.pdf

Dances of Universal Peace in Asheville

Asheville–Shemsuddin’s dance is taking a break in August. Starting in September, Shems will be leading Dances of Universal Peace on the 3rd Saturday of the month at Nourish & Flourish, 347 Depot Street, in the River Arts District of Asheville, 7:30-9:30 pm. The next dance circle led by Shems will be the evening of Saturday, September 21st.

Shemsuddin – Asheville – Feb 23, 2013

7:30pm. Shemsuddin will lead an evening of dances at Nourish and Flourish, 347 Depot Street, Asheville, in the River Arts District. $10 requested donation. Call Prajna for more information. This dance continues monthly, each fourth Saturday. NOTE the previously announced Feb. 23 all-day event by Shemsuddin has been postponed.


Asheville – Sara Rain- March 22-24, 2013

Sára Rain has been a spiritual leader and minister in Colorado since 1997, and is a Dance Mentor for the Dances of Universal Peace. Leading Sufi practices, community rituals, and sacred music circles, Sára weaves inter-cultural depth and a medley of instrumentation spanning many traditions and languages. She swims in the heart of the music! See Flyer for details.

pdf iconsara rain asheville flyer.pdf