In the Heart of Devotion: A Multi-Religious Passover & Ramadan Ritual and Teaching
The Center for Multi-Religious Studies presents “In the Heart of Devotion: A Multi-Religious Passover & Ramadan Ritual and Teaching” on Wednesday, April 12 at 12:00 pm PT.
Join us at the heart of Jewish and Muslim multi-religious devotion, amidst the holy days of Ramadan and Passover. We gather in shared prayer, ritual and learning, guided by artists, activists, scholars, and spiritual leaders who weave powerfully at the intersections of Judaism and Islam.
This event is sponsored by the Center for Multi-Religious Studies at Starr King School for the Ministry and The Sarah & Hajar Series: Sacred Practices and Possibilities at the Intersections of Judaism and Islam.
Meet the Speakers
Sheikh Ghassan Manasra
Sheikh Ghassan Manasra, international director of the Abrahamic Reunion Project, is a globally recognized interreligious dialogue facilitator, Fulbright Scholar, and lecturer on Islamic history, Sufism and contemporary Muslim issues. Sheikh Ghassan has served the board of numerous international peacemaking organizations, including The Middle East Civic Forum, Sulha Peace Project, and the World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace. He founded the Lights of Peace Center in Nazareth and is the head of the Tariqat As Salaam Qadiri Sufi Order. To connect with Sheikh Ghassan’s work, join his regular peace vigils or weekly zikr.
Hadar Cohen is an Arab Jewish scholar, mystic and artist. She teaches spirituality and Jewish mysticism at Malchut, a mystical school teaching direct experience of God. She is originally from Jerusalem with lineage across the Middle East including Iran, Iraq, Syria and Palestine. Hadar is a Jewish mystic with Sephardic roots who’s building decolonial frameworks for worshiping God. Her artistic mediums include performance, movement, writing, weaving, sound, and ritual. Through integrating the spiritual and political, Hadar creates socially aware art that transforms systems of oppression into ecosystems of liberation and healing.
Taya Mâ Shere
Taya Mâ Shere roots in her spiritual lineage by birth and prays on a multi-religious path. With Shaykh Ibrahim Baba Farajajé, she co-founded Makam Shekhina, a community of Hebrew Priestesses and Sufi Dervishes gathering in embodied, multi-gender, ecstatic counter-oppressive devotion. Taya also serves as Assistant Professor of the Practice of Organic Multi-Religious Ritual at Starr King School for the Ministry, where she trains emergent clergy across faith traditions in transformative ritual craft, multireligiosity, ancestral practice, and trauma-aware spiritual leadership.