News for Dances of Universal Peace in the Iowa City area

Dear Friends,

It’s been a couple of months now since we wrapped up our sojourn at the East Side Recycling Center. Since then a lot has been happening!

The Unitarian Universalist Society (formerly of Iowa City) is now in residence on Oakdale Road in Coralville. Our first Sunday service there was October 15. On October 29, 800 people attended our Open House, and enthusiasm has been high, with overflow crowds every Sunday morning.

Even though our Dance group has been in hiatus since October, a lot has happened with us as well. After much deliberation and consultation with our UU minister (Rev. Steven Protzman), we are now an official “group” within the local UU congregation. What this means, in practical terms, is that we will no longer request donations for attending our local Dance meeting. (Our expenses will be paid by the UU Society.) This will certainly simplify things for me and will, we hope, encourage more participation from Society members and others as well. I will be asking people to sign in just so we have a record of how many are attending each time. Hopefully, that will not be a problem for anyone.

Rev. Steven and I have also been discussing ways we might promote the Dances within the UU Society, including the possibility of presenting Dances during a Sunday morning service. I would love to hear any ideas you might have along those lines.

Having said all that, I would like to have feedback on everyone’s preference for a meeting time. Please get back to me right away with your comments so I can make plans for next year. Here are the options as I see it:

Continue to meet on Sunday evening as before:

Meet on Sunday afternoon at an earlier time: If so, what time would be ideal?

Meet on an evening during the week:

Because we now have an air-conditioned space, we have the possibility of meeting year-round. Would you be interested in meeting in the summer months?

I plan to start meeting again in January and looking forward to a very exciting new year of Dances.

Peace and blessings,
Sophia Virginia Melroy

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Dances of Universal Peace this Sunday evening, 8 Oct 2017

Dear Friends,

If you are like me, this Sunday came up rather quickly on the calendar.  I just woke up to the fact that I hadn’t sent out an announcement yet about dancing this week.  I do hope your plans include joining us!

This Sunday will probably be our last at the East Side Recycling Center.  At this point I have not set the schedule for Dances going forward.  I am waiting to see how it goes with our move to the new UU church building and what space will be available for us.  I hope our plans will be finalized in the next couple of months.  In the meantime, please stay tuned.

You can help with this transition, and I would greatly appreciate your doing so!  The church will hold an Open House on October 29, from 2-5 p.m.  I invite any of you who wish to see the new space to attend and check out the rooms you think might work for us  to dance in.  It will be fun to see what we all come up with.

Looking forward to seeing many of you on Sunday.

Peace and Blessings,
Sophia Virginia Melroy
Home Phone: 319-338-1778
Cell Phone: 319-330-5434

Dances of Universal Peace, Iowa City
Sunday, October 8, starting at 6:00 pm
East Side Recycling Center Education Center
2401 Scott Blvd. SE, Iowa City
View Map: Google or Bing

Feel free to RSVP using the Facebook Event Page

The East Side Recycling Center is located at the south end of Scott Boulevard.  There is plenty of parking in their lot.  The door to the Education Center will automatically unlock at 5:45. View the Facebook page for inside photos of the center.


The Dances of Universal Peace and Walking Concentrations are spiritual practice in motion. Drawing on the sacred phrases, scripture, and poetry of the many spiritual traditions of the earth, the Dances blend chant, live music and evocative movement into a living experience of unity, peace and integration.

Quoted from the Dances of Universal Peace International website:

DancesOfUniversalPeace.org

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Musicianship Training and Public Retreat for Dances of Universal Peace 28-30 April 2017

This is a wonderful opportunity for musicians and leaders of the Dances of Universal Peace. Leaders who are not musicians are also encouraged to attend. These events will be in Newton, Iowa.

  • The first event for musicianship training will be from 27-28 April 2017. [PDF]
  • A public retreat will be 29-30 April 2017 [PDF]
  • A follow-up gathering for all will be on 30 April 2017 after a public event.

Details for these events are below.

Musicianship Training Event Flyer [PDF]

This PDF flyer is for the Musicianship Training.

Musicianship Training Event Flyer [Images]

Images of the Musicianship Training event flyer.

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Public Retreat Event 29-30 April 2017 [PDF]

Public Retreat Event 29-30 April 2017 [Images]

Details for the public retreat event are below. Click here for the PDF version.

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Special Sufi Gathering Madison, Wisconsin 23-26 March 2017

This announcement comes from the Madison Sufi community.

[View PDF of March 2017 Newsletter]


 

“One thought of love gathers a thousand beings of love and kindness around one.”
Hazrat Inayat Khan

Dear Ones,

Yes it’s March already and we are looking toward the last weekend in the month when we host the 2017 Sufi Ruhaniat International Jamiat Aam. Many friends from many different places will be gathering here. We are pleased that Pir Shabda Khan and Murshid Allaudin will be returning to Madison and that we are able to welcome Murshida Darvesha for the the first time. We are hoping you will be able to participate in this very special weekend.

Please open the attached newsletter to find information on the Jamiat Aam and other activities being offered.

Blessings to All,
Madison Sufis

Madison Sufis P.O. Box 46463 Madison, WI 53744-6463 608-339-0709

 


 

PDF Version of March 2017 Newsletter

 


 

Image Files of March 2017 Newsletter

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Dances of Universal Peace this Sunday evening, 12 March 2017

Dear Dancing Friends,

We will dance again this Sunday, 12 March 2017. The focus this month will be unity in diversity. Please join me if you can. Details are below. Newcomers are always welcome.

I don’t expect any bad weather this weekend, but just in case: I will plan to hold the Dances unless the weather is bad enough to prohibit safe travel. If it looks like we need to cancel, I will send an email notice by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. You can also check with me by phone is you are unsure.

Peace and Blessings,
Sophia Virginia Melroy
Home Phone: 319-338-1778
Cell Phone: 319-330-5434

Dances of Universal Peace, Iowa City
Sunday, November 13, starting at 6:00 pm
East Side Recycling Center Education Center
2401 Scott Blvd. SE, Iowa City
View Map: Google or Bing

The East Side Recycling Center is located at the south end of Scott Boulevard.  There is plenty of parking in their lot.  The door to the Education Center will automatically unlock at 5:45. View the Facebook page for inside photos of the center.


The Dances of Universal Peace and Walking Concentrations are spiritual practice in motion. Drawing on the sacred phrases, scripture, and poetry of the many spiritual traditions of the earth, the Dances blend chant, live music and evocative movement into a living experience of unity, peace and integration.

Quoted from the Dances of Universal Peace International website:

DancesOfUniversalPeace.org

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Dances of Universal Peace this Sunday evening, 12 February 2017

Dear Dancing Friends,

We will dance again this Sunday, February 12. The focus this month will be unity in diversity. Please join me if you can. Details are below. Newcomers are always welcome.

I don’t expect any bad weather this weekend, but just in case: I will plan to hold the Dances unless the weather is bad enough to prohibit safe travel. If it looks like we need to cancel, I will send an email notice by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. You can also check with me by phone is you are unsure.

Peace and Blessings,
Sophia Virginia Melroy
Home phone: 319-338-1778
Cell phone: 319-330-5434

Dances of Universal Peace, Iowa City
Sunday, November 13, starting at 6:00 pm
East Side Recycling Center Education Center
2401 Scott Blvd. SE, Iowa City
View Map: Google or Bing

The East Side Recycling Center is located at the south end of Scott Boulevard.  There is plenty of parking in their lot.  The door to the Education Center will automatically unlock at 5:45. View the Facebook page for inside photos of the center.


The Dances of Universal Peace and Walking Concentrations are spiritual practice in motion. Drawing on the sacred phrases, scripture, and poetry of the many spiritual traditions of the earth, the Dances blend chant, live music and evocative movement into a living experience of unity, peace and integration.

Quoted from the Dances of Universal Peace International website:

DancesOfUniversalPeace.org

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Dances of Universal Peace this Sunday evening, 13 November 2016

Dear Friends,

We will dance again this Sunday at East Side Recycling Center. See below for details. Newcomers are always welcome, so please invite others to join us. Hope to see you there.

Call if you have questions.

Peace and Blessings,
Sophia Virginia Melroy
Home phone: 319-338-1778
Cell phone: 319-330-5434

Dances of Universal Peace, Iowa City
Sunday, November 13, starting at 6:00 pm
East Side Recycling Center Education Center
2401 Scott Blvd. SE, Iowa City
View Map: Google or Bing

The East Side Recycling Center is located at the south end of Scott Boulevard.  There is plenty of parking in their lot.  The door to the Education Center will automatically unlock at 5:45. View the Facebook page for inside photos of the center.


The Dances of Universal Peace and Walking Concentrations are spiritual practice in motion. Drawing on the sacred phrases, scripture, and poetry of the many spiritual traditions of the earth, the Dances blend chant, live music and evocative movement into a living experience of unity, peace and integration.

Quoted from the Dances of Universal Peace International website:

DancesOfUniversalPeace.org

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Dances of Universal Peace this Sunday evening, October 9, 2016

Dear Friends,

I hope you will join me this Sunday at the Eastside Recycling Center. See below for details.

My wrist is healing and I’m planning to bring my guitar and play as usual. I’m praying it will work out!

I’ve recently been inspired to lead the “Aramaic Lord’s Prayer” Dance cycle. If you wish to stay after our regular dance time, I would be delighted to have you join me. I will plan to start about 8:00 and finish no later than 9:00. If you have a copy of “Prayers of the Cosmos” that you would like to bring along, that would be great.

Call if you have questions.

Peace and Blessings,
Sophia Virginia Melroy
Home phone: 338-1778
Cell phone: 319-330-5434

Dances of Universal Peace, Iowa City
Sunday, October 9, starting at 6:00 pm
East Side Recycling Center Education Center
2401 Scott Blvd. SE, Iowa City

East Side Recycling is located at the south end of Scott Blvd.  There is plenty of parking in their lot.  The door to the Education Center will automatically unlock at 5:45.


The Dances of Universal Peace and Walking Concentrations are spiritual practice in motion. Drawing on the sacred phrases, scripture, and poetry of the many spiritual traditions of the earth, the Dances blend chant, live music and evocative movement into a living experience of unity, peace and integration.

Quoted from the Dances of Universal Peace International website:

DancesOfUniversalPeace.org

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Dances of Universal Peace this Sunday, 10 April 2016

Dear Friends,

This will be our last Iowa City Dance meeting at East Side Recycling until fall. Our theme for the evening will be “Celebrating the New Growth of Spring and in Our Lives.” Please plan to join in.

A concern has been expressed about starting on time, so I will be trying a new format that will hopefully facilitate that happening (see below).

Call if you have questions.

Peace and Blessings,
Sophia Virginia Melroy
Home phone: 338-1778
Cell phone: 319-330-5434

Dances of Universal Peace, Iowa City
Sunday, 10 April 2016
Gathering time: 5:45-6:15. Dancing will start promptly at 6:15
We will end around 7:45 and have time for socializing afterward if you wish to stay for that
East Side Recycling Center Education Center
2401 Scott Blvd. SE, Iowa City

East Side Recycling is located at the south end of Scott Blvd. There is plenty of parking in their lot.

Call me if you need further information: 338-1778 (home number).

The Dances of Universal Peace and Walking Concentrations are spiritual practice in motion. Drawing on the sacred phrases, scripture, and poetry of the many spiritual traditions of the earth, the Dances blend chant, live music and evocative movement into a living experience of unity, peace and integration.

Quoted from the Dances of Universal Peace International website:

DancesOfUniversalPeace.org

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Dances Event – Des Moines – 3 Jan 2016

29 December 2015

Greetings Central Iowa Dances Community

You’re invited to a special day of Dances of Universal Peace, Chant and Labyrinth Walking where we will:

Create a Field of Unity and High Vibration
in which to Begin a New Year

Sunday, January 3 @ Unity of Des Moines

Location

Unity of Des Moines is located at 414 31st Street, Des Moines, IA 50312. [Map]

Program Schedule

1:00 – 4:00:  Labyrinth open for walking, with an optional individual seed ritual of letting go of the old and inviting in the new.  Between 1 and 2 will be the quietest time for walking.  Between 2 and 3, there will be a background of Chant.  Between 3 and 4 usually brings the most companions on the walk.  At 4, we will fold up the labyrinth and welcome help to prepare the space for the Dances.

2 – 3:  Chants from a variety of world traditions ~ All welcome to add your voice and join in song to calm the bodymind and uplift the spirit

4 – 6:  Dances of Universal Peace  (Including the special “Peace Bells” for the new year)

Event Details

  • Come for all the parts of the day or just for some
  • Donations are gratefully accepted ~ there is no specific charge
  • Hot teas and cookies provided

 

Peace Be With You,

Morgan Rivers, Mentored Dance Leader

 

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