Dances of Universal Peace – Sunday, 14 Apr 2019 at 3PM

Dear Friends,

It’s that time again–time to dance. We will meet this Sunday to celebrate the coming Passover/Easter season. This Sunday we will meet in the Fellowship Hall which is across from the Sanctuary, in the room with all the tables and chairs. We will need to move some furniture in order to dance, but that shouldn’t be a big chore. Hope to see you there.

Dances of Universal Peace
Sunday, April 14, 2019, beginning at 3:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Society
2355 Oakdale Road, Coralville

I hope you will join me.

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

“From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song and story have brought people together… The Dances of Universal Peace are part of this timeless tradition of Sacred Dance.”


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 – Sunday, 17 Feb 2019 at 5PM

UPDATE
17 Feb 20198 at 7:30 AM

EVENT CANCELED – “The snow keep coming, and I’ve already heard from many out-of-town folks that they are not going to venture out. So I think it’s best to cancel for today. Everyone stay safe and warm! Peace and blessings, Sophia Virginia” (17 Feb 2019 at 7:30 AM)

UPDATE
15 FEB 2019 at 11:08 PM

Dear Friends,

The weather forecast for Sunday is not sounding promising. Please watch your email and I will send a message by noon on Sunday to either confirm or cancel our meeting. I want us all to be safe.

Peace and blessings,
Sophia Virginia Melroy

 


Dear Friends,

Winter has arrived for real!  I hope you are staying safe and warm, wherever you are.  In spite of the weather outside, we will gather Sunday to celebrate peace and our connections to each other.

Remember that this Sunday only we will begin at 5:00 due to a conflict in the church schedule.  You may wish to attend the concert in the church sanctuary from 3:00-5:00.  The Family Folk Machine, will be performing a fundraiser for the local Veterans for Peace Chapter.  (More information at this link  http://familyfolkmachine.org/1059-2/We will begin the Dances as soon as the concert is finished.

Dances of Universal Peace
Sunday, February 17, 2019, beginning at 5:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Society
2355 Oakdale Road, Coralville

I hope you will join me.

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

“From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song and story have brought people together… The Dances of Universal Peace are part of this timeless tradition of Sacred Dance.”


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, 20 May 2018

Dear Friends,

Spring is finally here, and the Dances of Universal Peace will “bloom” once again at the Unitarian Universalist Society, 2355 Oakdale Road, in Coralville. Please join us starting at 3:00 p.m., this Sunday, May 20. I hope to see you there.

Newcomers are always welcome. You may contact me if you need more information.

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

“From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song and story have brought people together… The Dances of Universal Peace are part of this timeless tradition of Sacred Dance.”


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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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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