THE LAMP OF THE MESSAGE
A Journal for the International Community
(From Cherag Email Forum)
Thank you for creating this format
for connecting us. Here in the Greater Philadelphia Sufi Order we have
been involved in Cherag Candidate Training. Our Center Leader, Telema Hess
has been our guide on this path to becoming Cherags.
We actually started up this class
about 3 years ago with 12 people, and continued it for a year and a half,
with varied formats. Then the class stopped for a year and a half. At this
point, we have reformed, and have five people in our class. We have entered
the study for Judaism, and have been greatly blessed that this is such
a time for holy days within the Judaic faith. As a group we are going to
attend a Simphas Torah with the Pnai Or (Zolman Schaechter's group) for
their celebration. I've also been asked to lead the Dances of Universal
Peace in honor of the Sukot holy days, which is also open to the public.
The next time we gather together
for our study group we'll have the theme of joy. Any comments, ideas, suggestions?
We'll begin with the Universal Worship, where five of us have coordinated
the readings, with two Dances Of Universal Peace. We'll have an hour service,
and then for three hours will go over the questions, and learn more deeply
about the Jewish Faith.
In our group we have Carolyn Hamlet,
Shirley Brown, Novella Keith, Gale Livingston and Jeanne Ayesha Lauenborg,
and Telema Hess as our guide and consultant.. When I mentioned this e-mail
forum to the group, they were very excited.
We are planning on meeting monthly
until June, when we plan to finish the formal training for Cherags. It
is a great blessing to have a group to study with, and we wonder if there
are other groups around the country now that we can share ideas concerning
format, themes, content, etc.
Watching the new Cherags being ordained
this past leaders camp was such a great blessing. The candles were also
amazing in how one melted from a stalagtyte to a stalagmite. (?)
Jeanne Ayesha Lauenborg