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Plenary Sessions

Mindfulness Across Traditions, Friday at 4:00 pm, McBride Room
Ripple 2017 begins with an interfaith panel discussing how diverse traditions engage in mindful or contemplative practices. Panelists include: Rev. Dr. Joel Harter (Associate Chaplain for Protestant Life, Elon University), Rabbi Meir Goldstein (Associate Chaplain for Jewish Life, Elon University), Imam Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes (Spiritual Mindfulness Teacher, Director of SacredService for Human Liberation), Jem Jebbia (Senior Assistant Director for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service, Buddhist Advisor, Northeastern University), Dr. Jon Dooley (Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Elon University), Sandra DeMaioNewton (Tibetan Buddhist, Senior Graphic Designer at SHE Design). *Open to the public

An Evening with Rumi and Rabia, Friday at 7:30 pm, LaRose Digital Theater
Join us for an inspiring evening of Sufi poetry and Persian music. Acclaimed Rumi interpreter Peter Rogen will give performative readings of the mystic poetry of Rumi (1207-1273 CE) and Rabia (714-801 CE), with accompaniment on traditional instruments and singing provided by Amir Vehab, Yvette Gogass and Gail Niziak. Rumi's poetry is well known for its loving spirituality, and Rabia is one of the best-known female Muslim saints and Sufi mystics. *Open to the public

Mindfulness Retreat, Saturday at 9:00 am, Location TBD
Guided mostly silent Mindfulness Retreat with meditations (sitting, walking, eating), yoga (suitable for all skill levels), and interfaith sharing. There will be a session for students and a separate session for faculty/staff that includes a brief presentation on Mindfulness in higher education. Students will lead the student session. No experience with yoga or meditation necessary, and there will be altnerative options available for those who don't want to practice yoga.

Buddhism Beyond Beliefs, Saturday at 7:00 pm, McBride Room
The modern Mindfulness movement is inspired by Buddhism, but many of its practitioners are not Buddhist or even aware of its Buddhist roots. For many, it’s also an open question whether Buddhism is really a religion at all. This interdisciplinary panel will discuss diverse ways that Buddhism influences contemporary Mindfulness practices beyond conventional religious belief. Panelists include: Dr. Pamela Winfield (Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Elon University), Dr. Alexis Franzese (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Elon University), Jennifer Brigman (Student Counseling, Elon University), Jem Jebbia (Senior Assistant Director for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service, Northeastern University), Rev. Tim Auman (University Chaplain, Wake Forest University). *Open to the public

Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) – Closing Plenary, Sunday at 10:30 am, McBride Room
"What's next? Building interfaith community on your college campus."

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