Iftar Dinner & Reflection on Fasting in Scripture with the Rumi Forum

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Iftar Dinner & Reflection on Fasting in Scripture with the Rumi Forum

Gather with the Rumi Forrum at a Latter-day Saint chapel for an interfaith exploration of scripture and communal iftar.

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 745 23rd St S Arlington, VA, VA 22202

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Join us for an Iftar (meal to break the fast) and Interfaith scripture study on the meaning and value of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. Hosted at the newest LDS chapel in the area with food and dialogue facilitation provided by the Rumi Forum, an organization dedicated to fostering interfaith dialogue and facilitating intercultural understanding, you won't want to miss this!

Scriptural Reasoning:

We will be following the scriptural reasoning methodology for our dialogue, specifically designed for adherents to Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) to compare and assess differences and commonalities in each other's holy texts. Scriptural Reasoning groups exist all across the world.

Ramadan

Ramadan is a holy month of the Islamic year. During this time Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset and celebrate this time as a period of community, reflection, and prayer. Before the beginning of the fast each, Muslims eat a pre-fast meal called suhoor. The post-fast meal is known as iftar and is frequently celebrated in the company of extended family, friends, and the community.

Muslims also remember Ramadan as the month in which Allah revealed the Quran and celebrate the end of the month with Eid Al-Fitr. 

Since we are hosting this in an LDS meetinghouse, we would appreciate volunteers for set up and clean up. Please note that the meetinghouse is in an apartment building. Follow our instructions below and you won't get lost!

Please register by midnight on Wednesday, April 20 so we can give our hosts an accurate headcount for the reception.

Program outline:

  • 6:30-7:00pm - Arrival
  • 7:00pm - Scriptural Reasoning Activity
  • 7:54pm - Communal Iftar

Parking & Public Transportation

  1. Parking is available at the Crystal City Meetinghouse
  2. The Crystal City Meetinghouse is a ~20 minute walk from the Crystal City station
  3. The registered address for the Crystal City Meetinghouse is 3400 Clark St. South in Arlington, but that takes you to the foyer of the apartment building. The "walk-in entrance" is at the corner of 33rd St. South and Crystal Drive (access road parallel to Highway 1); the underground parking entrance is on 35th Street South, between Crystal Drive (access road parallel to Highway 1) and Clark Street.
  4. If parking at the building, park in the Meeting House parking area, and you can validate the parking ticket in the church.

Carpool Information:

If you would like to sign up for the carpool, either as a driver or as a passenger, please register by Tuesday, April 19, 2022. While our team facilitate initial communications for the carpool groups, we delegate responsibility for transportation to the individuals in the groups, and will not make alternative or last minute accommodations. Please also note that the availability of the carpool will depend on your zip code.

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