As this year comes to a close, we are all certainly deeply and fundamentally changed - subtly and radically different than who we were on Jan 1. We have lived through an attempted insurrection/political coup, natural disasters, racial violence (both locally and nationally) – and these are just the major headlines. In the midst of this all, we have experienced personal and often hidden crises and traumas. There have been deaths, disappointments, pain and of course, the exhausting toll of the COVID-19 pandemic. 800,000 Americans have died, and this number includes those loved ones whose presence we continue to grieve in large and small ways.
A new variant Omicron is now sweeping across the country as we grapple with the reality of crushing student loan debt, appalling conditions of workers, and a healthcare system groaning under the weight of systemic disparity.
Through the hardships, we have also had moments which defy the pall and dark clouds of despair - we have laughed, danced, smiled, gazed with longing at something or someone, sent virtual hugs, and attempted to make sense of the unfathomable. In the midst of unrelenting suffering there is always hope, no matter how dim or fleeting. It is in this spirit we offer: Facing the Rising Sun - A Winter Gathering for Healing & Hope. This gathering is for those who desire a place to ponder, a place to sigh, a place to weep, a place to rejoice. A place simply - to be.
This space is open to all, yet will center Black Muslims and the Black Muslim experience. As our wise elder and now ancestor, bell hooks taught us: “one of the most vital ways we sustain ourselves is by building communities of resistance, places where we are not alone” and “rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation. Healing is an act of communion…”
Margari Hill & Dr Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad
Drea d’Nur, LuFuki Ismaeel & Ustadh Ashir Kirk
More info: blackmuslimcoalition.com/risingsun