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‘Lighting a fire in paradise’

A whirling dervish in the Sufi tradition and his father, an internationally recognized religious speaker, will both be featured in a program Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains.

Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé will give a presentation on “Lighting a Fire in Paradise; Pouring Water on Hell” at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church, located at South Church and Walsh Streets in Grass Valley.

Farajajé is vice president for academic affairs, Starr King School for the Ministry, and chair of the Graduate Theological Union Islamic Studies Task Force. He received a doctorate in theology at the University of Bern, Switzerland, for his work on the spiritual connection between the African Diaspora and Africa.

He was a professor of the history of religions and sociology of religion at Howard University’s School of Divinity and is author of “In Search of Zion: The Spiritual Significance of Africa for Three Black Religious Movements” and co-editor of “African Creative Expressions of the Divine.”

His son, a whirling dervish, will join in part of the program Sunday. A whirling dervish is a mystical dancer who, according to tradition, stands between the material and cosmic worlds.

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