Berkeley Art and Interreligious Pilgrimage Project

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GTUx Live: Where Pilgrims Meet the World: Tales of Journeying with Hope and Resilience

March 29, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC-8

Join Drs. Kathryn Barush and Mahjabeen Dhala in this GTUx Live conversation about the power of pilgrimage.
Dr. Barush will discuss her work with The Berkeley Art and Interreligious Pilgrimage Project, which is an invitation to create and experience art-infused pilgrimages in the Bay Area and beyond. It seeks to link sacred landscapes the world over to neighborhoods, gardens, and backyards as a way to connect with each other and our ancestors and as a catalyst for spiritual healing and even physical recovery. Her talk will explore the artworks and built environments that inspired the project and some future directions for growth.
Dr. Dhala’s talk will explore how Islamic practice is much informed by the paradigm of a spiritual journey that begins from and ends with a return to the Divine. Q4:100 alludes to the experiences of a pilgrim as someone who leaves home as a migrant towards God: prepared to face challenges, having fallen in love with her destination. She will focus on rituals and artifacts to explore how Shias embody their faith, past history, present concerns, and future aspirations through pilgrimage.