At our fifth session of Visionary Women, we gathered at Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship in Overbrook during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. After learning about this community and a bit about Ramadan, participants entered into group discussion where they discussed the following prompt:
"For the month of Ramadan, Muslims set aside their personal routines and comforts. When fasting, Muslims experience hunger, a physical reminder of the suffering of those who have less, which evokes gratitude for even the simplest things like food.
Although fasting is individual, Ramadan is a holiday of togetherness. Hunger and sacrifice are shared experiences among all Muslims, and every night of Ramadan, family and friends, come together to pray, celebrate and break the fast. What, in your own tradition or lived experience, has both these qualities - individual empathy as well as shared celebration?"
After much lively discussion, participants were able to go through a Collective Poem Workshop with ArtWell Guest Teaching Artist, Asake Denise Jones. Here is just one of the many amazing poems created my our visionary women group:
Is about unity
About the impulse
The heart beat of this space.
Strength to serve
Focusing on God brings
That leads us to
Connecting with others as God sees them
Can do more when others are
Sharing my burden
We travel alone.
Thank you again to our wonderful hosts at Bawa and to all of our eager participants who came to this session with such excitement and creativity!