Sufism in Kansas City

Debora Demeter and Rahimah Marie discuss Sufism in Kansas City with Radio Active Magazine regular Spencer Graves.  Sufism is a mystical branch of Islam, but not all practitioners are Muslim.  Rahima is a teacher in the Sufi Ruhaniat International stream of Universal or  Western Sufism.  Debora considers herself a mystic encompassing many traditions and not a Muslim.

Their practices include the Dervish Healing Order and Dances of Universal Peace. The latter are simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural, circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music, and movements from the many traditions of the earth to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and others.

Debora is a member and Rahima is a teacher in the Shining Heart Community, which they say is the largest Sufi group in the greater Kansas City area.

In 2018 Debora organized a 50th anniversary reunion for Kansas City PBS Flatland of two Blacks and two Whites who had participated in a student exchange between two Catholic middle schools in Kansas City, the all-Black Annunciation at Linwood and Benton boulevards, and the all-white St. Francis Xavier at 52nd Street and Troost Avenue following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr..  A leader in this exchange was Alvin Brooks.

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