Celebrating Divinity Videos

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Meher Baba’s East-West Gathering 50th Anniversary Commemoration #1
Time: 30 minutes
In October 2012, Avatar Meher Baba’s irresistible call drew Murshida Carol Weyland Conner and 280 of her Sufism Reoriented students to India to participate in a gala celebration of the 50th anniversary of Baba’s 1962 East-West Gathering. Baba had called the 1962 Gathering the most important meeting of his incarnation. Now, in 2012, his lovers from East and West join together to honor his achievement. Murshida had been invited to present several programs of song, dance, and video, which her Sufi students had been preparing for many months.

This is the first video in a series of 5. This performance begins after music by Pratap Ahir, the Pune group, and Ted Judson, and Murshida Conner’s introduction. We see Mischa Rutenberg and the Sufi dancers performing “The East-West Gathering Song”, Bob Carpenter singing “For the First Time”, Hilary Hogan and Terry Johnson singing “Kalki”, and the dancers performing Mischa’s song, “Jai Ho”.

Sufi Performances #2 at the East-West Gathering 50th Anniversary Commemoration
Time: 34 minutes
In October 2012, Avatar Meher Baba’s irresistible call drew Murshida Carol Weyland Conner and 280 of her Sufism Reoriented students to India to participate in a gala celebration of the 50th anniversary of Baba’s 1962 East-West Gathering.

This is video #2 in the series of 5. It includes Hilary Hogan singing “In a Thousand Faces”, Mischa Rutenberg and the Sufi dancers performing the boisterous “All Are One”, the chorus singing “Give All the Love You Can/Purely, Simply”, the dancers performing “Begin the Beguine” and “Beautify Your Life”, and the chorus singing “The Beloved God Prayer”.

Sufi Performances #3 at the East-West Gathering 50th Anniversary Commemoration
Time: 20 minutes
In October 2012, Avatar Meher Baba’s irresistible call drew Murshida Carol Weyland Conner and 280 of her Sufism Reoriented students to India to participate in a gala celebration of the 50th anniversary of Baba’s 1962 East-West Gathering.

This is video #3 in the series of 5. It begins with Murshida Conner garlanding Meher Baba’s photo and includes the Sufi chorus singing the “Australian Arti”, the “Gujarati Arti”, Murshida’s introduction of the Devotional singers, and their singing of Meher Baba’s name and the “New Life Song: Resolutions Suite”.

Sufi Performances #4 at the East-West Gathering 50th Anniversary Commemoration
Time: 12 minutes
In October 2012, Avatar Meher Baba’s irresistible call drew Murshida Carol Weyland Conner and 280 of her Sufism Reoriented students to India to participate in a gala celebration of the 50th anniversary of Baba’s 1962 East-West Gathering.

This is video #4 in the series of 5. It presents the Sufi chorus singing the “American Arti” and “The Prayer of Repentance”.

 

Sufi Performances #5 at the East-West Gathering 50th Anniversary Commemoration
Time: 18 minutes
In October 2012, Avatar Meher Baba’s irresistible call drew Murshida Carol Weyland Conner and 280 of her Sufism Reoriented students to India to participate in a gala celebration of the 50th anniversary of Baba’s 1962 East-West Gathering.

This is the last video in the series of 5. It presents the Sufi chorus singing “The Master’s Prayer” and the “Adi Sachetana Arti”, the audience reciting “The Beloved God Prayer”, and a boisterous, impromptu ending when the audience joins the singing and dancing on stage.

 

SHARING THE LIVING LEGACY OF ST. FRANCIS
Time: 30 minutes
This delightful compilation of clips offers...

Scenes from a lively Francis in the Schools musical play for underserved children about the life of Saint Francis...

A joyful Umbrian Renaissance-style Faire staged by Francis in the Schools that touches children with the spirit of Saint Francis...

A Francis in the Schools concert by Franciscan recording star Friar Alessandro Brustenghi to begin the children's "Day of Perfect Joy"...

And an inspiring concert of fresh new songs celebrating Saint Francis's life and message. The concert has been presented at the United Nations in New York and at the National Shrine of Saint Francis in San Francisco. Here are selections recorded at the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore in Assisi, Italy. Using modern language and melodies, these new songs give fresh expression to the principles of service, sacrifice, brotherhood, and divine love as Francis taught and lived them.

 

Lives of Perfect Joy
Time: 102 minutes
One night 800 years ago, her pathway lit by a torchlight procession of friars in Assisi, Italy, Clare Offreduccio, first-born daughter of a prominent family, silently left her home through a portal reserved for the bodies of the deceased and met Saint Francis of Assisi in his little chapel known as the Porziuncola on the outskirts of the town. Clare longed to surrender her life to God and embrace the Path of Joy revealed to her by Saint Francis’s life and example. He initiated Clare by cutting her hair and offering her a simple tunic to wear in place of her fine clothing. This was the beginning of the Order of Poor Ladies, later known as the Poor Clares. On the 800th anniversary of her consecration and of the Second Order of Saint Francis (the Poor Clares), the White Horse Chorale, Actors, and Dancers staged this beautiful and moving concert celebrating Saint Clare of Assisi and her devoted companionship and collaboration with Saint Francis in exemplary lives of surrender, obedience, and selfless service to God. The concert, narrated by Murshida Carol Weyland Conner, was given at the National Shrine of Saint Francis in San Francisco, California. Presented on August 11, 2012, the anniversary of Saint Clare’s passing, the performers offered original songs, dances, and pantomimes to express Clare’s devotion to her new life — a life of perfect joy lived in total surrender to God and in selfless service to His Creation.