The Conference of the Birds
Professor Daniel Madigan of Georgetown University will speak on God as Sovereign and Lover in "The Conference of the Birds." This wonderful 13-century Persian poem -- the forerunner to Rumi's famous works -- recounts the story of the birds who set out in search of their king and all that they face on the journey. In fact, the poem is a handbook of the spiritual life suffused with a sense of the divine king as both lover and beloved.
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