In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Compassionate
Washington Post article: "At Muslim LGBTQ retreat, attendees try to reconcile their faith and sexuality" (5/31/13)
Thanks to so much generous support, we welcomed 85 LGBTQ Muslims and partners to our 3rd annual Retreat!
It is hard to believe the 3rd annual Retreat for LGBTQ Muslims and Partners is over. Many of us are still traveling home, while others have arrived back and are sorely missing our Retreat community. We are experiencing the joy of having prayed together, cried together, laughed together, celebrated together...broken bread, samosas, and even birthday cake together. Many of us are also experiencing the challenge of resuming daily lives without the support we've had for this weekend, and some are returning to environments where survival requires suppressing parts of their identities. We are remembering and smiling, grieving and crying, but most of all we are holding one another across the miles until we can gather again.
We are so grateful for the incredible amount of support we received from individuals and organizations. The donations of time, energy, services, and funds made this weekend possible for many. Returning attendees talked about coming back to their "Retreat family" while new attendees spoke of having thought they would never "belong" in community the way they did at the Retreat. Scroll through our Twitter feed for messages from the weekend!
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"Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come." - Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi
"O men [women]! Behold, We have created you all out of a male and a female, and have made you into nations and tribes, so that you might come to know one another. Verily, the noblest of you in the sight of God is the one who is most deeply conscious of Him. Behold, God is all-knowing, all-aware." - Holy Quran (49:13) - Translated by Muhammad Asad
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