JCM Europa

JCM - Glossary

Program
The elements of then program are the same every conference, but may take place at different times each year. To give you an impression of the placement of the elements in the timetable of the conference we present you the program of 2009.
Morning Meditation
Each morning we offer the opportunity for a few moments together to prepare for the day. Each faith takes it in turn to offer an opening thought for the particular day, following which there is a shared silence. Please be punctual for the start of the meditation and do not enter once the door is closed as the latecomers disturb the silence.
Discussion Groups (J/C/M)
The Team distributes participants in discussion groups on the basis of information from the application forms and previous participation. We try to ensure that all three faiths are present and that the group has people who can facilitate the discussion and help translate. No one should feel they are meant to "represent" their faith but rather speak out of personal experience. Some guidelines for the discussion are provided by the facilitators. It is helpful to the group process if participants remain in the same group throughout the week, however it is possible to change once after the first session, but please consult with the team.
Project Groups
The JCM conference explores the topic through a variety of alternative ways of communication: art, drama, text study, etc. Participants are invited to choose one of these groups that will meet during the week led by people with experience in their field. It is helpful to the group process if participants remain in the same group throughout the week, however it is possible to change once after the first session, but please consult with the team.
Intrareligious Groups
As well as the many opportunities to meet people from the other faiths during the week, one session at the beginning is devoted to an "intrafaith" group meeting. Here we can learn the background of others from our own faith community who are here as well as dealing with any technical matters, such as the organising of religious services.
Speakers' Corner
Participants often bring information, experiences or opinions that they would like to share with others. Speakers' Corner provides a space for people to present their materials to anyone who wishes to attend. The Team arranges the time and place but the speaker must arrange for translation. Any views expressed are the responsibility of the speaker alone.
Services
The programme contains the opportunity for all three faith communities to celebrate the religious services that mark their "special" day in the week. All participants are invited to attend each other's services and to take part as far as they feel able.
Oneg Schabbat
In the Hebrew Bible the word "oneg" means "delight". The expression "oneg shabbat" in its modern use was coined in the early twentieth century for the celebration and enjoyment of Friday evening through songs, stories etc.
Dhikr
"Dhikr" is an Arabic word and means "remembrance". In the Qur'anic/Islamic context it means: to remember, to think of, to call to ALLAH. In the Qur'an ALLAH says: "MINE are the most beautiful names, with them call upon ME and I will answer." Or "WE (ALLAH) are closer to you than your jugular." So to praise ALLAH, to call upon ALLAH, speaking, singing, silent, dancing, according to the traditions of our Tariqah (Order), we are to live, to cultivate as much as possible a way of life and worship, which originate in our specific case nearly a thousand years ago in Al Mursa (Murcia), in Muslim Andalusia.