As you have read elsewhere in the newsletter, the peer mentoring calls start again this month. Seth and Amanda will be the mentors, and I will be moderating these hour long inspirational discussions.

Recently I heard a Rumi poem read out loud, and this poem sums up the point of these conversations. The mentoring calls are an opportunity to join companions on the way.

I hope you’ll join us and be woven into a new community of support and encouragement.

Of Being Woven

The way is full of genuine sacrifice.

The thickets blocking your path are anything

that keeps you from that, any fear you may be broken

into bits like a glass bottle.

This road demands courage and stamina, yet it’s full

of footprints!

Who are these companions?

They are rungs on your ladder. Use them!

With company you quicken your ascent.

You may be happy enough going along, but with others

you’ll get farther, and faster.

Someone who goes cheerfully by himself to the customs

House to pay his traveler’s tax will go even more

lightheartedly when friends are with him.

Every prophet sought out companions.

A wall standing alone is useless, but put three or four walls

together, and they’ll support a roof and keep grain dry

and safe.

When ink joins with a pen, then the blank page can say


Rushes and reeds must be woven to be useful as a mat. If

they weren’t interlaced; the wind would blow them away.

Like that, God paired up creatures, and gave them friendship.