Academic Programs

Turning Adversity into Diversity

Turning Adversity into Diversity

In film studies, I have heard that there are three basic stories to tell: man vs. man, man vs. God, and man vs. himself. To say nothing of how misguided these competitive perspectives may be, it is important to note our persistent affinity with these types of stories: stories of adversity. But what is adversity? …continue reading…

Bless the Deadline

Bless the Deadline

Are you someone that works well under pressure? Does a looming deadline help you to finally dive in? We are all familiar with this phenomenon: people from diverse walks of life feel the day-in-and-day-out has it’s own momentum that doesn’t naturally create space to start, or finish projects. There are so many practical things that …continue reading…

The Warrior vs. the Worrier

The Warrior vs. the Worrier

What is that voice of fear that stops us from experiencing our lives? In the evolution of humans, fear has served a very important purpose-for example, ‘there is a lion behind you!’ or ‘this is a slippery ledge, I should be careful’. However, we have all had moments of fear and worry that seem to …continue reading…

Spirituality in Mainstream Healthcare

Spirituality in Mainstream Healthcare

A few years ago, I was talking with a friend who had moved to the US from England. In England, she had worked as an aromatherapist, prescribing and administering essential oil treatments to patients in the hospital. She worked alongside medical doctors as a respected and integral part of the patient care team. In the …continue reading…

Clearing up Confusion (Ya Muhaymin)

Clearing up Confusion (Ya Muhaymin)

May Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon you in this holy month of Ramadan. We are in the second 10 days, which are about Forgiveness, al-humduli’llah, thanks and praise be to The One. Last week’s newsletter contained a couple of “Heads Ups,” and one of them caused a bit of confusion. It seems my thoughts …continue reading…

Heads Ups (that means more than one Heads Up)

Heads Ups (that means more than one Heads Up)

I want to give you a heads up about a few projects and exciting changes we’ve got in the works here at USHS.   GETTING TO THE HEART OF CANCER As you may know, our beloved Nura Laird went through a journey with cancer a few years ago. With her diagnosis, she, Wadude and their …continue reading…

Is true happiness attainable?

Is true happiness attainable?

  What is happiness? Is it attainable? Often we think happiness as an exuberant joy that would have us doing somersaults and cartwheels on the sidewalks. That might be attainable from time to time, but it’s certainly not sustainable, nor is it meant to be. We are human beings with all of the attributes of …continue reading…

Preparing to Answer the Call in Your Heart

Preparing to Answer the Call in Your Heart

Just today, I was speaking with a new friend. You might relate to her story. She has known all her life that there is more to this existence than the mundane physical reality. And with all that is happening in the world today, she can no longer deny her awareness of a greater existence. She …continue reading…

The Long Journey Into Yourself

And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself? ~ Jalal id-din Rumi   It’s that time of year again.  A new group of students will begin their Masters of Divinity studies in just 1 week from tomorrow. The Masters program provides a unique experience that guides students into that long journey through …continue reading…

Explore. Dream. Discover. Dare to be YOU!

Explore. Dream. Discover. Dare to be YOU!

  “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain   Have you ever missed an opportunity and …continue reading…