Sunday Diary II – Memories on SEKEM Founder Ibrahim Abouleish

The so-called “Sunday meeting” is one of SEKEM’s traditions that was initiated by its founder Ibrahim Abouleish, and now continued by his son and SEKEM’s CEO Helmy Abouleish. Every week, all employees gather to share and discuss ideas on SEKEM’s vision and mission in order to deepen understanding of the meaning of sustainable development and the application of its principles. The meetings usually begin with the audience singing, followed by a music performance, because SEKEM believes in the power of arts to broaden the horizon and elevate the soul and mind.

From time to time we invite our readers to share in the memories of Dr. Amina Taitoon. The Alumni Unit Manager at Heliopolis University regularly wrote down her reflections on what SEKEM’s visionary Ibrahim Abouleish expressed during the Sunday meetings.

Reflections on essential questions

The society needs to work continuously to achieve its goals and thrive. But first, each individual should ask him/herself some questions: What work needs to be done and why? How to continuously learn while working? What are the work values to adopt?

Other important questions: What is my calling and purpose in life? How do I reach it without destroying the earth? How to protect the rest of the creatures? And what can I do for others?