Three years ago on October 23, 2011,
I stepped into the unknown with a group of new friends in NYC, to launch a new spiritual community out of the ashes of a short lived earlier adventure. We called it Sanctuary NYC- We added the NYC because my cousin Henry told us we would get lost among the bird and various other sanctuaries on Google search if we didn’t add something…like NYC:).
It was kind of a crazy thing to call ourselves as the initials of our new venture turned out to be the same as the previous community. This would prove to be one of many confusions about who we were and what we were trying to be, BUT in spite of the way we launched, we managed to have an AMAZING two years…meeting at West-Park Presbyterian Church, hosting weekly Sunday services, Mayan Elders from Guatemala in Oct 2012, a fabulous documentary film series, music programs, new play readings, classes, Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, beautiful seasonal rituals and observances and more.
Today, October 23, is the third anniversary of that launch, and I am thinking of so many great people as I feel the resonance of that wonderful work. It was imperative that we allow the community to evolve naturally and it did. We had an elegant and meaningful two years together and for this I am so so grateful. Happy Anniversary!!
Here is some of what I have learned over 15 years of pastoral ministry.
1. Organized “churches” of all kinds are falling away as a form. As that happens, many people are scrambling to hold onto “what was” and crazy stuff is going on as a result.
2. People still need to gather. “Where two or three are gathered” is still the teaching that resonates. Collaboration and synergy are the energies of the new.
3. Inter-spirituality is a wonderful emerging philosophical movement. It is a great way to talk about the Wisdom Path, and it is a bit too slippery a concept upon which to try to build a community.
4. Our higher selves are calling.
It is from this awareness that T.R.I.B.E. was born
I look forward to being part of the next level of conversation with you all.
Our next gathering of T.R.I.B.E. will be on Sunday evening, November 16th, from 7-9 pm at the TANK NYC, at 151 W. 46th St.
The theme of the evening will be “In Her Voice- The Female Voice of God”, and we have some really wonderful people working with us. Deborah Singletary, Sandra Bargman, Emma McMullin will share their art with us. The Seven Sisters Kirtan and Brooklyn Bhajan Band will lead us in chants and song, I will share some thoughts about what is emerging as a planetary voice and how we might get in alignment with that. We will talk, share, eat, collaborate and evolve!
Look forward to seeing you there.