I have been thinking about the piece James read last Sunday ever since he read it. He talked about Tony, the Italian owner of the corner store where James grew up in Harlem; about all the IOU’s Tony floated for so many of his customers and all the hungry people he made sure got something to eat.
When the crack epidemic came to their neighborhood, Tony told the guys, “You all take that stuff outside. You can’t sell it in here.” Some of the people who Tony had helped the most called him racist when he set that boundary.
I am impressed with the way that James looked at his own discomfort when taking his white girlfriend around his friends and said, “It’s me Oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer.” I just keep thinking about that piece James read last Sunday…
Our theme was “Memories, Dreams and Reflections” and we discussed Carl Jung, and archetypes and the deep human need to connect to something bigger than ourselves and to experience ecstasy. We need ecstasy it turns out, like we need water and air. How we go about accessing ecstasy is really the issue. Dr. Jung said that when we “dismantled Mt. Olympus, we turned the gods into symptoms.”
We will be taking a couple of Sundays off to let some light and rest into the conversation. Our next gathering will be at 11am on Sunday Dec. 15th, at Raw Space Gallery on Adam Clayton Powell and 121st St.
We are a multi ethnic group who are meeting to understand how we might be a part of a new world through depth teachings and community and the ARTS, and we are meeting in Harlem, NY. The surrounding community has embraced us with graciousness, and it is important to say that we do not take this in any way for granted.
To have the conversation is why we exist. This IS the meaning for us. Ideally, this is the gift we all will bring forth collectively: a new answer to how we might be a force for good, for our youth, and our elders, and to ask the hard questions so that we might begin to really hear one another and the voice of all creation.
Each Sunday so far has been a blessing and a miracle.
I just keep thinking about that piece James read last Sunday.
Love one another. Help somebody and don’t get found out.
For many years I have been attempting to combine ministry and art in a way that transcends doctrine, opens doors between cultures and transforms individuals and communities to experience the G-d within them.
My 2004 doctoral Dissertation for Claremont School of Theology begins: “The metaphor of the open door between the earthly realm and the seat of Heaven in Revelation 4:1 has emerged as a biblical metaphor for the intermediate realm in which the arts live. The prophetic vision that John perceives as an open door can be understood to represent a doorway between the present and the eternal future, a gate between the earthly level of awareness and the realm of God, a passageway through which the Spirit travels in order to access the Presence. This doorway is a place where art and ritual can combine to create change, a channel, through which a spiritual Right of Passage may move.”
I have created many embodied experiments to put flesh on the bone of this basic passion. T.R.I.B.E. is the latest, and frankly, because it is NOW, it lives…NOW. The point of all of my work is to create an opening for people to access God. I am a passionate artist, lover of people and believer in the power of the Source of All Creation to breathe LIFE more abundant into us and through us. Once awakened, I know that we each become powerful channels of the All that Is.
When I say that Ministers aren’t going to change the world, artists are, I am being provocative. Ministry IS an art. It would be my great hope that ALL people, including ministers (I am one too after all) will access the artistry of their role to become change agents for good. The dogma of institutional religion can often become what the conversation is about; Institutions need to hold onto their rules to stay viable. It is my prayer, however, that there is a way to gather for Transformation that unites and inspires and does not exclude.
This Sunday is the third of three Focus Group/ special experiments to see what T.R.I.B.E. might become. So far, the experience has been amazing. This Sunday Ramon Thielen will be dancing for us, and the curated artistic melange will be around the topic “Metaphor, Symbols and Dreams’. After this Sunday, we will be taking a break to reboot, assimilate and allow the MUSE to direct us. Our next gathering will be onSunday December 15th at Raw Space Gallery. And then we shall break again until the new year.
Check out our Facebook page. Join us Sunday. I shall meet you at the DOOR!
God is love. Love one another.
Hey Out There!!!
Wow! It is SO IMPORTANT to have the courage to take a leap of faith every now and then. I am so grateful that we have taken one, and are launching our very first brand new gathering called TRIBE -Transformation/Realization/Inspiration/Belonging/Expression. Our first meeting is this Sunday at 11 AM – 12:30 PM at the Raw Space Gallery in Harlem (Adam Clayton Powell and 121st St).
I would be lying if I said that this leap hasn’t been nerve wracking too. It has! I find it helpful to talk about what it actually takes to DO brave new endeavors out in the world. It takes COURAGE, and imagination. Sometimes ice cream helps too.
I spent last Sunday feeling rudderless, watching three hours of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, then getting downtown in time to cheer for my God daughter Cate as she finished the NYC Marathon, grab a quick photo op… Then, it was back home in time to watch more Oprah interviewing Patti Labelle.
Yesterday, my friend Karen said, “OK, THAT’S ENOUGH. WHAT IS UP WITH SUNDAY!” After a few sideways moves, and a fabulous evening of Improvisational Jazz by the J.D. Parran Group at INTAR on 52nd St, I finally had enough Oprah and Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. It was time to create.
There is a plan and I am excited!!! This Sunday, our theme is Lost and Found. Pernell Walker will perform a monologue from an August Wilson play. We will experience some improv jazz violin with Rosi Hertlein, a wisdom talk, and share some deep conversation.
This Sunday’s TRIBE will be an entirely new experience. We would like for all who join us to come with DESIRE and INTENTION and your hearts open wide.
Bring some money too.
We are under the radar, and over the moon.
Oprah, see you in re-runs.
TRIBE- Consciousness and Creativity.
SANCTUARY 2.0 TRIBE Transformation/Realization/Inspiration/Belonging/Expression Ministers Aren’t Going to Change the World, Artists ARE. Wake Up Your Inner Artist, Your Creative Voice, and CREATE… a Painting, an Art Piece, a Brilliant Life, a Beautiful World… Dr. Rev. Jane Galloway Spiritual Director Donate Online! Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Website Website Rev. Jane is available for counseling. To set up an appointment, contact firstname.lastname@example.org Sanctuary 2.0 Newsletter – November 7, 2013 Hey Out There!!! Wow! It is SO IMPORTANT to have the courage to take a leap of faith every now and then. I am so grateful that we have taken one, and are launching our very first brand new gathering called TRIBE -Transformation/Realization/Inspiration/Belonging/Expression. Our first meeting is this Sunday at 11 AM – 12:30 PM at the Raw Space Gallery in Harlem (Adam Clayton Powell and 121st St). I would be lying if I said that this leap hasn’t been nerve wracking too. It has! I find it helpful to talk about what it actually takes to DO brave new endeavors out in the world. It takes COURAGE, and imagination. Sometimes ice cream helps too. I spent last Sunday feeling rudderless, watching three hours of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, then getting downtown in time to cheer for my God daughter Cate as she finished the NYC Marathon, grab a quick photo op… Then, it was back home in time to watch more Oprah interviewing Patti Labelle. Yesterday, my friend Karen said, “OK, THAT’S ENOUGH. WHAT IS UP WITH SUNDAY!” After a few sideways moves, and a fabulous evening of Improvisational Jazz by the J.D. Parran Group at INTAR on 52nd St, I finally had enough Oprah and Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. It was time to create. There is a plan and I am excited!!! This Sunday, our theme is Lost and Found. Pernell Walker will perform a monologue from an August Wilson play. We will experience some improv jazz violin with Rosi Hertlein, a wisdom talk, and share some deep conversation. This Sunday’s TRIBE will be an entirely new experience. We would like for all who join us to come with DESIRE and INTENTION and your hearts open wide. Bring some money too. We are under the radar, and over the moon. Oprah, see you in re-runs. TRIBE- Consciousness and Creativity. Peaceout, Jane
“There is a community of the spirit. Join it, and feel the delight of walking in the noisy street and being the noise. Drink all your passion, and be a disgrace.
Close both eyes to see with the other eye.” – Rumi
Dear Sanctuary friends,
During our amazing service last Sunday, we created a group sculpture of the Unified Field (photo below). We are all connected, and this was our way of making the Invisible visible. Although we continue on as friends, that service was our final Sunday as regulars at West Park Presbyterian Church. It was also the last gathering as the community we have known ourselves to be. Together, we spent two years being a place for people, including me, to discover what it is that we are creating. At our second anniversary, we realized this is the perfect moment for us to officially stop our initial purpose, and acknowledge that we have become a new type of community.
We are less a church than a creative community of art and consciousness.
We are less a formula than an expression.
We are artists by intention
, whatever our profession.
As the leader of this new community, I have come to believe that ministers are not going to save the world, artists are. Our parent company is Sanctuary 2.0 Our Sundayexperience will be called TRIBE: Transformation/Realization/Inspiration/Belonging/Expression
We will not be meeting this coming Sunday while we reboot.
You can still find us at Sanctuarynyc.org, and our Auto-tithe and P.O. Box are still the same. Your tax deductible checks may be made out to West Park.
On Sunday November 10th at 11 am, we will meet for a whole new expression of Art and Spirit in Community, at the Raw Space Gallery on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd and 121st St. in Harlem. We will be gathering every Sunday in November, and we will be using this time as focus groups, to see what works, how it works, and how to move forward. We will have a weekly message from me, a meditation and music, but in a whole other form. Week one is all about the art of the theatre.
So grateful for each of you. “There IS a community of the spirit.”
See you in Harlem!
Have you noticed how the US Congress is falling apart? I mean, really. Whatever was almost working is now totally not working. This dysfunction affects millions of people who rely on our government functioning: families and children and schools and veterans to name a few.
So here is something to think about. I have a background in Family Systems Therapy. Virginia Satir is credited as the founder of this movement that moved the psychotherapeutic model from one of treating an individual in isolation, to considering the culture of the family system of that person as part of the healing. Nothing exists in a vacuum. If a person changes his thinking but then returns to a dysfunctional system, the chances of regressing are high. In America right now, we are living in a broken system.
One year ago, we had a visit from a group of Mayan spiritual elders from Guatemala who made it very clear that systems would be breaking down worldwide in the coming year. There is no question that this is happening. To use outdated systems of thought from different contexts to fix our current problems is not going to work. So what should we do?
Communication begins with you and with me. It starts with speaking openly and with integrity and dealing honorably with one another. When we change our thinking, and challenge the way we relate to one another, we open an energetic flow for change. Let’s fix this thing!
See you Sunday at 2 pm
We love to see your face,
Dear Sanctuary NYC Peeps,
I hope you are having a wonderful early fall. The seasons change and the world goes on, even if the U.S. government closes down. This is a helpful truth to remember.
Have you noticed that we have become a pundit/Google nation? In the past several weeks, I shared information with very intelligent folks. Two of them responded with what someone else on Google said about the topic. I asked a third person to tell me his opinion, and he also responded with a link from an internet search.
But what I want to know is, what do YOU think??
It is critical, especially during the dramatic paradigm shift we have been experiencing since October 2012, for people to be awake. We need to reclaim our critical thinking skills, and our powers of observation and discernment, and take some time to decide, ok, so what DO I think about these issues.
Fundamentalist groups persuade people to follow crazy ideas by convincing them that they don’t know how to think. The opposite tack is frankly one of the qualities I like best about Jesus. He never answers a question directly when he is called upon to heal or transform. He always asks the person in need of healing if he or she is ready to be healed.
I would like to challenge you in this very interesting moment to think about how the government would run if YOU were in a position to influence events. What priorities would you emphasize? How would you like to see the healthcare system work? And as you think about this, have a conversation with somebody about it. Then VOTE for the candidate you think will best represent the world you see as the right one.
I would love to hear what YOU think, not what Google thinks, or what some charismatic leader told you, or … You get my point.
Sunday will be a GREAT day. Can’t wait to see everyone. I have had a really wonderful trip to CA, and have much to share with you. We also have some planning to do for our TWO YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY.
So come on out and tell us what YOU THINK:)
We love to hear your face – for real,
Happy Fall Equinox! There is a wonderful teaching from the book of Ecclesiastes about paying attention to the seasons: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…”
It reminds us that for every project there is a natural cycle. If you work with the rhythm of the seasons, the result will be much more productive than if you work against it. Planting a seed is the first step in a plant’s life cycle. That process continues with the sprouting of the seed, followed by its growth and eventual flowering.
Seven years ago, I planted some fruit trees in the garden of my California home. Based upon the first couple years of their lives, I honestly had no idea how luscious and fertile these plants would become. They are now mature, and include citrus, banana, peach and fig trees. Not only have they grown, and given much fruit, but they need to be pruned regularly to give them a chance at a long and healthy life.
Almost two years ago a new place was planted in Manhattan, and we called it Sanctuary NYC. What an amazing ride it has been! We have supported many people at our Sunday spiritual gatherings, hosted salons and classes and special events such as a winter documentary film series, a new play reading series, and a rare appearance by the 12 Indigenous Grandmothers and Mayan elders from Guatemala. We have created beautiful music during our weekly services and presented a choir concert that was professional in every element.
As we prepare to celebrate our second anniversary, the time for some shaping and pruning is at hand. What is our plant trying to be? We are excited about our two year anniversary celebration, to be held on the exact anniversary of our founding onWednesday Oct 23 at a gallery in Harlem. On that date, we will be treated to artistic expressions from across disciplines, as we enjoy each other’s company and take in the amazing power of our anniversary day.
The DNA of Sanctuary NYC lies at the core of the flourishing plant of the artistic and spiritual community we have cultivated over the past two years. Our anniversary event will represent that essence and we hope to see you all there.
Meanwhile, please join us this Sunday for a service led by Reverend Karen Osit.
We are pruning!
We are celebrating!
It’s a new season!