Happy Anniversary!!!

Dear T.R.I.B.E. Friends, Foes, Fellow Travelers and Futurists,

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.
Happy Anniversary!!

With love,


Stay Strong, Support One Another


Dear Friends,

One of the most moving, and inspiring films I have ever seen is Searching for Sugarman, the story of a search for the artist, Sixto Rodriguez-a deeply talented man, who experienced a burst of overwhelming fame and national acclaim for his singing/songwriting. The depth of his lyrics was compared to those of Bob Dylan. He was managed by a greedy and unscrupulous manager, ripped off by the record company that promoted him and sold millions of his albums.

But more that that, Sixto was a pure creator, who couldn’t deal with the machine that chews up and spits out talent. So he retreated, and “disappeared”, became a kind of legend in Europe…and was found to be working as a handy man, living a quiet life utterly removed from the word of fame.

I think any artist who has experienced the sudden jolt into notoriety would understand the impulse to run away. We have some kind of built in protection of our muse, and without the right conditions for the gift to emerge, artists honestly can go mad…

The director of this film, Malik Bendjelloul, won the 2013 Academy Award for Directing.
Less than one year later, he committed suicide on the subway tracks in Sweden.The sensitivity that he had to the complex gift of Sixto Rodriguez perhaps led him on the journey to “find” that artist. We will never know why, exactly, he killed himself, but the loss is huge.

Tom Bernard and Michael Barker of Sony Pictures classics compared Bendjelloui to the subject of his debut feature.
“Much like Rodriguez himself,Malik was a genuine person who chased the world for stories to tell”, they said in a joint statement. “He didn’t chase fame or fortune or awards, although those accolades still found him as many others recognized his story telling.”

After running out of money to shoot his film, Bendjelloul finished shooting the documentary using an iPhone app, the iPhone Super 8 app.
Here is a link to the full story.

The work of T.R.I.B.E. honors and is focused upon supporting the soul journey of the artist.

Shamans go into the Invisible and bring back a gift, but without the correct conditions, the gift and the giver, are commodified, commercialized, misused.

It is my belief that we cannot continue to lose the message or the messengers who are bringing forth prescient truths to heal our world.

Over the next few months, I will be refocusing my work, and including T.R.I.B.E. as one part of that work. We will be working on a website, on a delivery system for our wonderful events and seminars, retreats, counseling sessions, classes and gatherings, that allows a virtual community to really communicate with each other.

After next week’s newsletter, we will be switching the frequency of newsletters to once a month. If you want to be part of the ongoing discussion, please do make sure to check into the present website, Tribealive.org, and our Facebook page for inspiration and updates.

And soon there will be more:)

So get in touch with us on the site, on twitter or Facebook or contact me directly at

Guard your precious selves dear ones.
With love,



Send Us Your Visions for a Peaceful Future!!




There has been a lot of talk this week about remembering and memorializing. Without getting into the larger conversation of what a peaceful world could be like, a world without territorial wars resulting in devastating loss, I would like to encourage all of you to think about how the gift of imagination might be used to change the quality of every day.

The artist is an alchemist. If we place our attention on creating images of harmony, a world in which creative decision making and problem solving are the norm, and where global consciousness means that we are truly ONE, is it possible that the conversation about war and conquering might radically shift?

I would like to ask you to spend five minutes each day this next week sitting in an awareness of plenty, envisioning a world that works for everyone. I would like to ask you to enlist the efforts of your children and families and friends in imagining this kind of world. What would it look like? What would people do with all of the time they would have when they stopped trying to defend a border?

I would love to see your drawings and read your poems and songs and watch your YouTube videos on the topic Creating a Memory of Peace: Remembering from the Future. Zjaneg@gmail.com is where to send them.

Holding you all in a field of limitless possibility,

Peace out,


T.R.I.B.E. What’s Next? We want to hear from you!



Hello Friends,
After an absolutely wonderful event on April 28th, I have done much reflection about what comes next. It is clear to me that there is both a need and a want for what has emerged as T.R.I.B.E. The responses via e-mail and phone calls have been very moving and exciting too:) I honestly cannot overstate my gratitude for ALL of the wonderful help and support and encouragement along the way. The creation of T.R.I.B.E. has been a life long journey. I feel a great sense of gratitude and relief about having the opportunity to birth this idea that has been working me for so long.

And now I need to hear from you. I would like to know how many people feel this project is something they would like to become a part of. More specifically, what is that project? If we decide to do a real launch of T.R.I.B.E., we will need to raise funds to sustain the work of project development, find a regular and appropriate place to meet once a month, as well as develop a tribal council of leaders who really want this to come forth.

Recently, my friend Najuma Smith Pollard began a ministry in California. After leading a weekly bible study, the regular attendees of that group decided that they were ready to support her and her husband in launching a full ministry.

That is the way these projects need to happen. It can’t just be that a leader has an idea. There has to be a group that feels it matters to the quality of their lives to support the work and make it happen.

Over the next two weeks, I will be listening.

Please click here to email me your thoughts and feelings.

I am looking forward to hearing from you. No matter what, I am thrilled that the gift I came to NYC to deliver has been given. I went into ministry in response to the death from AIDS of so many of my dear ones in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, and last week I was able to bring the ministry full circle and welcome the dear ones back as ancestors. It was great.

Beyond that, I am not sure where this goes next, but I know the answer always shows itself if we let ourselves truly be still and know. Tell me what you are feeling. I will be listening and no matter what, I know we will all be blessed by having connected.

Keep creating,

Sending love across the quantum field,


We did it!!



T.R.I.B.E. Newsletter –
May 1, 2014


“If you bring forth what is within you,
what you bring forth will save you.”
-Book of Thomas

To my friends, colleagues supporters,

There is no way I can thank you for coming to be a part of an utterly ambitious evening of T.R.I.B.E., but I shall try.

Thank you 🙂

What a night it was!! Even glaring fluorescent lights, unplugged projectors and missing participants could not dampen the warmth and creativity and community and meaning, and excellence and mastery and magic…and excitement in the room.

I want to thank the silent angels who made the thing really happen at the nuts and bolts level. Jeffrey Lepinske, Caraid O’Brien, Eleni Yalanis, Eduardo Vanzini, Norbert Norman, Barbara Fiscarel,Greg Halpen, Michele Campbell, Karen Osit, Mansoor Sabbagh, Stuart Ross, Debra Barsha, Niki Berg, Graham Haynes, Sally Sockwell, Ada Maris, Jyn Van Putten…and did i mention Jeffrey Lepinske? Thank you , bless you. You made something wonderful happen.

Something about the other night made me think about this story.

I once auditioned for Jimmy Coco and Will Holt for a Broadway musical (Platinum). For a callback, they asked me to learn a song overnight, a pop rock tune…I not only had my own show that night, but my accompanist was busy, so Fyvish Finkel’s son Elliot, a classical pianist, worked with me. It was really crazy for me to even try to learn the piece, but I was up for the challenge.

Needless to say it was sort of a train wreck of an audition…Elliot was playing Rachmaninoff and I was trying to sing a Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. tune. When the astonishing musical moment ended, there was a stunned silence…and then the darling Jimmy Coco said, “Kid, You have got guts.”

You know what? It takes guts to get our art out there. It takes guts to keep listening to the voice of the creative genius in each of us when we are bombarded by so much pressure to make a living.

TRIBE is about focusing our energies in the direction of opening to that gift, being inspired by each other’s journeys, and making us better able to stand in the power of our gift in the marketplace too!
It is about celebrating each other’s triumphs, and learning from our griefs and disappointments. It is about connecting to the sacred role of the artist, and using that gift, that sacred gift, to transform the world.

The question I asked the other night, I will ask again, is this:

“What is it in you, that YOU are longing to bring forth?”

I trust you felt something of the gift I was endeavoring to deliver Monday evening.
Imagine what it will be like with a Stage Manager and crew!

We are ready for a place to meet ..(.a theatre seems right), for skilled folks to offer their talents to get us rocking and rolling. It is our intention to meet a couple more times over the summer while we build infrastructure and then to real launch right after Labor Day.

I am happy to meet with a group of your friends in your living room to talk about the idea, to spend an inspirational couple of hours, and to hear how you might help.
We need to support the venture financially, and we are open to all of your ideas about how we might do that.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being part of this wild adventure.
Stay tuned for the word about our next gathering. Can’t wait to get to know you!!

Bring forth what is within you…It will save you…and that will save the world.

With love,




Artists Are Shamans- A Deeper Calling Through Your Art




Hello NYC,

In 1987 I left New York, moved to Los Angeles and began to try and heal from the deaths of too many friends in the theatre who had AIDS. This move opened me to the wonderful world of West Coast Theatre (South Coast Rep, Mark Taper Forum, Old Globe, LATC, Marvin’s Room at the Tiffany), many television guest roles, starring roles, a feature film and work in Europe and “the provinces”. I also had the great pleasure of becoming a drama therapist, where I worked with people in transition of one kind or another. I also received a mid career transition scholarship from the Screen Actor’s Guild, and returned to school to earn both masters and doctoral degrees in religion, become an ordained minister in the historic AME Church, pastor a church in CA for 11 years, as well as found an Arts Education Nonprofit to serve the youth of Long Beach.

Somewhere in the midst of all of this, I realized that artists are at heart more altruistic than ministers. This was a shock, but not a surprise:) Religion is too often about power and control; art is about creative access to the deeper realms. I focused my Doctoral work, and subsequent work at USC Passing the Mantle program on trying to join together ministry and art.

I longed to share with my dear friends and colleagues in the arts, especially those from the New York theatre, some of the deep awareness I experienced while studying the Nagg Hammadi Scrolls, The Dead Sea Scrolls, and the teachings of the wise ones. I thought about presenting these ideas in a friend’s living room, someplace, to open those I love so dearly to their own deeper calling – THROUGH THEIR ART.

The death of Phillip Hoffman and so many others has made us keenly aware that fame isn’t any kind of answer. Artists are shamans but traditional shamans know they have a calling. Artists have to worry so much about making a living that we become commodified versions of ourselves.

I have gathered some amazing talent for the evening of Monday April 28th, at the Pearl Studios in Chelsea to riff on the idea “Being Alive As Long as we are Living”. Award winning composer Debra Barsha and some of the cast of Radiant Baby- The Keith Haring musical, will join master photographer Niki Berg, Poet/Actor Alchemist Caraid O’Brien, and me and hopefully YOU to retrieve some of our power from the Invisible. We will marvel at what makes us resilient, laugh and talk and share some time retrieving our sacred selves from the pile of resume shots:)

Due to popular demand, this evening of TRIBE will be live streamed so that our friends in Los Angeles and around the world can join us online by clicking this link.

My friend and brilliant writer/director Stuart Ross will be herding us, directing the flow:)

This is my gift to you my friends.
It is finally happening for one night!!
You will tell me if you think it has value for you.
You will add your magical mojo to the mix, on Dark Night…

“Being Alive,” as Bobby said/sang in Company, is what we are asking about here among the spirits of our departed friends who will be with us that night too.

Sending love across the quantum field.



Being Alive As Long As We’re Living



T.R.I.B.E. Newsletter –
April 3, 2014


Dear Friends,

Please save the date- Monday Evening April 28th, 7-9 pm at Pearl studios, for an evening of T.R.I.B.E. The theme is :”Being Alive As Long As We Are Living”

Our guest artists will be photographer Niki Berg Nikiberg.com, Composer Debra Barsha and members of the cast of Radiant Baby, a dynamic musical about artist Keith Haring, Praise Poet Caraid O’Brien, Words by Jane Galloway…all directed by Stuart Ross.

The focus of this work remains to educate and inspire both artists and those who appreciate the arts to respect the Sacred, shamanic role of the artist, and the artist in all of us.

Please enjoy this video, “Putting It Together”.

Keep creating,



The Root of Enthusiasm


Dear T.R.I.B.E.,
             The Nagg Hammadi Codex, or scrolls, were discovered in the late 1940’s at Nagg Hammadi in Egypt.  They had been safely hidden in large pottery jars for millennia, but it seems to me that there is a poetry to the timing of their re-discovery.  We need their wisdom now. 
             These scrolls give us an understanding of the actual teachings of Jesus, unimpeded by the doctrinal wars and manipulations of the Christian establishment.
The “living Jesus,” for example, speaks in sayings as cryptic and compelling as Zen koans.  Consider this quote discovered at Nagg Hammadi in the Book of Thomas: 
Jesus said, “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.
             T.R.I.B.E. is not just about drawing inspiration from the arts and encouraging artists to express their gifts.  T.R.I.B.E. is a spiritual movement that takes seriously the need for inspiration and transformational healing that are the legacy of the artist in each of us.
             T.R.I.B.E. is also about something more than that. Blocked creativity hurts people and the societies in which they live. Adolph Hitler was a blocked creative, a painter rejected from art school who turned his creative urges against the world in  a sinister and retaliatory acting out of deep inner conflicts. Many of the “support people” in the entertainment industry and art world; agents, managers, lawyers, critics etc, are blocked creatives themselves who have fostered a soul killing commercial atmosphere that literally destroys people’s hope. 
             The cult of FAME and popularity (how many Likes do YOU have???) are honestly fake poisonous gods.  They rob the artist, and the world, of the often un-popular insights that depth teachings bring.  The mean inner critic voice of the blocked creative tells us to shut up, not say our new idea, not wear that color, not laugh as loudly as we want. It tells us we are not the right size or shape or don’t have the right education.  Worst of all, it kills our ENTHUSIASM and that is robbing the world of a precious gift.
             The Latin root of the word enthusiasm is “en- theos.”  Literally, it means  God/Source/Spirit IN US, as us, through us.  To dampen our natural enthusiasm, or force a “star” to carry the weight of that so we can look at it outside of our own selves, is madness and it is soul murdering.
             T.R.I.B.E. is about widening the safe zone around the artist in all of us, to encourage the muse, the Holy Spirit, the voice of Cassandra, or the thread from the underworld of Ariadne (our unconscious).   We call these voices forth in a focused manner to transform pain into consolation, war into harmonious living, despair into hope.  We suppress , or punish, our inner wisdom voice at great peril. 
             It is a life or death matter, my friends. Give the world the gift of your real voice.
Keep creating,
With love,


Be Brave and FEAR NO ART




Dear T.R.I.B.E. Friends,

             It is hard to write about the power of ART this week. The truth is that there is such a disturbing thing happening in our country, that the words ART and ACTIVIST simply must go together if I am to write about anything.
             Jordan Davis was a young teenager who was playing loud music at a Seven Eleven in Jacksonville, Florida, and was murdered by a drunk white man with a concealed weapon who just didn’t like a young Black teenager daring to take up the airspace outside that store.
And the astonishing tragedy was compounded this week when a jury did not convict this killer of murder. This comes at a moment eerily close to the one year anniversary of the Trayvon Martin killing. 
             I pray that f you have a conscience…and I know you do- you will become a voice for change now. That IS the sacred calling of the artist…to call forth a new reality in the Invisible- out of the old, and into a new form that is vision driven and transformational
             Sculptor Louise Bourgeois, in the documentary film “Louise Bourgeois- the Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine”, describes the making of sculpture as an aggressive act. A piece of marble or granite carved in a shape that is meant to stand in a public place dares to DISPLACE the status quo. She suggests that in order to be able to even LIVE and breathe and exist as a creative person, we all need a safe space around us in which our music can come forth.. Virginia Wolf calls it “A Room Of One’s Own”, Joseph Campbell suggests that such a neutral space is critical for one to access the deeper wisdom of the Universe. But then all of these artists are White.
             On an over crowded planet, at a time when natural resources are strained and the climate patterns are wildly unrecognizable, are only some people privileged enough to carve out that space for the creation of a new world? And what is the cost to the SOUL of our world if we criminalize teenage children who are doing what teenage children do…test limits, play loud music, dress like their peers and freak out conservative adults? 
             I would like to recommend two books to you all: “The New Jim Crow- Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander, and “The Condemnation of Blackness, Race, Crime and the Making of Modern Urban America” by Dr. Kahlil Gibran Muhammad. 
These two brilliant books fill in the blanks in history. In order for us to have the information we need to be change agents. We need to understand more.
             The history that leads to the current escalation of violence against young Black children goes back to the earliest days of the founding of this country, to the nature of the need to guarantee a fee labor force, to the astonishing establishment of a “new world” supported by White Supremacy and institutionalized class inequality.
             Join with me in calling forth a new world, in which teenagers can be safe to have pink hair or pierced ‘whatevers’, and tattoos in unpredictable places, and can wear hoodies and play their music to create their own zone of safe space so they can become the visionary transformers who will lead us into the better answers for tomorrow..
             Be brave, stand in the in- between space and become an advocate for a young person to offend the status quo.
Our very lives depend upon it.

Beyond Fast Answers and Fake Dreams


T.R.I.B.E. friends and Fellow Travelers,

 I have been doing a series of interviews lately with a young woman, a New Thought Practitioner-in training and very wise soul, for a website/portal she is creating as part of her project for Practitioner studies.  She is asking great questions, and I thought I would share some thoughts from our conversations with you.

 My earliest New Thought teacher was my dad.  A longtime sober AA member, he introduced me to Emmett Fox’s “Power Through Constructive Thinking”, James Allen’s “As a Man Thinketh” and Maxwell Maltz’s “Psycho-Cybernetics”. My time with my dad, who left this plane when I was only sixteen years old, was saturated in what is now widely known as New Thought thinking. 

  My father taught me that we magnify what we focus upon, that we have the power through what we focus upon, to connect with a force for good in the Universe. Thoughts are things, and that, as James Allen says in “As A Man Thinketh” , “The Vision that you glorify in your mind, the Ideal that you enthrone in your heart- this you will build your life by, this you will become.”

 In other words, if I am experiencing a physical limitation, and only talk about that limitation, I magnify the condition. On the other hand, if I see certain things in the world that I would like to change, I am able to be a change agent for good by catching a vision of a better world, and speaking and living that, rather than harping on what is wrong.

  This teaching is so simple and profound. 

Our words have power.

Our self-talk creates our inner environment, our expectation of health and the way OUR world looks.

How we behave with one another matters – a lot.

 I don’t know if any of these early “human potential movement” writers would believe the crazy proliferation of get rich quick Tele-seminars and whole religions set up to “manifest prosperity” that have grown from their early teachings. It all seems pretty crass and formulaic to me. 

 The other profound influence I would recommend to any and all is the Quaker philosophy of George Fox, who brought forth the teaching of Jesus by saying “You ARE the Light of the world.”  A Quaker children’s song says,  “I am walking in the glory of the Light, said Fox.” (not related to Emmet!)

       I have tried to live by and teach these Principles, through many formal studies. And I have found myself back where I began – as an artist, painter, designer, actor, singer, dancer, writer, journalist, fascinated observer of human beings.  This is because I think religion can’t stop itself from trying to tell people what to do.  Most religions end up being exclusive clubs and not liberating, uniting experiences. I believe in the power of the ARTS, practiced with some intention, to open us to these inner truths my Dad taught me about.  This is why I am excited about T.R.I.B.E. 

In Theatre we experience comedy and tragedy and there are complex human interactions that allow for amazing truths to emerge. Everything isn’t “zippety doo dah” all day long.  People are complex, life can hurt, and we need a way to get through it to the Light again. Music and Painting and Dance and Sculpture lead us on the inner journey, if we dare to let it. That inner walk is a labyrinth and is complex.  Artists like Stravinsky and Kandinsky and Martha Graham and Paul Taylor and Tony Kushner and Craig Lucas and Aeschyles and Eugene O’Neill and Georgia O’Keefe and Louise Bourgeois and Caraid O’Brien and August Wilson, and Shakespeare and Geraldine Page and Brancusi and Deborah Singletary, and Angelica Page and J.D. Parran and Graham Haynes and Luma Rivera and Michael Berardi and Ramon Thielen and many other brave artists – are not afraid to go to the deep well and bring back a gift for us.

  My work is to create a place where the wisdom of these explorations can find a voice and isn’t killed by a culture of fast answers and fake dreams. We need the wisdom and the courage that the artist in you can access. We need this – a lot.

 Have a great week.

Can’t wait to see what comes next:)

Keep creating.