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Dear T.R.I.B.E.

Here is the question.
Looking forward to the answer! 🙂

What is the thing that you do NATURALLY, easily, and to which you return no matter what?

What is your heart’s desire?

THAT – as Emmet Fox teaches in Power Through Constructive Thinking, IS God’s will for you!!

Pretty cool, huh?

Hit us up on Facebook, or our website and tell us.

Keep creating!!
Jane

 

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Dear Sanctuary NYC Friends and Fellow Travelers,

Nothing is static. Well sorry, maybe Twinkies remain intact for millennia, but most things – if they are alive- do not remain static. We all move and flow and are affected by our environment and our choices. We are a part of the flow of life! 

I am really enjoying this ten week series I am leading with Rev. Karen Osit. We are looking at three different formulas for living, as understood through the 10 Words, or Commandments of the Torah, 10 Mahayana Buddhist Precepts and ten cross tribal Native American spiritual laws. This experience has been the perfect example of the medium being the message to quote Marshall McLuhan too.

Once we agreed to offer this series, we began to study these areas more deeply ourselves. Greg Halpen found some beautiful flute music to underscore a Mohawk prayer intoned by Rev. Karen. Then Orlando’s lyrical meditation took us to a deeper place. By the time I was ready to speak, the mood had shifted so much from where I was when the service began, that a very different kind of message came forth than the one I had prepared. It was all part of the flow.

We are never static. All life grows and shifts. Only what is real persists, like love. Enjoy this mid- summer moment. Listen deeply to your real inner truth for that is where the miracle resides. 

See you Sunday 2 pm, 86th and Amsterdam. 

We love to see your face, 
Onward, upward and inward, 
Rev. Jane
 

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Dear Sanctuary NYC Friends,

There are moments in life that change everything. We have to be willing to listen to what life is telling us all the time, but at moments of heightened awareness and urgency, if we do not listen to the wisdom of our inner voice, we miss a critical opportunity to respond to our deepest guidance. The events of the last week have called our country to action and reaction. Many of us are wondering when we will be able to say that we have truly addressed the lasting wounds and equity issues that go back to the founding of the United States. 

My personal commitment in life has been to serve as a bridge between cultures in the most direct way that I can. This was the reason I entered the ministry, and continues to be the motivation for my work. As a result of the Trayvon Martin murder trial ending in a way that re-opens so many historic national wounds, I have decided to dedicate the next phase of my work to becoming a force for progress and education about diversity. This is the teaching of Jesus as I understand it, and of the Prophets and of the healers and of religious leaders who have made a difference in human history. It is also what I am called to do.

For the next eight weeks, Rev. Karen Osit and I will continue our really fabulous cross-disciplinary journey into the 10 Words or Commandments of the Torah, The 10 Grave Precepts of Mahayana Buddhism and 10 Spiritual Laws of cross tribal Native American wisdom. After that, you can expect to see some significant changes in Sanctuary NYC. I have enrolled in a diversity training program in California for January, and I am excited about what making this choice will open for both me and for the expression of Spirit and creativity we know as S-NYC. 

Come and spend the summer with us!!! We LOVE to see your face!! Sunday 2 pm, 86th and Amsterdam NYC. 

Onward and upward and Inward, 
Rev. Jane
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Dear Sanctuary NYC Friends,
 
          Well, I woke up this morning and could feel the subtle shift of season. When I opened the window I was not met with wall of heat, but with a temperate breeze. Delicious! I love the subtle shifts in nature. Living in a city, we can get out of sync with the conversation that is always going on in the natural world.  We are on our way into Fall! Love it!
 
          Nature is such a great teacher. It works in different ways, some subtle and some dramatic, to keep a stasis on this planet that humans seem determined to throw off course. But the balance keeps coming:  hurricane here, a heat wave there. Our goal at Sanctuary NYC is to find a way to be in sync with the rhythms of ‘life more abundant,” instead of fighting it.
 
Jesus teaches about this when he says to those who would have him wage one political war or another: ” I come that you may HAVE LIFE, and have it more abundantly.”  Our challenge I think, is in being creative enough to truly envision a world of abundance and to live into that, rather than focusing on what we don’t want.
 
          When we are in a competitive or a gossip mode (see Ingrid’s piece) we are really siphoning energy from somebody else’s creativity.
 
What do YOU WANT? 
Who are YOU? 
What kind of world do YOU envision? 
 
          The more we focus on this, and the less we focus on what somebody else is doing, the more creative a world we find ourselves in. Don’t just critique somebody else’s work. Create your own!!!!
 
          Last Sunday we had a great time with Rev. Raedorah Stewart! As a prelude to our entering into the Season for Inter-Faith/Inter-cultural Harmony, she had us walking around the sanctuary in a living embodiment of our different roles in life. For instance, she asked us to go one place if we primarily identify as “white or black”. Then, to another location of we identify primarily as “LGBTQ or straight,” if we “supervise people or are supervised by,” and many more. 
 
It was fascinating to me for two reasons. One is that putting your body into something like this really drops the lesson into our physical being in a way that just thinking about it doesn’t. It did for me, and I think about these questions all of the time! Secondly, I was fascinated to see that some of us have a more fluid sense of identity, and others of us are much more fixed. A couple of people were always in the “white, supervisor, straight,” location.
 
 I was moving a lot. I went to one place for artist, then back to another place for otherparts of myself. It was really interesting.  I was also interested in the couple of people who elected to watch from their seats rather than jump into the game. The whole experience was really cool.
 
          We also had a fabulous presentation by the folks from JUST FOOD after the service as our final presentation for the Season for Humane Service. They taught us about what they do to re-green our city and how they are building the urban farming movement. Wow. So, so exciting!
 
I learned something new too, which is that compost makes soil! I may be the only person on the planet who didn’t know this, but I am now trying to figure out how to start composting. Also we learned that planting mint, all kinds of mint, repels mosquitoes. I am on my way to someplace to find some mint today!
 
The point of all this is to say that we can make a difference in our way of relating to one another and to the planet, and that it can be fun and creative, and community building. Together, we can figure out how to lighten our carbon footprint so that there is a world for our children and our children’s children to enjoy.
 
          This Sunday after service we will have a time to gather to just talk. I will be doing a “Spirit Talk with the Rev” in the sanctuary. One of our Steering Committee members mentioned that people were missing this time together to just talk, hear what we are up to in the Ministry team and the Steering Committee, ask questions, talk about ideas and to just hang out a little! This is my favorite activity to do really. I love to hear what you are thinking about. So we will plan to do just that from 4:15 until 5:30. See you then!
 
          Our September themes for the month are Flow and Abundance.  I am very excited to announce that Rev. Nancy Napier will be joining me as a regular part of the service to do a weekly teaching.  Nancy will do some teaching around the idea of  “Flow”, this Sunday and I will bring the message on “Abundance.”
 
We really have so enjoyed the five minute talks by the Ministry Team this month, and this whole new idea has sprung forth from that experience. I know you will love this new weekly additionI know I can’t wait! This Sunday Rev. Roger Mapes will be the final five minute speaker on Forgiveness.  Lots of good stuff goin’ on!!
 
          Rev. John Elliot’s class on Intention, Intuition and Inspiration starts on Thursday Sept. 13th. Rev. John was my teacher at Agape UTSLA, and is a friend and a really terrific teacher. You won’t want to miss this. As with all of our classes, we offer this for a love offering.  Revs Glen Ganaway and Roger Mapes ongoing “A  Course in Miracles” continues on Wednesdays. We are planning a beautiful and meaningful service to honor the memory and further heal on the 11th anniversary of 9/11, Sunday 9/9. 
 
My class will be announced as soon as we are able to confirm dates and locations that don’t conflict with the many other exciting events we are planning.  Check the website at Sanctuarynyc.org for details and to sign up.
 
          Our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY GALA will be held on Saturday evening, Nov.10th at a beautiful brownstone in Harlem. We are going to party!!! and celebrate this beautiful movement in Spirit called Sanctuary NYC. Tickets for the gala will be available soon, so get out your evening wear!
 
We are also about to do a major and wonderful RAFFLE. This Sunday the Steering Committee will tell you all about it. There are some awesome prizes in the pot. Tickets are ten dollars. I would definitely buy a few to possibly get an iPad or a dinner for two at any number of delicious restaurants or well, show up Sunday to hear about it! The person who sells the most tickets will win 5 days to one week (depending on location) at my time share! The main site for that is in Palm Springs, CA, but there are places all over the world where it can be used.
 
So have a great late summer rest of the week.
 
We love to see your face.
YOU are a blessing,
 
Love,
Rev. Jane
 
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Dear Sanctuary NYC Friends,

  This month we are going to look at two topics together: Gratitude and Forgiveness.  They really go together.  We are also going to mix our service up a little and have five minute talks offered by each member of the Sanctuary NYC Ministry Team, on the topic of Forgiveness.  I wanted to tell you a little bit about the process we have developed at Sanctuary NYC, which is designed to empower the gifts of those who serve closely to bring you the Sunday service.

  After 9/11, there was a real quickening in New York City, in people of conscience and purpose, toward preparation for ministry through several different schools offering spiritual development programs. I have had the privilege of working with a team of deeply thoughtful, service oriented people, all of whom have primary professions in a variety of areas ranging from school counseling to psychotherapy to making reservations for news people to travel to hot spots around the globe. Along with their diverse primary professions, a core group of these people have worked along with me to develop and execute the Sunday service for you each week, as a part of their ministries. 

You would never be able to tell this today, but a couple of the cornerstones of our Ministry Team, as it has come to be known, were nervous about leading public prayer or meditation when we started out. Now they are deeply connected practitioners of these spiritual arts, and it has been my great pleasure to work with them as their gifts have matured and blossomed.

  Several months ago, I suggested to the team that I would like for us to use the month of August for them to offer five minute inspirational contributions to the service.  I am happy to share with you that it is August and we are embarking upon this wonderful experiment this Sunday! Rev. Carol Napier will be starting off the rotation. You won’t want to miss it.

I have been asking the question a lot lately about what pastoral ministry means in this age.  I have discovered that there is a huge crisis of faith among liberal mainline denominational clergy, and the personality driven mega TV evangelists who tell us we are going to hell for one reason or another are hard to take.  I am not convinced however, that the self-styled, entrepreneurial, personality-based ministries that proliferate in the New Thought arena are a good replacement for what is clearly an outmoded religious authoritarian paradigm.  If the ministry is about the person and not the content, I wonder what it is we are ultimately supposed to take away from the experience of hearing them.

The quote I most love in this regard comes from the Baha’i tradition and is this: “Worship the Light, not the Lamp.”  One of the deepest spiritual qualities that I see present in the avatars of the ages is that of humility.  In the center of the heart chakra of these simple people, glows the Light. They are humble lamps, glowing with the Light of the Divine.

  The wisdom teachers whom I most admire spoke to the excesses of their respective ages. Gautama Buddha was raised in luxury as a prince, but when he finally got out among the people and saw suffering, he dedicated his life, and subsequent lives, to healing that suffering. Much as the current unholy alliance between Putin and the newly resurrected Russian orthodox clerics is responsible for the trial of the young punk group in Russia, the temple elite in the time of Jesus were tools of Roman tyranny.  Archaeological excavations have discovered palatial apartments belonging to the priestly class.  Jesus of Nazareth was ultimately killed in a political murder for challenging the tyranny of the Roman Empire that was in collusion with religious leaders in an oppressive system that squeezed the 99% while enjoying privilege. Hmmm, sound familiar?    

During this coming month, I would like to ask you to focus on what you are truly grateful for. I have worked in hospice and have been blessed to accompany numerous people on that journey we all will take. I got right up to the door with them, and what I can tell you for sure is that no matter how much money they had, or didn’t have, everybody was focused on the quality of their journey at that moment. I am grateful for them, and for each of you. I know that “what is really real” lasts beyond that doorway, and that this is maybe the best gift I can share with you. I know it to be true.

Have a wonderful week.  I am so looking forward to hearing our Ministry Team, and to singing our new closing song together this Sunday.

Love each other,

Many blessings,

Rev. Jane

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Dear Sanctuary NYC Friends,

  This month we are going to look at two topics together: Gratitude and Forgiveness.  They really go together.  We are also going to mix our service up a little and have five minute talks offered by each member of the Sanctuary NYC Ministry Team, on the topic of Forgiveness.  I wanted to tell you a little bit about the process we have developed at Sanctuary NYC, which is designed to empower the gifts of those who serve closely to bring you the Sunday service.

  After 9/11, there was a real quickening in New York City, in people of conscience and purpose, toward preparation for ministry through several different schools offering spiritual development programs. I have had the privilege of working with a team of deeply thoughtful, service oriented people, all of whom have primary professions in a variety of areas ranging from school counseling to psychotherapy to making reservations for news people to travel to hot spots around the globe. Along with their diverse primary professions, a core group of these people have worked along with me to develop and execute the Sunday service for you each week, as a part of their ministries. 

You would never be able to tell this today, but a couple of the cornerstones of our Ministry Team, as it has come to be known, were nervous about leading public prayer or meditation when we started out. Now they are deeply connected practitioners of these spiritual arts, and it has been my great pleasure to work with them as their gifts have matured and blossomed.

  Several months ago, I suggested to the team that I would like for us to use the month of August for them to offer five minute inspirational contributions to the service.  I am happy to share with you that it is August and we are embarking upon this wonderful experiment this Sunday! Rev. Carol Napier will be starting off the rotation. You won’t want to miss it.

I have been asking the question a lot lately about what pastoral ministry means in this age.  I have discovered that there is a huge crisis of faith among liberal mainline denominational clergy, and the personality driven mega TV evangelists who tell us we are going to hell for one reason or another are hard to take.  I am not convinced however, that the self-styled, entrepreneurial, personality-based ministries that proliferate in the New Thought arena are a good replacement for what is clearly an outmoded religious authoritarian paradigm.  If the ministry is about the person and not the content, I wonder what it is we are ultimately supposed to take away from the experience of hearing them.

The quote I most love in this regard comes from the Baha’i tradition and is this: “Worship the Light, not the Lamp.”  One of the deepest spiritual qualities that I see present in the avatars of the ages is that of humility.  In the center of the heart chakra of these simple people, glows the Light. They are humble lamps, glowing with the Light of the Divine.

  The wisdom teachers whom I most admire spoke to the excesses of their respective ages. Gautama Buddha was raised in luxury as a prince, but when he finally got out among the people and saw suffering, he dedicated his life, and subsequent lives, to healing that suffering. Much as the current unholy alliance between Putin and the newly resurrected Russian orthodox clerics is responsible for the trial of the young punk group in Russia, the temple elite in the time of Jesus were tools of Roman tyranny.  Archaeological excavations have discovered palatial apartments belonging to the priestly class.  Jesus of Nazareth was ultimately killed in a political murder for challenging the tyranny of the Roman Empire that was in collusion with religious leaders in an oppressive system that squeezed the 99% while enjoying privilege. Hmmm, sound familiar?    

During this coming month, I would like to ask you to focus on what you are truly grateful for. I have worked in hospice and have been blessed to accompany numerous people on that journey we all will take. I got right up to the door with them, and what I can tell you for sure is that no matter how much money they had, or didn’t have, everybody was focused on the quality of their journey at that moment. I am grateful for them, and for each of you. I know that “what is really real” lasts beyond that doorway, and that this is maybe the best gift I can share with you. I know it to be true.

Have a wonderful week.  I am so looking forward to hearing our Ministry Team, and to singing our new closing song together this Sunday.

Love each other,

Many blessings,

Rev. Jane