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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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What’s Really Real

 

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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What’s Really Real

 

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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Every single person has at least one secret that would break your heart. If we could just remember this, I think there would be a lot more compassion and tolerance in the world.

-Frank Warren

 

Dear Sanctuary NYC Friends,

 

  We are just beginning our 9th month of life as a community. Time is such a strange thing. In a way it feels like we began yesterday, and in another, as though we have always existed. As James Taylor reminds us: “Einstein said you could never understand it all…”

  We adopted the four seasons of The Association for Global New Thought as our meta organizing principle, and have so far observed both a Season for Nonviolence and a Season for the Earth. We are now embarking upon a Season for Humane Service, and in September will round off the year with a Season for Inter-Faith/Inter-Cultural Harmony.

There is a Native American wisdom teaching that suggests that any relationship needs to go through four seasons to truly be “known”. We are learning so much, and have shared so many wonderful times together among the larger community of the Upper Westside as well as the NYC area and actually the world!  We still have two seasons to go, in which we can truly internalize the blessing of what this community is meant to be. 

In our Ministry Team meeting the other evening, as we contemplated how to approach this Season for Humane Service, we recognized that we have many among us who are feeling the strain of living in NYC in this hot summer. We discussed what projects we might adopt for this season and by the end of our evening together, we had decided that while our focus will be on working as a community in some food equity project, our very own community of Sanctuary NYC could use a little love.  And so our overall focus for these next two months will be on Compassionate Living with one another, in our world, and as a community.  We will tell you more on Sunday, but I thought I would share some of the things I hear from people like you. 

New York City is filled with bright, talented, ambitious dreamers, many of whom have left their borough or another state or country, to come to Manhattan to “make it”. So “motivation” is really not so much an issue in NY! But loneliness is. People tell me that they feel lonely. 

I had the wonderful honor of presenting a program the other evening with the brilliantly talented Graham Haynes and Martine Bruno. We met some wonderful people, and had a very stimulating discussion, but the ‘take away’ for me, was that although we were in a room of absolutely extraordinary people, many of them fely isolated and lonely, even amongst the millions of people in the Big Apple.

This month’s theme is Freedom.  Last Sunday, Nicole sang the  beautiful Nina Simone rendition of “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”, and one of the lyrics has stayed with me all week: “I wish you knew how it feels to be me.” 

In an interview about the song, Nina Simone says that she feels that  true freedom is a freedom from fear.  I agree. And the human touch is the quickest way I know to remember that we are all connected. And realizing that we are all connected is the quickest way to remember that together, we are not alone, and not being alone means not being afraid. I think it is really that simple!

On Sunday July 29th we are going to have a really great treat.  Some of my friend J.D. Parran’s young music students play together in a jazz band. We will have the pleasure of their company for our 2 pm service that day in celebration of community, of mid- summer, of creativity. We will follow the service with an Ice Cream Social in the Session Room.  We have asked our friends at West Park to join us for the event, and hopefully we will also have some UWS community friends in the house for the day.

Make sure to tell anyone you know who might enjoy “a mid summer band concert near the park.” 

As we look into each other’s eyes a little more closely, may I suggest that the way we say things matters as much as what we say.  Ernest Holmes teaches that the power of words to heal or to wound, to prosper or to deplete, is absolute. It is a Law really. What we put forth does come back to us.

If you are reading this newsletter, you are honoring us by being involved with this community in some way.

 

Thank you.

We send you love.

 

 

See you Sunday,

Rev. Jane

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Dear Sanctuary NYC,
 
“And an orator said, ‘Speak to us of Freedom.’

 
And he answered: ‘At the city gate and by your fireside I have seen you prostrate yourself and worship your own freedom, 
Even as slaves humble themselves before a tyrant and praise him though he slays them. 
Ay, in the grove of the temple and in the shadow of the citadel I have seen the freest among you wear their freedom as a yoke and a handcuff. 
And my heart bled within me; for you can only be free when even the desire of seeking freedom becomes a harness to you, and when you cease to speak of freedom as a goal and a fulfillment.”   – Kahlil Gibran
 
Kahlil Gibran ‘s wisdom cautions us, as we contemplate the concept of Freedom, to realize that we may well ask, Freedom from  what and Freedom for what?  I approach life as an artist. It is my deepest orientation.  Artists know that in order to be truly free to create, one must train, and relinquish one’s concepts of free expression while that technique is being learned.  In order to join the actors’ unions, it was traditionally required for an aspirant to work first as an apprentice, then become a journeyman, and finally a master. I was a great faker of dancing during the years of my professional career, but because I did not really have the years of technique required to support my efforts, I ended up having some physical consequences to my “freedom.”
 
I asked my dance partner, who was and no doubt still is, a master dancer/ choreographer, how he thought I was doing, just before our show opened on Broadway and he paused and said, “You could have been a great dancer.”  Ouch. That’s the kind of honesty a real teacher will transmit, so thank you Guru Longbottom, for pointing me in the direction of Truth.   
 
After I studied some more, and sweated some of my “freedom” away, I was able to actually dance in a couple of shows and feel the support of the technique. I also wished then that I had thought to do those classes earlier in life, as the benefits of technique are cumulative. So maybe in my next life…

The truth is, that there can be no true freedom without discipline. And discipline requires focus.And it also requires choosing for one thing, and not for other things. This is where Intention comes in. We have so many people living with attention deficit but I would suggest that we really are suffering more from INTENTION deficit! Intention brings forth attention! 
 

There can be no freedom without some understanding of responsibility. Freedom of speech is an astonishing right and privilege. And the rules which necessarily amend that, like not crying “fire” falsely in a public space, have to do with the social contract to be able to live without chaos.  The unfortunate thing about many of the formal religious structures is that they seek to control for the sake of control our individual relationships with God. This is antithetical to the notion of attaining God consciousness. 
 
The discipline of a Path, “any path,” as Paramahansa Yogananda reminds us, requires us to go deeper. And this is where our teachers appear: Miraculously, just as a true frustration arises, the next part of the journey unfolds before us. It never fails.  I am so fortunate to have found my teacher in this life. I have actually had many wonderful teachers, but when your teacher appears, both the teacher and the student recognize the karmic connection. My teacher is an African Methodist Episcopal minister, which was probably as much a surprise to him as to me!  

The many spiritual paths of the world all have one thing in common. There is a beginning level, in which the joy and freedom of cosmic consciousness infuses the aspirant with a sense of utter freedom, and then the work begins. This is when our teachers appear to guide us inward. Ultimately, we realize the guru is found within.

 

Soon we will be starting a study group to look deeper into the wisdom of Yogananda’s search for his guru, by reading together his seminal text, “Autobiography of a Yogi”.

 
I will also be starting a class to familiarize the students with the mystic path of some of the major world religious traditions. I look forward to your feedback about when the best times are for these classes in your busy weeks. Options are Sunday after service, Wednesday or Thursday evenings. Please let me know your pleasure. We will also look at the five steps of Affirmative Prayer again.
 
I am looking forward to seeing you Sunday at 2 pm at West Park Presbyterian on 86th and Amsterdam. 
 
Stay cool,
 
With love and many blessings,
 
Rev. Jane
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Dear SANCTUARY NYC Friends,

 
 “Ruach” is the Hebrew word for “The Breath of God”. It has been said that God made us in God’s image, and we have been trying to make God in our image ever since. The Bible and other sacred texts are inspired writings by human beings, who have turned this Force of the Eternal, this “All that Is’ into men with anger issues, with or without long grey beards. This is called the “anthropomorphizing” of the ineffable. In other words, in order to try to understand this awesome force, folks have tried to put a face on it and more often than not, they have put the face of an abusive parent on this Force of Love and Life.
 
I love the Baha’i phrase “Worship the Light, not the Lamp!” What does this mean? Well, if you make the Force of the Universe which animates all living things into a person…DON”T forget that it is the Spirit of Life in that person you created that is the Force…we are warned in many, many wisdom texts, and surely should be cautious if we look at human history, NOT to worship PEOPLE!!! We are in an age of celebrity which absolutely tears up the people behind the images we create as objects of worship. We watch one talented teacher or actor or singer after another reach the pinnacle of celebrity, and then crash and burn. We live vicariously through the drama of the Kardashians or the “Real ” Housewives of Atlanta at our peril…I mean love the fabulous clothes, get a couple of great decorating ideas, and snap out of it! 
 
YOU possess the power of the true and living Ruach in you. And the whole point of the Creation stories which abound in each culture, is to explain the unexplainable…this miracle of life…in some form which can be understood. The problem comes when we start interpreting the wisdom texts through a lens of control. Religions are about managing the message, and managing people, and creating franchised paths to G-d. Like Starbucks or Kentucky Fried …well, you get it. People have been trying to sell tickets to get to G-d for millenia. That’s what made Martin Luther mad enough to nail his “Protest” on the door of the Catholic Church – where he was a priest. (And then the Protestants perfected the art of free floating guilt without any confessional to get rid of it) 🙂 
 
God IS LOVE. The Breath of God is LIFE. Rabbi Jesus says “I come that you may have LIFE and have it more abundantly”. Meaning..”I come to remind you WHO YOU REALLY ARE!!!”
 
I heard some wonderful speakers this last week. Each of them said something which has really strengthened and encouraged me, but you may be surprised to hear who got to me the most. I heard Joyce Meyer say something I wanted to share with you all. Her fundamentalist theology makes me cringe, but her deep understanding of the way love works honestly transcends that. She said, “GOD IS NOT MAD AT YOU!!!!!!!” How cool is that? Go Joyce!! The Breath of Life brings, well, LIFE...not judgement or destruction. And the Breath of Life is not mad at you!!!
 
 
This month at SANCTUARY NYC we are dancing in the Spirit of Creation, of Re-Birth, and are using the metaphor of the poem as our frame. “You can’t rush a poem” is our theme…But you CAN get in sync with the Breath of Life, which creates the poem, and become part of the dance of creation.
 
As we feel the Spring greet us through the warm temperatures and in the chirping of the birds, I encourage you to contemplate your connection to the life force, to the Ruach…You are a reality star…starring in your own life. And each of us is called to use our unique gifts to circulate the blessing of life, to BE and SERVE our fellows…to Be the change we want to see – once we remember who we are.
 
You can’t keep it if you don’t give it away.
 
Have a great week,
See you Sunday at 2 at West Park Presbyterian.
 
With love…breathing…,
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