Dear Sanctuary NYC Friends,
Last Sunday after our service we had a community talk. It felt important to take this quiet time as a group to share about personal matters as well as organizational concerns. I came away from that meeting with deep gratitude for each person present. Raised as the only child among many older people until I was seven years old, I witnessed my elders having real conversations with one another. Eleanor Roosevelt could have been talking about me when she said, “Give me the child by the age of five, and I give you the man.” I learned at a young age to deeply appreciate the art of discussion.
Conversation is different from simply relaying pertinent information. Conversation allows for twists and turns and for time. It allows for questions and reflection as it builds the capacity for entertaining complex thought, paradox and mystery. A good conversation is like a good meal, deeply satisfying and sustaining.
We live in an era of sound bites, urgent tweets, and posts. I am not convinced this is working out too well. Depression and isolation are increasing and a new statistic tells us that 52% of people hate their jobs. I appreciate each of you and your ability to engage in meaningful dialogue about what matters. Toward this end, we will be celebrating NY Pride this Sunday by having a dialogue for part of our service, about what Pride means to you. You can be proud to be a Pisces, or a gay man, a playwright or a trumpet player. We are going to look into what it means to really affirm a God given quality that represents our uniqueness.
Plan to get a bite to eat and come back at 5:30 for the final “Hear It Out!” play reading. This will be a new version of the first play of the series, by the very gifted Ozzie Stewart.
See you Sunday at 2 pm at West Park Presbyterian on 86th and Amsterdam.
We love to see your face.