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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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Sing and Dance with Me

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Dear Sanctuary NYC Friends,

We are engaged in an exciting journey at Sanctuary NYC for the next nine weeks. Rev Karen Osit and I are leading a series that looks into three human systems for understanding ethical behavior or “how to be”. The 10 Commandments (or more accurately The 10 Words) from the Torah, The 10 Precepts of the Mahayana Buddhist Tradition, and 10 Spiritual Laws from Cross Tribal Native American spiritualities are the three systems we are looking into.

People are meaning makers, and for millennia have been devising systems for how to live. One of the biggest dividers of people seems to be religion. But if we understand the cultures from which these guidelines originate, we understand something Universal about ourselves.

I love a song by Rickie Byers Beckwith that keeps dancing through my mind as we prepare for this Sunday “Sing and dance with me, Sing and dance Into my heart, Oh wonderful Spirit.”  

Come sing and dance with us.  It will cool you off..and we will all learn a lot about the Divine Dance in the process.

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