The Conversation Is Why We Exist

 

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Dear Friends,
 
             I have been thinking about the piece James read last Sunday ever since he read it.  He talked about Tony, the Italian owner of the corner store where James grew up in Harlem; about all the IOU’s Tony floated for so many of his customers and all the hungry people he made sure got something to eat.
 
             When the crack epidemic came to their neighborhood, Tony told the guys, “You all take that stuff outside. You can’t sell it in here.” Some of the people who Tony had helped the most called him racist when he set that boundary.

              I am impressed with the way that James looked at his own discomfort when taking his white girlfriend around his friends and said,  “It’s me Oh Lord, standing in the need of prayer.”  I just keep thinking about that piece James read last Sunday…
 
             Our theme was “Memories, Dreams and Reflections” and we discussed Carl Jung, and archetypes and the deep human need to connect to something bigger than ourselves and to experience ecstasy. We need ecstasy it turns out, like we need water and air. How we go about accessing ecstasy is really the issue.  Dr. Jung said that when we “dismantled Mt. Olympus, we turned the gods into symptoms.”  
 
             We will be taking a couple of Sundays off to let some light and rest into the conversation. Our next gathering will be at 11am on Sunday Dec. 15th, at Raw Space Gallery on Adam Clayton Powell and 121st St.
 
             We are a multi ethnic group who are meeting to understand how we might be a part of a new world through depth teachings and community and the ARTS, and we are meeting in Harlem, NY. The surrounding community has embraced us with graciousness, and it is important to say that we do not take this in any way for granted. 
 
             To have the conversation is why we exist. This IS the meaning for us. Ideally, this is the gift we all will bring forth collectively: a new answer to how we might be a force for good, for our youth, and our elders, and to ask the hard questions so that we might begin to really hear one another and the voice of all creation.
Each Sunday so far has been a blessing and a miracle.
 
I just keep thinking about that piece James read last Sunday.
 
Love one another. Help somebody and don’t get found out.
 
Peaceout,
Jane 

See you at the DOOR!!!

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Hello Friends,
 
          For many years I have been attempting to combine ministry and art in a way that transcends doctrine, opens doors between cultures and transforms individuals and communities to experience the G-d within them.
 
          My 2004 doctoral Dissertation for Claremont School of Theology begins: “The metaphor of the open door between the earthly realm and the seat of Heaven in Revelation 4:1 has emerged as a biblical metaphor for the intermediate realm in which the arts live.  The prophetic vision that John perceives as an open door can be understood to represent a doorway between the present and the eternal future, a gate between the earthly level of awareness and the realm of God, a passageway through which the Spirit travels in order to access the Presence. This doorway is a place where art and ritual can combine to create change, a channel, through which a spiritual Right of Passage may move.”
 
          I have created many embodied experiments to put flesh on the bone of this basic passion. T.R.I.B.E. is the latest, and frankly, because it is NOW, it lives…NOW.  The point of all of my work is to create an opening for people to access God.  I am a passionate artist, lover of people and believer in the power of the Source of All Creation to breathe LIFE more abundant into us and through us. Once awakened, I know that we each become powerful channels of the All that Is.
 
          When I say that Ministers aren’t going to change the world, artists are, I am being provocative. Ministry IS an art.  It would be my great hope that ALL people, including ministers (I am one too after all) will access the artistry of their role to become change agents for good.  The dogma of institutional religion can often become what the conversation is about; Institutions need to hold onto their rules to stay viable. It is my prayer, however, that there is a way to gather for Transformation that unites and inspires and does not exclude.
 
          This Sunday is the third of three Focus Group/ special experiments to see what T.R.I.B.E. might become.  So far, the experience has been amazing.  This Sunday Ramon Thielen will be dancing for us, and the curated artistic melange will be around the topic “Metaphor, Symbols and Dreams’.  After this Sunday, we will be taking a break to reboot, assimilate and allow the MUSE to direct us. Our next gathering will be onSunday December 15th at Raw Space Gallery. And then we shall break again until the new year.
 
          Check out our Facebook page. Join us Sunday.  I shall meet you at the DOOR!
 
          God is love. Love one another.
 
Peaceout,
 
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Dangerous, Safe, Inspiring

 

 

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             Well, this has been a packed couple of weeks. TRIBE is a reality.  We have had one great whole event, and are looking forward to the next two weeks.  I haven’t stopped working for uh, let’s see…   Well, I can’t remember so you get the point.
 
             Here is what I want to say today, to all of you who have helped this moment to happen. I know you are a part of the action that has been necessary to pull and push the conversation to this point.  I recognize your role in not letting happen some choices that seemed like an easier way to be.  Some of the people and circumstances that have pulled this moment into reality have come in the form of what I would have called at the time “Things that didn’t work out the way I hoped.” But honestly I can see that if those things HAD worked out, I wouldn’t be where I am today. And where is that you ask?
 
             First of all, I really need a nap.  Secondly, I feel both more alone than I ever have as well as more supported. Paradox: That’s how the Wisdom Path works.  And thirdly, we are poised at the edge of an exciting range of possibilities that have the potential to really serve the world and THAT is really, really cool.
 

             I heard an old bio of mine read at an event the other day, and I was amazed at how it sounded like what I am truly doing now. The work I have been working toward for years is this conversation about ART and the spiritual path and mental health and creativity and purpose.  And here we are doing it!!  We are creating this new reality in Harlem, where entrepreneurial ventures have found fertile ground for more than a century. 
 
             I am trying to both tell you something here and keep it a secret at the same time  because it is just coming into form, and I feel protective. If you will take a look at the photos below from last Sunday at the Raw Space Gallery, you will get a feel for what it is.
 
             If you are interested, I hope you join us this Sunday at 11 am at 121st and Adam Clayton Powell.  This week it will be a depth poem read by the amazing Caraid O’Brien, a fine art experience with two fine artists, and a song about “the process” sung by Greg Halpen ( aka DJ Greg). There will be a message from me too and our theme will be “Outside and Inside.”
 
             This is God’s idea through me. It’s performance art, it’s a spiritual gathering, it’s dangerous and safe and inspiring. Go deeper. Let your elbows hear and your stomach sing.
 
See you soon,
Peaceout,
Jane

Photos courtesy of Jeffrey Lepinske

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Wake Up Your Inner artist, Your creative voice and CREATE sanctuary 2.0/TRIBE

 

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Hey Out There!!!
 
          Wow! It is SO IMPORTANT to have the courage to take a leap of faith every now and then. I am so grateful that we have taken one, and are launching our very first brand new gathering called TRIBE -Transformation/Realization/Inspiration/Belonging/Expression.  Our first meeting is this Sunday at 11 AM – 12:30 PM at the Raw Space Gallery in Harlem (Adam Clayton Powell and 121st St).
 
          I would be lying if I said that this leap hasn’t been nerve wracking too. It has! I find it helpful to talk about what it actually takes to DO brave new endeavors out in the world.  It takes COURAGE, and imagination.  Sometimes ice cream helps too.
 
          I spent last Sunday feeling rudderless, watching three hours of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, then getting downtown in time to cheer for my God daughter Cate as she finished the NYC Marathon, grab a quick photo op… Then, it was back home in time to watch more Oprah interviewing Patti Labelle. 
 
          Yesterday, my friend Karen said, “OK, THAT’S ENOUGH. WHAT IS UP WITH SUNDAY!”  After a few sideways moves, and a fabulous evening of Improvisational Jazz by the J.D. Parran Group at INTAR on 52nd St, I finally had enough Oprah and Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia.  It was time to create. 
 
          There is a plan and I am excited!!!   This Sunday, our theme is Lost and Found.  Pernell Walker will perform a monologue from an August Wilson play.  We will experience some improv jazz violin with Rosi Hertlein, a wisdom talk, and share some deep conversation. 
 
           This Sunday’s TRIBE will be an entirely new experience. We would like for all who join us to come with DESIRE and INTENTION and your hearts open wide.
 
          Bring some money too.
 
We are under the radar, and over the moon.
Oprah, see you in re-runs.
TRIBE- Consciousness and Creativity.
 
Peaceout,
Jane

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TRIBE A New Experience

ImageSANCTUARY 2.0 ImageTRIBE Transformation/Realization/Inspiration/Belonging/Expression Ministers Aren’t Going to Change the World, Artists ARE. Wake Up Your Inner Artist, Your Creative Voice, and CREATE… a Painting, an Art Piece, a Brilliant Life, a Beautiful World… Dr. Rev. Jane Galloway Spiritual Director Donate Online! Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Website Website Rev. Jane is available for counseling. To set up an appointment, contact barbara@sanctuarynyc.org Sanctuary 2.0 Newsletter – November 7, 2013 Hey Out There!!! Wow! It is SO IMPORTANT to have the courage to take a leap of faith every now and then. I am so grateful that we have taken one, and are launching our very first brand new gathering called TRIBE -Transformation/Realization/Inspiration/Belonging/Expression. Our first meeting is this Sunday at 11 AM – 12:30 PM at the Raw Space Gallery in Harlem (Adam Clayton Powell and 121st St). I would be lying if I said that this leap hasn’t been nerve wracking too. It has! I find it helpful to talk about what it actually takes to DO brave new endeavors out in the world. It takes COURAGE, and imagination. Sometimes ice cream helps too. I spent last Sunday feeling rudderless, watching three hours of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, then getting downtown in time to cheer for my God daughter Cate as she finished the NYC Marathon, grab a quick photo op… Then, it was back home in time to watch more Oprah interviewing Patti Labelle. Yesterday, my friend Karen said, “OK, THAT’S ENOUGH. WHAT IS UP WITH SUNDAY!” After a few sideways moves, and a fabulous evening of Improvisational Jazz by the J.D. Parran Group at INTAR on 52nd St, I finally had enough Oprah and Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. It was time to create. There is a plan and I am excited!!! This Sunday, our theme is Lost and Found. Pernell Walker will perform a monologue from an August Wilson play. We will experience some improv jazz violin with Rosi Hertlein, a wisdom talk, and share some deep conversation. This Sunday’s TRIBE will be an entirely new experience. We would like for all who join us to come with DESIRE and INTENTION and your hearts open wide. Bring some money too. We are under the radar, and over the moon. Oprah, see you in re-runs. TRIBE- Consciousness and Creativity. Peaceout, Jane

Welcome to Sanctuary 2.0!

 

 

Image“There is a community of the spirit. Join it, and feel the delight of walking in the noisy street and being the noise.  Drink all your passion, and be a disgrace.
Close both eyes to see with the other eye.” – Rumi
 

Dear Sanctuary friends,
 
              During our amazing service last Sunday, we created a group sculpture of the Unified Field (photo below). We are all connected, and this was our way of making the Invisible visible.  Although we continue on as friends, that service was our final Sunday as regulars at West Park Presbyterian Church.  It was also the last gathering as the community we have known ourselves to be.  Together, we spent two years being a place for people, including me, to discover what it is that we are creating. At our second anniversary, we realized this is the perfect moment for us to officially stop our initial purpose, and acknowledge that we have become a new type of community. 
 
             We are less a church than a creative community of art and consciousness.
             We are less a formula than an expression.
             We are artists by intention, whatever our profession.
 
             As the leader of this new community, I have come to believe that ministers are not going to save the world, artists are.  Our parent company is Sanctuary 2.0  Our Sundayexperience will be called TRIBE: Transformation/Realization/Inspiration/Belonging/Expression

              We will not be meeting this coming Sunday while we reboot. 
            
               You can still find us at Sanctuarynyc.org, and our Auto-tithe and P.O. Box are still the same.  Your tax deductible checks may be made out to West Park. 
            
                On Sunday November 10th at 11 am, we will meet for a whole new expression of Art and Spirit in Community, at the Raw Space Gallery on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd and 121st St. in Harlem.  We will be gathering every Sunday in November, and we will be using this time as focus groups, to see what works, how it works, and how to move forward. We will have a weekly message from me, a meditation and music, but in a whole other form.  Week one is all about the art of the theatre. 
 
             So grateful for each of you.  “There IS a community of the spirit.”
 
Stay connected.
See you in Harlem!
Peaceout,
Jane

 
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