"Think Globally, Act Locally” is a concept that has been around for decades. Before CNN put us in touch with the world via media, before the general population of any country was actually as linked in with the global community as we are today, people of conscience were attempting to expand the consciousness of the planet to look beyond human made territorial boundaries. The idea then was of course to understand that we live in a big world, and to see our actions in the micro, person to person, as a reflection of how we relate in the macro, in the big picture. It amazes me to think about how greatly the world has changed in this regard in just the last twenty years!
When we began to form the big idea of Sanctuary NYC, my cofounders and I were very sure that we wanted to integrate a global perspective into the mix in a real way, to be a part of making life better for people both locally and globally. A big vision you say? Perhaps. But honestly, we are connected, we are One. Toward this end, we attended NY Pride as a community, and what a time it was! If we do not figure out a way to communicate with care and compassion both locally and globally in general, we are not assured that our beautiful planet will even survive much longer!
Our next phase will include a more visible role for the social justice component. Rev. Ingrid Scott will be heading up that part of our ministry - from England! You have probably already noticed that her wonderful newsletter submissions are now weekly and are focused on this area. We will still see Ingrid for Sundays throughout the year as well, but we wanted to make sure you knew that the stretching is intentional.
This Sunday we are hosting a wonderful youth jazz orchestra, who will collaborate with our Music Department and play throughout the service. We have invited friends and neighbors and we suggest you do the same. Afterward we invite you to join us for an ice cream social in the Session Room! This would be a good day to bring young people too.
The events in Colorado have been hard to understand. Our hearts and love continue to go out to all involved. It is very easy to adopt the rhetoric of blame in times like this, and I wanted to end this with a quote from Ernest Holmes, which I feel speaks to the high view, even in the midst of tremendous pain.
I See No Evil
I see no evil; I behold only the good.
The drunkard lying in the gutter, and the saint kneeling in ecstasy before the high altar of his faith; but I have found no difference.
I have perceived that each, in his own tongue, is seeking to express the One Life.
I will not separate and divide; I cannot condemn nor censure,
for I know that there is but One in All.
I know that all came from the One, and all will return to the One.
I know that all are now in the One, and that each is seeking to express the One.
I know and Love all!
- Ernest Holmes, Meditations- Science of Mind
Peace and blessings and Love to each of you,
See you Sunday,