Newsletter Updates for the Week of: May 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome from Haywood Street:

Although we will miss them dearly, Mark and Matthew have found new, green pastures on the outskirts of town. Thank you to all who have loved and cared for them during their stay at Haywood Street.

 

 

Find more pictures and stories from our congregation here.

Updates:

> Our very own, Mary Sullivan, will be carrying out the live recording and performance of her new album, Surrender, in the Haywood Street Sanctuary on the evening of Tuesday, May 23. Click for more information. 

>You can remind friends and family that there are 2 best options for clothing closet donation drop-offs: Sundays 2-4 and Tuesdays 10-12.

> Last reminder about the Garden Kickoff Party! We will celebrate rain or shine.  Click for more information.

> “The Way, the Truth and the Life” – Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs; May 17, 2017

A Haywood Reflection from Josiah:

The peace garden at Haywood Street Congregation is part of an ongoing project of mine to create sacred spaces for contemplation, meditation, and prayer. Having lived in Japan and China, and studied traditional gardens in both countries, I became interested in the aesthetic principles of Zen garden design and the way such gardens could affect the emotional well being of people sitting in them, especially amid the mental clamor of modern life. As I researched them, I came to see the appreciation of natural objects, the simplicity of materials, the devotion to organic deterioration, and other aspects as balms for our hectic lives.

I recently completed my second Master’s Degree thesis, in applied anthropology, concerned with research into the satisfaction of Ahope Day center clients with the services offered there–their opinions and perspectives, and ways the services might be improved. One of the most important findings of my research showed that Ahope clients appreciated the safe, supportive, and secure space for socializing within Ahope as much as anything else. This break from the pressures of the outside world helped the clients recoup and network without being harassed or stigmatized. After completing my research, I wanted to create a space where people could spend time contemplating outside of Ahope, but still in a safe place where they would not be harassed and could focus on being at peace. Synchronistically, I became aware of the garden space at Haywood Street Congregation while dropping off some donations, and a few emails later I was marking off the space for the peace garden. I hope it serves the community as a place for centering, praying, and gratitude to all life.

 

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