We are delighted to announce that 2024 will be a special “jubilee year” for Sacred Art of Living Community. The practice of a jubilee year has its roots in an ancient Jewish tradition. Every seven years the land rested so the next generation of growth could be strong and abundant. Jubilee is a sacred time both to celebrate the harvest of what has been and to consider the seeds for the next generation of our work. In this tradition, being fallow does not mean taking a vacation. It is a sacred invitation to deepen our commitment to the future of our mission.
2024 is our 28th anniversary year and much has changed in the world over the past three decades. While the art of living and dying will always teach the most important lessons for the human journey, the forms on which we have relied in the past are demanding renewal and adaptation.
It has also become clear to me personally that I need to reshape my own work commitments if I am to honor my own aging process… in other words, I need to practice what we preach! At the same time, I am wholeheartedly committed to supporting the goals that will create a sustainable vision for SALC’s future.
The Art of Discernment has been a centerpiece of the Sacred Art of Living mission. It was the name of the first retreat series Mary & I created back in 1996. At that time we resonated with Frederick Buechner’s challenge that the place God is calling you to– is where your deep gladness and the world’s hunger meet. After a life time working with caregivers in hospice, hospital, interfaith ministries and
the general public, a vision emerged to create a community of spiritual seekers based on the wisdom of transforming suffering. Asking sacred questions and the invitation to die before you die… may now be part of your own soul’s vocabulary. This summer I overheard my 10 year old great granddaughter talking with a friend about what her grandpa does for work. She said, he helps people not be afraid. A small child nailed it!
During the first six months of 2024, we will continue offering many of our traditional programs, retreats, and workshops. Click here for a complete 2024 schedule of SALC offerings. We will also complete our International Anamcara Apprenticeship series and launch our first PodCast version of our Art of Living & Dying teachings.
The second part of our Jubilee Year will focus on the necessary “space for grace” to re-create and re-imagine what has been ours to do in the past and will continue into the future. We will still be offering some programming during the second half of 2024 including the launch of our first “SALC Road Scholar Pilgrimage” to the Native Southwest (click here for flyer).
Each of our HOW TO questions (the heart of asking a sacred question) is based on the themes we have been hearing from you, our SALC family for many years. I also want you to know that, in order to accomplish our jubilee year goals, we will need to reduce our administrative operations in half so that we have the resources to re-create the next generation of our work. Our very committed (albeit small) staff and volunteers are eager to work at reimagining how SALC’s unique contributions can best continue into the future— but at this important crossroads for our not-for-profit organization, we truly need your prayerful and financial support more than ever.
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