Beloved Sanctuary Member,
Ten years ago today, on the Winter Solstice, thirteen people met in a living room on the upper west side of Manhattan on a sunny, wintry Sunday afternoon. That day Sanctuary was born.
In those ten years, Sanctuary has done and been different things. For a while, we met monthly in members’ homes. Eventually someone loaned us their office space, and we met weekly. Someone created a website. Time passed, things changed.
For all these years, one thing has remained constant: Seeds. Seeds has been written and sent weekly for ten years. Some people have been on the list the entire time; others, for just weeks.
This year, thanks to the magical assistance of our members, Sanctuary has taken a big techno-leap forward.
The member list—now numbering in the hundreds and never shared with anyone—is registered with Constant Contact, an email delivery service. It allows for simple management of member information. As a member of Sanctuary, you are always encouraged to invite your friends! If anyone is interested in the service, let me refer you to Constant Contact. Sanctuary earns credits toward its fees that way.
Seeds for Sanctuary: omnifaith spiritual insights for seekers and finders
Through the good offices and coaching of a patient Sanctuarian, we now have a blog called Seeds for Sanctuary: omnifaith spiritual insights for seekers and finders. Another member helped add a free, invisible, statistics counter this month. In the first week of counting, we had visitors from five of seven continents. It’ll be a big day when we hear from Africa and Antarctica! Sanctuary will be worldwide.
Guest Blogging Opportunities
ANNOUNCEMENT: Guest blogging opportunities are available to all Sanctuary members. Regular posts are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you are interested in writing a guest blog post please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and details will be provided.
This year a great connection happened with a lovely editor at beliefnet.com. She gave Sanctuary some marvelous opportunities. She commissioned and published a Gallery called “10 Spiritual Ways to Deal with Money.” She created a great chance to stand in for a week as a substitute blogger on Amy Cunningham’s wildly popular blog, Chattering Mind. At the time, Beliefnet was in the process of building their Preachers & Teachers library as well. When they sent a crew to Boston to tape the segments, we had a blast. Web addresses for all these goodies appear below.
New York House & Ode Magazine
The opportunity to do some fun freelance writing for a magazine called New York House came through another member. The back page contributions were fun to write. Ode Magazine proposed a great writing gig as well. I’m a Charter Member of their Readers Blog. Every Monday, our wonderful editor posts a new blog—always on the subject of Peace. These are just a few of this past year’s opportunities to highlight and publicize Sanctuary. None of this can be done without your support! Sanctuarians are what Sanctuary is all about.
Of course, we still do all those ministerial things that call: weddings, funerals, christenings, ceremony, healing, counseling. Lately requests from writers for coaching and Chief Spiritual Officer consulting for businesses have been knocking upon the door.
One of Sanctuary’s initial supporters insisted we apply for federal not-for-profit status. It was quite a process. After eighteen months, we did it! Sanctuary has its own 501(c)3 status. Lots of not-for-profits write year-end appeals, but that’s not what this is. It’s a . . .
Happy Birthday, Sanctuary Appeal!
Here’s a promise: one letter like this per year. That’s it. If Sanctuary’s Seeds or other services have nourished or sustained you over the years, would you consider making a tax-deductible gift? The particulars appear below for financial contributions, but the opportunity isn’t limited to money. If you are moved to help advance Sanctuary, consider gifts of your time and your talent as well as your treasure, Beloved.
Should you choose to make a financial contribution, please make checks payable to Sanctuary, and mail to Sanctuary, c/o Dr. Susan Corso, 101 School Street #3, Somerville, MA 02143. In January 2008, you will receive an official letter to document your tax deduction.
This tenth year of Sanctuary, we have a wish list—another quantum techno-leap. Won’t you hold these ideas with me in consciousness? Together, it ought to be easy to manifest them.
We want to create a new website for Sanctuary so that . . .
All Seeds can be posted and visited online at your leisure
Including special editions, that’s 446 so far!
Prayer requests can be posted and answered.
The Site can host Seeds for Sanctuary blog.
And, dream of dreams we want to begin podcasting!
We are thick in the season of light. This day is the day that the light, metaphorically speaking, returns to the world. Technically, even though we can’t see it, it means that day begins to be longer than night.
May your days, through the holy days and every day, be merry and bright!
In joyous world service,
Dr. Susan Corso
Contribution particulars: Should you choose to make a financial contribution, please make checks payable to Sanctuary, and mail to Sanctuary, c/o Dr. Susan Corso, 101 School Street #3, Somerville, MA 02143. In January 2008, you will receive an official letter to document your tax deduction.
Seeds for Sanctuary, my blog: http://seedsforsanctuary.com
Money Gallery: http://www.beliefnet.com/index/index_200.html
Chattering Mind starting 5/18/07 through 6/7/07: http://blog.beliefnet.com/chatteringmind/2007/05/dr-susan-corso-sits-in-next-week.html
Preachers & Teachers (right after Deepak Chopra—not bad!): http://video.beliefnet.com/av/PreachersAndTeachers.aspx?v=jl1f878l
New York House: October 2007 issue http://www.nyhouse-digital.com/nyhouse/200710/?pg=134&search=Susan%20Corso&per_page=5&results_page=1&doc_id=-1
Ode Magazine Readers Blog: http://www.odemagazine.com/people/Susan%20Corso/blogs