Sangha Update - November 10


Riding the waves of change with equanimity (I photographed this during Sandy!)

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and have weathered all of the storms we have experienced. I know we are all holding those who are still suffering from Sandy in our hearts and prayers. There are some wonderful opportunities to help below.

There will be a gathering this Sunday evening at 6 PM at Clare's home. There will be sitting/walking/sitting followed by Dharma sharing. The focus of this group has been Thay's book Anger. A synopsis will be offered so you need not have read the book in order to participate. If you plan to attend, Clare asks that you RSVP to

There will be a Generations Sangha gathering at the Westminster Unitarian Church in East Greenwich from 10-11:30 AM on Saturday, November 10. Eric will facilitate. This is a wonderful opportunity for all ages to practice together. I hope you will be able to attend.

There will be an OI/Aspirant meeting next Saturday morning, November 17, at 9:45 at the Bell Street Chapel in Providence right after the Radiant Bell Sangha meeting . . . which will be held from 8-9:30 AM. Order members and aspirants are welcome as is anyone who would like to learn more about our practice. There will be a Recitation Ceremony of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings and a Dharma sharing. Robert will facilitate this meeting. I hope that you will be able to join us.

The mid-month meeting will be at our home on Sunday, November 18, from 6-8 PM. It will be wonderful to be able to be together again. We will have a Thanksgiving vegetarian potluck dinner at 4 PM before our meeting . . . We hope that you will all be able to be with us.

Also, we will once again have a five-day retreat at Camp Aldersgate in May. If you can help with the organization or have suggestions for topics you would like to see be the focus of our gathering, please let Ann know at

And once again, we would like to thank you all for all of your prayers, good wishes, love and help. It has meant so much to Richard and me. I continue to get better day by day and hope that our paths will connect soon.

with much love and many hugs and the deep peace of a crisp autumn night for you, Joanne


Along with the Red Cross . . .

The Occupy Sandy group has taken a very creative approach and set up a "wedding registry" on for the victims of Sandy. There you can purchase everything from blankets to diapers, and they will be shipped to the Occupy headquarters in Brooklyn for distribution. Just go to and type in "Occupy Sandy Registry."

These are organizations that have been identified by as being already in place and able to effectively help.

Make the Road New York forges alliances between diverse New York communities that face shared hardships and injustices. Port Richmond, a community where Make the Road works on the North Shore of Staten Island, is the fastest growing immigrant neighborhood in New York City. It was devastated by Sandy and gas shortages have made it difficult for volunteers to get to the community from the rest of New York. That's why organizations like Make the Road, which already have a base in the community, are so important.

Island Harvest is Long Island's largest hunger relief organization. It serves as the bridge between those who have surplus food and those who need it. Volunteers and staff "rescue" good surplus food from over 800 local restaurants, caterers, farms, and other food-related businesses. Since Hurricane Sandy hit, Island Harvest has been operating in emergency response mode, working around the clock to assist hurricane-stricken Long Islanders. Island Harvest's mobile food pantries have been visiting some of the hardest hit communities devastated by the super storm bringing food and personal care items to thousands of residents in need.

New York Communities for Change is a coalition of working families in low and moderate-income communities fighting for social and economic justice throughout New York State. Since Hurricane Sandy hit, NYCC has been collecting and distributing supplies to families in the Rockaways and the Long Island Shore. This weekend, they're organizing a massive canvass to make sure that every resident in that devastated and largely low-income community gets the aid they need. Note: Gifts to New York Communities for Change are NOT tax-deductible.

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey is a member of Feeding America and distributes 39 million pounds of food and groceries a year. Along with their partner distribution organizations, they help to feed 900,000 low-income people in 18 of New Jersey's 21 counties. When Sandy hit, the FoodBank sprang into action, distributing 100,000 lbs of food per day to families devastated by the storm. Despite being without power itself for several days, the FoodBank still delivered truckloads of food to shelters.

The Red Hook Initiative is a community organization dedicated to empowering youth in the low-lying Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook. Since Sandy flooded the neighborhood, their community center has become a hub for donations and volunteers. Thousands of Red Hook residents are still without heat, electricity, and in some cases, running water. And the Red Hook Initiative has been a lifeline for many homebound residents, delivering meals in high-rises with no elevator service.