Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Winter Solstice

May you believe in your resiliency when you are wintered.
May you have the strength you need to bear life's burdens.
May you trust the love and mystery within yourself to uphold you.
May your winter times of darkness become fruitful sources of growth,
gifts to be given to yourself and to our wounded world.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Winter Solstice

Mark your calendar 

 Winter Solstice 

Sunday, December 15 

 7:30-9:00 PM

Pause in the midst of busy holiday preparations and experience the sacred in the darkness and the coming of the light of the Winter Solstice.  Ritual darkness followed by the lighting of fire enhanced by music and liturgical dancers help all who participate to spark hope and deepen peace. 

Thursday, October 31, 2013


Spirit of God, Present in the North, the place where water is snow and ice, we greet you.  You are the Spirit of the cold and biting wind that blows across our land, that strips the Earth of all that is dead and decayed, that robs us of the false securities so easily blown away.  Teach us to plant our feet securely on the Earth and to see creation as it really is, that your coming may find us standing firm in integrity.

Your winds bring the snows of winter with their fury and their solitude.  It is you who blanket the Earth for sleep.

Strengthen us for whatever is cold and uncertain in our lives.  Help us to be faithful when the struggles are hard.  Teach us, Spirit of the North, in the silence of winter, to wait in darkness with the sleeping Earth, believing that we, like the Earth, already hold within ourselves the seeds of new life.

Sprit of God, present in the East, where the sun comes up over our Atlantic Ocean, we greet you.  You usher in the dawn with diamonds of light sparkling on the waving surf.

You promise new birth – birth of babies, birth of puppies, birth of ideas, birth of friendship.  You bring us the hope of a new day, hope that we can live in harmony with one another and with the whole community of life.

Spirit of the East, fill our bodies with your breath, bring us light, invigorate us that we might reach out boldly to grasp the miracles that come to birth with each new dawn.

Spirit of God, present in the South, with its warm, tropical waters and currents, we greet you.  You warm our oceans and nurture our land.  Your mighty rain forests breathe life into our Earth.

You are the Spirit of all that is soothing, gentle and refreshing.  We ask you to give us this spirit of growth, of fertility, of gentleness.  Caress us with a cool breeze when the days are hot.  Give us seeds and rain that the flowers, trees and fruits of the Earth may grow.  Give us the warmth of happy families and good friendships.

Oh Spirit of the South, thaw and soften our coldness and hardness that we may, like children, rejoice in the simple signs of life.

Oh Spirit of God present in the West, where water finds its home in both sparse desert plants and in the wild surf of rugged, jagged coastlines, we greet you.

We turn to you in praise of sunsets and in thanksgiving for changes.  It is by your power that the sun hangs suspended for endless moments before you catch it with your breath and carry it off into the night.

You are the great colored sunset of the red west which illuminates us.  You are the powerful cycle which pulls us to transformation.

O Spirit of the West, keep us open to life’s changes.  And guide us at the end of each day that, filled with your peace, we might rest securely in your great mystery of night until morning calls us forth again.

We greet you, Great Spirit of the Earth.  It is from you we came and from a mother; you nourish us still and give us shelter.

Teach us to walk softly on your lands, to use with care your gifts, to love with tenderness all our brothers and sisters, humans and non-human, who have been born of your goodness.

And when the day comes when you call us back to yourself, help us to return to you as a friend, to find ourselves embraced, encircled, enfolded in your arms.  Amen.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

O Antiphon for Autumn

Come, Come fill us with the waters of wisdom.
Show us the beauty of aging with grace.
Prepare us for the long, dark nights.
Gather from our lives all that has potential.
O Come!

Monday, May 20, 2013

“The Mystery of Sandy

Fri., August 2, 2013 7:30 p.m.
Mon., August 5, 2013, 1:00 p.m.
(A light supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. on Friday)

Many of us have lived through and some may still be living through the heart wrenching experience of Sandy and its aftermath.  This experience may include anxiety, anger, frustration and even doubt about the presence of God in nature.  Are there also messages of healing and transformation in this experience?  Are we being called to a deeper understanding of ourselves and our connection with Earth and both the nurturing and destructive powers of her waters?

Come away to where water meets shore for a gentle time of hope, reconciliation and 
re-energized faith.

Suzanne Golas, csjp               Joan Carey, ssj
Registration Deadline: July 2, 2013 Cost:  $325    
Deposit: $75.00 (non-refundable)

Enjoy this special program at Stella Maris Retreat Center on the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. 
For more information call us at 732-923-9788 or email us at

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Earth Day!

"There is a new story waiting to be born, waiting to redeem the planet and nourish our souls. It is a story of a oneness that includes the diversity of creation in a self-sustaining whole, a story that can bring back the magic within nature that is needed to heal our damaged planet. It is a story of co-operation rather than competition or conflict. And it includes the mystery of life as well as the understanding that science can give us. It is also a new story, arising from deep within the psyche of humanity and the world soul at this moment in our and its evolution. We are not the sole creators of this story, because it is the story of life evolving, recreating itself anew, but we are needed to midwife it into existence. As with all births it needs to come from the inner to the outer world."   ~ Llewllyn Vaughn-Lee

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Please join us for 


(WATERSPIRIT is on the Host Committee!)

Thursday, April 4 at 7PM
Reception with light hors d'oeuvres begins at 6PM

Two River Theater
 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ 07701

Join Food & Water Watch for a panel discussion featuring experts on energy policy and our food system to understand how the rush for natural gas development and the deterioration of our food system are intricately linked together.

Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch and Foodopoly author 
Dean Nelson, Dean's Natural Food Market 
J. Stephen Cleghorn, PhD, Paradise Gardens and Farm, LLC 
Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action

Free & Open to the Public!

For more information contact us or Emily Reuman at 978-844-2164 or email


Friday, March 22, 2013

Fracking Waste Ban Bill Lobby Day - March 21, 2013

 We reached over 30 legislators from both sides of the aisle asking to protect our waterways from toxic fracking waste 6 months after the Governor vetoed the bill. Here we are with Assemblyman McKeon who has been a leader on this issue.  Thank you to Kate Millsaps and the NJ Sierra Club for organizing this day!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Come to Trenton this Thursday, March 21, to advocate for clean safe water in NJ.  We will be joining with our coalition partners to advocate for an override vote of Governor Christie's veto of the Ban Fracking Waste Bill.  We are only six votes short, and will be contacting nine Assembly Members who either voted yes or abstained on the original vote.  Come to Trenton if you can!  We need as many people as possible!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Healing Energies of Spring

Spring Equinox
Sunday, March 10, 2013
7:30-9:00 PM
Stella Maris Retreat Center

as we anticipate the coming of Spring, a time for renewal of life within ourselves and within Earth.  For many, "Superstorm Sandy" has sapped energy and hope.  In the midst of reality, we tap into Spring's possibilities for healing energy.  Musician Dorothy Sikora will enhance our reflection with the healing tones of Crystal Bowls and the melody of the harp.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Forward on Climate Rally Washington DC

  1. We joined 40,000+ people at the Forward on Climate Rally on February 17th in Washington DC. We traveled with a great group of people (A bus of 55!)  and enjoyed advocating for Earth at our nations capital. Big thanks to all who participated - we enjoyed hearing all of the speakers - especially the ones who reminded us that we are all interconnected and how important clean water is for all of life.  

    A special thanks for the hundreds of organizations that joined together to make this possible - especially the two main organizers - Sierra Club &

    Forward on Climate!

Friday, January 25, 2013


 in a National Advocacy Effort

 for Water and Earth.

Today is National Call-In Day to the President.
Please call him NOW at 1-888-660-2594
 (or 1-866-946-1451) 
Tell him " Fracking threatens the air we breath, the water we drink, the communities we love and the climate on which we all depend. Don't pursue policies that promote fracking and the export of natural gas. We need to ban fracking now."

Here is the link for the facebook page should you want to share it:

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year Everyone!

"Although the time we have been on the planet is insignificant in the context of life of the planet itself, we have reached a defining moment in our story. 

Let us remember that, whoever we are, we all have our part to play, our sacred responsibility to the future. And let us remember that our responsibility grows alongside our privileges... 

Our successes or failures, personal and collective, determine the future of the planet." 
- Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew