For the last couple of months, I've been co-leading the music at a recovery ministry called Lifeline. Lifeline seeks to help people attain a God-centered recovery from addictions, give people the opportunity to experience prayer, singing, and a pith instruction in a spiritual practice. The aim is to be an intentional community watering hole supporting the 11th Step (remember the 12 steps?): conscious contact with God through prayer and meditation.
Lifeline celebrates the God of all faiths with people of all faiths. The goal is to help each other grow along spiritual pathways as part of recovery from the effects of addiction and codependency. Gatherings include a diverse array of persons in recovery from addictions, persons affected by addiction, and persons who seek restoration and God’s help in their lives.
We meet in the church parlor of Park Avenue Christian at 85th and Park Avenue in NYC; a lovely, candle lit room, with food served afterward. The singing is of the heartier variety, with new songs added on a regular basis, and most of it participatory. Improvisers are also welcome!
This has been one of the most rewarding events I've done in a quite some time, and I always look forward to it.
I'll be leading the music the following Sundays in August: 8/1, 8/8, and 8/22.
Lifeline is open to absolutely everyone; people of all faiths or none, from any 12-step group or none.
Join us Sunday (52 a year!) evening at 6:00 PM for music, a short teaching on prayer, an excellent speaker, and instruction on an aspect of meditation, followed by dinner and good conversation. Come, hang out with good people, and go home refreshed. The whole thing (including dinner) usually lasts about 90 minutes.
Check out the Lifeline website here: http://lifelinenyc.org/
For a schedule of dates when I'll be leading the music, go here: http://events.myspace.com/Event/4092389/Lifeline#ixzz0uvXHQYva