The Sangha World Tour took me to Wilmington, NC this past week and it was a beautiful reminder of the power of our Refuge. You probably know that parts of the U.S. Southeast were hard hit by Hurricane Florence last month, with parts of North Carolina especially devastated. Prior to the start of the meeting, the facilitator asked how everyone was doing and did anyone need any support. A few folks shared their experiences and how they’re getting along. Some of our sangha in Wilmington were forced to evacuate for two weeks and have only recently returned home. Sangha members took each other in, chosen families got bigger. Because of the 24-hour news cycle, these events can seem like they happen and then disappear but the reality, the damage and the rebuilding go on long after the video images have moved on to something else. Please send some extra metta to our Wilmington Sangha in the coming months. And if you’re down that way, find your way over to the Morning Glory Coffeehouse for a really good meeting!
Our web crew, Avi and Dan, is busy developing the Meeting Resources section of the Refuge website. Dan has posted some new material for meetings and Avi’s been working on pamphlets, posters and fliers. Our Meditation audio files continue to grow and we’re now on Insight Timer. You can find all of that and more at https://refugerecovery.org/resources.
Finally, you’ll see an announcement in this Newsletter that we have a Literature Committee and they are asking for your submissions. To be clear in the event of questions or concerns, this is an opportunity to grow our literature, not to replace the book Refuge Recovery. The Committee is starting with the topic of inventories and they are looking forward to receiving your submissions. The Regional Representatives and the Board of Directors will get first look after the Committee vets and edits the submissions, to ensure that we have a collaborative process to develop material that will benefit our entire sangha.
Thanks for all you do for our 625 sanghas and hope to sit with you soon on the Sangha World Tour.
Image courtesy of Jim Zisa.