Austin Straus 8:30 a.m., April 23
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Something Shiny and New
When San Diego Center for Spiritual Living moved from the NewSchool of Architecture Lecture Hall to our very own space at the corner of 10th and G, there was a lot to be done to the space not just to make it functional and presentable, but to make it sacred. To create a warm and welcoming spiritual home for the downtown community.
With so much to be done, we 'made do' with many of the decorator items we brought from NewSchool that didn't fit perfectly in the new Sanctuary. Like the fabric behind the podium.
At NewSchool, the fabric was hanging on a framework of PVC pipe to fashion two portable divider walls to partition the cavernous room and make it cozier during Sunday services (creative genius at work). In the new space, that same fabric was reused to form the backdrop behind the podium and cover the series of double-hung windows on the 10th Ave side of our Sanctuary. Except it wasn't long enough to cover the whole wall, and against the creamy yellow walls it looked like a dull off-grey rather than the lavender that it is.
Enter Rev. Rael Flamenco and Catalina Aguilar with their international fabric connections and a borrowed sewing machine. Wanting to spruce up the Sanctuary, Rev. Rael and Cati brought enthusiasm, creativity, fabric samples and sketches for their vision of the 10th Ave. wall. We excitedly joined in the Divine Creative Process (our theme for 2009) and gave them a thumbs up to proceed.
On Thursday Rev. Rael, Cati, and talented handy-person extraordinaire Steve Bates brought in ladders and tools and totally transformed the look and feel of our sacred space in just a couple of hours. What an awesome difference to have the Shiny and New wall-to-wall drapes with lace accent panels overlaying the Sacred Center of the wall. The colors and textures bring greater life to the stained glass teaching symbol Steve's wife, Linda, created to celebrate the move to 10th & G in March of 2008.
So we started Sunday service, as we usually do, with "Everybody say Good Morning!" The very next thing, something we'd been waiting for, "Everybody say "Nice Decor"!"
And it really is. Thank you Rev. Rael and Cati. Thank you Steve. And thank you to everyone who smiles in gratitude at Something Shiny and New!