2023 Membership Drive

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November 8, 2022

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2023 Red Clay Sangha Membership Drive

Dear Sangha Friends,

Red Clay Sangha would not exist without your support and participation and for that we are grateful. We hope that Red Clay Sangha has continued to support your practice in meaningful ways with our many offerings. For many of us, being able to take refuge in the sangha as our spiritual home, and relying on our practice with the sangha’s support, has been more important than ever during these turbulent times. 

During the height of the pandemic, sangha members and leaders have been creative and proactive, finding myriad ways to sustain our sense of fellowship and offer opportunities to deepen our experience of Dharma. As the pandemic recedes, we hope that we can take what we have learned moving forward.

We have moved to a new location that will allow us to expand our offerings in the coming year and look forward to your participation and practice. We also hope that your commitment to the sangha remains steady, too.

Looking back on 2022

In the summer of 2022, we moved to our own facility in the summer of down the street to 3315 Chamblee Dunwoody Road. Having our own space will allow us to offer more weekend activities, workshops and retreats.

Besides our regular offerings such as our Sunday Service, Reading Group, and Women’s Circle, Red Clay Sangha provided a rich program of activities and events in 2022, many of them online, including: 

  • Eight Saturday retreats - some led by sangha elders, others by guest teachers such as Ben Connelly and Kanshin Grevemeyer.
  • One five-day residential retreat with guest teacher Lisa Ernst on Lake Ocoee in Tennessee
  • One four-day residential retreat led by Gareth Young, also on Lake Ocoee.
  • Five Saturday Dharma Study Sessions led by sangha members 
  • A six-week meditation practice group on the Anapanasati Sutta, led by sangha member Gareth Young. 
  • Regular weekly Sunday services, a weekly Wednesday Reading Group, and monthly Women’s Circle group. 

We need your continued support

Though we are a volunteer organization, Red Clay Sangha has real costs of operation. We have ongoing expenses such as rent, utilities, insurance, our website hosting service, our Internet service and Zoom. Our visiting teachers depend on dana for their livelihood, and we want to treat them fairly by providing travel expenses and a stipend. Our retreats are affordable in large part because Red Clay Sangha subsidizes them. So far, we’ve been able to support our activities and provide the dharma free, or at low cost, based on the generous support of some of our members.

How much to pledge?

The amount you pledge is a personal decision. A pledge at any level is deeply appreciated and brings with it membership privileges such as early registration for retreats. Our goal this year is $20,000 in 2023 pledges to meet our target. With 40 supporting members, this would be $500 each, or less than $45 each month with a recurring pledge, (an ambitious but realistic goal). Please consider giving the cost of a special restaurant or take-out meal each month, or even $10 per week - the cost of a few coffees. Please give, as generously as you can, and know that your support in any amount really matters. 

One-time donations in any amount are deeply appreciated. We also deeply appreciate recurring monthly pledges. This facilitates our budgeting and planning for the coming year and beyond.

Will you become a member or renew your membership and financial support of Red Clay Sangha?

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Yours in the Dharma,

Richard Skoonberg

President, Red Clay Sangha Board

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