Dear Dharma Friends,
We have some exciting Dharma Center news! After three nourishing years of tenancy on the beautiful campus of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School we will be relocating our Dharma Center this spring. The move is in response to the relocation of the school and their pending sale of the campus as well as our need to accommodate continued growth at Dharma Refuge.We have conducted an exhaustive search over the last two years carefully considering many different properties and our commitment to remain an urban Dharma Center, supporting the well-being of our members and serving the larger Rochester community we call home. Last week, we signed an agreement with United Covenant Methodist Church, located at 1124 Culver Rd. (Rochester, NY 14609). We feel excited, blessed and so warmly welcomed by Pastor Ann Kempor and her community. It’s clear to all who have been involved in this process that we have found a new home grounded in friendship, partnership, shared values and community service.
About our new home
Our new center will be located in two rooms and a small office on the second floor of the church and will be accessible by elevator and stairs. The room we will use exclusively as our temple is approximately the size of our current center and it has a large adjoining room we can use for meetings, hospitality and socializing. The church has a well-lit parking lot along its east side as well as parking lot space available close by and on the street. We are working in earnest with the church to get the space ready and have targeted a move-in date of early May, assuming the new space is ready.
As we work through the logistics of our move and of what it means for all of us to relocate our sacred space, we will be sharing more information with everyone. In the meantime, if you have questions, you are welcome to contact any of us on the Board at Dharma Refuge.
We can't share this announcement without extending our appreciation to Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. They have been kind partners and landlords for three years. We also want to bow deeply to all who have contributed to our search and this decision. Many in the sangha have joined us for building tours and offered ideas and suggestions. Ultimately Kathryn Fiske connected us with Covenant Methodist! David and Marsha King and Bob Brown have invested countless hours in assessing space options and leases for the better part of two years. Eh Ma Ho to all! (How wondrous it is!)
With palms together and a bow,
Sue & the Board of Directors/Advisors: Dave, Bob, Jane, Sara, Ellen, Elaine
Location until May 3
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
First Floor - Dharma Refuge
1100 South Goodman Street,
Rochester, New York 14620
From the S. Goodman Street entrance, drive up the hill, park in the ample parking areas and come through the main door in the center of the building. There will be signs directing you to our first floor location inside the building. Our space and the restrooms are all wheelchair accessible.
New location, effective May 11
United Covenant Methodist Church
1124 Culver Rd.
Rochester, NY 14609
Details about our new center, hours of operation and parking will be posted soon. We do expect the center to be closed for a week from May 4-10, reopening on May 11 for Saturday morning practice.
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