the next service is in Los Angeles on June 11

A work in progress—this is where an archive of every service from start to finish will find a home. We hope you enjoy revisiting them as much as we do.

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SERVICE 01 | The Birth
Oct 21, 2007 at  The White Cloud, 137 14th Street
Present: Robert Lucy, Mady Schutzman, Lucy Smith, and Chris Wells
The idea of starting a monthly sanctuary for artists was discussed, poems were read, ideas were shared and The Secret City was born!

SERVICE 02 | After Death, What Then?
Nov 7, 2007 at the home of Mady Schutzman, Eagel Rock, CA
Present: Christine Louise Berry, Kate Coyne, Laura Hemenway, Laural Meade, Laura Nix, Erik Patterson, Patrice Quinn, Mady Schutzman, Dave Vamos, and Chris Wells

SERVICE 03 | To Go Gentle or To Not Go Gentle?
Dec 9, 2007 at  The White Cloud, 137 14th Street
WELCOME Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
THE VIA POSITIVA Dance of Joy
READING On Church by Mady Schutzman, Read by Mona Mansour
LOOK AT THIS Gauguin’s Where Have We Been? Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going? with Bobby Lucy
CULTURAL CALENDAR Read by Kate Hampton
A TASTE Laurel Devaney
VERSE Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas
SERMON To Go Gentle or To Not Go Gentle? by Chris Wells
ON DREAMS by Lucy Smith
OUR CLOSING “When I saw you again and walked with you, I had a feeling of the kind which I used once to experience more often than I do now — a feeling that life was, so to say, something good and precious which one ought to value; and I felt more cheerful and alive than I had for a long time.” —V. Van Gogh letter to T. Van Gogh, October 1879
RECESSIONAL Enshrouded from Dreamy Sunrise by marcel Khalife

SERVICE 04 | Invention. Destruction. Renovation.
Jan 27, 2008 at The White Cloud,  137 14th Street
PRELUDE Jeremy Bass, Guitar
THE VIA POSITIVA Jeremy Bass: Guitar
THE CULTURAL CALENDAR Lucy Smith
LOOK AT THIS Birth of the World by Joan Miro
SERMON Invention. Destruction. Renovation. by Chris Wells
INSPIRATION My Inspired Piece by Mona Mansour
A TASTE Bobby Lucy
VERSE Affirmation by Donald Hall
CLOSING “Those who dwell…among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life…Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, 
the less taste we shall have for destruction.” —Rachel Carson
RECESSIONAL Arthur Schoenberg, Verklarte Nacht Opus 4, Introduced by Sally Eberhart

SERVICE 05 | Danger, Endurance and What It Is Like
Feb 24, 2008 at The White Cloud,  137 14th Street
PRELUDE Prelude Allemande Courante by J.S. Bach, Performed by Jeremy Bass, Guitar
THE VIA POSITIVA Jeremy Bass, Guitar
CULTURAL CALENDAR Lucy Smith
LOOK AT THIS Pittsburgh by Elsie Driggs
INSPIRATION Endurance by Joanie Fritz Hozike
A TASTE Polly Lee
OBITUARY Dorothy Podber (from the NYT), Read by Joanna P. Adler
SERMON Danger, Endurance, and What It Is Like by Chris Wells
SONG Attention, Performed by The Secret City Choir
OFFERING Sally Eberhardt
RECESSIONAL Try (Just a Little Bit harder) by Janis Joplin, Introduced by Sally Eberhardt

SERVICE 06 | The Fool on the Open Road
Mar 30, 2008 at The White Cloud,  137 14th Street
PRELUDE Jeremy Bass, Guitar
THE VIA POSITIVA Jeremy Bass, Guitar
CULTURAL CALENDAR Read by Bobby Lucy
LOOK AT THIS Untitled Film Still #48 by Cindy Sherman
A TASTE Jonathan Lester
INSPIRATION Song of the Open Road by Walt Whitman
SERMON The Fool on the Open Road by Chris Wells
SONG Prayer, Performed by Jeremy Bass, Guitar
OFFERINg Laurel Devaney
RECESSIONAL Road to Nowhere by Talking Heads

SERVICE 07 | The Magic of What May Be
Apr 27, 2008 at The White Cloud,  137 14th Street
PRELUDE Jeremy Bass, Guitar
CULTURAL CALENDAR Read by Charlotte Booker
LOOK AT THIS Miscellaneous Works by Martin Johnson Heade
A TASTE Betty Shamieh
INSPIRATION Ego Tripping (there may be a reason why) by Nikki Giovanni, Read by April Matthis
SERMON The Magic of What May Be by Chris Wells
SONG New York in Spring, Performed by Jeremy Bass, Guitar
OFFERING Jonathan Lester
RECESSIONAL From Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland, Selected by The Sisters Eberhardt, Introduced by Sally Eberhardt [/one_half] [one_half_last] SERVICE 08 | An Elegy to Memory
Jun 1, 2008 at The White Cloud,  137 14th Street
PRELUDE Jeremy Bass, Guitar
CULTURAL CALENDAR Read by Susan O’Connor
A TASTE On Madeleines, from A la Recherche du Temps Perdu by Marcel Proust, Presented by Bobby Lucy
LOOK AT THIS Miscellaneous Works by Willem De Kooning
A POEM The Ambition Bird by Anne Sexton, Read by Julie Kline
SERMON An Elegy to Memory by Chris Wells
SONG Memories, Performed by Jeremy Bass, Guitar
OFFERING Polly Lee
LISTEN All of Sudden My heart Sings by France Faye, Introduced by Jonathan Lester

SERVICE 09 | The Gods of Frolic
Jul 27, 2008 at The White Cloud,  137 14th Street
PRELUDE Jeremy Bass, Guitar
CULTURAL CALENDAR Read by Joanna P. Adler
A TASTE Watermelon! Presented by Mona Mansour
LOOK AT THIS from Black Body by Nancy Kyes
A READING Golden Retrievals by mark Doty, Read by mady Schutzman
SERMON The Gods of Frolic by Chris Wells
SONG Canyon Song, Performed by Jeremy Bass, Guitar
OFFERING Jeremy Bass
EXQUISITE CORPSE Sarah Sarai
ONE LAST THING Lazy Afternoon by Eartha Kitt, Introduced by Jonathan Lester

SERVICE 10 | The Riddle of Wising Up
Aug 24, 2008 at The White Cloud,  137 14th Street
PRELUDE Jeremy Bass, Guitar
THE SECRET CITY SONG by The Secret City Choir
CULTURAL CALENDAR Read by Susan O’Connor
LOOK AT THIS Mosaic Benches Surrounding Grant’s Tomb by Pedro Silva
A READING Careful of the Day by Moa Tetua, Translated by Muriel Rukeyser, Read by Katie Barrett
SERMON The Riddle of Wising Up by Chris Wells
SONG Learning to See, Performed by Jeremy Bass, Guitar
OFFERING  Charlotte Booker
ONE LAST THING Opus 34, Vocalise, No. 14 by Rachmaninoff, Sung by Ruth Ann Swenson, Introduced by Jonathan Lester

SERVICE 11 | Dancing with the Dead
Oct 26, 2008 at The White Cloud,  137 14th Street
PRELUDE Jeremy Bass, Guitar
CULTURAL CALENDAR Read by Jonathan Lester
LOOK AT THIS: PART I Las Cruce, New Mexico by Bobby Lucy
A TASTE Sphengies, Presented by Sally Eberhart
LOOK AT THIS: PART II The White Peacock, a film by Kelly Stuart
A DANCE La Desposada, Gabriella Barnstone
A READING When Death Comes by Mary Oliver, Read by Lucy Smith
SERMON Dancing with the Dead by Chris Wells
SONG Stars, Performed by Jeremy Bass, Guitar
OFFERING Joanna P. Adler
SONG The Old Guy, Performed by Chris Wells & Jeremy Bass
ONE LAST THING Breaths by Sweet Honey in the Rock, Introduced by Daniel Alexander Jones

SERVICE 12 | An Offering of Gratitude
Nov 23, 2008 at The White Cloud,  137 14th Street
PRELUDE Suite BWV 1007 by J.S. Bach, Performed by Jeremy Bass, Guitar
CULTURAL CALENDAR Read by Polly Lee
LOOK AT THIS: PART I The Graces, New Mexico by Joel Peter Witkin, Introduced by Steve Giovinco
A TASTE Presented by Jonathan Lester
LOOK AT THIS: PART II Thanksgiving, a film by Kelly Stuart, featuring Katie Barrett
A READING March 24, 1980 by Joseph Brodsky, Read by Florencia Lozano
SERMON An Offering of Gratitude by Chris Wells
SONG All Is, Performed by Jeremy Bass, Guitar
OFFERING Charlotte Booker
SONG Unexpected Encounters, Performed by Chris Wells & Jeremy Bass
ONE LAST THING Beau Soir by Claude Debussy, Lyrics by Paul Bourget, Introduced by kate Emerman

SERVICE 13 | The Dark of Winter
Dec 21, 2008 at The White Cloud,  137 14th Street
PRELUDE Songs from the English Renaissance, Performed by Jeremy Bass, Lute
CULTURAL CALENDAR Read by Daniela Thome
LOOK AT THIS Nightlandscapes, Photographs by Steve Giovinco
A TASTE Fruitcake! Made by Emma Griffin, Presented by Mark Barton and Joanna P. Adler
LISTEN TO THIS Being Blind, an audio piece by Kelly Stuart
LISTEN TO THIS II Pretties Train, Arranged by Odetta, Performed by Daniel Alexander Jones
A READING Writing in the Dark by Denis Levertov, Read by Susan O’Connor
SERMON The Dark of Winter by Christ Wells
SONG Shadows, Performed by Jeremy Bass, Guitar
OFFERING April Matthis
SONG Dark Matter, Performed by Chris Wells & Jeremy Bass
ONE LAST THING Dear Darkness by P.J. Harvey, Introduced by Bobby Lucy[/one_half_last]