The open-minded Brooklyn Spiritual Center is now open, providing space to those seeking enlightenment, unstructured worship and inner development. Founders Trevor Zernike and Leanna Wurtz organized the Center from the ground up over about 8 months.
“The seed for the Center was really planted during our trip through Tibet, Nepal and India in 2010,” said Trevor, when he and Leanna “explored a variety of spiritual traditions.” They visited Buddhist and Hindu temples, experienced 10 days of silent Vipassana meditation, and even delved into local animist practices. Trevor took copious notes in a now-dogeared Moleskine, which he is working on turning into a travel memoir.
“We were constantly inspired by these new ideas,” Leanna recalled, “but very disappointed in the organizations presenting them.” The pair felt that all organized religions “seemed to be based on just making money, and that’s not what we’re about.”
At $16 a month, membership provides access to yoga classes, meeting rooms, a holistic wellness center, and prayer hours at a non-denominational chapel.
“It’s a space where everyone is meant to feel comfortable.” Leanna said of the chapel. “‘Chapel’ is sort of a shorthand we use. Officially it’s just a place for quiet contemplation for people of all faiths and beliefs; it could just as easily be a mosque, or a temple, or stone site.”
While there have long been both Buddhist temples and a range of Christian churches in the area, the addition of a Spiritual Center will provide ShangHeighters with a new, more inclusive option.
“Obviously we don’t want to step on anyone else’s toes, but we’re definitely looking to build a real community around this place. We feel very strongly about that.”
For a full schedule of classes and events, and for more information about membership fees and donation opportunities, go online or check them out at their 8th Avenue location.
Brooklyn Spiritual Center
Hours: Membership required. Public worship: Sunday and Tuesday, 6AM – 7AM
718 365 1090