You've shown me a crack to pry open, go through and begin my life again with a MUCH
clearer head that is filled with forgiveness toward myself. Tonight, I looked in my bathroom
mirror and for the very first time, I said "I love you". Whew ... transformational! You have been
such a tremendous blessing.
The Happy Hours were grounding and simultaneously uplifting in a way I had not experienced
before, and I am incredibly grateful for the more in depth Soul sessions we did before I left. It has
helped me enormously. With gratitude for the safe, empowering space you create.
You have made a profound impact on my life through Sacred Center for many years -- even
before the second and third homes it had, and the 4t class. I still quote and take courage from
lessons you shared consistently in my life. You gave so much of yourself and truly opened up
our hearts and spirits. And we were so greatly craving all the wisdom you shared.
Even though our families didn’t know each other before the wedding day, you truly made the room
come together as “one.” You have the rare gift of speaking a "universal language" that touches everyone's
heart, no matter what their background , sexual orientation, beliefs or culture.
I tell anyone that lends me an ear how the moment I came to Sacred Center and to you was a
turning point in my life. I can barely recognize this new me I have become and that you over the
weeks and with the classes and messages every weekend help me to uncover. No words will ever
be enough to thank you for this new life that you have unveiled for me. God within me thanks you
and loves you.
Your universal teachings embracing both Eastern and Western ideas resonate truth within me
and have inspired, enriched and expanded my life greatly. I am incredibly grateful for having been
introduced to you, The Prayer Chest, and all your unique and thought-provoking ideas and concepts
that continue to transform my life.
She has a regal beauty, with a soprano voice as clear and pure as Waterford Crystal.
Thank you August I have just finished listening to your free talk "A stroke of insight" I really
loved your talk as always August but more than that I wanted to say a big heartfelt thank you
as you made me laugh out loud. I didn't always laugh so easily, I carried a lot of pain and a lot
of fear for many, many years as many of us do. That however is not who I am today. I always
laugh out loud listening to you.
I am so grateful to you for your support and wisdom. When I listen to your talks on my
coastal walks on the other side of the world in Australia it always not only inspires and
motivates me but makes me happy. You are an inspiration.
Thank you for the free talk "the flow of life”! My husband and I just listened to it and had a great
discussion after. I'm grateful to you for helping me in so many ways. Thank you both for all of the
beauty, wisdom and light you bring to the planet.
What a lovely Taizé Community Event! Thank you for hosting with such grace, art,
and sacred energy. It was a transcendent experience.
I reconnected with what I put away, my love of dance -- it is when I feel my connection to Spirit
in a profound way. I now know that is where my healing is to begin.
Thank you for holding this space for us.
I reconnected with my soul.
I had a soul session with August. In that soul session some information came to me and from
then on I changed. That's how it works. Hear this.
A spirit of love filled the ballroom and we all laughed and shed tears of joy together.
Even now, one year later, our family and friends still tell us how much they loved the
ceremony. None of our guests had ever witnessed a wedding service quite like ours. The
laughter, the energy and the tears of happiness made a lasting impression on everyone.
Looking at the faces of the congregants, listening to the Rev Gold’s creedless, therapeutic, but
compassionate and profoundly moral sermon … I had no doubt that the worshippers at the
Sacred Center were experiencing a genuine religion.
I learned that the time is NOW and my soul is aching for me to grow into myself and be all
that GOD has created me to be. Thank you August for your powerful self. I feel blessed
and honored to learn from such an extraordinary teacher and healer. Heart-felt!
The Prayer Chest is not just a novel, it is a parable and a guide-and like your family passes
precious traditions and heirlooms down through generations, this book felt that special. Short
enough to be enjoyed a singular day at the beach, but long enough to imprint new and pivotal
truths on your heart. If you are a seeker, a philosopher, spiritual sort or a person driven by
purpose, contribution or your divine itches, this book will give you the tools to pray remarkable
changes into your life.
Thank you with the sincerest of gratitude for guiding me to going deeper so that I could access
the Truth of who I am and what I have been carrying. Feeling the safety I feel with you allows me
to free myself from the chains that I had (the operative word "had") around my heart. When I
woke up this morning, although my eyes were puffy from crying , I felt lighter.
I just want to say I have repeated your words many times and so thankful I had an
opportunity to work with you. I hope you are well and the next time I'm in NC I will
seek you out. You are doing amazing work, thank you.
I've been following you since I lived in New York City and you were still at Sacred Center.
You were the reason I went on to be the person I am today. I'm so very proud of who I am.
Thank you for for the deep impact you have on my soul. Seeing you and hearing your
beautiful stories always stirs up quite a bit of hope that no matter what is going on in
our lives, the stars are indeed aligned and there are new realities being created that
we cannot imagine from where we presently stand. My daughter feels the same way
-- your wisdom is simply awesome.
Thank you so much again for all that you gave toward our beautiful ceremony and event. Once again,
you worked your magic. I am so grateful for your teachings and how they have enhanced my life, as as I
wrote in the program, such a special honor to have you officiate over our wedding.
I just started to attend your classes this last fall and it was one of the most exhilarating
experiences I have had in a long time. In addition to the positive energy you both put
out it helped me get through one of the hardest times in my life. I am listening to my
inner voice again after five years, Thanks To Your Teachings!
I am a better man thanks to you and the world around me is a friendly world to live in.
I will always be grateful for the channel God has given me thru you!
I have a profound opportunity knocking -- that your experience helps me to hear. Thanks
for always coming out with your Self. You allow me to learn from your experience, and
benefit by your courage and compassion when you Tell It!
Mystical, magical, miraculous. Thank you for the amazing gift you have given the world,
this community and me personally.
She put the congregation at ease right away with her humor and led a Ceremony that had a deep
sense of inclusivity and community, which was critical to us because of the diversity of our guests.
Four years ago when I attended Sacred Center I was on public assistance and was struggling
to rebuild my life after a catastrophic loss of everything including the understanding that
material things were not only what could be lost. Since then I have gotten off public assistance,
I got my business back, and have recently moved into my own apartment in the west village! Not
to mention have started to experience love!!! Thank you and thank you God.
I discovered you back in 2010 ... and I find myself keeping on being drawn back to your
teachings … there's something about your teaching that creates a deep feeling of
connection and recognition ... I cant really explain it ... but you seem to touch an inner
truth with me ... that says " as you walk out on the way ... the path will appear" Rumi ...
Oceans of love
When you decided to answer your calling August, it was evidence of what I have had faith in all
along. It was the missing piece in the message for me. You do believe in what you preach. You
do walk your talk. I am so grateful for you courage and integrity. You have bolstered my faith
and my integrity.
The emails and phones were buzzing all week with friends and relatives saying that is was one of
the best weddings that they had ever been to, and by far the best ceremony they had ever experienced!
I just have to write to you to tell you what an influence you are in my life right now.
Listening to you gives me the permission to be "me." You inspire me. Your story
telling skills are superb. Amazing. The way you weave stories together, link them,
leave the audience hanging until you reconnect them to the story is profound. You
are a genius speaker. That is a process of ingenious knowledge that few speakers know,
and you do it seamlessly. Thank you again for the difference you make in the world.
If I could stuff Christmas stockings with shining theatrical moments, I would pick Jerry Lanning
and Carol Logen singing “My Darling, My Darling,” with Raul Julia in the warm and winning
revival of “Where’s Charley” in Circle in the Square.
The ceremony was constructed from an exhaustive knowledge of various traditions and with a love for
humanity that is inspiring. We remain grateful to August for elevating the lives of everyone present that
Sacred Center services every time I travelled to NYC. It was always a fertilizer of joy,
wonder, uplift and gratitude. I miss that time and place. I carry your words with me
to this day and the spirit of that congregation that I only knew as a visitor. But I felt like
I was at home every Sunday I was lucky enough to attend.
I loved the fact that your teachings are based on universal law/truth. Thank you again
for all that you do, and the way that you lead people to truth ... especially through the
method of storytelling. You are phenomenal!
My heart and soul are singing now … tears of joy stream down my cheeks regularly whenever
I remind myself that I have this HUGE opportunity to impact the lives of many. August, thank
you for opening the door … and shining light into my soul. Thank you for speaking to my heart
each and everything time I had the opportunity to be guided by you.
Thank you August for your wonderful service to God and other people.
It is very helpful and practical in every day life. Please keep on.
Jerry Lanning and Carol Logen slip so demurely into song that it’s a stunning surprise to
discover that a song that seems no more than a conventional romantic ballad should be
sneaking toward such a finish. At its conclusion on opening night at Circle in the Square,
the gingerly dalliance with sweet but surprisingly commanding melody could have been
reprised six or eight times, then and there.
It must be a most powerful thing to possess the knowledge you have garnered thru many many
years of studying. Just a few weeks glimpse into this world of understanding that you have and
have been teaching definitely makes me want more, as well as, has changed my thinking and .... my life.
Stillness. That's what I realized I came to our heart opening retreat to be reminded of. To go
one step deeper, push down one more level. To remember.
Dear Pastor Gold, I live in Europe and a friend was speaking about you at coffee the other day
and I simply wanted to send you a thank you for your 5-5-5 video on YouTube. I send gratitude
and share peace.
In the months leading up to the wedding August met with us together and individually to
get a sense of our values and priorities, and deeper insight into the unique qualities of our
She crafted a ceremony that was completely original and deeply personal for us, as well as
engaging for our audience. She was accessible to us at all times to guide us through the
process and on the day of the wedding August was the calm in the storm.
Today's message was so clear to me. A new world opened for me. Your words your message
your stories your vibration will serve me well the rest of my life. Maybe the most important
message I ever heard ... and got!!
You bring incredible magic & enthusiasm with your energy and I always try not to miss
the opportunity to hear whatever and wherever your speaking, "beautiful one"!
I left with new tools that allowed me to take myself to a deep, quiet, sacred place I’d never reached
before where I found strength to defuse, and make myself the priority of the moment. Very empowering.
My daughter came to hear you speak. Your words helped her see with new eyes. The
ripples from your talk have carried her quite far into a new reality. It was a magical day
for our family, the day the big shift occurred and her transformation began.
Her grace, humor, wit, and spirit elevated our ceremony to a level that I never thought possible.
Our wedding was a first same sex wedding for many of our older family members. Within the first
two minutes of the ceremony, any sense of curiosity or fear left the place, and all that our guests
experienced was pride and commitment.
The Prayer Chest has inspired myself and others around me. I give copies to members of
my social circle and coworkers when it is evident that they have lost their way. It has moved
and touched me in a way I never thought a book could. God bless you for being an inspiration.
FEED YOUR SOUL w/ August Gold & Carol Logen
TUESDAYS @ 12 Noon – Pride Center at Equality Park, AUDITORIUM
*FEED YOUR SOUL BEGINS ITS FALL SEASON ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2017
Breathe easier in this exciting and engaging one-hour Tao Te Ching inspired group offering spiritual truth and tools for a lighter, brighter, more joyful experience of life. Come, raise your vibration with music and a message in a deeply spirited community.
For everyone on a 12 Step Recovery path or a spiritual path or no path at all… Absolutely everyone welcome!
The TAO TE CHING in ACTION – SEPTEMBER CLASS
WEDNESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20, 27th @ 6:30 – 8:00pm @ Pride Center at Equality Park, Classroom 206
Wednesday Nights are deeply enriching and experiential spiritual/psychological classes. While we focus on the study of the Eastern classic text, The TAO TE CHING, we apply the teachings to expand ourselves beyond the unconscious limiting beliefs and programming in order to unleash our divine potential.
Classes include study of the brilliant 2,500 year old sacred text, spiritual exercises, deep class discussion, and questions and answers.
If you have any hesitation about taking a Class – just ask! Ask anyone who has attended a Class series and discover how high and how deep these small groups can take you. Transformation happens in these classes right before your eyes.
For less than the cost of one therapy session, come experience how working in this exciting and deeper way can help enlighten you and move your forward in ways you never imagined possible.
Seating is limited
1-DAY RETREAT on the BEACHFRONT – A DEEPER DIVE INTO THE TAO TE CHING
OCTOBER 2017, DATE TBA, 10:00am – 5:00pm,
This one day thrilling small group is designed to immerse you in a direct experience of awakening into the wisdom of the Tao Te Ching’s teaching.
The “Tao Te Ching,” is a brilliant and inspired sacred text penned 2,500 years ago. An ancient text that has everything to do with our modern world.
Through an in-depth group discussion of the Tao principles and focused spiritual exercises specially designed to help you access your inner intuitive guidance, you will be amazed at the wisdom that is revealed through you. You will experience a shift in perception and breakthroughs enabling you to see yourself and your life differently.
Seating is limited
OCTOBER WORKSHOP – THE TAO OF FORGIVENESS
OCTOBER, 2017 – DATE TBA – Pride Center at Equality Park
If forgiveness is something you do – and keep doing – but never seem to get to the other side of, this Workshop is for you…
A focused workshop delves into the Taoist approach to forgiveness that will open your heart. The “Tao Te Ching,” is a brilliant and inspired sacred text penned 2,500 years ago. An ancient text that has everything to do with your modern world. Let this introduction to these Eastern teachings about forgiveness amaze you.
Fee: $15 at the door
2017 SEPTEMBER TAIZÉ – A COMMUNITY EVENT
Friday, September 22nd, 7:00 – 8:00pm @ Main Hall, Shubert Building, Pride Center at Equality Park
Through the elements of music, meditation, candlelight, prayer and readings we take you on a journey to opening your heart and centering your soul. An experience unlike any other that will move you towards your wholeness in a setting that is at once holy, sacred and mystical.
An amazing hour of sacred power that includes guided meditation, candlelight, music, readings and silence you will quiet your busy mind and connect to your loving heart. Allow the healing flow of life energy to flow through your body and soul, and feel this connection to yourself, to Source energy and to your community more deeply than you ever imagined possible.
Absolutely everyone welcome!
WINTER TAIZÉ COMING IN 2017
Monday, December 21st, Winter Solstice Taizé
Suggested Donation: $15