Sunday Night Unplugged celebrates nine years of meditational offerings

By Sally Neel
Special to The PREVIEW
In January 2009, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church began a new monthly meditational service it called Sunday Night Unplugged.
“We weren’t entirely sure how well this would go over, but my wife Sally and I felt that Pagosa Springs had a very spiritual quality about it. Whether it is the glorious venue of towering mountains and pines, the beautiful flowing rivers and streams, the freely roaming wild animals and soaring eagles or the people themselves who are so devotedly attracted to this amazing place, we knew that we had the basis for a very special meditational offering,” said the Rev. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s.
Nine years later, Sunday Night Unplugged has become a staple of our community, offering beautiful music combined with brief inspirational readings and silence on the second Sunday evening of each month. The setting at St. Patrick’s provides views of the San Juan Mountains on one side and the tall pines on the other. The altar is always adorned with flowers, candles and other visually lovely objects that offer a sense of calm and beauty.
But it is the music that is that encapsulates the ambiance of the evening. The music is not offered as a concert, nor is it a sideline or afterthought. Rather, the artists bring music that blends into the whole of the service. The music sets the atmosphere for meditation, bringing us into the holiness of the silence or readings that follow.
This Sunday at 5 p.m., Charles Martinez will offer the hauntingly beautiful music of the Native American flute that draws our hearts and minds towards the glory of creation. His handmade flutes are a spiritual extension of his offerings of original music.
A native of Pagosa Springs, Martinez grew up surrounded by natural beauty. His music evokes images of all that is mystical and lovely in creation.
The 5 p.m. meditational service lasts about one hour and is free and open to the public. St. Patrick’s is located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd.

This story was posted on February 10, 2018.