January 26, 2023

Next Metaphysical Service

February 5th, 10am

"Remember Who You Are"

Homily by Rev. Renee Ranke

Rev. Story Ducey, Emcee

In Person at ISD Lotus Center or

on ZOOM at this Link. . .

or watch the simulcast of homily on 


Psychic Messages for some participants are a regular part of our Sunday Service.

Followed by Hospitality

“A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on her own wings.” — Anonymous

Upcoming classes and events...

Meditation for Mystics- Pt 3 of 3 with Story Lucile Ducey

Thursday January 26, 2023 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Via Zoom Meeting- get link when you register.

Meditation is a self-care practice that allows us to quiet our minds, calm our physical bodies, and go within to reach a heightened level of awareness. This three-part class looks at the art, the history the science, and the magic of meditation from three unique perspectives. You will become adept at your meditation practice, which is essential for tapping into our intuitive and psychic abilitites.

In Part 3, with Story Ducey, "the Ivy League Medium”, weaves together mystical Judaic, Christian, and Eastern perspectives & practices within the context of modern scientific research into 'Consciousness Studies'.

This a required course for the

Intuitive Practitioner Certificate Program,

however you don't need to be enrolled in the IPCP program to take the course. This course is open to anyone who is developing their intuitive gifts. Sign up by February 2nd to get a 10% Discount onthe whole program!


Manifest Your New Year- New Earth Magical Reality, w/Amanda Hoover

Saturday January 28, 2023 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

In person at Lotus Center or via ZOOM (map)

“What do you WANT in your life in 2023?”

Rev. Amanda Hoover, Life Coach, Spiritual Counselor, and ISD Minister leads us in releasing old programmed limitations and guides us in manifesting our 2023 intentions by learning how to access flow state for daily miracles, synchronicities, and magical moments of awe and wonder. On the waves of love energy, we will learn a whole new way of creating our divine birthright.

General Tuition Includes Lunch: $87

ISD Member Rate Includes Lunch: $72

Register to attend in person at the Lotus Center or Via ZOOM at the link below


ISD Board Meeting

February 5, 2023 11:45 - 1:30 PM

 The Board of Directors meet on the first Sunday of every month, via Zoom. The Board of Directors is the governing body for the Institute for Spiritual Development in Oneonta. All major decisions will need to be ratified by the Board. New policies are reviewed and set, the treasurer's report is reviewed and financial decisions are voted upon. The board determines the direction that ISD takes, and plans for its future. If you have some ideas you would like discussed, you are welcome to email Kimberly Winsor, the President of the Board, to see if it can be added to the Board Agenda. Visitors are welcome to attend and observe, but do not have the privilege of voting. There will be a time for public commentary, if you are not on the agenda.

Board members include President, Kimberly Winsor; Vice- President, Tom Landon; Treasurer, Sali Dellysse; Secretary, Carol Callahan, Trustees: Susan Owens, Christine Springle, JoAnn Wormuth, Sherri Barton, Connie Lull

"Activating Psychic Pathways" w/Renee Ranke Part 1

Thursday, February 2 & 9, 2023 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Via Zoom Meeting- get link when you register. . .

“My Spidey Senses are Tingling!!”

Renee Ranke, Psychic Medium & ISD Faculty, orients us to the pathways through which we receive the psychic information that helps us guide our daily decisions. In what ways are we receiving messages, reading energy, and experiencing those things around us that we cannot physically hear, see, or touch.

This course is open to all Seekers empowering themselves to sharpen their intuitive gifts during these challenging times.  It also meets a requirement for the

Intuitive Practitioner Certificate Program

however you don't need to be enrolled in the IPCP program to take the course. . Sign up by February 2nd to get a 10% Discount on the whole program!


"Activating Psychic Pathways" w/Renee Ranke

Part 2

Thursday, February 9, 2023 5:30 - 7:00 PM

 Unwrapping Your Gift of Spiritual Sensitivity.. See above.


 "Midday at the Oasis" Social Time!

Friday February 10, 2023 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

ISD Lotus Center 124 County Highway 58, Oneonta, NY 13820 (map)

Gather in with us at the new Lotus Center, on the 2nd and 4th Friday between 12 noon and 2pm for light lunch, laughter, & library time. We will at long last link together with all of those we have only seen on zoom for the past year! Yahoo! The Lotus Center is now located at 124 County Rd 58 (Hemlock Rd.), Oneonta, at the home of Tom Landon. Please let Tom know by 9am on Feb. 10th if you plan to drop in! Enjoy Casual conversation with fellow members and friends of ISD Oneonta. In the warm weather we will be poolside! Bring a dish to pass if possible, but don’t worry if you don’t have one- we just want to SEE you!

Peruse the ISD Members’ library, choose to take out a book on an array of metaphysical topics, including dream interpretation, channeled guides to life, dealing with loss, and much more.

We also have a set alone Edgar Cayce collection with more than 50 books written by Edgar Cayce, his son, Hugh Lynn Cayce, and many interpretations and commentaries from other authors.

Contact Tom Landon if you would like to attend: (240) 285-8011


Psychic Readers, Energy Healers, Craft Vendors, Workshop Ideas & Presenters now being sought for the April SHIFT NY Holistic & Psychic Fair. Early applications encouraged - over 500 fairgoers expected, registration includes free publicity of your business & website.

More Info/to Register for Vending . . .

CHECK OUT SHIFT New York on Facebook. . .



ISD Oneonta is committed to keeping ourselves accessible to our public and sharing the gift of our offerings with those interested, even through hard times.

To that end a Scholarship Fund has been started and you can read about it hereWe are so happy to have helped at least 8 people to attend classes who otherwise might not have been able to attend since last August. This past month we used up that last of what was in it, but are committed to rebuilding it as we can!  As you register for upcoming classes, you may note a link to the scholarship tab on our website inviting those who may have the wherewithal to contribute directly to that fund. We believe that helping new people attend our classes, irregardless of financial position, is a direct reflection of our ISD Principles in action. If you feel so moved, please make a contribution at paypal.me/ISDLotusCenter, and make a note that it is for the Scholarship Fund.

Time to Renew Your Membership

ISD Oneonta is here thanks to love and support of our ISD Members! We couldn't do this without you!

We are excitedly heading in to our seventh  successful year and we can't wait to see what is ahead for ISD Oneonta.

This is the time of year where we ask you to renew your membership and pledge. Please do so at your earliest convenience, because the finance committee needs these figures to draft next year's budget. At the same time please let us know your hopes and dreams for ISD.

Existing members can access the 2023 pledge renewal form Link: https://www.isdoneonta.org/membership-renewal-2023

And if you are not a member, but you are interested in becoming one, you can find information on joining us. Link: https://www.isdoneonta.org/becoming-a-member

Thank you for co-creating this amazing metaphysical learning center & church with us. Our classes, services and events have helped many people find their own way and their spiritual tribe. We will review our successes from the previous year and goals for the next at our annual meeting in April.

With Love,

Diana Friedell, Pastor

ISD Oneonta

Rev. Story Ducey, Co-Director

Sali Dellysse, Treasurer



Please note:

There is a new mailing address for ISD Oneonta.

We didn’t need the larger PO Box we were paying for, so we

started the year off with a new smaller PO Box to save money

The new address is:

P.O. Box 332, Oneonta, NY 13820

Please change your address book. (Delete PO Box 1266)

Thank you!

Check out our February 2023 events calendar for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook, to see our events posted  February calendar HERE.

Prayer Warriors

Just a reminder that we are continuing our Prayer Warriors group, every day at 5pm we pause to pray and send our healing energies where they are most needed right now

Each day at 5 PM EST, we will pause for about 10 minutes and meditate and pray with the intention of sending healing energy to all.

You do not have to be present each day. Requests for healing or suggestions should be submitted to our Healing Program director, JoAnn Wormuth at the below ISD website link


Malala Fund

Our holiday fundraiser for this holiday season is still open and receiving donations directly to the organization in our name. The Malala Fund was selected as a cause near and dear to all of our hearts as it enables girls to receive an education in places where it is the most out of reach. The Malala Fund is a non-profit that also runs campaigns to empower young women to become leaders in their own cultures and traditions.  Click on the button below to be sure your donation counts toward the total that ISD Oneonta is raising.

 ISD Oneonta members, under the leadership of Kimberly Winsor and Ally Sutton-Pyle, have challenged ourselves during the holiday season with a fundraising goal of $500 to go to the Malala Fund, a charity that is raising funds for girls to be able to go to school, a privilege that is either banned or financially out of reach in many countries. The Malala Fund is an international, non-profit organization that advocates for girls' education. It was co-founded by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate, and her father, Ziauddin. Read more on Wikipedia. Or read more about Malala Fund here. Help us meet this challenge to ISD Oneonta!

Click on the button on the ISD Website here to be sure your donation counts toward the total that ISD Oneonta is raising.

Our Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations


We are approaching two sign changes soon. March will find Saturn, followed by Pluto, ingress into Pisces and Aquarius respectively. These two signs will naturally stretch our perceptions. What do we care about? How much more can we understand and imagine about ourselves? What is our place in the world and universe beyond?

I now invite you to find wonder and inspiration from viewing some things from a different perspective than you may have before. I will present a combination of established facts, my own material, and some adventurous exploring in some of our ISD circles to tease your imaginations.

The world view that I filter this column through is a belief that we are very important members of a Cosmic community. We specialize in exploration. In service to this, I believe that we gave ourselves several divination systems that were meant to be dynamic. That is to say, they can and will grow along with us as our understanding and proficiency increases.

I have exhorted you to physically view the stars. That comes from a firm belief that you can personalize your own Astrology to some degree. You can add to the wisdom derived from understanding your birth chart. You may get different messages from a planet, star, or sign corridor than is the generally accepted interpretation. I believe you will be applying your own unique wisdom to implement in ways that only you can achieve.

Years ago I received information about our eyes. The timing was just a few days before the 2012 Celestial/Earth event. I was attending an Earth-Keeper event in Arkansas. At the time I was experimenting with visual viewing of sunlight as it danced across water. It seemed very obvious to me that it was a form of light language that was coded in a way my conscious mind did not completely understand. I recognized something significant was happening, just not exactly what it was. My heart seemed to know more. I was guided to just watch, don't try to understand. I was "told" that the cells in our eyes are ANCIENT. They are different than other cells and can direct messages to the deeper unconscious, communicate with the DNA our scientists have labeled junk DNA, and release information to our conscious mind when it is needed. (If, by any chance, someone has Impaired vision, I believe they still take in stimuli, just in a different way.)

Hence, this phenomenon is also at work when you are viewing the stars.

Now let's cover some established facts. In astronomical terms, light is measured in light years. Light travels 5.88 trillion miles in one year. The closest star visible with the naked eye in the northern hemisphere is Sirius, the Dog star, at 8.6 light years away. The is 50.5 TRILLION miles away! Next, let's shift to the farthest our eyes can see unaided. That would be the Andromeda Galaxy M31 within the Andromeda constellation. This is our sister galaxy at 2.5 million light years away. That is 2.5 million multiplied by 5.88 TRILLION miles. That falls well beyond what most of us jokingly term a gazillion, which is a rather universal term to describe unimaginably large numbers or, in this case, distances.

I am guessing you have thought, or heard someone say, that the stars seem so close that you can reach out and touch them. That is the larger part of your soul being that instinctively knows you are vast in your greater reality. I suspect that many people think of their soul as something large and grand, but their physical body as something much less spectacular. The light travels here to your physical eyes, but you might consider that the reverse can also be true. THE REACH OF YOUR PHYSICAL BEING CAN BE SENT OUT ALONG THE SAME LIGHT BEAMS. YOU ARE PARTICIPATING IN A TWO WAY EXCHANGE! I INVITE YOU TO PARTICIPATE CONSCIOUSLY.

This is one of the ways your physical being can participate in its own Ascension. Also the breath, the voice, your fingers. Send information back in whatever way you feel guided to. I believe that the more you do this the more you will activate your dormant DNA.

A friend very kindly passed the picture above on to me, that she got from her friend. He was attempting to capture the green flash at sunset. Look at what his camera did capture! Notice the flock of geese flying across the center of the scene. This is a perfect example of what I mean when I ask you to extend your imaginative reach. The logical brain cannot likely expect something this spectacular unless it stretches its expectations.

I would like to relay a message received during meditation in a recent ISD circle.

I imagined that I was inside a sunspot. Strange, yet familiar, sensations were coming to me. Multiple languages being spoken layered on top of each other. My skin felt as if it was receiving electrical data from the sun itself. My conscious mind became amazingly comfortable in NOT actively participating. It seemed as though the languages were speaking to my cells and DNA.

This was the message that came through:

"Keep connecting all realms. Keep finding the weave, the common bonds from the tiniest microbe to the greatest universes and deities that you can imagine. All is connected and possesses the potential to be equal. The All in the All. We are one."

I saw brilliant colors across the star field, similar to those in the photograph. They responded further regarding my imagery:

"Dynamic, living, GOD IN ALL FORMS.

The star beings are transmitting absolute contentment. Great progress has been made. Love expands in the light and the dark. BE AT PEACE!"

Do you or someone you know need some assistance with mental health issues or coping. Here is a link to the US Department of Health & Human Services that will provide you with resources and tools to help deal with the stress

What is the Institute for Spiritual Development?

It's both a metaphysical church and an educational center originally founded 40 yrs ago in Sparta, NJ. With the belief that all paths lead us Home, ISD is dedicated to helping each spirit walk their path with courage and joy.

We stand for each individual’s right to seek their own personal Truth, as they respect the same right for others. We honor the sacred texts of all traditions of the Light.

The Oneonta NY chapter of ISD was Lovingly created by Rev. Diana Friedell & her sister Rev. Sue Landon. We are now led by a powerful leadership team, and executive board.

ISD is a spiritual community that focuses on healing and intuitive connection, and the joy of finding the spirit connection within rather than being told how it should or could be experienced.

We welcome those who want to belong to a spiritual group of like-minded people, in which you can explore and find your own path in a community of love and support.

There are classes, services, events, and a sense of community and fellowship. Energy healing and intuitive messages are delivered as a regular part of the worship service. Classes offer many tools which will help you on your life path, and the community we are creating together is one of openness and acceptance, and the ability to adapt with change and growth.

Welcome Home!!!

We could use your help. If you would like to volunteer to help with our Metaphysical Library, event planning, service planning, website, office tasks, or anything else- Just call or email! Diana!

Did you know that there are other ISD chapters?

It all began with ISD Sparta NJ!

Now there are also chapters in, Washington DC, Treasure Coast Fla, and of course....right here in Oneonta NY.

We would ALL like to welcome you to our new Institute for Spiritual Development Facebook group:

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Institute for Spiritual Development International

Together we shine love and light to souls around the country and around the world with education, metaphysical services, healing and community.

We support YOU in your quest to explore, build, and develop your own spiritual connection.

Got Bottles & Cans to return?

ISD has a CLYNK account at Hannaford in Oneonta. 

How can I help? 

Email Tom Landon at tlfandon51@gmail.com and he will give you a time to pick up stickers at our new ISD headquarters.

Take one to put on each bag that you are bringing to Hannaford- Ask someone there where the bags go. With that correct tag on it, the bottle deposit money goes directly into the ISD Oneonta Account.

Shopping through Amazon?

Use AmazonSmile and choose Institute for Spiritual Development, Oneonta NY as your charity and we will get a donation from Amazon each time you shop.

How to use AmazonSmile on a web browser:

  • Visit- smile.amazon.com
  • Sign in with the same account you use for Amazon.com
  • Select Institute for Spiritual Development Oneonta, NY as your charity
  • Start shopping! Remember to checkout at smile.amazon.com to generate a donation for ISD

How to use AmazonSmile using the Amazon app on your mobile phone:

  • Open the Amazon Shopping app
  • Navigate to the main menu (=)
  • Tap on Settings and then select “AmazonSmile”
  • Select Institute foSpiritual Development Oneonta, NY as your charity and then follow the on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app
  • Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a donation for ISD

Pictured above-Kimberly Winsor

ISD Oneonta Board of Directors

Kimberly Winsor - President

Tom Landon - Vice President

Sali Dellysse - Treasurer

Connie Lull-


Susan Owens -


Christene Springle - Trustee

Connie Lull - Trustee

Story Ducey -

Ex-Officio Member

Jo Ann Wormuth - Trustee

Sherri Barton


Carol Callahan


Diana Friedell - ex officio

Shown above Rev. Diana Friedell, and Rev. Story Ducey

Our ISD Leadership

Diana Friedell - Pastor, Co-Director

Story Lucile Ducey, Co-Director

Adult Education/Programming Chair

Ministry Training Program

JoAnn Wormuth – Healing Program Director

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