September 24, 2020

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”
― Hans Urs von Balthasar

Next Metaphysical Service Sunday October 4th, at 10am EST on Zoom
Stay tuned to next week's newsletter for full details and Zoom link

Please help us keep our doors open by making a donation to ISD Oneonta by clicking below. No amount is too small! If you are a member making a pledge, please mention that in the comments
Adult Education

We are so excited!!
Our Fall 2020 Lecture Series,
"Metaphysically Speaking",
kicks off on Thursday October 1st

Well, ‘lecture series’ doesn’t really do this program justice….it is about more than just listening to a lecture.
These workshops are designed for us to Learn, Share, Grow, and Heal….together. The focus is on tuning in to our psychic ‘superpowers’, both individually and collectively; discovering our innate strength and letting it guide us through these unprecedented times.
Click on the titles below for links to register or for more information on each session. If you would like to take advantage of the special 20% discount for all eight sessions, please register at the link for the first session 'Lotus and Tumbleweeds'.

Tuition for each session:
$15 /$10 ISD Members

Or Register for the whole 8-Part Series:
$120/$80 ISD Members
Special 20% discount:
$94/$64 ISD Members

Thursday Oct. 1st 5:30-7:00pm EST
The beautiful lotus roots and thrives in the dirtiest mud; Tumbleweeds blow with the wind and find a new place to grow roots. Meet the teachers as they discuss the tools that they lean on to find grounding and to thrive during these chaotic times
Your Instructors:
Story Lucile Ducey, Renee Ranke, Diana Friedell, Amanda Hoover, and Kimberly Winsor

Thursday Oct. 8th 5:30-7:00pm EST
Prayer. Our spiritual 'phonebooth'. By dialing in through our telepathic connection Story shows how to use this gift to find support and peace during troubling times.
Your Instructor:
Story Lucile Ducey

Thursday Oct. 15th 5:30-7:00pm EST
During these challenging times being sensitive can be hard. This workshop will delve into clairsentience and look at tips for harnessing your sensitivity as a psychic tool rather than a controlling force
Your Instructor:
Renee Ranke

Thursday Oct. 22nd 5:30-7:00pm EST
If it's real does communication continue? Science, Signs and near death experiences; including guided meditation to meet with your loved ones in spirit.
Your Instructor:
Diana Friedell

Thursday Oct. 29th 5:30-7:00pm EST
Join us on a virtual trip to Mexico for el Día de los Muertos and then we’ll travel back home to celebrate our own ancestors…..they always love a good party!!
Your Instructor:
Renee Ranke

Thursday Nov. 5th 5:30-7:00pm EST
In this life changing book by Gregg Braden we look at how we create our own reality through imagination, expectation, judgement & prayer.
Your Instructor:
Amanda Hoover

Thursday Nov. 12th 5:30-7:00pm EST
Awaken to conscious creation by becoming the architect and wisdom keeper of your inner temple.” 
Your Instructor:
Amanda Hoover

Thursday Nov 19th 5:30-7:00pm EST
What if we could change stuck or unsatisfying areas of our lives for good?  Learn specific techniques for identifying & clearing root causes of these issues that may be seated in our past or current lives, and then re-patterning them for our highest good.
Your Instructor:
Kimberly Winsor

Sunday Series Continues:
Remaining dates:
Sunday October 11th 10am-12pm and Sunday November 8th 10am-12pm

Reincarnation and Past Life Regression
This exciting three part lecture series will be held on the second Sunday of the month through November.
Rev. Story Ducey; Academic Philosopher, 35 year Teacher of metaphysics, and Medium, takes us on a journey to discover past lives that have created patterns of behavior & prompted choices that still affect our lives today. 
This series taps into our collective group energy, and provides a safe setting to actually take guided journeys into your past realm. Together we will discuss the regressed memories experienced, & why and how it still has influences over our life. In the process, you will re-acquire blocked strengths to help meet your current goals.
Each class will have a Talk and guided past life regression with discussion. Course is open to all levels, from Novice to Avatar.

Full Series:
General Tuition $65 ISD Members $55
One Session:
General Tuition $25 ISD Members $20
Two Part Class: Part 2: Tuesday September 29th 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Fundamentals of Meditation
Join our own Pastor and Co-director Diana Friedell as she leads us into discovering meditation as a key to emotional balance, healing and stress relief. Lowering blood pressure, relieving stress symptoms, speeding up healing time, reducing anxiety, not getting sick as often- these are just some of the meditation benefits proven by science. Diana makes meditation easy- whether you've meditated in the past, and want to re-vamp your practice, or you are just starting out, you will reach transcendent states of connection and oneness with Diana's unique guided meditations.
General Tuition $70 ISD Members $60
we are offering a 22% special limited time price:
$55 General Tuition or $47 for ISD Members.
Coming In October:
Keep watching the newsletter, Facebook, and for more details!!

Saturday October 17 3-6 pm
with Kimberly Winsor

Kimberly Winsor, RPP, LMT, teaches us the ins and outs, the do’s and don’ts of muscle testing- a technique used much like dowsing, using ones own body to cipher out truth for any given situation. Answers come in a yes/no format, so attention is paid to learning how to ask questions, with lots of fun practice

Saturday October 24th 11am-12:30pm
with Edie Quinn
“Enhancing the Sacred in Your Life and Home with Altars and Shrines” with Edie Quinn
Altars are a power point to draw spiritual and supernatural strength to our lives and homes.
In this two part class, Edie Qunn will show us the altars she has created and get us started on building our own home altars.
Part II will be on Nov. 7th at 11 and will give us show and tell time with the altars we have made.

We have open Online Development circles for anyone looking to further their spiritual and intuitive growth!!!!
Join one/two/or join them all!!
Take your pick. We have meditation and messaging or 'dream weaving'....please join us and tap into your own spiritual connection

 Suggested Donation for these circles is $10
We understand that many are suffering with financial stress during this time.
No amount is too small and no amount is required!! Please click below to make a donation to ISD and note what circle the donation is for ISD Donation PayPal
ISD Development Circles:

Monday Evenings 7-8:30 pm....
The Art and Science of Intuitive Development
Intuitive Development Circle under the leadership of Story L. Ducey, "the Ivy League Psychic".
Story connects Scientific Research into consciousness studies, and the human energy field. Helping us to understand how our bodies are wired for telepathy and intuition. Lots of practice with intuitive techniques, and more. .
This is a healing/meditation Zoom circle every Monday night
RSVP to Story

Tuesday Afternoons 2:30pm-4pm....
Learning and Psychic Development Circle
These experiential intuitive development circles are designed to be a place to step away from the weight of the everyday world. Our own little spiritual oasis where everyone, regardless of their experience level, feels comfortable learning, discussing, and unfolding their connection to their own psychic and mediumistic gifts. Let’s join together in the spirit of Love to explore, communicate and develop!!
Each of the circles, facilitated by ISD ministerial cleric Renee Ranke, will begin with a discussion and learning segment that changes weekly. Renee will then lead us in a healing guided meditation directed at receiving your own personal message from Spirit. And we will finish up the session with group messaging work.
Click below for additional information and the Zoom link
email interest or questions to Renee at

Wednesday Evenings 5:30-6:30 pm....
Wise Wednesday Meditation and Intuitive Development Circle
Zoom meditation and intuitive development circle with our own pastor and co-director, Rev. Diana Friedell
Return to a sense of Body, Mind, Soul balance and connection with your Spirit helpers. Refresh and renew with a unique guided meditation. Diana, an Intuitive Development Teacher and Psychic Medium for the past 20 years, will lead us in different practices and exercises to allow our own abilities to unfold and continue to develop in a like-minded group. Open to anyone, at all levels of development. We have a lot of fun, and discover the best way to approach our sessions is by saying "I don't know what I don't know!" and "I am open and ready to receive."
Click below for additional information:
RSVP with interest in attending this circle to Diana at
More Info about Diana:

Thursday Mornings 10-11:30am....
Dream Message Circle
Join a Meditation and Intuitive Development Circle with Rev. Story Lucile Ducey. This circle is dedicated to receiving, recording and discussing the messages many of us are receiving ( and trying to recall!) in our ‘night school journeys.’
Click below for additional details
 RSVP to Story

Monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month 7-8 pm....
Path of the Magdalene Meditation Sessions
Next circle is Thursday September 17th
Path of the Magdalene Meditation sessions are an opportunity to join together monthly to activate the healing frequencies of Mary Magdalene in your own life. Mary Magdalene embodied the highest qualities of the Divine, unshakeable faith, unwavering courage, love in action. Each month a quality of Mary Magdalene; faith, tenderness, intelligence, and more is explored and activated. Deepen your experience of Divine Feminine energies and connect with like hearted souls to share your experience.
Join us to create an energetic field for a personal encounter of the Magdalena Energies within.
Click below for additional information and the Zoom link

Monthly on the last Tuesday of the month 6pm-7:30 pm....
Allowing Abundance
Next circle is Tuesday September 29th
This circle, facilitated by Elke Saal, will meet monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month.
Based on the Abraham Hicks teachings and using principles of intention we will deepen our understanding of allowing abundance into our lives. As “Like attracts Like” we need to feel what we desire emotionally before it can manifest into the reality that we prefer. We will strengthen our intentions for abundance with the support of the group energy field.
Check out our September 2020 events calendar on for more upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.
Laughter Came From Every Brick
St. Teresa of Avila

Just these two words He spoke
changed my life,

“Enjoy Me.”

What a burden I thought I was to carry –
a crucifix, as did He.

Love once said to me, “I know a song,
would you like to hear it?”

And laughter came from every brick in the street
and from every pore
in the sky.

After a night of prayer, He
changed my life when
He sang,

“Enjoy Me.”
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Ready for a smile? Meet Aston, the French bull who thinks that he is a show horse!! Read the Good News Network article Here and don’t forget to check out the video at the end to generate the biggest smile!!

  • Walmart launched a pilot program in Las Vegas delivering Covid-19 tests via drone. Although only limited to homes within a one-mile radius of its North Las Vegas store, it is still a pretty interesting article. Read it on CNN. Com Here

  • Another one to generate a smile! Check out This Washington Post photography blog detailing quarantine through the pictures and words of Neil Kramer, a writer and photographer from Queens, NY, who is spending quarantine ‘holed up’ with his mother and his ex-wife. 

These links will remain here so that you will easily be able to find them if you have a need:

  • Do you or someone you know need some assistance with mental health issues or coping during this pandemic period. 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 of this time.

  • Do you have coronavirus questions? Here is an interesting article from CNN that may answer some of them. Questions like, "When are people with coronavirus most contagious?" and "How safe are public restrooms?"
Got Bottles & Cans to return?

ISD has a CLYNK account at Hannaford in Oneonta. 

How can I help? 
Go to the Lotus Center, 41-45 Dietz St., and even if the door is locked, you will see stickers in the plastic flyer display holder on the wall to the LEFT of the Door, under the prayer flags.
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.

Thank you to all who have brought in your 5 cent returnables for us to return, and to Connie Lull for delivering to Hannaford.
We have built up about $160 for ISD just from returning our cans!
Thank you!

Help us to raise the money to pay ISD National for our hymnals.
You are invited to dedicate an ISD Oneonta hymnal in the name of a loved one. For a donation of $35 a custom bookplate will be permanently placed in a hymnal. 
You may dedicate it to the Memory of a friend or loved one who has died; OR you may present it "in Honor of:" a living friend or loved one, who you would like to honor- as a gift to mark a special occasion, or just to thank them.

Simple to do, click on the below link, fill out the form, and press send!
A note from Rev. Diana

Members and Friends:
Wanna Reach out to friends in your church family?
Susan Owens is has taken on the task of starting a church directory through an online app called InstaChurch, and a few of you have replied to her already about your preferences.

All members are automatically in the directory, but only with the information that you provided when you joined the church.
A reminder that the Directory is Completely Private- passcode protected, will only be able to be seen and accessed by people who are in the directory- ISD Members and friends.

Please email Susan Owens if you would like to be included in the directory, but haven’t formally signed up to be a member yet;
or if you do NOT want to be in the church directory.
You will very soon have the opportunity to see the directory and check your listing, and send any corrections to Susan at
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, Jo Ann Wormuth at the below ISD website link:

Not an ISD Oneonta member? Think about joining our family

Any previous members who still haven't renewed.....Renew your membership NOW at ISD on line here : ISD Membership Renewal
Rev. Diana Friedell, Pastor & Co-Director A popular area medium and psychic for 17 years, graduate of Fellowships of the Spirit, Lily Dale, NY & SUNY Oneonta, Rev. Diana is astounding in her commitment to bring the Institute to Oneonta as a gathering place for all who want to explore their own Divine nature & expand intuitive gifts. I look forward to chatting with you! 607-433-2089
See my brand new website! Thank you Dan Afriacano:
Also available for private phone readings/consultations during these changing times.

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Our ISD Leadership
Shown Amanda Hoover, Co-Director

Amanda Hoover - Co-Director w/Diana
Story Lucile Ducey,
Adult Education/Programming Chair
Ministry Training Program
Renee Ranke – Adult Education/Programming Co-Chair
& Newsletter Editor
Jo Ann Wormuth Developing Healing Certification Program to start in September!
Many more new leaders are stepping up. . . more to come
Founding Pastor, Rev. Sue has retired to concentrate on her healing right now. If there is anything we can do she will let us know. But meanwhile, the strong leadership at ISD continues to build on 3 years of groundwork for this amazing institution. We could use your help. If you can volunteer to help with the Bookstore, hospitality, ushering, building maintenance, website, office tasks, shopping- Just call or email! Diana!
Your gift helps to sustain Oneonta's first Metaphysical Church and learning center. . .