July 9, 2020

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“Nothing living should ever be treated with contempt. Whatever it is that lives, a man, a tree, or a bird, should be touched gently, because the time is short. Civilization is another word for respect for life...”
―  Elizabeth Goudge,  Green Dolphin Street

ISD Oneonta has a celebratory service on the first and third Sundays of the month. Join us for prayer, contemplation, song, family and joy.

Welcome Home!!!

Our next metaphysical service is a week from Sunday, July 19th at 10am

Our emcee will be Rev. Kristen Niles and the homily will be delivered by our co-director and Ministerial Cleric, Amanda Hoover. Stay tuned to our next newsletter for all of the details!

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

This Saturday get out of the house and come talk to the trees!! Cognitive Agility with Trees is being presented by Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower, R.N. at the beautiful Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society Sanctuary. Join us outdoors, while still maintaining social distancing protocols, and see what the trees have to tell you!!
Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower
Saturday July 11th 1pm-3pm

Cognitive Agility with Trees

Marguerite Uhlmann-Bower, R.N,. and herbalist teaches us how to perceive the physical voice of trees and the influence this connection has on our daily lives. How can we tap into this phenomena that speaks? How can we better understand our relationship in the context of their intangible forces. Join us for simple tools to start the listening.
***Please note this will not be held at the Lotus Center! We will meet at the Delaware-Otsego Audobon Society Sanctuary, 52 Grange Hall Rd. Spur, Oneonta, NY. Click below for details***
General Tuition $35 ISD Members $30
To Register and for more information:
Thursday July 16th 6:30pm-8:30pm
The World's Baddest Rocks
We are so excited that the incredible Sue Miller is bringing us a 'Zoom Friendly' class!! You don't want to be touching these stones!! This is not a course on the "good-feeling" side of gemstones. Sue Miller, author, ghost hunter, and Gem Expert, from the Plaide Palette In Cherry Valley, will lead us in a class to discover the darker side of gems. Which ones to watch out for and what dangers and benefits might they hold?
General Tuition $35 ISD Members $30
To Register and for more information:
Thursday July 23 5:30 to 7:30pm and Thursday July 30th 5:30-7:30pm
Divination with Marie Inglee
This four hour class has been rescheduled to two consecutive Thursday nights, so that you don't have to miss out on the beautiful summer weather!! Divination is a practice that seeks to foresee or foretell the future or discover hidden knowledge through the aid of supernatural powers. Join Marie as she explores various methods of divination through activities, games, and self-discovery sessions.
TUITION: $70/ or $60 for ISD Members
Currently 22% Off = $55 General Tuition or $47 for ISD Members
Beginning Tuesday July 28th 6pm to 7:30pm
Allowing Abundance
This circle will meet monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month starting July 28th, 2020
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.
Coming Soon:
Keep watching the newsletter, Facebook, and ISDoneonta.org for registration details

Coming in August:
Two Thursdays August 13th and August 27th
Psychic Boot Camp with Rev. Diana and Renee
The name sounds a little scary but this is always a lot of fun. This two part class will gently challenge and intuitively guide you towards enhancing your psychic gifts. Lots of 'exercises' but no sore muscles!!
 22% special limited time price of $55 general admission or $47 for ISD Members

Saturday August 15th 12 noon to 2:30pm
Healing and Intuition
One of our favorite people, Diane Foster, has agreed to take this popular class to the 'virtual road'. This will be a Zoom format and we can't wait!!
General Tuition $35 ISD Members $30
Coming this fall, our healing certification program begins with a lot of great classes and instructors. Start thinking about whether you are guided to be an ISD certified healer and even if you are not these are still great classes to join! Details will be coming!!
We have Online Development circles!!!!
Choose your circle!!
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
ISD Development Circles:
Come to one, or two, or join them all!!

Monday Evenings 7-8:30 pm ....
The Art and Science of Intuitive Development
I ntuitive 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 storyducey@gmail.com

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 info@dianafriedell.com
More Info about Diana:

Thursday Mornings 10-11:30am ....
Dream Message Circle
J oin 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 storyducey@gmail.com

Monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month 5:30-6:30 pm ....
Path of the Magdalene Meditation Sessions
Next circle is Thursday July 16th
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

Don't forget that we are here for you during these challenging times
The ISD Adult Education Committee implemented some changes to tuition, as a way to assist people who might not be able to afford our classes and workshops given the current challenging financial climate.
We have discounted some of our standard prices and have even given you the option of registering for free! Yup, free!
  • When you click on the registration page, you will find an option to take the class at suggested prices (quoted) and there will also be an option to register for free
  • We also will be offering a 'Donate' button on the event landing page so that you can 'pay what you can' or donate the tuition for someone less fortunate.....
  • If there is a course that you have already taken, but you wish to attend again, we are offering you the option to 'review' for half price
Check out our July 2020 events calendar on ISDOneonta.org for more upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.
A Note From the Editor

Please join ISD Oneonta in welcoming Amy Gallop to the team. Amy has joined ISD as our new Social Media Director.
Since the advent of Covid, we have expanded our social media presence. It has been an honor meeting and connecting with more of you across the state, the country, and even the globe.
But, we really need Amy's help!! She will be helping us to reach as many people as possible. If you haven't done so already, make sure that you like and follow us on Instagram and Facebook so that you don't miss anything:

I am still looking for any favorite prayers that really speak to you (or original ones!!) please email to reneeranke@gmail.com for consideration as a part of a new ‘Prayerful Message’ that we will be sharing weekly on Facebook.

Also, if you come across any good news articles that you think would work well in the ‘And the Good News Is’ section of the newsletter….I would love you to send those along too.

And please, any comments or input on what you would like to see in this newsletter is always welcome. I look forward to hearing from yo u!!



I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
by Joyce Kilmer
And the Good News Is!!!!!

Looking for some inspiration during this time? Ally Sutton-Pyle was kind enough to share this Diana Cooper site with affirmations, invocations, and mantras. We could all use a little of this self care. Check out the site Here

As of July 8, Beijing reported its third straight day of no new cases of coronavirus. Check out the Reuters article Here

Great Britain has opened up its museums and art galleries. Read the Guardian article about the 'great reopening' Here

Read about the 'three musketeers' who steered the country of Georgia into experiencing fewer than 1,000 reported cases of covid and only 15 deaths in a country with a population of 3.7 million. The BBC article is   Here

Okay, here's a good one!! Tiny antibodies found in alpacas could hold the key to neutralizing the virus and aid in suppressing a second wave of infections. Yup, I said alpacas!! Read the Independent article about a study carried out in Sweden and South Africa and the alpaca, Tyson, who is being studied Here

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!
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 l ink:

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: www.dianafriedell.com
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! Dian a!
Your gift helps to sustain Oneonta's first Metaphysical Church and learning center. . .