May 14, 2020

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development

Church is this Sunday May 17th at 10am

Our emcee will be ISD Ministerial Cleric and Co-Director, Amanda Hoover and our homilist is ISD Ministerial Cleric Maggie Kilbride.
Her homily, " A Blessing in Disguise" the new norm in the age of pandemic promises to be one that we all need to hear.

Please join us for contemplation, joy, and community..and we will throw in some fun along the way! There will be some fun chanting and singing from Tapash. Check out his upcoming classes . He is offering one this Saturday,

Join us on Sunday May 17th at 10am by clicking on the link below

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Password: 396942
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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 Here For You During These Challenging Times
The ISD Adult Education Committee met and came up with some ways to assist people who might not be able to afford these 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 below) 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 upcoming virtual events below and make sure to check back regularly as we have loads of exciting things in the works
Vedic Chart of Present Time
This Saturday May 16,2020 from 10am to 12pm
Don't miss out on this timely workshop looking to Vedic Astrology as a way to bring some clarity to our current times
Vedic Indian Astrology & COVID Workshop w/Tapash
Tapash, an Indian Astrologer & Tantric Yogi will lead us in understanding the World Chart during the Covid Pandemic to understand the influences of the Planets in prompting a pandemic. The chart for next few months will show how this might resolve. What can we learn about World Karma from this experience?
General Tuition: $35 or $30 for ISD Members

(check out that picture of Tapash being the 'See No Evil' monkey while visiting with a real monkey! Looks like spiritual retreats don't have to be boring! Ask him for the story during his class!)
The Next Two Thursdays: May 19 and May 26 5:30pm-7:30pm
One of Diana's most popular classes launches on Zoom
Fundamentals of Meditation Part 1 & II
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.
This is a two part class, so you want to attend both days.

Sign up soon as this is sure to fill fast!!!!
For registration and more details
**Discounted Rates**
This class will be offered at a special 22% discounted rate for a limited time, both days for $55 or $47 for ISD members or use the 'Free' Option at Registration and pay what you can through the donate button

Coming soon: Saturday May 23rd 10am-12:00pm
Back by popular demand!! More Tapash
Tapash, Vedic Astrologer and Tantric Yogi for 30 years, brings us an experience of Tantric Meditation.
Tantric meditation with mantras/hymns helps invoke the Universal Forces that shape our world: “Ha” Controlling Force/Planetary influences, “i “Intelligence, “A” Wisdom, “O” Enjoyment, “Li” Life Force, “Ri” Acton Force, “OO” Peace Force and “Aa” Love. Understand Durga by chanting her Mantras for the Protection of Society to develop Tejas: The fight against Selfishness, Ignorance and Exploitation

General Tuition: $35 or $30 for ISD Members

It's coming soon...sign up now!!! Saturday May 30th 10am-4pm

Divination with Marie Inglee

Divination: Tools for Discerning Messages from Spirit
Divination is a practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events, or discover hidden knowledge, usually by the interpretation of omens, or the aid of supernatural powers. Marie Inglee, writer & hand reader, will explore many optional ways of divination and types of omens, through hands on activities, games and self-discovery sessions.
TUITION: $85/ or $75 for ISD Members
We have Online Development circles!!!!
Choose your circle!!
Join one/two/or join them all!!
Monday evening, Wednesday evening, Thursday morning, or every other Thursday night. 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

Wednesday Evenings 5:30-6:30 pm .. ..
Healing and Harmony: Meditation & Healing Circle
ISDOneonta- Facebook Live with our own pastor and co-director, Rev. Diana Friedell
Weaving Balance & Harmony into our Life Path- Diana leads us on a unique Guided Meditation or shamanic journey to not only send healing to our friends and loved ones in these perilous times, but to connect with our spirit guides to get answers to our life path questions. Diana will also give psychic readings in answer to your questions as time allows. 
RSVP with interest in attending this circle to Diana at
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

Every Other Thursday Evenings 6-7 pm ....
Awaken your Divine Creator
Next Circle is Thursday May 28th
Join our new Co-Director, Amanda Hoover, for an interactive healing/meditation zoom circle every 2nd and 4th Thursday evening at 6pm. Amanda will lead the group in a metaphysical discussion about this current time and awakening as a divine creator. This will be followed by a healing/creation guided mediation for participants, incorporating techniques from both Zen Buddhism and Shamanic Journeying. Please send a message to us privately through Facebook messenger, including your full name and e-mail address, if you would like to participate.
Check out our May 2020 calendar on for more upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us;
It's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we're liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
---------------------- Marianne Williamson

ISD Oneonta Family News

Our condolences to ISD member, Judy Simmons on the loss of her mother this past week.
Our love and prayers go out to Judy and her family during this time. Mrs. Brenchley’s obituary can be found Here

We mentioned it way in advance and then we forgot to post it at the correct time! So Congratulations to our 'Musical Maestro', Tom Landon, for his recognition from the Otsego County Office for the Aging for being an amazing volunteer. He and the Wonder Dog, Poppy bring smiles to people on a regular basis!Read the Daily Star article Here

And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • Here is a sweet one!! Krispy Kreme is honoring 2020 graduating seniors with a free dozen doughnuts on May 19. Read the click Orlando article Here
  • The federal government is sending supplies of the first drug that appears to help speed the recovery of some COVID-19 patients to six states, where it will be distributed by health departments. Find the article Here
  • A woman living in Spain is believed to have become the world's oldest survivor of coronavirus after beating the disease at the age of 113. Read the Times Now News article here Here
  • The filmed version of the original Broadway production of "Hamilton" -- originally scheduled to hit theaters on Oct. 15 -- will now premiere on Disney+ on Friday, July 3. Find the Good Morning America article Here
  • Prayer in time of pandemic. It seems as if the world is slowly beginning to come back to life. But there is still need for prayer and contemplation. Jesuit has a Prayers During the Coronavirus Pandemic space with some wonderful prayers. Find them Here

THE ISD Oneonta Annual CONVENTION is Next Sunday June 7th

At this meeting we review our tremendous progress in the past year, celebrate our successes, set new goals & visions for where ISD is headed in the next year, and most importantly approve the ISD Budget for 2020-21
Let your Voice be Heard! If you want to VOTE at this meeting, you need to be a MEMBER! How do I become a membe r? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT!

Don't forget, it is time for our ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL:
Already a Member? Many have already renewed. . . how about you?
Membership must be renewed before the CONVENTION
Renew your membership NOW at ISD on line here : ISD Membership Renewal
Don't forget to join us every day at 5pm as we pause to pray and send our healing energies where they are most needed right now

Calling all ISD Energy Healers and Prayer Warriors

A message from Jo Ann Wormuth:
Our thoughts have great power. When we focus those thoughts in a group consciousness with a singular intention, miracles will happen.
As Director of the ISD Healing Program, I am seeking volunteers to come together as a family with a daily healing and prayer.
We will set an intention to transmute COVID 19 worldwide, pray for the well-being of our dear Mother Earth, and send healing to our friends and family members.
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 at the below ISD website l ink:

Jo Ann Wormuth
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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Exciting Updates to 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. . .