December 31, 2020

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.”
― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

Join us this Sunday January 3rd, 2021 at 10am on Zoom for our metaphysical church service

Our homilist, Rev Diana Friedell with her homily:
"2020: Swept Away"
Ministerial Cleric, Amanda Hoover will be the emcee for this New Year celebration

Join us on Zoom at the below link or watch us streaming on Facebook live

*ISD Board Members, don't forget to stay on for our monthly board meeting immediately following the service*

Topic: ISD Oneonta Sunday Metaphysical Service Jan. 3rd
Time: Jan 3, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Wishing You Peace and Joy in 2021
We wouldn't have made it through this challenging year without you!
So please accept our sincerest Gratitude. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
To old friends and new ones found this year...may blessings of love and light permeate your 2021! We are so excited about what is to come for ISD Oneonta

Don't forget to register to join us Saturday for our New Year's Spiritual Retreat and Messaging Event (info below)

Let's get the New Year started right!

New Year's Spiritual Retreat and Messaging Event- Bye-Bye 2020! Don't let the door hit you on your way out

Join us on Saturday January 2nd, 2021 from 1pm-4pm ,via Zoom, for our annual New Year's Spiritual Retreat
This will be the first year that we do this virtually, but it is always a really popular event, so be sure to register early
Join us in creating closure for 2020, burning regrets from the past, and bringing new light to your intentions for 2021.
We will experience Rev. Diana's unique guided meditations, ceremony, ritual, and messaging.
Time away from the world, time to reflect, release the past, & manifest your dreams.
Each Participant will receive their own psychic message. What might your Spirit Guide be waiting to say to you? Sit back, relax and tune in.

Saturday January 2 from 1pm-4pm Zoom link sent upon registration
$35 General Admission
$30 ISD Member Rate

Update: A memorial service for Rev. Sue Landon, retired ISD Pastor, who left this earthly plane on Nov. 23rd, 2020, will be held via ZOOM on Jan. 30th, at 2:00 pm. Details to follow

Please see the Lewis Hurley Pietrobono Funeral Home website to view the beautiful obituary, just completed by Sue’s niece Callie Porter-Borden, and to leave a note of condolence, or memories for the family. 

Please help us to keep offering quality classes, beautiful metaphysical services, and engaging development circles by clicking on the donate button below to make a donation to ISD Oneonta.
No amount is too small! If you are a member making a pledge, please mention that in the comments
Adult Education

Saturday January 16,2020 10am-12pm EST on Zoom

Tuition :
$30 /$25 ISD Members

Inside of each of us exists a connection to the Divine. Automatic writing or spirit writing, is a form of divination. A method of tapping into that divine connection and channeling the words and wisdom of Spirit, Loved Ones, Guides and your own higher self.
In this experiential class, Psychic Medium Renee Ranke, will lead us through a look into the history of automatic writing and provide tips, tricks, and methods for tapping in to your own 'spiritual inkwell'.
We will learn how automatic and inspired writing can be utilized as a tool for tapping into your own spiritual connection.

Coming in February, stay tuned for details:

"Self love crash course:" with Amanda Hoover

Show yourself some love!
Awaken to conscious creation by becoming the architect and wisdom keeper of your inner temple.
A Four Part Series with Amanda Hoover, Life Coach, and Co-Director at the Institute.
Details coming!

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 January 21st
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

Check out our January 2021 events calendar on for more upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.

Auld Lang Syne
Robert Burns - 1759-1796

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne
And surely ye'll be your pint stowp!
And surely I'll be mine!
And we'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne
We twa hae run about the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine;
But we've wander'd mony a weary fit,
Sin' auld lang syne.
We twa hae paidl'd in the burn,
Frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin' auld lang syne.
And there's a hand, my trusty fere!
And gie's a hand o' thine!
And we'll tak a right gude-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.

And the Good News Is!!!!!
  • Check out This touching My Modern Met article about the winner of the Community Choice Award in the 2020 Ocean Photography Awards. The beautiful picture, a romantic shot of two widowed penguins looking out over a pier in Melbourne Australia will just warm your heart. 
  • And there is nothing more beautiful than the voice of a toddler. Let Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son, Archie say Happy New Year to you and try to keep the smile off your face! This The News article talks about the twitter controversy regarding his accent being American or British. But I say, it really doesn’t matter. Listening to the short podcast with Archie and his parents is just a wonderful way to start out the New Year!
  • Leading a toast tonight? Check out This Oprah Mag article filled with toasts and blessings for the New Year. And as Oprah herself said, “Focusing on one thing that you are grateful for increases the energy of gratitude and rises the joy inside yourself. Here's to a more joyful year for all."

The below 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!
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:

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. . .