June 2, 2022

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

Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.

-Jonathon Huie
Next Metaphysical Service

June 5th, 10 am

In Person at ISD Headquarters &

Homily: "Finding Faith when the World is Falling",
by Rev. Diana Friedell
Emcee: Rev. Amanda Hoover

Or watch the simulcast of homily on 

ISD Leadership Changes
Welcome to Rev. Story Lucile Ducey, who has accepted the role of “Co-Director” of ISD Oneonta. Story is taking the place of Rev. Amanda Hoover, who has served as Co-Director, and Director for ISD since April of 2020. Although Amanda is stepping down from that position, to spend more time building her business, "Net of Love”, and to be with her children, thankfully, she is still serving as a minister and on the faculty of ISD Oneonta. Amanda, a certified school counselor & administrator, Reiki Master & life coach, has been part of a powerful team who we gratefully acknowledge for helping to lead us through all the changes that the pandemic required of us. Amanda designed the COVID Safety plan for ISD to be in compliance with NYS & CDC regulations in order for our business to re-open after the shutdown, in August of 2020, and made innumerable contributions to the direction & expansion of ISD Oneonta through the Adult Education Committee planning of new classes, overseeing the research on grants we qualify for, and helping with publicity and social media. If you'd like to thank Amanda, email her at netofloveiam@gmail.com.

Our new Co-Director, Rev. Story, will serve alongside of her co-director, Rev. Diana Friedell, who continues as Pastor of ISD Oneonta. Story came to us in 2018, with a broad background in metaphysical teaching and leadership, both on the college & community level; interfaith ministry and many years of experience teaching & helping to lead the Metaphysical Center of New Jersey. She will easily step into this role, as she has been a valuable Senior advisor for ISD Oneonta, has served on the board, and is a popular teacher since she arrived, as well as co-chair of Adult Education. 

Rev. Renee Ranke shifts away from her Many Roles. . . 
Renee Ranke, who has served as Minister, Office Administrator, Board member, and newsletter editor since April of 2020, and as Co-Director of ISD, since September of 2021, stepped down from those roles as of April 1st. We have been so blessed by her amazing computer know-how, her inspirational writings, and devotion to ISD. Remarkable Renee has been an integral and influential part of our leadership team, a fabulous teacher, and we credit her with taking many of us through zoom training, & google Drive training, so that ISD Oneonta could continue to grow, despite the Pandemic and resulting shutdowns. As with both Amanda and Story, her counseling to our friends and family at ISD, as well as support of the infrastructure and leadership team, have been innumerable. Luckily for us, Renee will continue to serve as Minister, Faculty and Director of the Intuitive Practitioner Program, as well as co-chair of Adult Education. But this SHIFT will give her a little more time to develop her business, and establish her presence in her hometown area. 

New Newsletter Editor!
Welcome to Carla Finn, a founding member at ISD Oneonta, retired R.N., and student in the Healing Practitioner Program, who has taken the reins from Renee Ranke, and is placing her own unique stamp and fun ideas to the designing of the newsletter. The newsletter has gone to twice a month, rather than every week. If you have ideas, and would like to be part of a newsletter committee, please contact Carla at mfblugrazz@gmail.com.

Quick View of What's Happening at ISD Oneonta

  • SOS! ZOOM Community Conversation & Prayer- Thursday, June 2, 5:30- 7:00 pm

  • ISD Tea Leaves and Social Hour- Saturday, June 5, 12:00 -2:00 pm

  •  Orientation to the Ministry Program- Thursday, June 9th,  5:30 - 7:00 pm

  • ISD Board Meeting-Friday, June 10th, via Zoom at 6:30 pm

  • "Tarot 101- A Crash Course"- with Daya Parvati Saturday June 11, 12:00 - 5:00 pm

  • Reincarnation and Past Life Regression - with Rev. Story Ducey. Thursday, June 16, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

  • Magdalene Circle - Thursday, June 16, 7-8 pm

  • Reiki Level Two - w/JoAnn Saturday, June 18, 10:00 am- 5:00 pm
  • Starseed & EarthKeeper Series, Solstice Kickoff, Saturday, June 18, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

  • More details below.

  • Our previous Zoom homilies are available on our YouTube channel!  If you are looking for a little 'pick-me-up' or there is one that you would like to listen to, they are all there waiting for you at the link below

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Adult Education

Intuitive Practitioner Certificate Program

This is a rolling program, you may join in at any time.

If you are seeking a deeper spiritual connection with the ability to tune in to your own higher guidance for accurate answers to life path questions,

If you have a firm commitment to your spiritual awakening, with the desire to gain self-understanding as well as to guide loved ones, clients, as well as yourself, with your intuitive gifts,

then this program is for you. . .

Here is a link to the required course work to complete the program:

SOS! ZOOM Community Conversation & Prayer

Thursday June 2, 2022 5:30 -7:00 pm

The world is experiencing waves of intensity right now. It seems like we are in a battle of good vs. evil with a series of horrific shooting events and on top of that, a horrible war in Ukraine. Our hearts are broken over the loss of so many innocent lives. Time to check in. . . How are YOU doing? We know these are very challenging times, and ISD Oneonta is here for you. Come join us on ZOOM for a check in, dialogue & prayer with our ISD Ministers, members and friends. We will be led in prayer, and discuss "rescue" tips and techniques to use when the "S.O.S." call goes out! Bring your own favorite techniques, affirmations and prayers to share, that someone else may benefit from.

Uvalde: A Prayer Vigil for the Victims
Sponsored by The Hunger Coalition of Otsego County
The Murdered, Their Families, Their Community, and Our Nation
Thursday, June 2nd, 6:00 PM 
Christ Church Cooperstown 
46 River Street 
Cooperstown, NY 13326 
Less than two weeks after the Buffalo massacre there is another senseless mass murder. People of all and no faiths will gather together to honor the memory of those taken from us and in prayer for all those left behind -- which really is all of us.
The Prayer Vigil will be live-streamed, then available afterwards on Christ Church’s YouTube channel at 
For more information please contact:
Richard Sternberg
ISD Tea Leaves and Social Hour 

Sunday June 5, 2022 12:00 - 2:00 pm
124 County Highway 58, Oneonta, NY

Join us for this free event of High Tea and demonstrations of tea leaf readings. There will be an option to purchase raffle tickets to win private readings with ISD Staff. Proceeds from the raffle will help benefit the Hunger Coalition of Otsego County. ISD is affiliated with The Hunger Coalition.

Free Introduction to the Ministry Program
Thursday June 9, 2022 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Those who are called to service know who you are. An ordained minister at the Institute knows that they are destined to serve the metaphysical and spiritual needs of others. Rev. Diana & Rev. Story explain the requirements of the program & expectations of ministers and ministerial students. We find our own pathway by helping others to find theirs

ISD Board Meeting

Friday, June 10th, via Zoom at 6:30pm

The Board of Directors is the governing body for the Institute for Spiritual Development in Oneonta. 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.

"Tarot 101- A Crash Course" with Daya Parvati

Saturday, June 11, 2022 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
124 County Highway 58, Oneonta, NY 

Build your intuitive skills using divination via the Tarot Deck with mystic Daya Parvati. This is an intensive study designed to learn the basics, so that upon completion you are comfortable and confident to read for yourself and others. Learn the road map of the tarot so you can read from any deck.
Stay until 6pm to play and practice at the Oasis, poolside!

Reincarnation and Past Life Regression with Rev. Story Ducey

3 Thursdays: June 16, June 23, June 30, 2022, all 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Attend in person or on Zoom.

Ever felt this has happened before, Deja Vu? 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 is a three class series that examines our soul's curriculum. Gain insights, join the fun!

Highlighting the Magdalene Circle
Magdalene Circle

June 16,, 7-8 pm
(Monthly-every 3rd Thursday)

Mary Magdalene: Beloved of Jesus, Scorned Woman, First Apostle, Teacher, Healer, Oppressed, Dismissed and now – Sainted

Who was she?

Explore her life and journey:

• learn more about the Divine Feminine
• learn about Mary Magdalene’s spiritual Path of Devotion
• explore ways to dive more deeply into your own Path of the Magdalene .

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. Meditation sessions are an opportunity to join together monthly to activate the healing frequencies of Mary Magdalene in your own life. 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.

Dale Capristo is an energy practitioner focusing on Reiki Sessions and Magdalena Energy sessions at Luminosity Reiki. She is passionate about sharing with others techniques for holistic healing and balance. Dale is a Reiki Master Practitioner active with Reiki since 2006, and a certified Magdalena Healing Practitioner since August 2018.

Reiki Level Two
with JoAnn

Saturday June 18, 2022 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

124 County Highway 58, Oneonta, NY 13820 

Reiki, a form of energy healing, is an ancient practice that is used to reduce stress, improve health and quality of life, and supports physical and emotional healing. Reiki level two expands upon these healing abilities.

Lightseeker's Discount

Are you committed to your spiritual unfoldment and to expanding your intuitive skills through regular practice with a like-minded supportive community, under ISD Faculty’s excellent tutelage?

Introducing the Lightseeker’s Discount:
For a donation of $40/month you may attend any & all OPEN Development Circles throughout the month. That's up to 15 circles a month!
If you attend 3 circles a week, the normal suggested donation for the month would be $120, and with the Lightseeker’s Discount, you pay only $40.
Please mark your donation (at the donation button on the website home page) as being for the monthly ‘Lightseeker’s Discount’.
Join us during the week for our 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 Please click below to make a donation to ISD and note what circle the donation is for

Introducing the “Lightseeker’s Discount”:
For a donation of $40/month you may attend any & all OPEN development circles.
eligible for the Lightseeker's discount are
 written in green below* )

Weekly Development Circles:

2:30pm-4pm EST

* Learning & Psychic Development Circle

With Renee Ranke. These experiential intuitive development circles are designed to be a place to step away from the weight of the everyday world. Click below for additional information and the Zoom link.

email interest or questions:mysticalmomentsremembered@gmail.com
5:30-6:30 pm EST

*Wise Wednesday Meditation and Intuitive Development Circle

Facebook Live meditation and Zoom intuitive development circle with our own pastor and co-director, Rev. Diana Friedell
Click below for additional information:
RSVP to Diana info@dianafriedell.com

10-11:30am EST
and also
7:30-9pm EST

*Dream Message Circle

With Rev. Story Lucile Ducey. This circle is dedicated to receiving, recording and discussing the messages many of us are receiving in our ‘night school journeys.’
Click below for additional details
RSVP to Story storyducey@gmail.com
If you plan on joining the evening circle, please RSVP to Story by the night before (Wednesday Night)


Monthly Circles:

3rd Thursdays
7-8 pm EST
Next circle is Thursday June 16th

* Path of the Magdalene Meditation Sessions
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.
Click below for additional information
RSVP to Dale to receive the Zoom Link dalecapristo@gmail.com
1st Friday 
6:30-7:30pm EST
Next circle is Friday June 3rd

* Multidimensional Happy Hour

With Rev. Amanda Hoover. Join your guides and higher self for an all natural HAPPY HOUR party in the higher planes with Amanda. Our carefree lighthearted higher guidance and connecting with like-minded souls is a great way to go into the weekend feeling rejuvenated and full of loving vibration.
Click below for additional details and Zoom link

Weekly Groups
Group Participation Price: $10/Session, payable directly to Story Ducey. (Not part of Lightkeeper's Discount Pass)
Contact Story for more information
7-8:30pm EST
Oracle Group

With Story Ducey. This experimental group will focus on deep meditation for healing and renewal and seeking guidance, teachings and homework from Spirit.
Click below for additional information:
email interest and to get the Zoom link:storyducey@gmail.com
7-8:30pm EST
Evidential Mediumship Group

With Story Ducey. This is an Advanced Group recommended for those with some classes or experience under their belt.
If you join in, you will be working under Story's expert tutelage- practice receiving evidence and message work in a friendly group.

email interest and to get the Zoom link:storyducey@gmail.com

Check out our June 2022 events calendar on ISDOneonta.org for upcoming events and remember to like and follow us on Facebook to see our events posted there.

Our Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations

This newsletter is distributed on the Thursdays prior to the ISD Sunday Services (1st and 3rd Sundays of the month). Connie had prepared an astrological forecast, which included last weeks information, but unfortunately the newsletter was not in sync with the Forecast's release. Never miss an up to date forecast, which can be found on Facebook and Instagram.


Have you been releasing for quite some time now? As space opens up in your energy field for new creations have you been allowing, receiving, and welcoming in the new energies? More of our DNA is coming online. Gemini is really helpful in getting our minds to go along with new paradigms. This mental, air sign will help quiet our ego, which fears for its existence and fights for its survival.

This year the Sun's transit in Gemini can give everyone an assist in versatility, adaptation, and acceptance. The inevitable changes we are all dealing with are just that much easier to implement with Gemini season beginning. The "personal planets", Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars are going to be taking turns in Gemini between now and July, with Mars starting a long stay in August.

These are the dates:
SUN - May 22-June 21
MOON - May 29-31
MERCURY - (Because of a retrograde this transit is in two parts.) Apr 29- May22 and Jun 13 - July 5
VENUS - Jun 22 - July 17
MARS - (due to a retrograde this is an exceptionally long 7 month transit.) Aug 20, 2022 - Mar 25, 2023

Now, I am going to suggest an expansion of what has heretofore been associated with Gemini. The constellation is called, "The Twins." It is highly visible in our New York sky in the northern hemisphere from early November until mid-June. The twin stars are bright Castor and Pollux, both visible to the naked eye. 

Castor is actually 6 stars, comprised of three binary systems. It looks white with a blue tinge. Pollux is golden colored. They have varied characteristics and mythology in the world's cultures. The one commonality is that they are two of something - having strong connections to each other. 

I think, in this time, Gemini and the twins will be helpful in another way. Joining your physical, Earth-duality self to your higher self. That is not the joining we normally think of. Much of the time we are trying to find commonality with something outside of us. Wisdom tells us to look WITHIN for love, harmony and cooperation. THEN we will find it outside ourselves.

Furthermore, consider STAR LIGHT AS A HELLO FROM THE PAST:
Let us expand our thoughts to time and distance. I ask you to exercise your imagination now, something I mentioned last week as an underappreciated aspect of Gemini. 

The star Pollux is 34 light years away. THE STARLIGHT WE SEE NOW WAS BORN/GENERATED IN 1988. 
We were in our first year after the Harmonic Convergence of 1987. (For those of you who are unfamiliar with this, it was the time when the entire human population on Earth were asked while in the sleep state if we wanted to continue life on Earth, or end the experiment.) 

Would we experience the expected Armageddon, or go on past the 2012 Galactic alignment into the Aquarian Age? We voted to continue, knowing we were attempting something never before accomplished. (A planet ascending while the population was still present on the surface.) REMEMBER, in all that broad expanse of the Laniakea Supercluster I showed you last week, no other planetary population has achieved what we have! You are more courageous and adventurous than you know.

NOW, the light we see this year from Pollux can serve as an enduring beacon from the time we all decided to LIVE! This time we are deciding HOW WE WANT TO LIVE.

The light we see now from Castor is 50 years old. It was born/generated in 1972. We were ending the very unpopular Vietnam war, were in the Watergate scandal, and only months away from Roe v Wade decision in January, 1973. Now we have cycled back around for another look at similar situations.

Can we find inspiration from these Gemini twin stars for a solution to our current situation that finds our country and world in turmoil? Will this light help us choose love and cooperation? Maybe it can! We can ask…
The stars are visible for a few more weeks in the northwestern sky, low on the horizon, right after sunset. They will return again in early November.


VENUS transits into Taurus May 28th until June 21st:
Wonderful placement for Venus. She rules Taurus. Beauty, grace, and artistic vision is present here. Emotionally rich. Stable in a lovely way. Earth resources are enhanced. Shadow side to watch for is laziness, gluttony, and stubbornness.

NEW MOON in Gemini on May 30th. This will close out as active a month as we have had in awhile. The Solar and Total Lunar Eclipses will likely have brought some things to your attention. What are you ready to declare complete? What do you wish to develop further? This Lunar placement will help join your head and heart together in an emotionally intelligent way. 

Once more, remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. Sit in quiet repose. Breathe in love and light. Try to bring your imagination out to help you as often as possible! May you find your Godspeed.

I met a wonderful new friend recently who had some interesting observations concerning the value of Astrology in an online discussion forum. For her, there is none. She does not believe in allowing unseen forces to tell her when to do something, or what someone will be like according to the Star positions on their birthdate. She feels we have free will at all times. If I were to sum up what I think she was trying to get across, it was that, for her, Astrology feels restrictive.

This is a credible, thoughtful position to have. I couldn't agree more with the basic idea that, "We create our own reality." It was the unwavering premise of our shared beloved teacher/guide SETH, channeled by Jane Roberts from 1963-1984. I think my new friend is also thinking about our position regarding the collective consciousness and the nature of mass events. We have within all of our systems and cultures a shared general agreement about meaning and significance. We also have the free will and individualism to say, "NO, this is not valid for me!"

If you find yourself reading these columns, then I can safely assume that you are already feeling there is value for you, or you are curious. It cannot be stated often enough that you must apply your own discernment at all times. Take what seems valid and helpful, ignore what does not.

I think of Astrology as a template. It is available as a framework for my activities. It feels empowering for me, rather than restrictive. I encourage you to think of Astrology and the Cosmos, on which its information is drawn, as your assistant, friend, guide, etc. There is no MUST here. There is HELP if you want it. 

THIS NEXT IS CRITICAL; If you look up at a constellation or Star and feel something different than is described, go with your own intuition! If you are reading an interpretation of an Astrological theme and you sense its meaning is different for you, go with that. YOU MAY HAVE ANCIENT EXPERIENCE TO DRAW ON THAT IS FAR SUPERIOR TO WHAT IS BROADLY ACCEPTED AS ACCURATE!  

All the Astrological signs, houses, planets, aspects, transits, etc. contain opposites in the form of positive and shadow characteristics. We are in a duality plane, trying to bring balance into our lives. Even those who we think of as Ascended Masters found themselves presented with difficulties. Astrology systems provide a great deal of assistance with both shadow and light when they present themselves. Wisdom is available to enhance love/light, and also, to transmute shadow.

We live in a Space/Time reality that is somewhat cyclical - in the nature of an upward spiral. No two events are identical, but they do show up in ways that seem familiar. Planetary returns, aspects, sign changes, transits, all offer you guidance when you find another chance to experience something again. Your Soul loves you enough to repeat some life events with similar energies and ask you, "Do you want to experience this differently this time? Is there a better way? Will you proceed with a different perspective or core belief this time? If the experience was positive, are there even more riches to be gained from it?"

I believe that each Planet and Sign has a sentient, vibrant personality associated with it. The full range of Archetypal energies are represented. The cyclical patterns provide for timing to be considered. Not that you can't explore and create anything at any time, but that there may be some times when it will all go more smoothly. There may also be some times when addressing a challenge AT THAT POINT IN TIME will be more difficult, and ultimately take more effort than it was worth. Additionally, the energies are available to everyone at all times. It is the cosmic solar winds and magnetic forces in our Solar System and we all feel them. Bear in mind, EXTRA emphasis is present when the energies match your natal star and planetary positions. Those dates are your Natal Returns.


The MERCURY retrograde in Taurus ends on Jun 3rd. While direct in Taurus the mental processes tend to concentrate on resources, both material and monetary. This also encourages the mind to get back to basics. What is truly important.


In these early years of the Aquarian Age the sign of Cancer is going to undergo much scrutiny and likely, quite a bit of shifting. The trend of this age is to find balance between the masculine and feminine. Up to this point, Water sign Cancer qualities, ruled by the Moon, have been assigned largely to the feminine; Nurturing, Devotion, Family, Sensitivity.

Asteroid CERES is in Cancer. This is associated with motherhood, familial protection. This is a nurturing placement for home and family. The mythology is of Ceres, the mother, rescuing her daughter, Persephone, from the underworld. This asteroid is the traditional image of motherhood and femininity.

Now enter the wildcard in astrological BLACK MOON LILITH - This is a complex figure in myth and astrology. It can be measured in four different ways. All of them deal with the unacknowledged or historically vilified side of the feminine. Human cultures have assigned the role of the wild, unpredictable, evil - yet deeply powerful, feminine to various figures. The feminine that does not conform to strict roles gets swept under the rug. In our current time we begin to redefine the feminine. Such troubling and unfair treatment no longer serves. This is where a new, more nuanced look at LILITH comes into play.

Black Moon Lilith is the calculated mean location of the Moon's orbit, the Apogee, that is farthest from the Earth, hence, "in the dark." How it is calculated is not as important as that it be acknowledged. This transit is in Cancer now from Apr 14, 2022 - Jan 8, 2023.

LILITH is that part of the feminine in all of us that will not be ignored any longer, the part that says, "I AM! Don't make me evil and don't expect me to submit. I have a place in the psyche." She has DEEP POWER. DO NOT FEAR HER. She is the feminine who has many talents to contribute to the world and wants to be allowed to explore them without being labeled evil and selfish. She knows that it is ultimately not good for the world for her to submit forever.

Black Moon Lilith will be with us in Cancer for another 6 months. We will explore her further this year, because it is time!

Be courageous. Hold on to the light. May it help you find your Godspeed.

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.

Did you know that there are other ISD chapters?
It all began with ISD Sparta NJ!
Now there are also chapters in Madison NJ, 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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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

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:

Looking for some easy ways to donate to ISD Oneonta?
You can donate your cans and bottles or set up a donation when you shop with Amazon

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:
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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!
Pictured above-Kimberly Winsor

ISD Oneonta Board of Directors

Kimberly Winsor - President
Tom Landon - Vice President
Sali Dellysse - Treasurer
Jaya Buckland - Secretary
Susan Owens - Trustee
Christene Springle - Trustee
Maggie Kilbride - Trustee
Story Ducey - Trustee
Jo Ann Wormuth - Trustee
Diana Friedell - ex officio

Our ISD Leadership
Shown left to right, Rev. Diana Friedell, Rev. Story Ducey
Diana Friedell - Pastor, Co-Director
Story Lucile Ducey, Co-Director
Adult Education/Programming Chair
Ministry Training Program
JoAnn Wormuth Healing Program Director
Renee Ranke - Intuitive Practitioner Program Director
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