March 3, 2022

The Institute for Spiritual Development
Oneonta Chapter
A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development
“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Join us for our Metaphysical Service in person or on Zoom
this Sunday, March 6 at 10am.

Our homilist will be Rev. Amanda Hoover and Rev. Diana Friedell will be our emcee.

We are excited to announce that this service will be live at the Community Room in the Southside Mall, Oneonta and also on Zoom with a portion simulcast on Facebook Live.
See below, under A Message from Your Pastor, for more information from Rev. Diana.

To join via Zoom click on the below link:

Full Zoom Details:

Topic: ISD Oneonta Metaphysical Service First Sunday of the Month
Time: Mar 6, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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A Message from Your Pastor
Calling One, Calling All. . .
On March 6th we will be Gathering Together for an in-person service, simulcast on ZOOM, at long last!
Please meet us at the "Community Room” inside the Southside Mall for our 10am Sunday Service. We can’t wait to see you in person! Even though mask mandates have been limited, and COVID transmission rates are low for Otsego County, we ask that you wear your masks during service, until the ISD Oneonta Board has a chance to vote on a change to our current policy. There is a lot of space to socially distance in the Community Room. If you are concerned about your own vulnerability, you may like to leave prior to Hospitality, when many will be taking masks off to eat or drink.
Important Directions to get into the Community Room:
First of all, scout it out ahead of time, prior to Sunday morning to get oriented as to where in the mall its located. The Community room is located catty corner to the interior entrance to J.C. Penney. There used to be a shoe store there.
Second- On Sunday, movie theater side entrance of the mall in the front is locked until 11:00 a.m.. You Cannot enter there. You can either park in front and enter starting at 9:30 am at the center front Main Entrance, between Applebees & Subway, which will be open only for those attending the service. OR Instead, as you face the mall, you will drive around to the right past Dick’s Sporting Goods to the back of the mall, and drive on the back road to the bumpy parking lot just before JC Penney on the back side- Park there and Enter THE BACK SIDE MAIN ENTRANCE that brings you into the hallway by the bathrooms, pass by the bathrooms, see JC Penney on your right, and the Community Room on your left with the black curtains hanging in the shop windows. Continue in the mall until you see the “cage” door to the community room on your left and enter there. Please make every effort to arrive on time or early, because that main cage door will be closed for privacy once the mall opens.

Love and Light,
Rev. Diana Friedell

Meet, eat and greet. . .
“. . .As is traditional, we have a Hospitality Hour after the Sunday service. If you are interested in bringing a little something to nibble on, to our gathering at the community room, please let me know (607) 432-8289. Coffee,tea, and water will be provided. Snacks such as cookies, cut up veggies and dip, or something else that you would enjoy sharing would be awesome and would add to the comradery of our ISD Community. Thanks ahead of time for the lovely eats!🕊💝” – Rev. Maggie Kilbride, Hospitality Chair

ISD Church Board Meeting-
Sunday, March 6th, 12 noon at the Community Room, and via the zoom link.
All are welcome to attend and observe, but don’t have the privilege of voting. If you have ideas that you would like discussed, please email Kimberly Winsor, Board President ( to see if you can be added to the agenda. There will be a time on the agenda for public commentary.


What's Happening at ISD Oneonta?

  • Tonight, Thursday March 3 at 5:30pm, is Part 2 of Foundations 102: Harnessing Psychic Abilities with Rev. Diana Friedell. This is a required class for the IPP program, but open to anyone who would like to join

  • This Friday, March 4th from 6:30pm-7:30pm is the inaugural session of our new weekly circle Multidimensional Happy Hour with Amanda Hoover. See full details below under Adult Education Weekly Development Circles

  • Join us in person or on Zoom this Sunday March 6 at 10am for our Metaphysical Service. Reminder: Board of Directors meeting immediately following

  • Sunday April 3rd, will be our all Members Annual Convention to look over our accomplishments, plan for next year, and approve the budget, the Board Members. Save the date, this is your chance to have your voice heard!

  • If you attend regular weekly development circles, check out our new Lightseeker's Discount 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 relisten to, they are all there waiting for you at the below link.

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ISD Oneonta Membership

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 “Lightkeeper’s Discount”:
For a donation of $40/month you may attend any & all OPEN development circles throughout the month, from 2 to 15 circles.
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’.
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

Interested in joining our
Intuitive Practitioner Certificate Program?
This is a rolling program, there is always still time to join
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:

Thursday February 24th & Thursday March 3rd 5:30-7pm
Foundations 102: Harnessing Psychic Abilities
 It is said that we all have psychic abilities, but how do we harness and expand them? In this 2-part class, with Psychic Medium, Diana Friedell, learn the safe way of opening the door to intuitive messages, meet personal spirit guides in meditation, and learn the 7 Spirit Guides of Theosophy. Through fun games & exercises, develop confidence and clarity in your intuitive answers, both for yourself, and for others.

Thursday March 10th & Thursday March 17th
Foundations 103: Expanding Psychic Abilities
“Feeling is Believing!” Your new abilities continue to develop, w/Psychic Diana Friedell, with a profound expansion of our ability to feel & see someone’s aura, energetic state, and medical conditions. In part II we will learn to place events we perceive in the past, present and future to assist us in delivering spirit driven accurate messages.

Saturday March 12th
IET Healing Angels of the Energy Field
This is an in-person class with a limit of 10 register soon!
This amazing in-person workshop is for anyone who loves angels. Under the guidance of Integrated Energy Therapy© Instructor, and ISD Oneonta's Healing Program Director, JoAnn Wormuth.
You will learn how to energetically connect with nine healing angels, and develop a relationship with them which will assist you in your personal transformation.
Students will be provided with The Healing Angels of the Energy Field workbook to support their learning experience. Certificate of Completion will be granted.

Sunday March 13th, Sunday March 27th, Saturday April 30th, and Saturday May 14th all from 10am - 12:30pm

Self-care for Lightworkers
This Class is in-person at the new ISD Oneonta Headquarters
A required class for the ISD Oneonta Intuitive Practitioner and Healing Certification Programs, but open to everyone
Self-care for Lightworkers is an in-person 4-part series that will give students exposure to valuable resources and practices to be able to do just that....self-care. Kimberly Winsor, LMT, RPP teaches body and energy centered approaches to creating and maintaining clear, positive energy in yourself and your work environment, whether you are an energy healer, providing healing sessions for friends & family, or accessing your intuition for to provide intuitively received messages. Classes taught in person at ISD Oneonta headquarters.
If you cannot attend in person: Melinda Witter, from ISD-Treasure Coast, will be offering a Critical Self Care Class on ZOOM that will also meet the IPP or HPP Requirement. . . 
Thursday March 24th & Thursday March 31
The Swing of the Pendulum for Life Decisions
Dowsing with a pendulum, is one of the oldest forms of divination. It allows you to tune in to subtle universal energies for guidance. In Part I of this class, Judy Lynn brings you closer to your pendulum with a greater understanding of how it best works for you. In Part II Renee Ranke leads you on a journey to discover your own internal pendulum.
There is a required class for the IPP students, but open to everyone

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.
(Those eligible for the Lightseeker's discount are in green and marked with an asterisk 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
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
10-11:30am 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

6:30-7:30pm EST

* 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
Monthly Circles:

3rd Thursdays
7-8 pm EST
Next circle is Thursday March 17th
* 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
Weekly Groups

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

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

Three Words Of Strength
By Friedrich Schiller

There are three lessons I would write —
Three words as with a burning pen,
In tracings of eternal light
Upon the hearts of men.

Have Hope. Though clouds environ round
And gladness hides her face in scorn,
Put off the shadow from thy brow —
No night but hath its morn.

Have Faith. Where'er thy bark is driven —
The claims disport, the tempest's mirth —
Know this: God rules the hosts of heaven,
The inhabitants of earth.

Have Love. Not love alone for one;
But man, as man, thy brother call;
And scatter, like the circling sun,
Thy charities on all.

Thus grave these lessons on thy soul —
Hope, Faith and Love, and thou shalt find
Strength, when life's surges rudest roll.
Light, when thou else were blind.

Our Weekly Astrological Forecast

Connie’s Celestial Conversations

Those of us participating in ISD gatherings have come to each other having studied with various masters, utilizing differing methods. Our spiritual language has dialects. There is genius in the variety. What they have in common are the underlying patterns contained within that versatility.

I invite you to view Astrology in a similar light. Allow me to use common Earth based patterns to help illustrate this phenomenon. Textiles come to mind. View the weave of whatever clothing you have on. Look at the intricacy, the sheer beauty. Include the colors and patterns created by that weave. (There are several cultures where a spiritual message is placed within the fabric pattern.)
Now, look at your own skin, an animal's markings, the bark of any tree, the veins in a leaf or flower, etc.

The patterns that literally make up the minutiae of our physical world do not stop there. The beauty continues on by way of the Fibonacci Ratio and the Golden Sacred Geometrical Ratio. The energetic measurements of the Divination systems, and indeed the Cosmos of which we are a critical member continue on. The magnetics, electrical and crystalline grids, the plasma and antimatter of space are all connected in the majesty of your Soul's existence. You are on a Cosmic thread with "The Creator" at the other end, who knows when you vibrate that thread with your experiences.

Astrology is a road map designed to help you recognize your patterns and to understand the weave, the beauty and magnificence of your life.

The Stars this week:

The Capricorn season has now concluded. This month features two New Moons - Mar 2nd, and the Black Moon on Mar 31st. Three Planets are changing signs, and Conjunctions are still prominent and intense. Conjunctions increase the magnitude of the aligned planets. Following last Sunday's incredibly powerful 5 way conjunction is another series:
Mar 2nd - Mercury/Saturn (accurate, logical thinking), Moon/Jupiter (altruistic and trustworthy)
Mar 3rd - Venus/Pluto (sublime artistry) Mars/Pluto (enhanced willpower, courage) Moon/Neptune (prophesy, artistry, magic),
Mar 5th - Sun/Jupiter (lucky, generous, optimistic)
Mar 6th - Venus/Mars (unity, romance, generosity)
Mar 7th - Moon/Uranus - (genius, independence)

We are now beginning an Aquarius/Pisces emphasis. Venus and Mars both pass into Aquarius on Mar 6th together. They join Mercury and Saturn to form a powerful Stellium. We have a real opportunity for the balance of the masculine/feminine on a broad scale. This ability for a breakthrough in balance is possible within the self, between Nations, cultures, organizations, etc. The realm of Aquarius is the Macro. The World Wheel. Our creations begin as thought. The airy, mental aspect is very beneficial toward "the best for all", and win- win scenarios. Keep in mind that this is also accompanied by Saturn and Mercury who will insist on integrity in decision making and communications.

The Sun, Jupiter, and Neptune in watery Pisces puts the emotional fuel into a very hopeful window of time. Both the personal planets and 3 of the outer, world planets are together in neighboring signs. They are lined up to significantly help us.
The following are innate characteristics of Pisces:

Qualities: Water, Mutable (flexible)
Key Phrase: I believe
Key Word: Compassion
Virtue: Charitability

This is a good time for a leap of faith. Expect that everything and everyone is going to be fine!
May we all find our Godspeed.
And the Good News Is!!!!!

  • This Good News Network article is what we need to be reading right now. A recent “worldwide investigation into human goodness and thoughtfulness” found that the values of giving, compassion, and family are flourishing across the world, even in difficult times.

  • “The collective activity of life—all of the microbes, plants, and animals—have changed planet Earth.” This article details a paper, written at the University of Rochester and published in the ‘International Journal of Astrobiology’, which discusses planetary intelligence, or the idea of cognition on a planetary scale.

  • This is no longer the time that we live in. March 1, 1692 began the infamous Salem witch trials. This NY Daily News article provides some ‘little-known facts’ about these heinous witch hunts. 

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, Sarasota Fla, Treasure Cost 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, Jo Ann 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 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:
  • Visit
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  • Select Institute for Spiritual Development Oneonta, NY as your charity
  • Start shopping! Remember to checkout at to generate a donation for ISD
How to use AmazonSmile using the Amazon app on your mobile phone:
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  • Tap on Settings and then select “AmazonSmile”
  • Select Institute for Spiritual Development Oneonta, NY as your charity and then follow the on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app
  • Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a donation for ISD
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!
ISD Oneonta Board of Directors
Shown left to right, Kimberly Winsor, Rev. Amanda Hoover
Kimberly Winsor - President
Sali Dellysse - Treasurer
Susan Owens - Secretary
Tom Landon - Trustee
Maggie Kilbride - Trustee
Story Ducey - Trustee
Melissa Stagnaro - Trustee
Amanda Hoover - ex officio
Diana Friedell - ex officio

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

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