RMR Council Meeting 1/10/16

Attending: Roland Evans (Chair), Salomon Chavez (RH), Eli Dokson (Treasurer), Joanna Dokson (RH), Lianne Card (NH), Cedar Barstow (Vice Chair), Ruslan Feldman (RH), Rachel Amos (RH), Loretta Covert, Rohanna Muth. Next meeting Sunday 14th of February from 5:30-6:30 Regional Congress Testing: Best before National Congress, not in Ramadhan. Feeling needs to be inclusion and connection, not just business Timing: Prefer Memorial Day weekend Sat. 28th-30th. Other weekends in late May possible. Early June weekend not good for some members. Venue: Rohanna checked out Bosque Center—prices and facilities good but need to clarify if onsite childcare and children meals possible. Rohanna and Salomon will visit the Madonna Center—Roland to explore required group liability insurance with National Office Children and Families: Needs to actively include children and families. Need structured professional childcare onsite or close by. Women’s Gathering/Retreat Loretta Covert hosting a women’s Kedjiwaan meeting on March 4th-6th at her house in Crestone More information will be available in the Regional Newsletter coming out soon. Review of Council Proposals and Tasks in 2016 Spiritual Wellness: Regional Helper Visits: Men and women helpers visited Denver. Women helpers visited Santa Fe. Men helpers visited Albuquerque. Proposed RH visits in 2016: Carbondale, Phoenix and women … Continue reading

RMR Council Meeting 12/13/15

Attending: Roland Evans (Chair), Salomon Chavez (RH), Eli Dokson (Treasurer), Joanna Dokson (RH), Lianne Card (NH) Next meeting Sunday 10th of January from 5:30-6:30 1. Regional Census and Survey Census information sent to National Office Many members did not respond; others really appreciated the contact Some older members needing contact—suggestion that RHs have a few members to keep regular contact with (Joanna to organize) Need to remind regional members of the regional latihan: 7.00 on 2nd Sunday of the month. Put the date and time on the website (Roland).  2. Regional Congress National congress is on 6th July to miss Ramadhan (June 6th – July 5th). Other regions have congresses on Memorial Day (May 27th – May 29th) Testing shows it is better to have our congress before that date. Possible weekends: May 27th– 29th, June 3rd-5th, 10th-12th, 17th-19th, 24th-26th, July 1st -3rd. Dean and Rohanna are looking into venues in Taos and ABQ. Trying to keep the costs low ($100 per room, registration $500-$100) to allow more members to attend. 3. Regional Project Planning Group Members: Rohanna Muth, Simon Shima, Roland Evans, Sofia Nicoletti and Joanna Dokson First meeting in January 4. Regional Finances Funds in bank decreasing but still … Continue reading

RMR Council Meeting 10/11/15

Attending: Roland Evans (Chair), Eli Dokson (Treasurer), Joanna Dokson (RH), Lawrence Pevec (RH), Salomon Chavez (RH), Laura Lathrop, Ruslan Feldman (RH), Cedar Barstow (Vice Chair), Lianne Card (NH). Apologies: Rohanna Muth (sent email)  Next meeting Sunday 15th of November from 5:30-6:30 Contacting Regional Members Purpose: Help a sense of inclusion, talk to people at a deeper level, more communication Format: Start with regional members—allocate 5 names to each person to call. Ask the basic questions to start a conversation. Record answers and explore more. Process: Coordinate with the census? Contact members outside of your group. Roland and Cedar to organize Questions: What is most important to you in Subud? What do you want more of and less of from Subud? How can we in the region be of help? Reports from Regional Helpers Visit to ABQ: Oct 23rd-25th—3 men Regional Helper and regional chairperson. ABQ women members do not request a RH visit at present Article in Newsletter from the Regional Helpers Sign up for Bapak’s Talks by email: http://list.web.net/lists/listinfo/subud-bapaktalks-l  Regional Latihans: Regional Latihans have a different quality Expect involvement to be gradual—need to include and inform regional members 00 Noon on Sunday not convenient. New time will be 7.00 pm … Continue reading

Cedar Barstow – The Rocky Mountain Region’s Vice Chair

Cedar Barstow – The Rocky Mountain Region’s Vice Chair Here we are, Ren and I—at five years of marriage. We’re celebrating with a gorilla at the Carousel of Happiness in Nederland, Colorado. I had never heard of Subud before meeting Reynold Ruslan Feldman (Ren), although I later discovered that my former husband, Tom Daly, and his first wife were both active in Subud while they were attending the University of Colorado! Subud practices of latihan and testing as well as my wonderful Subud companions in Boulder are very meaningful and grounding for me. I come to Subud as part of a long spiritual journey starting with my youth in the United Church of Christ (UCC). My grandfather was President of the Hartford Seminary Foundation, perhaps the major UCC seminary. I then spent many years as a Quaker after graduating from Earlham College, a fine Quaker school in Indiana. I then dedicated 20 years to learning about shamanism, ritual, and the Christian Kabbalah from Elizabeth Cogburn and the Earth Song Ceremonial Community. Now Ren and I attend St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boulder. I’ve enjoyed working with Roland Evans as his and the RMR’s vice chair for the past year and … Continue reading

Reflections: National Congress 2015

Reflections National Congress 2015 Gatherings of this kind attract me because they form social check-in points with the greater Subud Community. I’ve attended Subud Gatherings at all five levels of organization since 1969. Most of my international travel experience has been related to these gatherings. They provide a sense of who we are and how we interact as a region, nation and part of a global community. Like everything else in our collective lives, they are evolving toward some unknown future for the role of Subud in the World. Rarely have I played an official role at Subud gatherings. A few times I was a chairman or helper or was asked to assist with one function or another. Most often I attended Subud gatherings as an observer. This time I was asked to represent the Rocky Mountain Regional Helpers. I was delighted that Roland Evans would be attending and would represent our region in his role as Chairman of our RMR Joint Council. The regional helper’s mandate is to assist regional members if situations related to their spiritual development and engagement with the latihan. This function played out in several personal and group testing sessions and discussions, not necessarily only … Continue reading

Nepal “A Community Moment”

The Caste System and Disaster Relief in Nepal by Hamilton Pevec “A Community Moment” The following is taken from the blog of Subud member Hamilton Pevec who lives in Pokhara, Nepal with his wife, Devika Gurung. Pokhara is about fifty miles and four hours’ driving time from the April earthquake epicenter in Gorkha. The earthquake took the lives of more than 8,000 people and injured more than 19,000. Hamilton is currently back with his family in Carbondale, Colorado. You can read the complete article from Hamilton in the SDI e-news. It made me feel like a good consumer spending a lot of money on relief supplies, over US $ 1,000 on tarps alone. One ton of rice plus 330 pounds of potatoes cost $470! Seventy mattresses and 35 yards of foam matting cost US$ 600. We got everything ready to go and booked a truck for 8 the next morning. By 10:30 it still hadn’t arrived. Then we remembered it was Saturday. The driver had told us he would be there; then he must have remembered he doesn’t work on Saturday but failed to inform us. We took the extra day to do more purchasing, arrange another truck and jeep, and … Continue reading

RMR Council Meeting 9/13/15

Attending: Roland Evans (Chair), Eli Dokson (Treasurer), Joanna Dokson (RH), Lawrence Pevec (RH), Salomon Chavez (RH), Laura Lathrop, Sophia Nicoletti Next meeting Sunday 11th of October from 5:30-6:30 Feedback from the National Gathering in CA Lawrence: Met with regional and national helpers plus an international helper Discussed common problem of lack of harmony in groups—agreed on need to create more social connection and community Impressed by creative aspects of the gathering and the energy around the wings—culture (SICA), charity (SBI) and enterprise (SES). Good latihans and testing of Ibu Rahayu’s questions—tests are only available at large gatherings, not locally Sophia: Felt harmony with helpers and members. Small group testing Wings were coming alive—more optimism about Arizona Ibu Rahayu’s test questions different for women—relationship with own mother. Roland: National Board of Directors asked what does our region want from the Board. One need is to know if a person is opened and a Subud member? (Salomon) Check with new directory and national office (Roland) Report from Arizona (Sophia)—approx. 30 members with some leaving the area Flagstaff: 2 men and 2 women—rent Quakers hall on Sundays and do other latihans in people’s homes—try to meet with isolated member from Sedona Phoenix: Rent … Continue reading