Mushroom Soup

Ingredients

  • 3 tbs butter
  • 3 tbs flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock (fresh, canned, or even bouillon paste)
  • 1 large yellow onion (don’t use Vidalia or other sweet onion)
  • 12 ozs mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 1-2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup grated cheese, gruyère, cheddar, swiss, or other firm and flavorful cheese (measure after grating the cheese).
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • salt to taste

Directions

The roux

  1. Melt the butter at medium heat in a medium sized, heavy bottomed sauce pan. When the butter is melted, whisk in the flour and let it bubble for about a minute to cook the flour, making sure that it doesn’t burn.
  2. Add the milk and bring the mixture to the boil, still over a medium flame and stirring constantly to make sure it doesn’t burn. (You can speed this process by preheating the milk in a microwave beforehand.) When the mixture has thickened set it aside.

The soup

  1. Mince the onion and slice the mushrooms quite thin. Grate the cheese coarsely and set it aside.
  2. heat a large, heavy bottomed saucepan and add the oil, onions and mushrooms. Sauté the vegetables until the mushrooms have absorbed the oil, then cover and sweat them until the juices come out. At that point, remove the cover and fry them some more until liquid has evaporated and the onions start to brown.
  3. Add the broth, bay leaf, paprika, nutmeg and black pepper. Bring the soup back to the boil then simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the roux, the grated cheese and stir until the cheese has melted into the soup. At this point you can hold the soup until you are ready to serve.
  5. Add the cream just before serving and taste it for salt, adding more if needed.

Remembering Gene Castillo

The memorial service Gene Castillo, longtime member of the Subud Boston, there were a number of pictures of Gene and her family taken over the course of her life. Emmanuel got copies of some of them and sent them for posting. As Emmanuel said in his email, “She was quite a babe, no?”

Subud Boston Kedjiwaan Day, April 26 2015

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Time: 10 o’clock AM
Place: Temple Beth Israel, 25 Harvard Street, Waltham, MA (Directions)

RSVP: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094bada922a3fc1-subud2/6867232

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

As you know, the February snows resulted in the cancellation of the Kedjiwaan Day. We have rescheduled the even to April 25th, 10 AM at Temple Beth Israel in Waltham, MA. We hope you will be able to attend! Please use this SignUpGenius web page to let us know if you are coming and also to let us know what food you might bring. This will help us with planning.

LATIHAN & TESTING: Our Kedjiwaan Day is a chance to meet for a day of latihan and testing. The main focus will be on the latihan, our connection to God and our spiritual growth. The direction we will go in our testing is not fixed. As in the past, the helpers discuss and test about the purpose of the day beforehand, but our actual testing will be based on the interests and needs expressed by those who attend. Quiet time will start promptly at 10 AM and the first latihan begins at 10:15.

(If you feel the need for personal testing with helpers, please make arrangements for this with one of the helpers beforehand.)

FOOD: There will be a light, potluck lunch. If you plan to bring food, be aware that there is no kitchen and the circuitry in the temple will not support numerous hot plates, slow cookers, or other heating devices. Also, we will be depending as much as possible on disposable tableware. Also remember that Temple Beth Israel follows Jewish kosher rules about food. To make this simple, we can have dairy products but not meat. You can read the kosher rules on our web site at: http://www.subudboston.org/about-us/kosher-rules-for-temple-beth-israel/

The regular latihan that evening is cancelled.

DIRECTIONS: To get to Temple Beth Israel from the north or the south, follow Rte. I-95/128 to the Rte. 20 Exit (Exit 26) and follow Rte. 20 east into Waltham. Turn right on Harvard Street. The Temple is 2 blocks down on the right. You can find a Google map on our web site.

We hope you can join us!

Cassidy Sterling
Chair, Subud Boston, Inc.
chair@subudboston.org

Winter Photos — 2014-15

Ruslan Henderson

Cassidy Sterling

Emmanuel Aronie

Maria Contessa

 

Amani House Paving Stones

Subud Washington, DC has set a paving stone to comemorate Subud Boston's contibution to the construction of the Amani Center

Subud Washington, DC has set a paving stone to comemorate Subud Boston’s contibution to the construction of the Amani Center

Dear Cassidy and Subud Boston,

As I write thank you notes and tax deduction notes, I am again humbled by the generous gift that Subud Boston gave of $5,000 last February. I am attaching a picture of your engraved brick, still awaiting its final home in our gardens.

The Amani Center is complete and open for business. Come visit soon!

I assume that Subud Boston can’t take tax deductions for gifts, but if you can, let me know to whom and how to write you a formal tax note.

With appreciation,

Barbara Thomas

Subud Boston Kedjiwaan Day, Feb 8 2015

Date: Sunday, February 8, 2015
Time: 10 o’clock AM
Place: Temple Beth Israel, 25 Harvard Street, Waltham, MA (Directions)

RSVP: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094bada922a3fc1-subud

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Subud Boston is holding our annual Kedjiwaan Day on February 8, 10 AM at Temple Beth Israel in Waltham, MA. We hope you will be able to attend! Please use this SignUpGenius web page to let us know if you are coming and also to let us know what food you might bring. This will help us with planning.

LATIHAN & TESTING: Our Kedjiwaan Day is a chance to meet for a day of latihan and testing. The main focus will be on the latihan, our connection to God and our spiritual growth. The direction we will go in our testing is not fixed. As in the past, the helpers discuss and test about the purpose of the day beforehand, but our actual testing will be based on the interests and needs expressed by those who attend. Quiet time will start promptly at 10 AM and the first latihan begins at 10:15.

(If you feel the need for personal testing with helpers, please make arrangements for this with one of the helpers beforehand.)

FOOD: There will be a light, potluck lunch. If you plan to bring food, be aware that there is no kitchen and the circuitry in the temple will not support numerous hot plates, slow cookers, or other heating devices. Also, we will be depending as much as possible on disposable tableware. Also remember that Temple Beth Israel follows Jewish kosher rules about food. To make this simple, we can have dairy products but not meat. You can read the kosher rules on our web site at: http://www.subudboston.org/about-us/kosher-rules-for-temple-beth-israel/

DINNER AFTERWARDS: There are no formal plans for dinner afterwards, but it often happens that some decide to go out to a restaurant together for a chance to chat and eat together before going home. If you would like to do that, contact Ruslan Henderson.

The regular latihan that evening is cancelled.

DIRECTIONS: To get to Temple Beth Israel from the north or the south, follow Rte. I-95/128 to the Rte. 20 Exit (Exit 26) and follow Rte. 20 east into Waltham. Turn right on Harvard Street. The Temple is 2 blocks down on the right. You can find a Google map on our web site.

We hope you can join us!

Cassidy Sterling
Chair, Subud Boston, Inc.
chair@subudboston.org

Christmas Party 2014

Subud Boston Christmas Party 2014 (Gene Castillo front and center)

Subud Boston Christmas Party 2014 (Gene Castillo front and center)

Hayden Brown, Gene Castillo, Vida Fruebis, and Dorothea Gillim-Osborne at the Subud Boston Christmas Party.

Gene suffered a stroke last summer and has been in rehabilitation since then. Her daughter brought her to the party and the group was ecstatic to see her again.

Photo Contest

just got an idea…brothers and sisters…

I’ve thought about it for about 7 minutes.… I apologize for not really thinking this through…

But, there are so many visual people in our world, in our Subud world,plus, spouses and friends …let’s have a Photo Contestor photo collection…

Come on…some of these autumn shots are stunning…

I’m struck by the beauty of life..amidst the awfulness… Can there be too much beauty? In this crazy world of ours..I don’t think so…

Let’s try to find out…

please, if you feel moved, share a photo..or two…

your brother, Emmanuel

The pictures are arranged in “galleries.” to view them in a larger format, click on a picture, then click on the “Next” or “Previous” link to see other pictures.

Hayden Brown

Genta Dhyatmika

Maria Wallington

Ruslan Henderson

Suzanne Renna

Cassidy Sterling

Jillian Hensley

Wahyu Dhyatmika

Financial Committee Proposal

Financial Committee
Mission Statement DRAFT

by Cassidy Sterling,
Chair, Subud Boston

The purpose of the Financial committee will be to oversee the finances and charitable giving of Subud Boston and to support the Treasurer. The Financial Committee will have no power or authority to directly make changes in the policies of Subud Boston, but will have the responsibility to advise the entire membership, the Dewan, and the Subud Boston Executive committee.

The first tasks of the Financial Committee will be…

(1) To consider our present, rather precarious financial position, our system of pledges, and our charitable giving and to present a plan that will, hopefully, be workable over the next two years.

(2)Then, the committee will work investigate possibilities for the use and function of the fund, now called the Housing Fund, that Subud Boston has accumulated and invested over the past thirty or so years.

As Chair of Subud Boston, I feel that I need to stay relatively neutral in this matter. I see my job to be the executive of the group and as a facilitator rather than a mover. I represent the overall interests of the group. In that role, I would say that it is important that one of the proposals the Finance committee should come up with is a contingency plan in case the Subud Boston group should continue to shrink to the point where it is no longer viable — Milton’s name for this was, “Worst case scenario.” As for other proposals, one might be to simply continue to invest the money as we have been doing into the near future, another might be to develop a plan for the use of the income from this investment beyond simply reinvestment, as a sort of endowment fund, and a third might be to use this money as the basis for some kind of rotating loan fund to finance Subud houses in other places. The committee may come up with other ideas, and I would encourage its members not to fix too early on one plan, but rather to brainstorm a bit, without censorship as a first step in thinking about this. Also, I would encourage the committee to interview members of Subud Boston to collect their ideas without letting their own thoughts dominate discussions. This may prove quite difficult to do, as I know both Ruslan and Milton have pretty strong ideas about this money already!

The way the Finance Committee goes about its work will, of necessity, be a process which the committee, itself, will have to develop; but I would advise them to work with the Helpers and use testing, not so much to judge the plans they come up with, as to touch base with their own feelings, both Inner Feelings and those influenced by the material forces. Bapak had a lot to say about the importance of working with and mastering the material force in our life on earth, and we Subud people have not done so well working with these forces in the past. Finding a way to use money creatively and not from a position of poverty and need, and to avoid being carried away by the thoughts and feelings of our hearts and minds may be a process with important lessons for all of us. So, the Financial Committee will, I believe, have a spiritual as well as a practical function. We can expect that, because we deal with money while going through the process of the latihan, staying clear in our feelings will be our difficult task. When the Financial Committee members feel angry, that is probably a sign to check in with the inner self, take a few minutes to do latihan, and to ask God for guidance. As all who were at the recent Dewan Meeting on August 31 saw, these issues can arouse us to anger very quickly and in unexpected ways.

FINANCIAL COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

The committee should be made up of three to four members, balanced, as much as possible between men and women. At the moment, we know that Milton and Ruslan would like to serve, so we need at least one more member who should be a woman.

The Financial Committee will be a permanent organization whose members should have a fixed term office. (I feel it would be better to have some turn over in the committee’s membership, rather than to have it be something that is run by the same people for many years.)

TIMELINE

I would like to have a report from the Financial Committee ready at least a week before the next General Membership Meeting on October 19, 2014. This report will include a draft of a mission statement to be approved by the membership and an outline of their thoughts and possible proposals.  This is the beginning of a process and I don’t expect any final decisions at that meeting. By next Spring we should expect to be narrowing down our options and hopefully at the General meeting then, we can finalize our plans. However, feedback from the committee itself will be an important factor in developing any fixed timeline.

Respectfully submitted

Cassidy Sterling
Chair, Subud Boston