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?”

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)


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:

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.

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International Child Development

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April General Meeting

We held the general meeting on Sunday, April 13. We discussed the group’s finances, the need to care for our latihan facilities, and the schedule for the upcoming months. Below are some details, but perhaps the most vital discussion concerned finances. As things stand at the moment, we are not quite bringing in enough revenue to cover our most basic expenses. If you have not pledged, please consider your situation carefully and pledge what you can afford. If you think you could raise your donation a bit, this would be very helpful. If you have any fundraising ideas, please discuss them with your brothers and sisters. Funding our group is a responsibility that all of us share.


Al Aronie Springs back

Emmanuel’s cousin and our friend, Al Aronie has been suffering from severe colitis and a couple of weeks ago he underwent surgery to have his entire colon removed. According to Emmanuel, he is doing amazingly well and is already back into the swing of things.

All of our thoughts go out to Al at this time as well as our heartfelt thanks for the hospitality he and his family have extended to us over the years for the annual Pond Party that Emmanuel has held at the house Al’s parents owned on White Pond in Concord. Al has now purchased that house from his brothers and so we will see him again this summer on July 19th as the Pond Party continues.

We are sending Al a Get Well card from Subud Boston.

April Schedule 2

April 6  Testing Night
 April 13  Membership Meeting (5:15 pm for latihan, Meeting begins at 6:00 pm sharp)
 April 20  Easter (Regular Latiahan, but Dewan Meeting postponed to April 27)
 April 27  Dewan Meeting, (5:15 pm for latihan, Meeting begins at 6:00 pm sharp)

April Schedule

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am running behind schedule this month so this is going to be a short message just to let you know the April schedule and a few bits of important information. I will send out a more complete newsletter hopefully by the end of the week.

Kedjiwaan Days: After the February Kedjiwaan Day, we were all so enthusiastic that at the Dewan meeting that followed we decided to try to have four Kedjiwaan Days a year. The first of these was set to happen in the beginning of May, but there are so many things going on in May that we subsequently decided that we would pull back on that. At the moment I don’t know whether that event will be happening; but, if it does, it will be held on May 4th at the Temple.

You will find the schedule for April below. The important date is April 13th, when we will be holding a general membership meeting. The meeting will be at 6:00 o’clock with a latihan beforehand. Quiet time for the premeeting latihan begins as 5:15 PM.

There are no birthdays in April and the meeting is being held on what would have been Birthday Night. But it would be good, I think, to bring some light snacks. If anyone could bring fruit, crackers, bread, or cheese, that would be great.



From the Chair, February 25, 2014

Cassidy at an Indian carp hatcheryDear Sisters and Brothers,

We were happy to have the chance to see so many of our friends at the Kedjiwaan Day. The event was so successful that, at their meeting the following Sunday, the Dewan decided to try to hold Kedjiwaan Days more often. Because the national and regional congresses are to be held together at the end of May, the next one will be in the beginning of the month, probably May 4th. This one will be a local event but we are planning a larger, New England gathering to be held in September.

Location is a problem with these gatherings. Temple Beth Israel is not an ideal facility for social events, and it looks less and less likely that the Congregational Church of Westborough will be available; so, we are looking for a new venue with good latihan spaces, kitchen facilities and one that is accessible by public transportation.

Samuel has created an excellent financial report for us. Unfortunately, our financial situation is not very perky at the moment and, unless we increase our revenue, we may fall short by as much as $1600 by the end of the year. I urge all of you to read the report [Link] and, if you have not pledged yet, to consider how much you can afford.

I truly believe that, if we can support the group with both “time and treasure” Subud Boston will become more vital, it will grow, and our Subud group will begin to nourish us in ways that have not been manifestly apparent before. There is a change in the wind; and I am hoping that, through latihan, testing, participation, and hearts and minds that are open to the will of God, we are going to begin to experience a transformation.

Chair, Subud Boston