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

February Kedjiwaan Day Success

Vida Fruebis and Maria Contessa set up tables for High Tea at the Kedjiwaan Day, February 9, 2014

Vida Fruebis and Maria Contessa set up tables for High Tea at the Kedjiwaan Day, February 9, 2014

We had 32 participants in the Kedjiwaan day on February 9th. Beforehand the women helpers had received that the purpose of the day was to reconnect with the latihan and with one another and to receive comfort and support during the dark of winter. The men were more focussed on exploring the life of the Boston group in the context of the Regional, National and World Subud communities. As one might expect, the latihan and testing  took their own, sometimes unexpected paths. The men did some testing about the upcoming world congress in Mexico and some were surprised at the sense of longing to attend that arose in the testing.

We started at noon with latihans and discussion and testing and took a break at 2:30 in the afternoon for a chance to talk and eat. Suzanne had christened this break, “High Tea.” We had a laptop computer and a “hotspot” for internet connection, and during High Tea we received a Skype call from the Subud Washingto DC group, who were also having a meeting. It was a video connection and it was great to see their faces and hear about the new Subud House that is just being finished by their group. After tea, we returned for second, somewhat shorter latihan and testing sessions. As Rima wrote:

The food for the soul at the February Kedjiwaan Day was rich, nourishing and comforting, and in recapping the day, the Boston helpers agreed that it would be a wonderful thing to aim to have a quarterly Kedjiwaan Day.

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


Vacuum BoyA clean latihan hall leads to a clean spiritual state! Spiritual advancement begins with the vacuum cleaner! Lower forces cannot survive the absence of dust bunnies. Prihatin begins with YOU. So……act now! Don’t wait any longer. If you sign up now, YOU can have the month of your choice to keep our premises clean and appealing.

There is a sign-up sheet posted on the bulletin board in our library room at Temple Beth Israel.