Celebration of World Congress

Rachman Cantrell at it again

Rachman Cantrell at it again

On August 24 after latihan, those who have recently returned from Puebla, Mexico will share their World Congress experiences and we will honor the new Subud USA Chair, local member Daniel Stralberg.

The Congress ended Saturday night and Subud Greater Seattle had a large presence at the Congress. Hopefully Rachman Cantrell can show some of his photos, new foundation Chair Marston Gregory will discuss his plans for the Muhammed Subuh Foundation and Oswald Norton will discuss potential SUSA collaborations.


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My Community Day at the 2013 World Subud Congress

Oswald, Liza & Haris in Puebla

Oswald, Liza & Haris in Puebla

Haris Wolfgang, Liza Ramey and I were invited into the delegate session during the My Community Day to work with the delegates on the concept of helping their own local communities flourish. Here is a summary of what happened in the first session: “Subud is a like a tree.  Its roots are our local Subud communities.  Its roots need to be nurtured for the tree to be truly healthy.” ~ from our new WSA Chair Elias Dumit We went through a process of identifying and sharing our needs and hopes for our communities in a safe and inclusive space is a starting point for learning conflict resolution, creating consensus and intention  toward building healthy, vibrant  communities. What we learned from Friday’s experience: We shared a small piece of the beginning of the community building process. Even though very abbreviated, each sister and brother were able to share, listen and acknowledge their hopes for their community.  We also learned that we share many of the same hopes. (see attached PowerPoint for a summary of themes)  How can we see these hopes realized? Next steps:

  • Using the common themes identified, we will go through a process of choosing one theme that resonates with the group through consensus building
  • Groups will  create a strategy to carry out that theme through activities and projects.

What we have witnessed with groups going through this process is that members become engaged working toward a shared vision they have had a part in creating. When we nourish the roots of the tree, we invite members that are empowered to  create thriving communities making the tree grow and flourish.

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Elisha Swings in Puebla

Our own Elisha Gullixson was featured at a concert last night at Teatro Principal, a beautiful, 600 seat auditorium in Puebla, Mexico, last night. It was one of the many arts events at this 14th Subud World Congress. He played piano in a quintet led by NYC Subud alto saxophonist Benjamin Drazen and thrilled the packed house. Some Mexicanas backstage wanted to know when they were playing again. Elisha’s solo on St. Thomas was particularly inspired and their appearance was one of the evening’s highlights.

Benjamin Drazen and Elisha Gullixson in concert, Puebla, Mexico, Subud World Congress, August 7, 2014

Benjamin Drazen and Elisha Gullixson in concert, Puebla, Mexico, Subud World Congress, August 7, 2014

Elisha prepares to plow into his first bit of Chiles en Nogada

Elisha prepares to plow into his first bit of Chiles en Nogada

Applying the Downbeat (jazz) Magazine’s blindfold test to the meal afterwards, Elisha pronounced it “Cinco Estrellas.”

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Puebla Congress News

Marston Gregory

Marston Gregory

Some brief news bits from Puebla. Our own Marston Gregory tested before delegates, International Helpers and others gathered in the Constantia of the Centro de Convenciones in Puebla, Mexico, at the 2014 World Congress, for the position of Chair of the Muhammed Subud Foundation. In his own testing he reported that he felt he had the qualifications but that the test was not powerful. The International Helpers disagreed and recommended him for Chair. In an additional test, Marston’s receiving was powerful and the delegates ratified the Helper’s decision. Marston is the new Chair of the Muhammed Subuh Foundation! Congrats Marston!

Evan Padilla came in a close second for the position of Chair of the Susila Dharma International Association.

At this writing, your humble correspondent, Paul Nelson, is set to perform poems at the Poemas de la Paz event tonight (Wednesday, August 6) and another poetry event Thursday night, as well as host a Conversation Cafe panel on the Future of Storytelling next Wednesday, August 13th.

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100 Day Selametan for Paul E Nelson Sr.

100 Day Selametan for Paul E. Nelson Sr. Tuesday, August 19th

Starting at 7PM, Tuesday, August 19th, at the Seattle Subud House, Paul Nelson will be hosting remembrance of his Father Paul E Nelson Senior marking the 100th Day since his passing. He died May 11, 2014, at his home in Chicago, Illinois, in his bed. Paul Jr. will be reading poems written for his Father and telling stories about growing up as his son. Some food and light beverages will be provided.

Paul E Nelson Sr. in 1984 (photo by Barb Nelson) December 27, 1928 - May 11, 2014

Paul E Nelson Sr. in 1984 (photo by Barb Nelson)
December 27, 1928 – May 11, 2014

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New Beds

As approved by the Dewan at the July 7 meeting (see: http://subudgreaterseattle.com/dewan-meeting-minutes-july-7-2014/) the house has 5 new beds to support the visits of visiting Subud members and our growing Airbnb lodgers. Marston helped prepare the four bedrooms in the house for the beds.

The old beds were donated to the family of B and Natasha who live in public housing across the street. They were grateful for the donation and the bed deliverymen brought the largest of the beds to their apartment!

To see our current Airbnb listings click here for Room 1: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3143227
Room 2 is here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2593263
Room 3: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1763809 and
Room 4: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2593176

Marston has also helped create some other updates to the house including the repair of the ceiling fans in the Chapel and a repair of the deck outside the 2nd floor. Subud member Paul Truitt completed the work yesterday.

Marston Welcomes Bed Delivery

Marston Welcomes Bed Delivery

Marston guides new bed delivery guys.

Marston guides new bed delivery guys.

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Subud Dewan Meeting Minutes

Dewan Meeting, July 7, 2014 9:24A

Attending: Hadiyah Carlyle, Sherwin O’Bar, Oswald Norton, Marston Gregory, Hadijah O’Bar, Elisha Gullixson, Paul Nelson, Jim O’Halloran and David Lynch and Maryka Ford

Regarding minutes of the last meeting, Oswald will post them on the website and they were approved by the Dewan.

Financial report: Sherwin says $28,189 for total inflows, $8,700 in donations and $19,000 rent income. Outflows $23,000, not including some rental expenses. June rental $7,700, but about $4,000 in costs due to June activities that have not yet been reported. They will appear in July. Overall net $4,953, but rental costs and security deposits are factored in. The new dryer, housekeeping costs, maintenance and other costs will lead us to a projected year-end net at $4,000. This is if Airbnb rental income continues.  Sherwin suggests we wait in increasing our loan payments to Subud USA and the Regional Housing fund. Treasurer’s report was approved. Elisha made the motion, Hadiyah seconded.

Spring Street Center: Marston reports Airbnb has exploded, as evidenced by the June revenues. Marston suggested we break out Airbnb revenues from other revenues. The old dryer broke and we’ve purchased a commercial-level dryer with a five year service agreement. Paul Truitt is going to fix the deck upstairs. We also have a new toilet upstairs and it is dual flush, so that should reduce water costs. Five people are getting some revenue from the Centerprise. Paul suggested we go easy on raising rates, perhaps buy a nice bed and fix up room 2 and raise the rates there. As to rates, Paul suggests we raise rates in Room 2 $20 once we get new beds and raise rates in Room 3 and 4 by $10 also. Marston talked about bed costs being $110 a month for all 5 new beds from Sleep Country at 24 months with no interest. The rate increase and bed purchase was proposed by Paul and seconded by Hadiyah and passed the committee.

Regarding taxes, Paul went to City Hall and found out our liability for municipal taxes kicks in at $100,000 in revenue and then is taxed at .00215. He will go to the State to determine any liabilities. In addition, our shift to a tax status as Religion may also lower tax liabilities. We will need a Seattle Business License.

Insurance report: Sherwin talked to Becky Porter and asked about increasing the value of the house from $450,000 to $750,000 would raise the annual premium to $403 and an additional $852 if the value of the house is $1,000,000. Whether this is full-replacement cost is unknown. Our current insurance is $1,200 annually. The discussion centered on whether we should have the building appraised. Hadiyah moved that we raise our insurance coverage to reflect a value $750,000. Oswald seconded the motion. The motion passed.

David Lynch will endeavor to get an appraisal for the house.

Paul reminded the Dewan that we need to replace the doors leading out from the Chapel.

Backup during the World Congress: Rachel Hug will handle rentals. Jim O’Halloran is an emergency contact during that time.

Rent Proposal: Robina Page’s July 5 email expressed concerns about the Handicap Ramp proposal, most notably that no fees or permits were included. Sherwin pointed out that fees and permit costs were not included in the RampArts bid. Sherwin suggests we only accept any potential grant from the Muhammed Subud Foundation be accepted if we have three bids. Oswald Norton will procure a 3rd bid for the project. David will also add the additional costs of the door construction and the 3rd bid will also include those costs. Paul moved that we approve the grant application for the ramp once we get the new bid from David and from Sherwin’s contact. Hadiyah seconded and the motion passed.

Celebration of World Congress. On August 24 after latihan, we will share our World Congress experience and will honor the new Subud USA Chair, local member Daniel Stralberg and the Dewan will not meet in August.

Women’s helper report: Lucy Brown is recovering from an accident will not be active as a local helper until she recovers. Anne Padilla, Hadijah Obar and Lorraine Tedrow are current local Women Helpers. Lorraine Tedrow will attend Thursday nights to help increase attendance on that night. 

The relevance of the House Rules are being reconsidered by the Dewan and the local men and women helpers and a proposal to the membership is forthcoming based in part on testing by local helpers.

Men’s Helper report: Halstein reported that Jim, Abadeen, Paul and himself are the Men helpers in Seattle. Halstein noticed that the instances that resulted in the adoption of the House Guidelines were affecting the atmosphere here when he arrived and that we need to learn to be more accepting in general. Oswald noticed that there is a shift in the energy of this issue on a spiritual level and an increasing harmony.

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Subud Greater Seattle Dewan Meeting Minutes, Sunday, 6/9/14

Included in these minutes:

  • Financial Report
  • National Congress Report
  • We offer Daniel Stralberg the new Subud USA National Chair a big congratulations and would like to offer him our support.
  • Endowment Fund Policies:
  • Custodial Fund:
  • Revision of Membership Classification:
  • Subud National Enterprise:
  • Helper Report
  • Spring Street Center Report
  • Puebla Congress Update

For the complete minutes go here.

Note: We did not have a Dewan meeting in May

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Subud Greater Seattle Minutes General Meeting 5/18/14

Topics discussed with the membership included these topics:

Financial Report
National Agenda
Spring Street Center

For more information, please go here.

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Two applicants have withdrawn their request for a grant to attend the Subud World Congress 2014. The Grant Committee has decided to reopen applications to Subud Greater Seattle members only.

The grant is for $1100. It may be used only to defray direct costs of congress.

Email Marston Gregory on or before June 20th. He will forward a Grant Application. Funds will sent by July 1, 2014. Be aware – the price of registration jumps to $650 after June 30, 2014.

Since other Subud Pacific Northwest centers are doing their own fundraising, this one grant is now limited to Subud Greater Seattle members only.

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