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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
With love and thanks 🙂
UPCOMING DATES (Please mark your calendar!)
You can also see our calendar anytime by going to the Community page…
VOTE RESULTS ON EXPANDING MEMBERSHIP TYPES
Our recent member vote on expanding the membership concept has passed. Of 27 members at the time of the vote, 18 voted yes (67% | 90% of those voting), 2 voted no (7% | 10% of those voting), and 7 abstained (26%). As described, all dues-paying members will maintain their current benefits such as: access to the social network, forums, online meetings and socials, educational archive, free courses (in the works), etc. But dues-paying members will now be referred to as “Supporting Members”. An additional regular membership will now be available for free and will allow us to expand those who get this newsletter, but these regular members will not have the benefits of Supporting Members listed above. I believe this will be a good move for us and allow even more people to see what our community is like, encouraging them to eventually become Supporting Members. These changes will take a little time to go into effect, as they will require some work on our website and other materials. Thanks to all of you for your input on this!
FROM OUR MEMBER FORUMS
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The following are some of the most recent pieces added to the membership’s growing archive of inspirational and educational materials. Please feel free to discuss what you think about these with the other members in the Society forum!
LIFE STORIES, with B.T. Newberg & DT Strain [54 minutes].
RITUAL, with B.T. Newberg & DT Strain [20 minutes].
NEW STATEMENT ON OUR PRINCIPLES
Other than our mission as an organization, we are also deeply committed to several principles and operate in accord with them. Among these are:
(1) We believe all human beings are equal in their worth and should be given equal opportunity and rights, regardless of their race, sex, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, disability, or their sexual orientation or identity. Each individual is deserving of treatment as an individual, based on his or her character and choices, rather than any of these group identities or characteristics.
(2) We believe in treating others as we would be treated. We believe in practicing loving-kindness toward even those who do not return it. We believe universal compassion for all beings and unconditional love is the best answer to our conflicts.
(3) We try not to criticize the beliefs of others, be it in a respectful academic sense or in a bashing or flippant manner. We instead try hard to focus on what we believe and hope that it will help others find happiness, whatever their tradition. We believe being a living example of our values is a better way to spread them than criticism and conflict.
(4) We believe in acting ethically in both our personal lives and organizationally. This includes great care with the private information we handle on behalf of our members and subscribers, ethically handling all money and funds of the organization for the purposes they were given, and being honest in all things to our volunteers, members, and the public.
(5) We believe in the compassionate use of reason for solving our problems. This includes a humble approach to knowledge and the claims we make. It also includes respect for the scientific method, used responsibly and ethically for the betterment of all.
(6) While we are not a political or activist organization, we support a more peaceful, charitable, tolerant, just, and democratic world. We also support greater access to education, the necessities of life, and environmental responsibility. We encourage our members and subscribers to take up worthy causes with activist organizations as a part of their personal practice. Ultimately, we believe that change in the world begins with change in our heart, which is where the mission of our Society is focused.
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SNS BOOK CLUB
What You Think and How You Feel: It Matters
The best mask in the world will not bring true happiness…
Sigfried Gold reminds us that religious freedom begins within…
We often speak of things like ritual, meditation, awe and wonder, non-attachment, compassion, etc. But how do these pieces fit together into a whole system or practice?
Jennifer Hancock describes what to do the next time the lack of cosmic justice gets you down…
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