Happy New Year!
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As we turn toward 2014 I feel great excitement at our potential in the next year. More and more people are coming forward to volunteer; with administration, as writers, organizers, local group leaders, and more. This has made possible some great things. One of our first big projects will be a series of online courses in Spiritual Naturalism. I will soon be making some announcements on this, and it is thanks to the work of our Education Director, B.T. Newberg that we will be going forward with this important service. Thanks too goes to Membership Director Matthew Copple for his input and thoughts throughout this process, and for volunteering for our ‘beta test’ of the first course.
With love and thanks 🙂
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PLEASE SEND WORDS OF SUPPORT
Many of you know our Executive Assistant, Michelle LeBlanc. Her mother, Carol, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer so Michelle and her family are taking care of her and times have been tough, to say the least. With Michelle’s permission, we wanted to share with all the members part of Michelle’s report. Please send Michelle your love and support at [email protected]. I’m sure she and her family will be encouraged to hear from you. Michelle writes:
“For those of you who are still unclear…on top of my mom being a severe diabetic and only having about 40% of her heart working, she was diagnosed last March with terminal breast & lungs cancer. (That being her 4th time having the cancer return.) Shortly after, it spread to her stomach, etc and was given 6months-2 years to live. We do not expect to have her with us for much longer and expect this will prob be her last year with us.
Mom is pretty much in bed all the time now with the odd occasion when she gets out of the house with extra care…but it does not happen often anymore at all as its really hard on her and she cant stay out too long. She is always tired due to the meds she is on, etc. She needs complete care at home now. Unable to really do anything for herself. She pretty much needs assistance with everything…including getting in and out of bed, and all the “bare basics of life.”
She is has days when she barely eats and other days where she can….but she cant eat much quantity at all anymore. Her mind is also starting to slowly go. Sometimes not being able to determine time or even a dream from reality…”
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Our Society is in need of some volunteers to fill the following positions. Please consider whether you could offer your time to help out. Even if it’s just a little time each month, we are willing to work within your schedule! It is only through the help of people like you that we can further the mission of the Society to bring greater happiness to people by making more people aware of helpful naturalistic practices. To volunteer, please contact us.
The Outreach Director is responsible for efforts to make the Society and Spiritual Naturalism known in the public for purposes of growth and fulfillment of our mission. This includes working with the Executive Director on messaging, placement of advertising, social media engagement, and other forms of outreach.
The Chapter Director oversees the development of local chapters around the country and the world. This includes keeping in touch with all Organizers of the chapters, sending regular communications to the Organizers for distribution to local attendees, encouraging the sharing of ideas between Organizers, supporting local chapters with materials, and helping to grow both the number and size of local chapters by recruiting new Organizers and building affiliations with leaders of existing compatible local groups.
The Arts Director is responsible for making sure the Society continues to recognize the important role of the arts in spirituality and one’s personal spiritual practice. They seek out inspirational visual art, music, poetry, dance, theater, and other art forms with messages meaningful to Spiritual Naturalists, and add them to our member archives. They also help to share these artistic expressions with the membership and the public.
FROM OUR PARTNERS
Maggie Jay Lee discuses how the Delphic maxim “Gnothi Seauton” is relevant to spirituality and living in right relationship to reality.
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