Monthly Archives: April 2012

Hadiyah Carlyle reads at Elliott Bay Books


Torch in the Dark


Please consider attending a reading by your Subud sister Hadiyah Carlyle. Her powerful new memoir, Torch in the Dark, has been released and she will read Sunday, June 3 at 2:00 at Seattle’s legendary Elliott Bay Books.

The book is a brilliant look at how one woman overcame the tremendous obstacles of a horribly traumatic childhood to become a single parent welder 3,000 miles from her native New Jersey to raise a son who would become a State Representative.

The writing is concise and completely compelling. I read the last 150 pages in one sitting. Wow!

Reading at Elliott Bay is a landmark in any local writer’s career as a writer. Come show your support as Hadiyah celebrates the release of this chronicle of her remarkable life.


International Helpers Visit the NW

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Our International Helpers will be visiting the Pacific Northwest.

Hamilton Schragen

Hamilton Schragen Victor, BC, Canada

Grace Hodgson

Grace Hodgson, Montreal, Canada

Daniela Urratia

Daniela Urrutia Cali, Columbia








Reynaldo Mosquera, Bogotá, Columbia

Reynaldo Mosquera

They will be stopping in Seattle, Bellingham/Skagit Valley and Portland.  We would like to invite every one of you to come to one of the centers that will host them.  There will be general latihans, awareness testing, personal testing, great meals and great conversation at each of the centers.

They will be arriving in Seattle on Thursday, May 17th.  Here is the itinerary:

•    Thursday, May 17th – Seattle – 6:00 PM dinner, 7:45 PM latihan
•    Friday, May 18th – 11A – 1P, Personal Testing in Seattle, then off to Bellingham/Skagit Valley for Evening latihan/testing –
•    Saturday, May 19th – Seattle – 10:15 AM latihan, lunch then general and personal testing in the afternoon.  Helper latihan and testing in the late afternoon and evening.
•    Sunday, May 20th – Portland – 10:00AM latihan, testing and lunch to follow through the afternoon.

Please set these dates aside and plan on joining us.

Thank you,

Ramon – Subud PNW Regional Chair
Evan Padilla – Subud Greater Seattle Chair
Roseanna Page – Subud Bellingham/Skagit Valley Chair
Reynold Orchard – Subud Portland Chair

National Congress Information

April 8, 2012

1.  MOVING FORWARD WITH GRACE and Message from NHs
2. Applying for assistance
3.      Finding Roommates
4.      Sell your wares at the Congress Gift Shop
5. SOME SHOW BIZ, Just for fun!


1.MOVING FORWARD WITH GRACE-at the National Congress

.from our national helpers:

A Subud congress is always a significant spiritual event.  Even though Bapak is no longer with us we are still somehow, collectively, able to create and participate in a surge of harmony and spiritual energy.  The life force is never stronger in us.

Latihans at a congress are often intense and are an opportunity for a spiritual renewal and a recharging of our batteries.  This is a time to surrender and dive deeper into the core of your being and to be finally closer to the Great Life Force, the power of Almighty God.

So many people will be coming from all across the United States.  This year there will be many visitors coming down to join us from the Americas congress.  This is a time to meet old friends and feel at home in this spiritual community ti which we all belong.

This year is also a time of significant change in the organization.  We have the opportunity to get together and in surrendering find a new strength, to set our community on a new and stronger path which truly reflects the mission of Subud.  It is a time to let go of old complaints and look forward.

It is a time when new talent will step up and take over the Subud USA administration.  This is the time for YOU to stand up and be counted;  to witness the change;  to influence the change;   and to be the instigator of change.

Sit back, relax and test.  “How will I feel when I am doing Latihan at the national congress?”

Want to help?  Figure out how to bring a young Subud member with you!


2. Applying for Assistance to Attend the 2012 National Congress

We want to help you come to this years national congress, July 4-8! Members have been donating as they register, so we are accumulating a fund to help you. You can apply for partial financial assistance at any time and will be considered as long as funds last.

Members seeking financial assistance should complete the Request for Financial Assistance form at
Then send it to the national office at the address below. You can request assistance for registration ($100 for delegates, $105 for students and seniors, $115 for adults), for hotel room ($99 per day for 1-4 people), and/or for some meals ($13.42 for breakfast, $20.13 for lunch, $29.52 for dinner per day).

A team has been created consisting of the national registrar, a national committee representative, and two national helpers who will review all applications and apportion funds on a regular basis. Once your request for assistance has been approved, you will be contacted by the national registrar who will assist you in registering for the congress.

Members who receive assistance are expected to volunteer at the gathering, and should indicate their participation preference on the Request for Financial Assistance form. Some choices for volunteering are:
Registration desk assistant
Youth program assistance, in all age groups
Entertainment- performing or tech assistance (knowledge needed!)
Site manager assistant

Mail the Request for Assistance form to the national office:
Subud USA, 14019 NE 8th St #A, Bellevue, WA 98007
OR fax to 425-643-2725,
OR e-mail to


TO: Subud folks  wanting roommates at the National Congress at the Seattle Airport Marriott, July 3 8,2012
Congress  begins July 4 morning, and ends midday July 8
FIRST, read about the hotel rooms:

SECOND, if you want a roommate, tell us:
Your name
Male or Female
Phone Number
e-mail address
What nights you want roommates? DATES please
How many roommates? ?
Send this info to

THIRD – well put you on the list, which gets sent to others on the list.
You contact each other and match yourselves up.
Its up to you to choose and work it out! (remember to decide who is booking the room!)

It’s REALLY important that  you e-mail or call  back to me and tell me to take you off the list when you have settled who your roommate(s) is.
Melinda at the national office


4.Show BIZ!
Subud brother and comedian, actor Richard Reicheg, Subud member from Los Angeles, is one of the actors on Betty White’s new show, Off Their Rockers which begins tonight, Wednesday 4-4-12 at 8 pm on NBC. It’s a comedy program where older people play pranks on unsuspecting youngsters. It’s very funny.


Nice venue, great food, great players!
Come on by—-
Quartet Live at St. Clouds 1129 34th Seattle
Sat. April 14       8-10 PM
Jim O’Halloran, Flute With Bill Anschell, Piano
Dean Schmidt, Bass, and Jacques Willis, Drums


Much Much National congress information is available! Just go:

THREE ways to help SUBUD as you shop —-
  1) at 650 stores give a % of your purchase to Subud USA.
Join free, and choose Subud USA as your favorite charity!
2) go to our Subud Gift Shop at
3) Shopping e-bay- Subud USA is a listed charity

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Proposed National By-Laws Changes

April 2, 2012

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

There are proposed changes to the current Bylaws which will be voted on at the National Congress, July 3– 8, 2012, in Seattle. The proposed Bylaws changes can be viewed on the Subud USA website.

In anticipation of the upcoming National Congress, the National Committee would like to invite all interested members to participate by conference calls in informational and open forum discussions of the proposed changes to the Bylaws which will be voted on at the Congress.   These forums will focus on the most important of the proposed changes:  Voting Rights on the Board of Directors and Terms of Office of the National Committee.

The present Bylaws from 2004, and the proposed Bylaws, and a discussion of the proposed changes can be found on the Subud USA website:

The dates of the forums are Saturday, April 21st, and April 28th, at 1:00 Pacific time (2:00 Mountain, 3:00 Central, 4:00 Eastern, 10:00 AM, Hawaii).  The topic of the first call is Voting Rights.  The second call will focus on Terms of Office.  Each call will begin with a brief summary of the proposal and will be followed by an opportunity for each participant to express her/his opinion or question in a round robin format.  Each call will last one and a half hours, participants comments are limited to one minute in each round.

Following these membership forums, delegates will begin working group discussions on the proposed Bylaws changes.  If you wish to express a point of view but cannot be on the April calls, please speak with your Congress delegate.  (See list of delegates below.)

We welcome your ideas and look forward to hearing from you on these calls.  The call in number for the forums is  (712) 432-0600, code: 632536#.

Love from your National Committee

Rasjidah Franklin, Ph.D.