Monthly Archives: November 2015

Dewan Meeting Minutes


Submitted by Hadiyah Carlyle, Secretary

ATTENDEES:  Ramon, Hadijah and Sherwin O’Bar, Jim O’Halloran, Hadiyah Carlyle

October meeting minutes approved  unanimously.

FINANCIAL  REPORT:  The Dewan unanimously voted on increasing  loan payments  to national from $100.00 a month to $200.00. to pay off the loan. The PNW payment will stay the same.

October 2015 year to date financial report:  Revenue (member donations +rentals) is $68,280.  Expenses are $62,881, resulting in a net income of $5,399.  AirB&B rentals are going down for the winter season.  Member donations through October are $11,757 and it is very unlikely we will reach the 2015 member donation budget of $20,000.


Menucha Report

We’re getting past the half-way mark at Menucha and I took extensive notes for a while and wanted to share some things that people have said this year, as well as a few photos so as to serve as a partial documentation of this legendary event.

Thursday Workshop List

Friday Workshop List

There have been name changes of Subud people in the last year, births and deaths and many reported being “in transition.” Perhaps because the National Gathering was in Redwood City, California, or because “Mr. Menucha” (Benedict Herrman) has been touting the beauty of the event, there are more Californians here than in years past it seems.

Attendees have come from Vancouver, San Diego, Victoria, Mendocino, Sacramento, Albuquerque, Port Townsend, Portland and Seattle as you can imagine, Bothell, Boise, Philadelphia, Spokane, Santa Cruz, Abbotsford, Anacortes, Los Angeles, Boulder, Bandoun, OR, Issaquah, Flagstaff, Olympia, Victoria and elsewhere. One man from Montreal originally and now in Vancouver said that he has come back to Subud after 30 years and there will be at least one opening here this year.

The opening circle each morning tended to go on A LONG TIME and a few got more than their share of time, but some very fascinating things were said, including:

“Menucha is the highlight of my spiritual year.” (Halimah Bellows.)

“Are we at a million (members) yet?” (Attributed to Bapak.)

“Menucha feels like coming home.”

“Subud is kindergarten for adults.”

“I want to die in a Subud Healing Center.”

“You get to a place of gratitude through suffering.”

There was a film by Lusijah Marx about the work Subud needs to do to feel like a safe place for LGBTQ people and a spirited discussion afterward. Our own Annie Padilla today facilitated a “Blessing of the Hands” workshop that felt very ceremonial, had participants sending forgiveness to each other and featured a poem commissioned for the occasion:

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The entertainment Friday night featured the world class cello of new SICA US Chair Hamilton Cheifetz, who was playing an instrument that was over 300 years old. Howard Richman did a sound portrait, totally improvised, of Rosanna Schutte, your humble narrator read poems from his new book American Sentences, Rosanna Schutte performed a half-sung half-read poem/song with the accompaniment of Halimah Brugger and MoMac, Morris McLellan ended the evening in his inimitable singer/songwriter style.

As you can imagine, Menucha continues to be a world class Subud event on the beautiful Columbia River Gorge and not to be missed.






Kathleen Gilette

Kathleen Gillette

Subud Puebla 50 Year Celebration

Subud Puebla at 50Subject: Fwd: FW: Invitación 50 Aniversario Casa Subud Puebla​
Dear all:
I hope everyone is wonderful, with peace and joy in your hearts.
I want share with all of you, that on November 28 we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Puebla Subud House, and if you can’t be with us in person we want you to be there in spirit.
During this celebration we remeber the history of the house, the visits of Bapak, we will unveil the plate of the 50th anniversary, record the audio and take photographs.
Hopefully the remodel of the house will be concluded. We are grateful for the support of Muhammad Subuh Foundation.  I send all my love to you on behalf of Subud México.
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Queridos todos:
Espero que se encuentren con mucha alegría y con mucha paz en sus corazones.
Quiero decirles que el próximo 28 de noviembre celebraremos el 50 aniversario de la Casa Subud Puebla, y así como nos gustaría que estuvieran aquí, también nos encantaría saber que están en espíritu en el caso de que no puedan acompañarnos.
Durante esta celebración recordaremos la historia de la casa, las visitas que hizo Bapak, colocaremos las placas conmemorativas de la celebración de los 50 años, habrán memorias de los miembros fundadores y realizaremos registros de lo ocurrido en audio y fotografía.
Para entonces habremos concluido con la remodelación de la casa que logramos con el apoyo de la Fundación Muhammad Subuh con quienes estamos infinitamente agradecidos.
Yo les envío a todos un enorme abrazo y todo mi cariño a nombre de Subud México.