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Registration - Northern Virginia SDI Community Meeting March 15, 2020



Please note, in light of the latest developments on the impact and spread of the COVID-19 virus, Bruce, Kim and Varahi have decided to cancel this event and reschedule in the autumn. We are sorry for any inconvenience but we make this decision now to prevent any further exposures. We will let you know when the next meeting will be held.

Dear Friends,

We are pleased with how many of you were able to participate in the presentation by Victoria Bunch a few weeks ago, and we're excited about our upcoming programs.

Next Program:

On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Kelsang Varahi will be leading a presentation on "How to Feed Your Demons."


Kelsang Varahi is a Buddhist nun and retired physician. She has served as a chaplain and bereavement counselor for Capital Caring Hospice since 2016. She will be presenting an innovative technique taught by Lama Tsultrim Allione, a well-respected Buddhist teacher and one of the first American women to be ordained in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition. This ancient Buddhist practice helps us turn our inner demons into friends, and this interpretation of the practice makes it accessible for modern people.

Giving our inner demons what they need rather than fighting them may seem counterintuitive. However this method is a remarkably effective path to integrating different aspects of ourselves.

As usual, we will be gathering from 2:00 – 4:30 pm. at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207.

The church parking lot is opposite the side of the church, on the opposite side of 16th Street. The entrance to the parking lot is on Glebe Road. From the parking lot you will need to walk across 16th Street and come up the stairs into the side of the building. There is handicap parking in the parking lot and the handicap entrance is on the front of the building facing Glebe Road. After crossing 16th street, enter at the Glebe Road handicap entrance instead of the 16th Street doors and use the elevator to the Sanctuary level.

We appreciate everyone who takes a minute to RSVP. This will help us be prepared for all those who attend.


Coming in May:

On May 17, 2020, Susana Isaacson, Larry Goldsmith and Ann Kline will lead a presentation on providing group spiritual direction with fellow congregants.  There will be more details available later, but be sure to put the date in your calendar.


Peer Supervision Groups Open to New Members:

If you are looking for a peer supervision group, we know of three groups seeking additional members.  If your group is looking for new members, but is not included in this list, please let Bruce know, and he will spread the news.

 1) DaySpring Retreat Center in Germantown, Maryland 

Meeting monthly on the 1st Sunday of the month unless something comes up, with the next meeting set for February 9th at 1pm.  This will be our permanent meeting place.  We follow a contemplative meeting format (using silence throughout). Contact Catalina Conneally-Salazar, desbobaj@gmail.com, for further information.

 2) Meeting in Prince Georges County and Nearby DC

 Meeting on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to about 11:00 a.m. with a bit of flexibility if a conflict arises for someone, with different members hosting the group.  We are open to another member or two.  Contact Judy Walsh-Mellett at 301-927-2015 or jwalshmellett@gmail.com.

 3) Meeting in DC on Capitol Hill

 Margot Erying is organizing a group to meet in Washington, DC on Capitol Hill. If you are interested in joining, Contact Margot at margoteyring@yahoo.com or 202-549-1407.


We look forward to seeing you in March.

Kind Regards,

Rev. Kimberly Barker-Brugman is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and founder of Soul Story Ministries, offering spiritual direction to people of all faiths. Email: Pastorkim@soulstoryministries.org


Bruce C.Calvin is a spiritual director and  hospice chaplain. Email: B100calvin@gmail.com

Note: These gatherings seek to provide an opportunity for spiritual directors and companions in our region to connect. We want to create a place where we can learn about other faiths and religious traditions, share contemplative time or meditation, and practice new skills in spiritual care. Maybe you feel the same? Please join us.



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