The connection travels continue! Our last trip was to Florida and we had an amazing time there. Our second trip was in August. We went to the southwest to visit our MSIA family. Our purpose was to connect one-to-one with folks and explore how each of us is called inwardly to live and share the Traveler’s teachings, and to expand in loving service.
This is a fairly new outreach experiment to share what’s happening in different MSIA locations, touch in as family, gather together in the Spirit to see what’s next to make the Teachings available, and how we can better support and love one another.
We were absolutely thrilled once again for the opportunity to gather and share and connect with our southwestern MSIA family! Here are highlights: (See the blog below for detail on each event.)
We landed in Austin, and the community greeted us with an abundance of joy, enthusiasm, care, loving and gratitude. Here we are with our most lovely host, Thelene Scarborough, as we made our way to the Saturday events in Austin.
Debbie Roth, Skyler Patton, Thelene Scarborough
We seemed to serve as a Light infusion to bring forward each community’s next steps in sharing the Teachings – including resolving issues and concerns. They also expressed how valued they felt by our visit.
We took photos GALORE & posted all over Facebook. Click the links below for photos & FB comments (THEY’RE AWESOME):
Austin Welcome Dinner
Austin Community Celebration
Austin Blessings Gathering
Dallas Soul Awareness Seminar
Santa Fe Intro to HeartReach & Community Gathering
Albuquerque Airport Breakfast with Marion and Joe Boandl
Great next steps came out of our visit, e.g.:
*The Austin folks want to host another community celebration in a few months & Zoom in Skyler & me for the discussion. And there’s interest in doing more PTS classes and seminars, e.g., Grace Meyer’s Seminar Leader status was just reactivated!
*Hesperia Blackburn stepped forward as the HeartReach Rep for Austin. (YAY) The community also created a HeartFelt Facebook group so they can send Light to and participate in each other’s service projects.
*The Dallas community is planning to continue their seminars – Frank just sent out an invite for the next one! He and Harpreet are also in touch with folks in various locations throughout Dallas to facilitate more connection.
*Santa Fe peeps came up with great ideas for new events and already contacted Angel to do a meditation and nature walk. They’re also exploring how to design their Light list to better support one another.
*The new woman who came to the open seminar in Santa Fe followed up to find out how to stay in contact. (She attended b/c we invited her personally when putting up flyers in a local bookstore!)
There were lots of seeds planted and giving and receiving of loving, caring, and sharing.
Let us know if you have suggestions by emailing email@example.com and DebbieRoth@msia.org. Please also send the Light for next steps, both with Florida, the southwest and a possible next location to visit.
We are so grateful to have done this visit. It was deeply meaningful for both of us beyond words.
Below is more detail on each of the events if you’d like to read more.
Debbie & Skyler
EVENT DETAILS FOR OUR SOUTHWESTERN TRIP:
AUSTIN (8/17 – 8/20)
We stayed in Austin where we had the weekend filled with events, creativity and learning.
Friday eve 8/17 Welcome dinner with community
Mark Blackburn picked us up at the airport with big smiles and lots of jokes (if you know Mark, this isn’t surprising).
We started with a lovely welcome dinner at a great Austin restaurant. This was the first event ever for one of the ministers – so good to connect.
Thelene Scarborough, Skyler Patton, Robert McCreight, Beth Hinman, Carol Beau, Mark Blackburn, Debbie Roth, Jules Vieau
Mark Blackburn, Debbie Roth, Jules Vieau
Thelene Scarborough, Skyler Patton, Robert McCreight, Beth Hinman, Carol Beau
Sat 8/18 Afternoon Community Celebration & Evening dinner with PTS Facilitators
On Saturday, Kevin and Sherri Robinson hosted a community celebration in their GORGEOUS home. Angel said they haven’t hosted anything in a while, so how nice they volunteered for this.
Mark Rose, Mark Blackburn, Robert McCreight, Jennifer Brown, Carol Beau, Thelene Scarborough, Grace Meyer, Lily Blackburn
Lois Stuart, Sherri Robinson, Evangeline & Lily Blackburn, Hesperia Blackburn, Skyler Patton, Kevin Robinson
Mark Blackburn, Grace Meyer, Beth Hinman, Kevin Robinson, Jennifer Brown, Robert McCreight, Thelene Scarborough, Lily Blackburn, Rhonda Young, Lynn Williams, Skyler Patton
We started with a yummy potluck and then went into a valuable discussion about HeartFelt/HeartReach with Skyler. Folks shared how they want to learn what service projects each other is doing. They decided to create a HeartFelt Facebook group to send Light and participate in each other’s activities. And, we also talked about how much the community wants to get together on a more regular basis, such as with seminars and fun dinners.
THEN we did creative contributions – WOW! So much Spirit was present. Mark and Hesperia’s two kids performed, Skyler sang a song, I did a poem, Beth Hinman read a story, and more.
Evangeline Blackburn playing the violin!
Lily Blackburn with her dad, Mark Blackburn singing a song!
Robert McCreight’s excellent storytelling!
Sun 8/19 Blessings Gathering with Zoom
A number of years ago, John and Leigh hosted the first Blessings Gatherings in their home. Beth Hinman has continued this beautiful ministry in Austin with Carol Beau hosting the events — the latest one was on our visit!
We started (and ended!) with a John Morton meditation, followed by sharing what we were grateful for, and how we’d like to ask for a blessing on situations, people, the planet, etc. The energy was so high, it just doesn’t translate into words. A perfect wrap up to our trip!
Ford Hubbard, Beth Hinman, Lois Stuart
Rosie Von Zurmuehlen
Skyler Patton, Lily Blackburn
Mark Blackburn, Debbie Roth, Robert McCreight
We stayed one night with Frank and Harpreet Vitale and their two lovely daughters. They regaled us with toys, love, and a taste of Dallas Chinese food and then we did…. Frank’s first Soul Awareness semina!
What a lovely event. We did contributions, watched J-R’s Authentic Empowerment, and then folks shared how they wanted to continue gathering together so they can support one another. Before our trip, Frank reached out to local Dallas Discourse subscribers to invite them, so other folks may join in for future seminars too.
Debbie Roth, Lily Vitale, Harpreet Vitale
Skyler Patton, Allison Ingels, Lily, Harpreet Vitale, Frank Vitale, Dierdre Tinker
SANTA FE (8/21 – 8/23)
On Tuesday, we arrived in Santa Fe in the morning and had time with Ann Folks and Sarah Stout, our host. Then we went over to Ann’s house for…
Tues 8/21 Afternoon Introduction to HeartFelt/HeartReach & Evening Community Gathering
HeartFelt/HeartReach was our first topic of the day. Skyler and the community explored how they’re doing their Light list and how to better serve those in need. Then, folks shared openly about how to get more people involved in supporting and participating in local events. We talked together about the value of nurturing one-to-one connection and giving folks more freedom to step up and share their gifts.
Between events, they reached out to call fellow ministers to invite them to that evening’s Community Gathering. This outreach really touched people!
After a lovely dinner provided by Ann Folks, we had a community gathering with key volunteers – including Rebecca Skeele on Zoom. They shared further about how to bring new energy into what’s happening, such as extending personal invitations to participate and nurturing the Beloved in one another. They came up with creative events that they’re excited about and are already taking next steps to hold a meditation and nature walk.
Skyler Patton, Debbie Roth
Skyler Patton, Gale Litvak, Marsha Winborn, Sarah Stout, Mitch Buzcek, Susan Voorhees, Ann Folks, Susan Waters
Mitch Buzcek, Ann Folks
Mitch Buzcek, Ann Folks, Susan Waters
Wed 8/22 Evening “Exploring Spirit in Your Life” Seminar
Debbie saw Skyler off to the airport, and then Sarah Stout and I shared a lovely lunch in her cottage. Afterward, Ann Folks and I went around Santa Fe to put up flyers for that evening’s Soul Awareness seminar. One woman was reading in a bookstore, and we invited her to attend the seminar- and she DID!
The seminar itself was a cozy circle in Sarah’s studio. One minister expressed gratitude for the connection b/c she’d been going through a tough time, and the new woman seemed touched. She took intro materials with her, and our contact info.
And to wrap up…..
Thurs 8/23 Breakfast with Joe and Marion Boandl
I headed to the airport on Thursday morning. Joe and Marion picked me up and escorted us to IHOP, where we talked about the early days of MSIA. This is before Discourses, and they attended the weekly seminars that J-R was doing in homes around LA. Marion and Joe have been offering their own weekly seminars for over 30 years! They are incredible people.
Debbie Roth, Marion Boandl, Joe Boandl
What a blessing our MSIA family is!