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Lilliana Gibbs - But what IS Subud

Dropping things that hold us back. From Stefan, January 3, 2008. Time 15:55

Hi Lilliana,

Rereading your article I'm enjoying it enormously. You compress a lot of experience and give a terrific overview of points that other Subud Vision articles raise.

The questioning and dropping of things that hold us back seems to be the most difficult part, since people are so reluctant to discard something based on Bapak's cherished words. Part of my intention is to get our organisation to update its official stance towards lesbians and gays. If we can do this I'll be over the moon, as it will be a concrete demonstration of Subud's collective ability to move with the times and evolve in understanding.

"We are Subud; we can question and change what supports who we are, and drop what doesn’t. We can become more relevant and connected to the place and times we live in, and to the wider community."

Your summary would suit me very well as a mission statement for Subud over the next 2 years.

Best wishes from Stefan

From David W, January 4, 2008. Time 3:1

Hi Stefan

You may be interested in the following from an anonymous (but known to me, and highly reliable) source:


In Portland in 2000, the Congress passed the following motion: "Congress adopts the following non-discrimination policy: Subud U.S.A. does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation."

There was a second motion as follows: "The non-discrimination policy adopted by this Congress should be properly presented to the next Subud U.S.A. business Congress for inclusion in the Bylaws of Subud U.S.A."

At the next National Congress, in Chicago in 2002, a resolution to amend the by laws of Subud USA to include the the non-discrimination policy (with some rewording) was "properly presented" to Congress, and passed!

The minutes of the 2002 National Congress show what passed:

The delegates passed the following Subud USA bylaw additions:

Article III: Membership

Section 1: Definition

Any person who has been admitted to receive the Latihan Kejiwaan, who has their name and address duly recorded with the appropriate Group, Center, or Regional Membership Secretary and the National Membership Secretary and is verified by the Center, Regional, or National Helpers as an active member, shall be a member of this Corporation.

No person, on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, or marital status shall be discriminated against, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity for which Subud USA is responsible.

Subud USA may, however set a minimum age requirement for applicants who wish to become members, no higher than eighteen years of age.

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