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Shining a Light on Local Spiritual Organizations: Where to find spiritual community in NY and CT

Nov 29, 2014 11:39AM

Dances of Universal Peace at Mariandale Center in Ossining

Hakim Dan Gallagher, a Sufi Initiate within the Sufi Ruhaniat International, will lead Dances of Universal Peace this winter at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center in Ossining, NY. The dances take place on Monday evenings, December 15 and January 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Dances of Universal Peace set scriptures and sacred phrases from the world’s spiritual traditions to music and movement. No musical or dance experience, special attire or partners are required to participate, and everyone is welcome to join in. A $10 donation is suggested, and more information is available at

Reservations are required for both events, and can be made by calling Sister Janet Marchesani at 914.941.4455, ext. 108, emailing [email protected], or contacting Hakim Dan Gallagher at 608.438.3732 or [email protected]

Mariandale is a retreat and conference center on the Hudson, with 40 bedrooms and a wide array of meeting rooms, a full meal service, swimming pool, chapel, nature trails, community garden and labyrinth. The center is available for group and private retreats and organizational meetings, and offers unique spiritual programming throughout the year.

Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center is located at 299 North Highland Ave., Ossining, NY. For more info about facilities and programs, visit or call 914.941.4455, ext. 0.


Rev. Deborah Steen Ross

Rev. Deborah Steen Ross

New Vision Interspiritual Seminary Offers Ministerial Training

The New Vision Interspiritual Seminary (NVIS) in Elmsford, NY, is offering one- and two-year training programs for students who wish to understand the metaphysical concepts and energies of all religions in order to relate to people of many spiritual traditions and practices.

“These programs are a place where people come together to discover and be supported in their unique ministries,” says NVIS director, the Rev. Deborah Steen Ross. “Each student receives the individual support and nurturing necessary to birth and expand her or his gifts in this new era.”

Steen Ross says NVIS programs offer students the tools and skills they need to become an ordained Interspiritual Minister. “NVIS believes that ‘interspirituality’ means the confluence of hands, hearts and minds coming together to create something new that is connected with all of life on an energetic and mystical level,” she says. “It transcends the everyday and accesses the divine in every religion, person and the Earth herself.”

NVIS welcomes light and energy workers, healers, clairvoyants, mediums, channels, shamans and other energy practitioners and recognizes the deeper energies of all diverse spiritual paths.

For more info, visit, email [email protected], or call 914.345.2043. New Vision Interspiritual Seminary is located in Elmsford, NY.


Celebrating Sacred Fire Ceremony with Deep Arrow Woman

Celebrating Sacred Fire Ceremony with Deep Arrow Woman

Spiritual Programs and a Solstice Celebration

Offered by StarVisions

StarVisions, a non-profit charity, offers opportunities for people to share and grow while enjoying holistic learning and healing opportunities. The organization offers a wide variety of spiritual enrichment programs that foster connection to community and fellow wisdom seekers.

“For those seeking spiritual growth and peace, or striving to create greater harmony in life, StarVisions programs provide tools for living a more conscious and authentic lifestyle,” says board president Peter Ferrio. “We also provide spiritual seekers with opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals during our programs throughout the year and by socializing and getting to know one another, which makes for a strong community of support.”

StarVisions’ December programs take place at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Mt. Kisco, NY. They include Rev. Dan Chesbro presenting on the Order of Melchizedek on December 7, and internationally renowned medium Roland Comtois delivering channeled messages on December 8. Seekers can also discover winter’s gifts and how to overcome its challenges with Deep Arrow Woman and her Everyday Shamanism workshop on December 13, followed that evening by an Earth Renewal public Sacred Fire Ceremony at 5 p.m. On December 21, StarVisions celebrates the Winter Solstice at the Chapel at Croton Falls at 6 p.m. 

To learn more and register for StarVisions programs, visit or call 914.236.4503.


Albertson Memorial  Church of Spiritualism

Albertson Memorial Church of Spiritualism

Upcoming Events at Albertson Memorial Church

Albertson Memorial Church of Spiritualism, located in Old Greenwich, CT, will be hosting several events in December, including a Spiritual, Psychic & Healing Fair on December 6 from noon to 5pm. The fair will feature many types of readings – psychic intuitive, Mediumship, Tarot cards, pendulum, Angel cards as well as Reiki healing sessions for both people and animals (animals must be leashed or crated). Appointments are available but walk-ins are also welcome. The readings are $40 and up; the Reiki sessions begin at $20.

The church’s regular Sunday services occur weekly from 11a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and include music, inspirational talks by spiritualist or interfaith guest ministers, meditation, hands-on healing and spirit communications.

On December 7, the church will hold two events, beginning with Rev. Tom Kearns on service and spirit communications at 11a.m. followed by an astrology workshop at 1p.m. The church’s Mediumship Development Class will be held 7-9 p.m. on December 10. Rev. Avery Manchester will run a candlelight service on December 14 at 5p.m. while Rev. Mary Yankee offers another Service and Spirit Communications lecture on December 28 at 11a.m.

The Church’s mission is to offer a place and space where people of all religious and spiritual backgrounds may come together to worship God and to express and share in the divinity and sanctity of the Human Spirit. This is done through worship, song, prayer, healing, community service and fellowship, as well as an appreciation of the gifts of the Spirit in all people.

Albertson Memorial Church of Spiritualism is located at 293 Sound Beach Ave. in Old Greenwich, CT. For more info, visit or email [email protected]


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