Assisting our Siblings with Addiction Issues

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

We recently had a “design thinking” workshop to better understand the problems in our community due to the pandemic, and to brainstorm solutions. (You can read about the workshop here and here.)

One of the things that some participants noted, was an increase in siblings struggling with addiction issues.

This increase in addiction not limited to Ordo Templi Orientis. Many healthcare professionals are already talking about and researching this aspect of the COOVID-19 pandemic. In June of 2020, alcohol sales rose 27% from March 7 before lockdowns began.

Soror Promethea, head of the U.S.G.L. Psychology Guild will present a workshop to assist local leadership to help members during this challenging time.

Please note, the limit of 16 participants. If there is need, perhaps more sessions can be scheduled in the future.

I would encourage you to ask yourself if you see a need in your community and if “no”, but you’re still interested, ask to be on the waiting list.

Love is the law, love under will.

Assisting our Siblings With Addiction Issues: A Workshop for Local Body Officers, Ordained Clergy, and Chapter Members

Hosted by Soror Promethea

This has been a difficult time for all of us and many people in our community are struggling in various ways.  Nationwide, substance use and related issues are increasing, and it is not surprising to see addiction problems increasingly impacting our Order members.  You may wonder how you, as a local leader, can best reach out to, talk with, and assist those in your community who are struggling with substance use issues.  

Letting someone know you are concerned about their substance use can be a difficult conversation, and it is not always clear how to help.  Soror Promethea is a licensed psychologist with a specialty in substance use and addiction. She currently supervises an outpatient substance use program for a major regional health system.  Her research-based approach to difficult conversations on substance abuse, can help move the bar. Studies show that even one conversation with a trusted person such as a primary care doctor, pastor, or friend can make a difference for someone who is struggling. 

You will learn positive approaches to difficult conversations that you can put into practice with someone you may be concerned about. She will draw from her training in methods for encouraging others toward positive behavior change.  She will also provide a general discussion of substance use issues, discuss common misconceptions, and provide ideas on engaging with resources in your local community. She will discuss ideas for making your local body a friendly place for those who wish to abstain from alcohol and those in early recovery.  You will have time to practice skills discussed and talk about your questions and concerns.

This class will not certify you in any formal method of therapy or counseling or intervention, nor will she provide any professional opinion or advice on particular issues within your local body.  But she will assist you, as a lay person, to have a productive approach to conversations about substance abuse with your local members.

The meeting link will be sent to registrants closer to the date of the workshop.

Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021

Time: (1.5hrs)  beginning at 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern

Registration is Limited to 16 attendees, first come first served, future iterations are planned

Please email sororpromethea@gmail.com to register and include your civil name, local body affiliation and/or role or role in the Order, and the email you would like the link sent to. 

 

Soror Promethea

President of the Psychology Guild

Asherah Chapter

Song of Freedom Oasis

 

Meet the U.S.G.L. Education Committee

This guest post is from Br Scott, the Education Committee Secretary.
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
The mission of the U.S. Grand Lodge Education Committee is to research, discuss, and recommend instructional materials and classes for local bodies. But what, exactly do we do?
First, let’s start with our course materials. One of our services is the production of high-quality course outlines which should make it easy for anyone interested to lead a discussion/presentation/lecture on a variety of topics.
Current offerings include a discussion on the Eight Limbs of Yoga, Exegesis in Theory and Practice, a discussion of Liber Resh, an introduction to O.T.O., and a discussion on Little Essays Towards Truth. We have several modules which are presently in the development/approval stages, and for the most current list of our offerings you can always check our courses page at:  https://edu.oto-usa.org/courses/
On this page you’ll also find our bank of fonts as well as a host of other offerings including a spreadsheet for tracking local dues, an image pack for Liber Resh, flashcards for memorizing Hebrew and correspondences, and a selection of useful bibliographies from Don Karr on Cabala, Solomonic Magick, the Zohar, etc.
Please note that while the font banks and bibliographies are available to everyone, the courses and other specific materials are only available to local masters and organizers who can email the secretary of the committee at:  education@oto-usa.org
A more recent function of the committee is the organization and scheduling of online presentations, both public and private. We’ve hosted a number of these presentations which have been recorded and uploaded to U.S. Grand Lodge’s Youtube channel, which you can find here.
These presentations are announced via local leadership channels and are also posted on our news page, which you can follow here:  https://edu.oto-usa.org/news/
We’re always looking for new presenters, so if this is something that you’d like to discuss then feel free to email us at education@oto-usa.org
We also maintain a calendar of local body public events, where you can always find an online event to check out on nearly any given day. It’s a great way to meet people from all over, and an even greater way to learn about some pretty amazing topics. Study groups, book clubs, social gatherings, Hermetic practice workshops, Pagans in recovery, Qabalah… I could go on and on or you could just go check it out for yourself at:  https://edu.oto-usa.org/usgl-local-body-public-events/
Finally, the committee maintains a database of traveling presenters who (once the current pandemic is over) have indicated that they are willing to travel to local bodies and lecture on various topics. Different presenters have different requirements and offerings, so take a look at the list and see if there’s something that you’re especially interested in or someone whom you’d really like to bring to your local body!
If you have any questions about the committee, who we are, what we’re doing, or how you could get involved then please feel free to reach out directly to us. Thanks!
Love is the law, love under will.
In the Bonds of the Order,
SCTT PLLR
Secretary, U.S.G.L. Education Committee