The board has been busy. SIMS is in a time of transition.
Last year, we opened our own center in SODO. With the new space, we are able to offer more practice opportunities, including open sits twice weekly; practice groups and classes, such as the Under 40 Practice Group led by Keri
Pederson; and talks by renowned teachers from the Vipassana and other
traditions, such as Larry Ward, Vimalasara, and Bhikkhu Bodhi.
Maintaining the center and the opportunities it presents requires a lot of work—not just by the board but by the many
volunteers who, literally, keep the lights on (and the sound... and open the
doors, empty the trash, put out the tea, and every other
thing about which one might wonder, “Who does that?”).
SIMS also has two new interim guiding teachers—Tim Geil and
Tuere Sala. While Rodney will continue to teach in 2016, he has stepped back
from his other roles, including serving on the board. As the new guiding
teachers, Tim and Tuere have joined the board. Each brings a
wealth and diversity of experience, new perspectives and ideas about programs,
and lots of enthusiasm.
With new leadership, new programs, and a new facility, the
board is studying how it could be organized to better serve the sangha. It was one thing to be a
board when SIMS was a smaller community organized around a single teacher
meeting once a week in a rented space. Today, the board has bigger shoes to
fill as the governing body of an increasingly multi-faceted
Toward that end, we recently engaged a day-long
retreat with Kim Allen, a consultant with deep experience guiding
organizations like SIMS through growth and transition. We will report more on that work in a future newsletter. We also plan to conduct a survey later this year to learn more about what people value most and offerings they might like to see. In the meantime, feel free to approach
any of us in person or by email with questions or ideas.
For a complete report on the board's work, click here
SIMS had its beginnings nearly twenty years ago in the basement of Keystone Church in Wallingford. Rodney Smith, our founding teacher, gave weekly talks for a number of years there until the sangha outgrew the space and moved to other locations. Now, as we grow, some of us are meeting there again, to learn from new teachers--and each other. Read More