Subud Archives Interviews in Seattle
What a remarkable weekend it was March 4-6, 2022 as the Subud Archives interview project began in earnest in Seattle. Along with Benjamin Boyce your humble narrator had the huge privilege of discussing how longtime members found Subud, became members and articulated how the Latihan has changed their lives. All interviews were conducted in the women’s Latihan hall at the Seattle Subud House and the schedule was packed:
FRIDAY, MARCH 4:
5:00 – Paul Nelson with Benjamin Boyce
SATURDAY, MARCH 5:
10am – Jim and Lucinda O’Halloran with Paul Nelson
11am – Elisha Gullixson with Paul Nelson
12N – Sebastian and Lorraine Tedrow with Paul Nelson
1pm – LUNCH BREAK
2pm – Evan and Annie Padilla with Benjamin Boyce
3pm – Halstein Stralberg with with Benjamin Boyce
4pm – Daniel Stralberg with Benjamin Boyce
5pm – Halimah Bellows with Benjamin Boyce
SUNDAY, MARCH 6:
12N – Danela Mauguin with Paul Nelson
1pm – Sebastian Tedrow and Chuck Cary with Paul Nelson
2pm – Hanafi Libman with Benjamin Boyce
The archives project is prioritizing older members. We expect there will be future weekends when interviews are conducted for those who were missed the first time. The SUSA Archives project, led by Lucas Boladian and Matthew Clark, had wonderful administrative assistance from Laura Paterson. After the long Covid lockdown, this weekend had a euphoric feeling and I suspect as the archives team rolls out their crew to other Subud communities in North America, there will be similar experiences.
Of particular interest to me was the information about the founding of Subud Greater Seattle in 1960, by Chuck Cary and others, how it was part of the metaphysical community which included the Qwest Theosophical bookstore (still there on Capitol Hill) and the acquisition of the Subud House by a very young Sebastian Tedrow, among others. Important history, to be sure and hopefully coming to your town soon. These interviews will be made available to Subud members after post-production is complete.
One critical note. Ibu Rahayu has asked that these interviews not be made available to the general public, which of course includes posting on Facebook and other social media sites. The SUSA Archives committee is doing everything possible to ensure these interviews are conducted and presented in the best way. Individual members are asked to refrain from conducting interviews without working in concert with the SUSA Archives effort, which has been going on for almost two years and has taken care to address legal, ethical and other issues in the best way possible.
All photos by Benjamin Boyce.