Dear Northeast Wisdom Community,
Shiftings are afoot! First of all, with immense gratitude for his years of service, we announce Bill Redfield’s retirement from the Northeast Wisdom Council. In a recent letter to the Council, Bill wrote:
It is with mixed emotions that I announce that I am stepping down from my work on the Board (Council). Having served since its inception, I have seen the growing stability of our organization in promoting the proliferation of Wisdom in our time. We are serving as an anchor for the various outposts in our greater Wisdom community. I can sense the future growth of our organization in a wider reach that may end up being national and, even perhaps international, in scope.
Because of the demands of my own Wisdom work, I feel unable to give to this post the time and energy it deserves. While relinquishing this board position, I do want to assure you that I remain committed to NEW and will continue to vigorously support it in every way I can.
I offer deep bows of appreciation to Cynthia and her teaching over these many years. She continues to chart a path forward toward deeper being and presence. And I am thankful also for our greater lineage stream as it grows in both breadth and depth. May we all continue to contribute everything we can.
Finally, I am grateful to call each and every one of you my friend. My love remains with you always.
Apart from Cynthia, this leaves me the longest serving member of our Wisdom Council (how did that happen?!), and I have never known our NEW board without Bill Redfield’s generous presence–as Vice President since late 2013 and as President since 2017. I have learned so much from Bill’s leadership, which has been steady, calm, compassionate, and wise. Bill showed us all again and again how to hold space as a leader who did not center himself or his own authority, but rather held the post in such a way that allowed the wisdom of the group to fully emerge–holarchy rather than hierarchy.
He’s also navigated the ship for us through a number of transitions and organizational growing pains. Northeast Wisdom would not be what it is without Bill. His heart is woven fully into our DNA, and as a Council we trust his discernment in these next steps in his own Wisdom calling and work, and look forward to supporting him along the way. Bill may now be an “emeritus” Council member, but he continues among us fully as an active Wisdom community member and teacher.
This transition in leadership also comes at a major inflection point in our life as an organization. We’ve been aware as a Council over the past few years that our mission has exceeded our regional naming as Northeast Wisdom. With that reality in mind, and much behind-the-scenes discernment, we’re happy to finally announce our upcoming rebranding as Wisdom Waypoints. According to National Geographic, “A waypoint is a reference point that helps us know where we are and where we’re going. Whether we’re driving, sailing, or flying, waypoints help us find our way.” It was Cynthia who brought “Waypoints” to us an a new name possibility, and we all loved it–waypoints, not endpoints; dynamic, rather than static; a journey, not a destination.
With this new naming, we are more committed than ever to serving as a Waypoints resource and community hub for our growing Wisdom network, nationally and internationally. To that end, we’ve recently been engaging in some wonderful conversations with the board of The Contemplative Society in Victoria, British Colombia, a sister organization in Cynthia’s lineage, whom we look forward to working with in increasingly collaborative and creative ways.
And finally, I’m happy to announce that at our Council meeting this past week Marcella Kraybill-Greggo and I were elected as Council Co-Chairs for the coming year (it’s going to take two of us to fill Bill’s shoes!). We’re both so honored to be entrusted with the opportunity to serve the community in this way. Stay tuned as our expanding vision manifests more fully through an updated and renamed website, which we hope to launch early in the coming year.
With you on the Wisdom way,