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Photo: Puebla, Convention Center

WORLD CONGRESSES
The World Subud Association held its 13th World Congress in Christchurch New Zealand in January 2010. These international meetings of member countries usually happen every four years and last approximatley two weeks. Members from around the world gather to enjoy being together and doing latihan, to join in workshops and discussion groups and to take pleasure in concerts, exhibitions and a variety of events. It is a multi-dimensional global festival and spiritual event as well as a youth gathering and jamboree of workshops and meetings. World Congresses draw between 1500 - 3000 members and are an extraordinary opportunity for individual Subud members.

During this colorful event, the World Subud Association holds its business meeting. Member countries may have up to four delegates who, as a group, hold one vote on proposals presented to Congress. The Congress is the supreme authority of the WSA, which is the umbrella organization for the international Subud association. This is the time that member countries decide on goals, priorities and policies of the WSA and review past activities.  New officers are elected such as the WSA and WSA executive and affiliate chairpersons.

Congress makes decisions by consensus. Usually the delegations split into official working parties dedicated to specific topics such as finance, helper work and project support. These working parties are distinct from the varied workshops that do not form part of the official congress business. The more informal workshops; however, comprise one of the most important experiences during a Congress. There is the opportunity to share experiences, learn from others and do testing regarding a wide variety of themes. During the congress, there are a host of other official meetings such as those of the Muhammad Subuh Foundation (MSF), the affiliates, the zones and the World Subud Council.

World Congresses to date:

1959 - Coombe Springs, UK
1963 - NY, USA
1967 - Tokyo, Japan
1971 - Cilandak, Indonesia
1975 - Wolfsburg, Germany
1979 – Toronto, Canada
1983 - Anugraha, UK
1989 - Sydney, Australia
1993 - Amanecer, Colombia
1997 - Spokane, USA
2001 - Bali, Indonesia
2005 - Innsbruck, Austria
2010 - Christchurch, New Zealand

WORLD CONGRESS 2014 - PUEBLA HERE WE COME -  2nd -17th of August 2014

Photo: Part of the Congress Organizing Team, talavera, and Puebla

HERE'S THE LATEST...

World Congress Website: As of April 2013, the World Congress website is up and running, please visit it: www.subudworldcongress2014.com. You will find updates, useful information, basic explanations about congress, our go green and social awareness activities, links to tourism information and lots of lovely pictures of the congress site and environment. You will also find the latest about online registration.

World Congress logo selected – March 2013
Arif Rivero writes ….
We received 32 proposals for the World Congress logo, from 12 different countries around the world, we wish to thank all the participants for their contributions, they were fantastic!

In January, the WSA Chair, the WSA Executive Chair, members from SICA International, Susila Dharma International, the SYAI youth reps, MSF, International helpers and the World Congress Organizing team, met to have a planning meeting in Puebla.  At that meeting the logos were short listed down to five.   The five left were each asked to make certain amendments which they did, and one month later the final choice was made.

The winning logo shown here was designed by the Puebla Group and was also one of the two most popular choices on the Facebook page, so we are very happy that this was overall the popular choice.


14th SUBUD WORLD CONGRESS, PUEBLA, MEXICO 2-17 August 2014

REGISTRATION FEE: There is one registration fee and one discount fee. The discounted fee must be requested, but has been set up to help anyone in need and is not simply based on country of residency. The reduction will apply for people on low incomes, from developing countries but also, members on unemployment or elderly members on low pensions, youth who are studying or starting their careers, etc. There will be a daily rate at congress, but this is not fixed as yet. Registrations will begin online in March 2013. Read the full report!

Report January 2012 in English, Spanish and Indonesian.

A list of current members of the World Congress Organizing Team (WCOT) is taking shape.

And check out the facebook group: Subud World Congress Puebla 2014.

The New York Times picked Puebla as one of the 45 sites to see in 2012, calling it "the affluent capital of one of Mexico’s safest states". The city is making major investments in civic improvements, including light-rail and modernizing public spaces. Puebla is today one of Mexico's major industrial cities. Its historic district is a World Heritage site and when you attend congress, you'll want to bring home a piece of talavera, famous local pottery (photo). Read the article here. To get even more of a feel for Puebla, the Smithsonian magazine features an article on "Savoring Puebla: Mexico's 'City of Angels'" with a short video on 'Mariachis in Puebla'. Check them out!

MEXICO CONGRESS AND MEETINGS in PUEBLA, 2011

SITE SELECTION for Puebla was supported by this proposal. In April 2011 several events were hosted in Puebla for the first international planning meetings.

Subud Mexico and Puebla hosted a Gathering, Mexican National Congress, Zone 7 Meeting, and Congress Organizing Committee Meeting in April, 2011. Four reports followed the events, including fascinating information about Puebla, the planning process, and more. Hoan Toan, Subud USA Kejiwaan Councillor, writes: "[Puebla] is one of the five most important cities in Mexico. The city is famous for mole poblano, chilies en nogada and Talavera pottery."

And from Dave, Zone 7 Representative: "The motto for our Zone Council meeting was 'Work hard, have fun'. [Puebla] is an exciting, attractive, and safe city for our next World Congress." Read Dave's report.

Maya Korzybski, WSA Executive Vice-Chair, wrote from a business perspective on the planning of the congress and Rusdi Genest, Committee Councillor from Canada, addressed safety aspects in this brief paper.

(Photo: Luthfi, Fernando and Arif, Subud Mexico's Kejiwaan Councillor, Congress Organizing Chair and Committee Councillor)

 

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Aerial View, Puebla Convention Center

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2010 WORLD CONGRESS OUTCOMES:

Osanna's Prelude to the Congress Minutes
2010 World Congress Minutes, v3
2010 World Congress Minutes, v3 FRENCH
2010 World Congress Minutes, v3 SPANISH
Working Party Paper: Strengthening our Organization
Working Party Paper: Talents, Projects and Wings
Working Party Paper: External Relations
Working Party Paper: Finance and Muhammad Subuh Foundation
Working Party Paper: Helpers
Updated WSA bylaws
WSA Archives Resolutions and Recommendations
Wisma Subud Heritage Resolution
ISC/WSA Name Change Proposal

How to improve our World Congresses? Read this report compiled by Dave Hitchcock, Zone 7 Representative, with input gathered from across the globe along with another report gathered from members in South America (Spanish) (English).

Reports from countries, WSA executive functions, MSF, and additional delegate information are available on the 'World Congress documents' page under the 'Resources for Members' tab on this site or write to wsa@subud.org.

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2010 World Congress and Indonesian dancers, photos by Rachman Cantrell

 
EVENT CALENDAR
In addition to these meetings, cultural events, international youth and family camps, national congressess and more are regularly promoted and reported in various Subud media, and may be found on the events calendar of Subud World News.


INTERNATIONAL GATHERINGS

In addition to the world congress every four years, the WSA organizises many international gatherings in between. It is customary to host gatherings when the World Subud Council meets, which is usually annually. In recent times, there were such get-togethers in India (2006), England (2007), Colombia (2008), Spain, (2009), and Indonesia (2011).

THE 2013 EL CAMINO GATHERING was held in Poio, Spain, in late June and early July and was attended by approximately 200 members. As usual, there was a large international presence due in part to the many international meetings happening before or at the same time. The World Subud Council, the Muhammad Subuh Foundation and the Zone 3 Council met. The Mayor of Poio welcomed members of the World Subud Council at the start of their meeting and it was publicized in the local newspaper (photo).

You may read more in the August WSA News.

2012 AMERICAS GATHERING in Vancouver, Canada. Along with rich cultural and spiritual programs, there were international presentations, outings (kayaking photo) and meetings, including the World Subud Council meeting, the Muhammad Subuh Foundation Trustees meeting, an International Culural Association meeting, Zone 7 Council meeting and Subud Canada's Annual General Meeting.

This was the fourth 'America's Gathering', with prior gatherings held in 1999 in Mexico (called the 'Pan-American Gathering'), in 2003 in Colombia and Brazil, and in 2008 in Colombia. In 2004 a Zone 7 Gathering was held at the same venue. Prior to 1999 the singular other Zone 7 gathering, (or North America event at that time), was in Montreal in 1992 and so this was truly a unique opportunity for members spread over the continent as well as Latin America. For additional news, visit the Zone 7 page.

2011 RUNGAN SARI INTERNATIONAL GATHERING
The Rungan Sari International Gathering in Kalimantan welcomed people from all over the world as well as many Indonesian members. The Gathering ran parallel to the World Subud Council and Muhammad Subuh Foundation Meetings and between visitors and residents close to 200 people were present enjoying kejiwaan activities, visits to local social projects, presentations and entertainment.

Being in Rungan Sari, a community of Subud members, allowed for a special atmosphere. It also gave members from around the world a taste and first-hand experience of the amazing number of projects and activities that are intertwined with the community around Rungan Sari. To see a glimpse of these activities you may visit www.rungansari.net.

2010 SUBUD BRITAIN FAMILY HOLIDAY AND CONGRESS
Subud Britain hosted not only their annual holiday and their 2010 national congress in the historic spa town of Great Malvern, but the Zone 3 Council (Western Europe) and the World Subud Council meetings were held at the same time. Over 600 members attended.

2009 CAMINO GATHERING IN SPAIN
Western Europe, (Zone 3), hosted an international Gathering for a week in May in near one of the famous pilgram's roads to Santiago de Compostela, or the 'Camino,' in northwest Spain. A monastery provided the accommodations and various international Subud bodies such as the World Subud Council, the Muhammad Subuh Foundation Trustees, and the Zone 3 Council met at the same time.
 

 

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