This month as I reflect on the spirituality of Providence, it’s easy to find evidence of Source’s sustaining power everywhere I look. The trees of Providence Arboretum are flowering, birdsong accompanies us from early morning throughout the days, we’ve put herbs in the ground and a new round of blueberry bushes in our Recovery Community Memorial, and the squirrels are very excited about squirrel things. More and more people are receiving the COVID vaccine and there are fewer deaths among people who contract the virus. Businesses are reopening and we’re starting to feel freer about moving about.
Genesis has had several groups of guests in house recently; they have brought energy and laughter back into our dining and meeting rooms, and we are anticipating the culmination of Genesis’ School for Contemplative Living next weekend – it will be the first time the whole cohort is on-site since the opening weekend in September 2020.
Each of these elements brings uplift and reminds us of God’s Providential care. But there’s more!
In late April, we welcomed Deb Ondo on staff as Genesis’ Program and Marketing Manager. She’s a delight and brings skills, insight, and enthusiasm to our ministry and mission. I encourage you to pop in and say hello when you visit! Below are a few words from Deb herself.
In Providence, Liz W.
When I first learned about the program and marketing position at Genesis, I felt my entire being light up. “Look at all the good work they’re doing!” was my first reaction. Then I got quiet and listened. There it was, the low hum of an organization passionately doing the work of peace, healing and love.
The rest is history, as they say. I am grateful to be a part of such a hard-working, dedicated team, all of whom go above and beyond every single day.
That’s no exaggeration.
I’m looking forward to working with everyone connected with Genesis to help amplify its mission and cultivate programming that continues to connect people of all faiths, spiritual paths and walks of life. There are amazing opportunities for new audiences to get to know us, be inspired and share experiences that feed our hearts and souls.
How I got here
I am an artist – an oil painter, photographer and occasionally, I move words around on the page. My painting honors our mutualism and the sacred alchemy we share with one another and the planet. The natural world can teach us so much. You can see my work here: https://www.debondowildart.com
I also worked in local television in Boston for 20 years, before moving to New York, where I worked for a national nonprofit for over a decade. Last December, I moved back to Massachusetts, a place I identify as my spiritual home. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that shortly after my return, Genesis appeared.
One final note
Please don’t be strangers. I would love to hear from you if you have an idea for a program or just want to say hello. Email me at email@example.com.
As we move through the pandemic, we are all reflecting and taking stock in our personal and professional lives. We’re in this together. And Genesis is here for you!
Thank you for being treasured members of the Genesis community.
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