S.O.T.E.S. Misson Statement...
In order to forge a better understanding of the universal language of spirituality
and to break down the barriers between religions, the mission of the Society of
the Evening Star is to provide an educational facility, library, housing and
outdoor green space for the elder leaders of world faiths and minority religions
to practice, to teach and to mentor students who are searching for spiritual
answers. S.O.T.E.S. firmly believes that such teaching will assist in realizing
the potential within us, will manifest a better life for all within the community
and will help remove many of the obstacles that prevent the enjoyment of a fuller
and richer life.
|What we do...
- S.O.T.E.S. stocks a library of culturally diverse
and educational materials. Members donate additional
materials that are kept at the Center.
- Hygeia is a healing circle whose participants are dedicated to
studying and practicing the Healing Arts. Hygeia's underlying
philosophy is that an individuals health includes the physical, mental,
emotional and spiritual aspects of being; and that to be truly healed
implies that one becomes whole or sound. Through Hygeia, S.O.T.E.S.
provides a place for people of different faiths to gather with the
common goal of alleviating some of the pain and suffering in our
daily lives by exploring and practicing healing techniques together. Methods
may vary, but include Herbalism, meditation, massage, chanting and prayer,
to name a few.
- S.O.T.E.S. sponsors lectures and classes on culture and
world traditions. Our current schedule of events includes,
but is not limited to: Cabala (Jewish Mysticism), Animal
Rehabilitation, Meditation, Native American Traditions and
Beliefs, the cycles of nature, Celtic knot drawing, mask
making, Herbalism and more...
- Many S.O.T.E.S. members voluntarily staff the Acts of Kindness (AOK) charity.
A.O.K. members raise money for food for the homeless, support no-kill animal shelters,
visit the elderly in hospitals and nursing homes, offset funeral expenses for those who
cannot afford them, collect food and clothing and staff a thrift store to help those
in the community who are in need.
- S.O.T.E.S. is able to offer a legal umbrella for small
groups of like mind to be legally recognized, and we have the
ability to charter affiliate organizations that share in our
mission and goals.