Kagyu Changchub Chuling seal     Newsletter — August 2015

Greetings, !

Welcome to KCC’s second summer issue.  Our focus this month is on updating you on the children’s program and the search for a new urban center.  In addition, KCC’s new administrative coordinator, Jennifer Cox, reflects on her first few months on the job.  

We hope you enjoy this issue and that you will let us know how it can be improved to best serve the KCC community.

Children’s Program Seeks Help
By Deborah Brink Wohrmann

Since the 1990’s when Julia King Tamang created a children’s program at KCC, it has served many families well. As KCC has grown, the program has taken on different forms—and the room upstairs is often more crowded than in the early days. Parents and their children are nourished.

On summer break until September, the program is in flux. Two key people who teach and organize the program are stepping away due to other commitments. To invite new ideas and people, Zopa Heron will host a conversation about the Children’s Program on August 13, 6:30 pm, at KCC. 

“Here is a good, fun, profound opportunity to stretch your own practice and support the KCC community, in particular our parent members and their children,” she writes. “If you have most of the following qualities,” consider attending:

  • Have fairly calm, positive energy and experience guiding children as a teacher, aide, assistant or parent
  • Attend practice at KCC fairly regularly
  • Keep a steady practice of your own
  • Have interest in helping to coordinate, teaching occasionally or being a lead teacher
  • OR if you are wondering creatively about all this and how you might fit in

If you wish to attend the meeting or volunteer, please send an email to Zopa, including your skills. 

In This Issue

Children’s Program Seeks Help

Parent Spotlight

Update on New Urban Center

Reflections from  KCC’s New Administrative Coordinator

Upcoming Events










Jennifer Cox,
John Jennings, Barbara Miller, Rosemarie Sweet, and Deborah Brink Wöhrmann ​contributed to the production of this newsletter.

Parent Spotlight

One parent, Usha Noble, and her daughter, Samaya, began attending KCC in 2013. We recently asked her to tell us something about her experience.

Q. What has it meant to you to have a Kids’ program at KCC?

Samaya and I first came to KCC around November of 2013.  Sonya was teaching upstairs and Samaya loved the Sunday morning class right from the beginning.  Going to KCC together was a lovely thing to share with each other and my favorite part of the morning was just walking together, feeling her little hand slip into mine and hearing her chattering all the way there, and then listening to her share what she did and learned on the way home.

Q. How has your daughter benefited?

Samaya consistently loved the kids program and always looked forward to going, making space for it in her busy social life.  She has had issues with fear in her life and her teacher at school recommended that she participate in a spiritual community, just to fill her heart and mind with peace, love, and beauty.  She instinctively gravitates towards the dharma teachings, the environment and community at KCC.

Q. How have you been involved?

Parents participate in any and all capacities, and after a very brief attempt at holding a class of students,  I realized that I did not have the skills of a teacher and so am very content to clean the classrooms at the end of the mornings, help bring snacks and occasionally take children to the park for the second hour.

If the children’s program can continue in the future,  I can be counted on to support teachers by cleaning up the classroom, picking up supplies, bringing snacks, and assisting in other ways if needed.

Q. How have you benefited? Can you share other observations or thoughts about having a kids’ program at KCC?

When parents can share a place with their children, their hearts are more invested in that place. It fulfills a need for families by nourishing both parent and child. A sustainable vibrant all-ages children’s program will answer a huge need for our growing community, making it possible for families to make KCC a part of their lives.

Update on New Urban Center
By John Jennings

The New Urban Center Committee is still actively looking for buildings and has found several possibilities that are not yet listed for sale. We are keeping tabs on those projects and looking for others. We have recently created a task force to focus on funding and financing the new center. The mission of this group is to lead, plan and execute the effort to raise funds.

At Lama Michael’s request, Dora DeCoursey will head the task force because of her long history with KCC. Task Force members include Sandy Pollock, Mark Eichstadt, Mary Linda Eichstadt, Phil Wallin, and John Jennings. Aside from major donations, the group is looking at pledges, seller financing, bridge loans from Sangha members and grants. The task force is also charged with coordinating with other KCC fundraising efforts such as the Capacity Building initiative.

Reflections from KCC’s New Administrative Coordinator,
Jennifer Cox

I took this position because I did not want just any kind of part-time job.  I felt that this was an opportunity for me to grow closer to KCC, bring practice into the “work” environment, and understand the dharma center on a different level.  

So far, I am really enjoying getting to know the Sangha on this level.  I have to say, I didn't expect that I would feel such fulfillment from it.  It has been a very creative process.  In my view, organizations are ever-changing forces and it takes a whole lot of creativity and unconventional thinking to keep them strong.  Having the time to wrap my brain around KCC in this way has been a fun challenge.  It has also been wonderful to work with people from KCC who I have known only casually.  Linda Besant, Tim Campbell, and Sally Mead have been great to work with and I am looking forward to getting to know all of the volunteers and committees as time goes by.

Since the administrative coordinator is a brand new role, I have started by navigating through the organization to find out what makes sense for the coordinator to do.  It has been important for me to get a clear understanding of what each committee does, how the volunteers feel and how that fits into KCC as a whole.  To do this in a timely manner, I sent out a questionnaire last month to each volunteer.  I appreciate everyone who was able to respond.  The information was eye opening and quite wonderful. It has given me so much information to guide me in this work.

Here are some interesting results from the questionnaire:

  •  48 people were invited to take the survey, and we received 29 results (including multiple surveys from a single invitee).
  •  All committees meet once a month or as needed.
  •  38% spend 2 hours or less a week volunteering.  33% spend between 5-10 hours a week.
  • 83% feel their committee meets the perfect amount. 16% feel their committee doesn’t meet enough.
  • 100% of people prefer email over any other form of communication.
  • 52% would like to get scheduled tasks and notifications sent to them. 47% would not.
  • The  majority feel that they are using their talents well.  These talents include: sewing, organizing, editing, writing, community-building, relationship-building, group organizing, providing historical knowledge of KCC, facilitating groups to support spiritual health, demonstrating empathy and compassion, retail management, conflict resolution, knowledge of  plants, detail orientation, problem solving, graphic design, counseling, applying spiritual practice to the work, and human resource management.

I have such excitement for KCC’s future and I am so happy to be part of it!

Upcoming Events

For more information about any of the events listed below, please see the KCC website, http://www.kcc.org.

Young Adult Group
Friday, August 7, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Leadership Retreat
Friday, August 7, 2015 - 6:30pm to Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 5:00pm

Board of Directors Meeting
Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Newcomer’s Night
Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

The Bodhisattva Vow
Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:30pm

Young Adult Group
Friday, September 4, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

All-Day Sit: Zhinay
Sunday, September 6, 2015 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

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