Reflections on a Day of Wandering - June 2018

In June 2018 several men from the Southwestern Ohio Illuman Small Group participated in their second annual day of wandering at Caesar Creek Sate Park. The men in attendance were invited to contemplate the masculine side to what most people describe as "Mother Nature." What follows are the reflections of two men who participated in this event...

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Ohio Illuman Convener Monthly Update - July 2018

I've been a bit shaken up by the recent suicide of Anthony Bordain. From the outside it looked as if he was doing creative, meaningful work that he loved while enjoying great material success. Apparently much more was going on below the surface. He is now the latest in a string of prominent men who have taken their own lives…
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What is the Men's Rites of Passage?

The Men’s Rites of Passage (MROP) is not just another Catholic/Christian men’s retreat, but five days of formal male initiation. These teachings on the “mysteries” and the accompanying rituals of Passover have been met with a very strong response in recent years. Over 6,000 men have now been initiated through these rites of male initiation since they were begun in 1996.

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Oasis Ministries - Men4Directions

M4D (Men4Directions) is renewable year long program with Oasis Ministries intended to help men grow in faith, self-awareness, and spiritual wholeness. The same group of men meet four different times throughout the year focused on the metaphors and spiritual lessons of the calendar seasons (summer, fall, winter, spring) and the global directions (south, west, north, east).

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Ohio Illuman Convener Monthly Update - May 2018

Last month was very busy for me. As mentioned in our April Newsletter, I attended the annual Illuman Leadership Retreat early in April. It was a great five days of getting to know my Illuman Brothers who are in positions of leadership. We spent a lot of time in Council while also doing our own spiritual and group work…

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Ohio Illuman Convener Monthly Update - April 2018

The Ohio Illuman Board of Directors met in March to plot our course for 2018. I would like to welcome three new brothers to the board: Brian Mueller, Rich Horton, and Jonathon Farmerie. They will be joining vice president Bob Farmerie, treasurer Tom Simmonds, secretary Shawn Witmer, and me as your president...

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Ohio Illuman Convener Monthly Update - March 2018

What do all the recent shooting incidents have in common? What is going on with men, and particularly young men, in our country? Why do so many men feel so isolated and angry that the only way for them to express themselves is through violence and killing?

We in Illuman believe we have an alternative to this dangerous form of toxic masculinity...

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