Isian News Issue 125
Fellowship of Isis News
Olivia Robertson's Upcoming USA Tour
This autumn of 2007, Lady Olivia will be visiting Chicago/IL, Altamont/NY, Long Beach/CA, Geyserville/CA, Hawaii, Pensacola/FL and Minneapolis/MN. Please see the events link above for the most recent information on her schedule as it becomes available.
Message from Olivia Robertson re: FOI Liturgy
“The Rt. Rev. Olivia Robertson, Co-Founder of the Fellowship of Isis, has never, at any time, worked in collaboration with anyone on the Liturgy. She wrote the Liturgy with the Inspiration of Isis, sitting at home, alone, in her Drawing Room. The Liturgy, published in Isian News and book form has naturally had the normal quota of typographical and other errors which have been dealt with.”
Archpriesthood to Archive FOI Registrations
In the spirit of decentralization, the Foundation Center at Clonegal Castle will no longer archive the registrations for the Fellowship of Isis. Instead, each Archpriesthood Member will archive their records at their own center, and share the information with inquirers as necessary.
The process to register a new FOI appointment or center remains the same: when a new title or center is certified, the Sponsor (person who issues the certificate) will contact a member of the Archpriesthood Union and submit that information. However, rather than sending the information on to the Foundation Center, the AU member will now keep it in her/his own personal Register.
FOI Information Sites
For a short time this past month the Fellowship of Isis Homepage was offline, due to server problems of our webhost. We know how many of you rely on this resource, and posted a temporary site that could be used in the interim. We hope this situation will not occur again, but just in case, please take a moment to bookmark the sites where new information is announced, so you can always obtain the most recent FOI news:
Yahoo Forum: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Fellowship_of_Isis_Forum
Yahoo 360: http://360.yahoo.com/foihomepage
Olivia Robertson’s 90th Birthday: April 13, 2007
Note from co-editor: We have received so many wonderful comments on Lady Olivia’s birthday. Below are photos and her account of the two-day celebration that she shares with all our members. Minette Quick (of the Circle of Brigid, who assists her at Festivals at the Foundation Center), also shares: ‘The Day’ was blessed with the most glorious weather. It was lovely to meet so many members of Olivia's family from the UK, who entertained us all with song and dance, music and drama, not to mention brilliantly improvising Olivia's own play. All this was followed by a sumptuous tea.... Next day the Temple was packed out with family and friends for the beautiful Ordination ceremony which she celebrated most movingly in her own, inimitable way!
image © Jane Marshall
Lady Olivia wrote:
This was intended to be a private occasion, but it turned out to be the reverse! About seventy people took part in the events, which covered two days, the 13th and 14th April, 2007. I decided I did not wish to be the only focus of attention, so I dedicated all we did to the Goddess Brigid of the Arts.
I shared the occasion with my twenty-three year old great-niece, Trissala, who was also born on Friday the 13th April. Her father, Swadesh Poorun, was the bridegroom with Lawrence’s daughter Melian, in the televised Isis Wedding Rite, appearing on Irish Television on Easter Sunday 1976. It was shown between the Pope’s Easter Message and the Easter Blessing from the Protestant Primate of All Ireland. It was the first time “Isis” hit the headlines in the British and world press in an article. A photo showed the smiling pair in
full robes, being married by my brother, former Anglican Rector, in Egyptian headdress and robes, under the dramatic heading “Goddess of Love Shocks a Rural ‘Eden’.” Date, 1st February 1976.
Now, 30 years on, we began our celebrations with an Isian procession round the grounds, down the long yew walk, headed by two Priestesses, Rev. Julie Felix, the folk singer and star, and Rev. Lydia Lyte, Drummer. What was splendid was that the procession consisted of thirty family members from England, ranging through 4 generations; FOI members of local Irish centres, and Clonegal Citizens – still, we hope, enjoying “a rural Eden.”
3 playlets were offered in the Castle Theatre, two by English cousins, Cressida and Caroline, and a play by myself “The Abduction Syndrome,” a light-hearted Space Children drama.
Next day we held an Ordination ceremony for Antoinette as Priestess of Quan Yin. It was lovely to see a bevy of great-great grandchildren sharing an Easter Egg on the Temple Floor! Our New Age is dawning.
image © Patrick Durdin-Robertson
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