New IDMR International Secretary
The International Board of Trustees recently held an election to select a new Secretary due to the retirement of Dr. Marion Harris. The results of the election were announced at the September meeting of the International Board of Trustees held on Saturday, September 11, 2021. Dr. Deborah Sharp was elected as the new International Secretary of the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research. The Board wholeheartedly welcomed Dr. Sharp to her new position.
NEW TRUSTEES ELECTED
The International Board of Trustees recently held an election to select two new Trustees to fill the vacancies on the Board due to the demise of Dr. Marion Harris and Dr. Oliver Gill. Dr. Deborah Sharp of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch was elected as Trustee and Dr. Ronald Glover, Dean of IDMR Franklin-Middletown, Ohio was elected as Trustee. Dr. Glover was also recently appointed and approved as Ohio State Dean. The International Board of Trustees extends a hearty welcome to them.
New IDMR International Treasurer
Due to the recent retirement of Dr. Marion Farley from the Office of Treasurer of the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research, the International Board of Trustees recently held an election to select a new Treasurer. Dr. Farley stated that it has been an honor to serve as International Treasurer for 36 years. He will retain his position as Trustee. The results of the election were announced at the July meeting of the International Board of Trustees held on Saturday, July 24, 2021. Dr. Joseph Lafergola was elected as the new International Treasurer of the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research. The Board wholeheartedly welcomed Dr. Lafergola to his new position and thanked Dr. Farley for his years of service.
IDMR BRANCH SCHEDULE CHANGES DUE to COVID-19 and Visitation Restrictions
Prior to making plans to visit ANY IDMR Branch School, please check the Branch Schedule Updates at the bottom of the News Page to ensure that class is being held and to ensure there are no visitation restrictions. Also, please contact the branch directly in advance to make them aware of your plans to visit, to verify the current class schedule and to obtain any COVID-19 related protocols. Some branches are temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions and many branches are unable to accommodate visitors at this time due to social distancing requirements.
Please do not send personal mail to IDMR PO Boxes, specifically, International Headquarters and the Los Angeles Branch. The Los Angeles Secretary is having to stand in line to sign for personal packages and personal mail. IDMR PO Boxes should only be used for branch school business.
MP3/MP4 PROGRAM UPDATE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL DEAN
In accordance with the request of the International Dean, all active members in good standing prior to COVID-19 should remain on the MP3/MP4 distribution list in their branch school until September 30, 2021. The previous cutoff date of July 1st is being extended until September 30, 2021. Members who were active prior to COVID-19 should not be removed from the list.
WEST COAST WILDFIRES
Information available to International Headquarters as of August 25, indicates that no IDMR members have been adversely impacted by the West Coast Wildfires.
TROPICAL STORM HENRI
Information currently available to International Headquarters as of August 22, indicates that IDMR members fared well during Tropical Storm Henri and did not sustain any injuries or damage.
IDMR BRANCHES NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE MP3/MP4 PROGRAM
It is the desire of the International Dean that all IDMR members have access to the MP3's and MP4's. If you are a member in active status attending a branch that has opted out of the MP3/MP4 Program and you would like to receive the lectures, please contact Dr. Patricia Nelson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not have access to email, please contact her by phone at 951-236-6160. You may also contact Dr. Alysia Bradford at email@example.com. Thank You.
CHARTS NEEDED FOR IDMR LAWTON BRANCH
The IDMR Lawton Oklahoma Branch needs a digital Ages & Dispensation Chart and a Carnal Ordinance Chart. If your branch school has one that is no longer needed, please contact the IDMR Lawton Oklahoma Branch. The Lawton Branch will pay shipping costs. Thank you.
IDMR INTERNATIONAL BEREAVEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT
Dr. Oliver Gill, Trustee, Ohio State Dean and Dean of the IDMR Springfield Ohio Branch, passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Dr. Oliver E. Gill Obituary - Visitation & Funeral Information: https://www.kinleymemorialservices.com/obituaries/obituary-listings?obId=21843746.
Dr. Marion Harris, Trustee and retired International Secretary, passed away peacefully at home with family without pain at about 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 9, 2021. Dr. Marion Harris was the beloved wife of Dr. Robert Harris, International Dean and Vice-President. There will be no service. A virtual celebration of life will follow along with notification of that event. Additional information will be provided via www.idmr.net and IWBA News pages. The family requests no telephone calls at this time. Cards and condolences may be sent to Dr. Leah Wilmore, 3405 W. 21st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90018.
Dr. Catherine (Kitty) Sleggs, a longtime member of the Hornell, NY Branch, passed away suddenly at her home Monday, October 18, 2021, at the age of 90. She is the mother of Drs. Lynne Mitchell, Shelly Williamson and Sandy Hughes and was the grandmother of Dr. Tom Lauterborn. Cards of condolence may be sent to: The Family of Catherine Sleggs, 9131 Bump Road, Cuba NY, 14727. A Celebration of life is being planned for Sunday, November 14, 2021.
Dr. Nathaniel Washington, longtime dedicated member of IDMR, husband of Dr. Rhonda Washington (President, Clear Lake TX Branch) passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2021, due to a non-COVID related illness. Cards and condolences can be sent to Dr. Rhonda Washington at the following address: 11607 Spill Creek Dr., Pearland, TX 77584. You may also contact Rhonda via cell at 713.478.6621. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the following location on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. CST: Clayton Funeral Home (281) 485-4446 - 5530 W. Broadway; Pearland, TX 77581. The service may also be viewed via livestream at the following site: https://claytonfuneralhomes.com/. · Click Obituaries in upper righthand corner · Locate obituary – Nathaniel Washington · Streaming will become active 5 to 10 minutes before the service begins.
Dr. Tonita Harrell, a longtime member of the Los Angeles Branch, passed away Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Her death was COVID-19 related. There is no additional information available at this time.
Ms. Rose Preston, mother of Drs. Christopher and Jonathan Preston of the Northern Virginia branch passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021. Condolences can be sent to the Preston family at: 6415 Symposium Way, Clinton, MD 20735.
Mrs. Mildred Zachery of Alliance Ohio, passed away Wednesday, October 6, 2021, her death was COVID-19 related. Mrs. Zachery is the mother of Dr. Harriet Cottingham of the Los Angeles Branch. Dr. Cottingham is the contact person. She can be reached at 213-281-8583. Expressions of condolence may be sent to 7922 Day Creek Blvd., # 8211; Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739.
Dr. Doris Hall, a longtime member of the IDMR Prince George’s County, MD Branch passed away on Monday, September 27, 2021. Additional information concerning service arrangements are forthcoming. Condolences may be sent to Dr. Hall’s son, Tyrone Gillums, 705 60th Place, Fairmont Heights, MD 20743.
Dr. Jacob Timothy Macon passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 19, 2021, due to a non-Covid related illness. Dr. Macon was a longtime member of the Dallas, Texas Branch and the son of Dr. Floyd Macon Sr., Dean of the Dallas Branch, and Dr. Joyce Macon. There will be no service. The family would like to convey their thanks for the kind words of comfort and many acts of kindness shown during this time. Condolences may be sent to the Family of Dr. Jacob Macon. at 4212 St. Francis Avenue, Dallas, TX 75227.
Dr. Ron Mims, a longtime member of the IDMR Houston Branch passed away last weekend. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 23, 2021, at 9:00 AM at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 8650 Ferdinand Street, Houston. Cards and flowers can be sent to 8614 Quailmont Drive, Missouri City, TX 77489.
Ms. Ann S. Ray, sister of Dr. John Ray of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, passed away Monday, September 20, 2021, in Dayton, OH. Expressions of condolence may be sent to Dr. John Ray at 2329 1/2 3rd Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90018. He can be reached at 323-245-1546.
Longtime member of the IDMR Hornell New York Branch, Dr. Eleanor George Weakland, passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021, surrounded by her family at Elderwood Care Center in Hornell, NY. Eleanor played an integral role in the establishment of the Hornell Branch and has many family members who attend the IDMR. She has served faithfully and will be sadly missed by many. The family will be present to receive friends on Friday, September 17th, 2021, at the Brown and Powers Funeral Home, 6 Spruce Street in Canisteo, NY from 4PM - 7PM. Cards of Condolence may be sent to: The Weakland Family, 40 South Elm Street, Canisteo, NY 14823.
Mrs. Aleane Mayweather-Simms, the mother of the Treasurer of the Grand Rapids, MI Branch, Dr. Terry Mayweather, passed away Sunday, September 5, 2021. Homegoing services will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church, 510 Franklin S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49506. Family Hour is from 10:00 - 11:00 AM PST; and Services 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PST. Flowers can be sent in c/o Browns Funeral Home, 627 Jefferson Ave. S.E. Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Repast will be held at Linc Up Cafe, 1167 Madison S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49507.
Dr. Charles Moba Kabala died Saturday, August 21, 2021, after being ill with COVID-19 for nearly 2 months. Dr. Kabala was the Treasurer, primary contact and major supporter of the Kitwe, Zambia Satellite Class. His Burial Program is available via the following link: CharlesMobaKabalaBurialProgrammeFinal.pdf
Dr. Patri Williams, a longtime member of the IDMR New Orleans Westbank Branch, passed away on Monday, August 16, 2021. She was the mother of Drs. Kiron Rawlins and Keland Bickham of the New Orleans Westbank Branch and Dr. Wendell Turner (Skip) of the Banning Branch. Dr. Williams was also the sister of Drs. Emma Williams and Oretha James of the New Orleans Westbank Branch. Private services will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana on Thursday, August 26, 2021. Condolences may be sent to Drs. Kiron Rawlins (504-430-3623) and Keland Bickham at 6637 Congress Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70126 or to Dr. Wendell Turner 36457 Bay Hill Drive, Beaumont, CA, 92223. Phone calls and texts may be sent to Dr. Candice Turner 251-753-4152.
Dr. Gregory Mobley, longtime IDMR member and former Dean of the Indianapolis, Indiana Branch, passed away on Sunday, August 8, 2021, after a lengthy illness. No service is planned at this time. Expressions of condolences can be sent to his wife, Dr. Teverious Mobley: 10945 Meadow Lake Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46229, Phone: 317-891-0948.
Dr. Jack Wilkins, member of the IDMR Dayton OH Branch, passed away on Saturday, August 7, 2021, after a short-term illness (not related to COVID-19). A private funeral service will be held for family and friends on Friday, August 20, 2021, in Dayton, OH with a capacity of 50 attendees; masks required. Condolences can be sent to Dr. Wilkins daughter, Ms. Sara Jackson Wilkins, 57 Magnolia Lane, Apt #3306, Beavercreek, OH 45440.
Mrs. Ruthie Lee Salley, mother of Dr. Paula Collier of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2021. Services held on Saturday, August 7, 2021, in Little Rock, AR, at St. John Missionary Baptist Church. Cards and condolences may be sent to Dr. Paula Collier, 3616 W. 115th Street, Inglewood, CA, 90303, phone number 501-658-8433.
Mr. Donald Bateman, Jr., the brother of the Secretary of the Grand Rapids, MI Branch, Dr. Dawn Pittner, passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Funeral services held on Monday, August 9, 2021, at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home - Alt Shawmut Hills Chapel, 2120 Lake Michigan Drive N.W., Grand Rapids, MI 49504. Condolences for the family may be sent to Dr. Dawn Pittner, 1917 Linden Ave S.E, Grand Rapids, MI 49507.
Dr. Clement Poullard, longtime member of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch, passed away Monday, July 26, 2021, due to an illness not related to Covid-19. A Private Military Honor Ceremony will be held. Please contact his wife, Dr. Carla Poullard. Cards and condolences may be sent to Dr. Carla Poullard, 1202 W. 14th Street, Apt. 2W, San Pedro, CA 90731. The obituary is available to view via the following link: https://tributes.com/Clement-Poullard.
Dr. Christy Boucree Pichon passed away on Saturday, July 24, 2021. She was the wife of Dr. Rudy Pichon. They were members of the Los Angeles branch for approximately 2 years and former members of the IDMR New Orleans Westbank Class for many years. Christy is survived by her husband, daughters, Ceane Pichon Bailey (New Orleans, LA), and Tara Pichon Flugence (Baton Rouge, LA); sister and brother-in-law, Drs. Deirdre and Wayne Staes, Sr; niece, Dr. April Staes and nephew, Wayne Staes Jr. Memorial service is pending. Please contact Dr. Deirdre Staes at 504-296-5112 (please leave voicemail if needed) and/or send cards and condolences to Mrs. Tara Flugence, 15324 Riverdale Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70816.
Dr. Billy D. Cockerhem, a longtime member of the IDMR Shreveport Branch passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021, due to non-Covid complications. Dr. Cockerhem was the husband of Dr. Rose Mary Cockerhem. A Memorial Service for Dr. Billy D. Cockerhem held on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 11:00AM at John H. Wilson Chapel, 3038 Hollywood Ave., Shreveport, LA 71108 (across the street from Zion Baptist Church). There will be no viewing. Cards and condolences may be sent to Dr. Rose Mary Cockerhem, 1149 Fenwick Drive, Shreveport, LA 71107.
Dr. Rosie Taylor, a longtime member of the IDMR Shreveport Louisiana branch passed away due to non-Covid complications. She was the mother of Dr. Kathy Brooks and Dr. Sheri Taylor both of the Shreveport Branch. A memorial service held on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the John H. Wilson Chapel in Shreveport. Viewing will be from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 16, 2021 at Heavenly Gates Funeral Home. Arrangements made by Heavenly Gates Funeral Home: https://www.heavenlygates.net/. Cards and condolences may be sent to the family, Attention: Kathy Brooks, 6239 Lafleur Drive, Shreveport, LA 71119.
Mr. Troy White of Washington, DC and brother of Dr. Donna Preston of the Northern, VA branch passed Sunday (7/11) morning. No arrangements at this time. Cards and condolences can be sent to Donna and family at: 6415 Symposium Way, Clinton, MD 20735.
Dr. Karen Williams, a longtime member of the Little Rock Arkansas branch passed away Monday, June 28, 2021. She was the mother of Drs. Faith Fowler and Myah Genung both of the Los Angeles Branch. The family hosted a memorial service on Friday, July 2, 2021 at 1:00 PM at the Watson Northcrest Funeral Home located at 1607 N. Cypress Street, North Little Rock, AR 72117. The contact person is Dr. Faith Fowler at (501) 681-7573. Expressions of condolences may be sent to: Dr. Myah Genung, 1600 Vine Street, #706, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Dr. Sandra Nikulich, a longtime member of the IDMR Elmira, NY Branch, passed away at home on Sunday, June 20, 2021. Condolences may be sent to her husband Dr. Steve Nikulich and her family at 81 Beckwith Road, Pine City, NY 14871. You can view her obituary at: https://www.olthof.com/obituaries/Sandra-Nikulich/#!/Obituary.
On Monday, June 14, 2021, Dr. George Lucas, member of the IDMR Los Angeles Branch was notified that his son, Mr. Larell Lucas, had passed away. There will be no service. Cards and condolences may be sent to Dr. George Lucas, 4856 Via Colina, Los Angeles, CA 90042.
BRANCH SCHOOL REPORTS: An important announcement regarding Branch School Reports has been posted on the International News page of the IWBA.
Information from International Headquarters regarding the Coronavirus pandemic has been moved to the IDMR COVID-19 webpage on this site: http://www.idmr.net/Coronavirus/Coronavirus.htm.
International Headquarters has compiled a directory that lists Coronavirus resources for every state that has IDMR Branch Schools. Please click on the following link to view or download the directory: IDMR COVID-19 DIRECTORY.pdf
IDMR Home Bible Study Course
The free Home Bible Study Course has been discontinued and is no longer offered by the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research.
Please contact your Branch officers or refer to the Intranet Site for a list of IDMR e-mail addresses.
Spiritual Survivor, Lee Rosen recalls fleeing Europe during Holocaust, The Spectator (Hornell, NY), May 25, 2008.
Metaphysics institute marks 30 years in Dallas, Dallas News.Com, The Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX), May 20, 2005.
Group has its own way of saying God's name, San Antonio Express-News (San Antonio, TX), February 17, 2003.
For IDMR, names critical to identifying God correctly, The Killeen Daily Herald Online (Killeen, TX), March 16, 2002.
Scientific Approach, Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research looks at God in different ways than major religions, Tribune Chronicle (Warren, Ohio), Sunday, December 15, 2002.
Metaphysics group teaches knowledge vs. dogma, The Tennessean (Nashville, TN), July 14, 2001.
Searching for Understanding, The Topeka Capital-Journal (Topeka, KS), June 22, 2001.
Religious 'school' hopes to grow, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Richmond, VA) June 2, 2001.
Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research: What's that? The Shreveport Sun (Shreveport, LA) April 26, 2001.
Institute operates on academic format, Mohave Valley Daily News (Laughlin, NV) January 26 - 27, 2001.
Understanding Yahweh, Muskogee Daily Phoenix and Times Democrat (Muskogee, OK) January 27, 2001.
Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research meets in Conway, Log Cabin Democrat (Conway, AR) January 26, 2001.
IDMR follows the visions of Founder Henry Kinley, Sun Post News (San Clemente, CA) January 5, 2001.
Speakers to discuss the human body, Jewish history, The Star-Gazette (Elmira, NY) October 17, 2000.
If spirit counts, why argue over 'physical rituals', The News Star (Monroe, LA) September 30, 2000.
Institute teaches knowledge, understanding, thus faith, Muskogee Daily Phoenix (Muskogee, OK) August 12, 2000.
Visionary Teaching Offers New Way To View the 'Pattern' of Religion, The Williamsport Sun-Gazette (Willamsport, PA - Wellsboro-Mansfield Branch) July 29, 2000.
Metaphysical Means, The Augusta Chronicle (Augusta, GA), July 22, 2000.
Teaching Creation's Pattern, The Post-Standard (Syracuse, NY), June 24, 2000.
Beyond the flesh, Group puts faith in God's name, The News-Star (Monroe, LA), June 24, 2000.
Institute joins religion and science, The Indianapolis Recorder, (Indianapolis, IN) June 9, 2000.
Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research, Community Shopper (Richmond, VA), June 6, 2000.
We must recognize what's inside, The Town Talk (Alexandria, LA), March 4, 2000.
Where We Worship: The Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research, The News & Observer - Faith (Raleigh, NC), February 25, 2000.
Faith and Values Section Spotlight, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Section B2, (Atlanta, GA), February 19, 2000.
Finding the light through study, research - The Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research seeks to find answers to questions about religion. The Daily Messenger (Irondequoit, NY - Rochester Branch) January 16, 2000.
Divine Metaphysics Research seminar this Sunday, Long Beach Press-Telegram (Long Beach, CA), December 22, 1999.
Institute schedules lecture at library. The Log Cabin Democrat of Conway Arkansas. December 17, 1999.
Worship Spotlight - Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research, Press and Sun Bulletin (Binghamton, NY), November 27, 1999.
Spiritual growth is essential for new millennium, The News-Star (Monroe, LA) November 6, 1999.
Group shares its doctrines about God, Science, The Times (Shreveport, LA), October 8, 1999.
Institute questions common beliefs, The Middletown Journal (Middletown, OH), September 25, 1999.
Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research establishes Internet presence, The Evening Tribune (Hornell, NY), September 23, 1999.
The Mystery of the Godhead, Trinity or Unity, The Town Talk (Alexandria, LA), August 7, 1999.
Seeing God's 'pattern' in life, The Tennessean (Nashville, TN), July 29, 1999.
Spiritual group holds convention, The Chronicle of Mt. Juliet (Mt. Juliet, TN), July 21, 1999.
Unconventional Faith, The Montgomery Advertiser (Montgomery, AL), May 1, 1999.
In His Image, The Town Talk (Alexandria, LA), February 13, 1999.
Charting the Way, The Times Record (Ft. Smith, AR), September 26, 1998.
IDMR International Public Relations mailed a CD to every branch of the Institute entitled, "Elohim the Archetype (Original) Pattern of the Universe." IDMR Branch Schools are requested to make a copy of this CD available to their members, either free of charge or at a minimal cost to cover the reproduction expenses of the CD.
As of March 2, 2017 International is now accepting orders for digital charts.
Holy Name Bible Inquiries
Although the Holy Name Bible is one of the biblical resources utilized by the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research (IDMR), the IDMR neither prints nor publishes the Holy Name Bible, and is in no way affiliated or associated with any organization that prints or publishes it or claims to do.