Institute for Spiritual Development

A Metaphysical Church and School for Spiritual Development 

Our Mission:

We are a Metaphysical Church that honors and celebrates each soul. Our community provides an unconditionally loving and healing environment that affirms and encourages all seekers on their spiritual journey.

Our Vision:

We believe that all great religions and philosophies contain within them the spark of truth and wisdom that can inspire within us a more complete understanding of our place in the universe. Aided by this belief, we seek to provide a supportive environment through Sunday services, spiritual healing,  fellowship and education.

About the Institute - From Founding Minister, Rev. James DeBiasio

The Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to the service of your growing awareness, and to fostering an environment in which each individual may be stimulated to pursue his or her own true spiritual unfoldment uninhibited by dogmatic concerns. To arouse a process of joyous living, creative genius, cooperation, health, prosperity, and universal service is to arouse the spiritual heart of the organization.

Believing that the search for your truth embodies a personal examination of all philosophies and religions, the Institute Experience seeks to provide the focal point for that search and a nurturing environment in which the evolution of your spiritual progression may be realized.

Offering a wide variety of growth experiences, the Institute and its well trained professional staff provide the fulcrum where each may endeavor to explore and express the Truth as he or she understands it. The on-going and comprehensive series of study and development experiences in esoteric, metaphysical,  healing and personal growth are augmented by the spiritual fellowship, guidance and shared experiences which are available.

Needing only an openness to Truth, the seeker is then encouraged to pursue the expansion of awareness of his or her inner-self through service, and to unfold in the arms of love the potential for perfection that lies awaiting within.

A Church and center for Metaphysical Living – the Institute seeks to provide a common ground in which souls passionate to grow may resolve the differences of mind and experience which appear to separate us. To grow by sharing, in joy as well as in pain. A shelter to nurture the best that is within us, a proving ground of our resolve, a place of peace, and hope, and light, and comfort, of work, of rest, of spiritual growth, of enlightenment.

Thus with love do we greet you, and with hope do we grow with you...not by the efforts of one or a few, but by the energy of all.

Reverend James E. De Biasio, 
Spiritual Advisor.


Membership is open to all who aspire to the path of Self Realization and wish to share their spiritual progress with the company of supportive and like-minded individuals. Please discuss your interest in becoming a part of our vital spiritual community with one of the ministers. 

 The Institute for Spiritual Development.
Diana Friedell, Director
P.O. Box 1266, Oneonta, NY 13820
Phone: 607-433-2089 email: