The Conscious Life Ecumenical Union, Inc. (CLEU), an Oregon nonprofit religious corporation, was founded in early 2004 to serve as a focus for our vision and to carry out our mission of:
- Promoting the Cleu as a symbol of our spiritual values and identity.
- Assisting in the formation of local Cleu circles.
- Providing online inspiration, guidance, and resources for local Cleu circles and people looking to form a Cleu circle in their community.
- Supporting and counseling local Cleu circles who wish to obtain the legal status of a 501c3 nonprofit religious organization or church.
- Establishing a Cleu circle in a major city and developing a prototype meeting space and typical Cleu service.
The major portion of the energy, inspiration, insights, and just plain work put into the spread of the vision and the Cleu is provided by some very dedicated individuals. A special thanks goes out to Tom Reeves and Hank Davis for checking links and pointing out errors, and to Yoko Silk, our very first ordained CLEU guide. We also owe thanks and hugs to many others for making us feel that our efforts are not in vain, especially the folks who participated in the first Circus Numen and whose enthusiasm gave us the courage to reach out further, and our friends at Burning Man who annually remind us that giving comes naturally to humans.
Gian Anello, Head Guide
Gian (pronounced “john”) has been the force behind the scenes from the very beginning. As a founding member of the Conscious Life Ecumenical Union and the Conscious Life Community Church, he hosted our weekly gatherings, and organized drummers and poets for Circus Numen, our first community outreach. Legend has it that late one night, he was doodling at his workbench down in the basement and the Cleu symbol just appeared on the paper before him. As the “the force,” Gian has been solely responsible for the development of our websites, and instrumental in defining and refining our vision, mission, values, and challenges. For years reluctant to be associated with any organized religion, he now dreams of starting McChurch, where beliefs are replaced by values, and the service consists of sharing food followed by a high tech celebration of human rites. Currently, he spends most of his time managing or working on our website, playing music, twisting copper wire into Cleus, or preparing our flagship, the ” Rites of Man,” for our annual pilgrimage.
Emma Cornell, Head Scout
Emma is a founding member of the Conscious Life Ecumenical Union and the Conscious Life Community Church, choreographer, musician, props and games organizer for Circus Numen, and is the impetus and energy behind every form of outreach we have undertaken. Behind? Not likely! Emma’s the one out front dancing and drumming, handing out Cleus, and inviting everyone to celebrate their human rites. “Dr.Em” has a Ph.D. in English. She teaches online, works for a local community college, and volunteers at the local prison. In her “spare” time, she strategizes ways of hastening the next paradigm and discusses the finer points of mystic philosophy with Gian. She also writes and edits for our website, strings Cleus, and plays her bass. Someday in the not too distant future, she plans to hit the road with a traveling band of dancers, drummers, musicians, wordsmiths, and other guides to inspire people in communities all over the Northwest and beyond to create Cleu circles of their own. As the Cleu Lady, she loves to be on the road, seeking conscious Life wherever she goes. Look for her at a celebration near you!