The North American Youth Section's big quarterly newsletter for Winter 2014-15 opens with reports on Section participation in last October's annual general meeting of the Society, and planning for next year's AGM. Further reports cover the Camphill youth gathering at Heartbeet in Vermont, last summer's InPower event at the Threefold community in Chestnut Ridge, NY, the youth work-week at the Rudolf Steiner Library in Philmont, NY, along with sharings about the Free Columbia art program and its community work. [ Read more! ]
Bill Trusiewicz has contributed meditations for Easter-time and a series of articles on the archangel Michael. For this season he shares insights into the Foundation Stone mantram, a four-part meditative verse given by Rudolf Steiner during the refounding of the Anthroposophical Society at Christmas 1923.
Bill's explorations take him into "the Temple Legend," the esoteric understandings around the building of the Temple of Solomon almost three thousand years ago, and intriguing reflections on Rudolf Steiner's deeds of almost a century ago. [ Read here. ]
A new PDF issue of Anthroposophy Worldwide is available from the General Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum. This year-end issue opens with a note on the General Secretaries meeting and includes reports from the Sections of the School for Spiritual Science, reflections on the Second Goetheanum building, and a feature on Camphill Ghent in upstate New York. It also includes notice of Virginia Sease's retirement from the Executive Council and a letter from Stephen Usher regarding the "culmination" of anthroposophy at the end of the 20th century.
The previously-announced renewal of lending services at the Rudolf Steiner Library has been suspended again until we can work out zoning objections being raised by the village of Philmont (NY) regarding the Library’s interim location. If you are looking to return books to the library and can continue to hold on to them, please do; all overdue items will be automatically renewed. If you need to return books, please leave your number at (518) 672-7690 and the librarian will call back to let you know how.
With next spring's annual general meeting, members will be asked to confirm Youth Section leader Constanza Kaliks as a member of the Executive Council of the Goetheanum, and Virginia Sease will become a Council Member emerita after 31 years of distinguished service.
Dr. Sease's decision is being announced in the News from the Goetheanum, and includes the note that she will continue to carry a number of her current responsibilities. [ Read here... ] Born in Pennsylvania, she has maintained close ties with the work in North America and recently spoke at the Mystery Drama Festival in Spring Valley/Chestnut Ridge, NY. From 1991 to 2001 she led the Section for the Arts of Eurythmy, Speech and Music, and has been responsible for the Anthroposophical Studies Program in English at the Goetheanum since October 2001.
Constanza Kaliks was born in Chile in 1967 and was raised in Brazil. She earned a degree in mathmatics in São Paulo and studied at the teacher seminar at the Goetheanum. For 19 years she taught advanced mathmatics at the Rudolf-Steiner school in São Paulo and was a lecturer at the local teacher training college. She successfully defended her PhD on Nicolaus Cusanus in August, 2014. She will continue as leader of the Youth Section.
The new issue of the PDF newsletter Deepening Anthroposophy has an extensive list of articles about and by the late Sergei O. Prokofieff. Email the editor Thomas O'Keefe to receive a copy and be put on the mailing list. The related articles include:
- For Sergei O. Prokofieff - Ruth Dubach
- Biographical Outline
- An Outlook on the Future of the Anthroposophical Society and the Goetheanum - Sergei O. Prokofieff
- Sergei O. Prokofieff’s Writings in English Translation (Chronology)
- In Memory of Sergei O. Prokofieff - Natascha Neisecke
- Sergei O. Prokofieff Speaking in America - Michael Ronall
- Sergei O. Prokofieff’s Quality of Thinking - Thomas O’Keefe
- Sergei Prokofieff and The Michael Mystery - Peter Selg
- The Mystery of the Resurrection in the Light of Anthroposophy - Pearl Goodwin
- God, the Sun, Man, and the Earth: On Sergei O. Prokofieff’s book And the Earth Becomes a Sun - Andrew Wolpert
- In Memory of Sergei Prokofieff - Slobodan Zalica
- Reflections on Sergei O. Prokofieff’s book How do We Stand Today Before Rudolf Steiner? - Vita Valdmane
- Recollections of Sergei O. Prokofieff - Torin Finser, Stephen E. Usher, Peter Stebbing
- Sergei Prokofieff on Group and Branch Work - Michael Ronall
Also in this issue: "An Appeal from the Ukraine to All Anthroposophists: Second and Third Appeals" and "Peter Selg: The Lord’s Prayer and Rudolf Steiner" by Neill Reilly.
An update was issued on October 27th regarding the management restructuring underway in the Anthroposophical Society in America. The update included messages from General Council Chair Dennis Dietzel, General Secretary Torin Finser, and the General Council. Marian Leon's acceptance of the position of Programs Director was announced, and the Council indicated that applications are continuing to be sought for the position of Administrative Director. [Read the full text including Administrative Director position description.]
A controversy over the appropriateness of a "critical edition" in German of Rudolf Steiner's written works has been reported in Anthroposophy Worldwide, but the debate has otherwise been conducted mostly in German. Dr. David W. Wood, born 1968 in Australia, an independent researcher living in Munich, has now written a review in English of the critical edition's first publication, Volume 5, Schriften über Mystik, Mysterienwesen und Religionsgeschichte. He has a PhD in philosophy jointly from the Sorbonne (Université Paris IV) in France and the Universität München (LMU) in Germany. Read Dr. Wood's review here...
Also, read the statement of the Rudolf Steiner Nachlassverwaltung and Rudolf Steiner Archive regarding their participation here.
In our Articles section Bill Trusiewicz continues an annual series of reflections on ”Archangel Michael: The Fiery Thought King of the Universe; How Can We Know Him?” with the challenge of ”Freeing Thought from Language.” Recalling Emerson's observation that ”language is fossil poetry,” and Rudolf Steiner's statement that
“…the very essence, the secret of modern initiation: [is] to get beyond words, to a living experience of the spirit,” he points out that ”If we learn the art of thinking without words we will not be misled by the many masters of 'obscure sentences' who are around us and whose most powerful weapons are indisputable logic, apparent outward 'rightness' and misleading definitions—all devices of language.” Read more...
Location: Fair Oaks, CA
at Rudolf Steiner College [more]
Location: Hudson, NY
A Weekend for Members of the School of Spiritual Science, facilitated by Laura Summer, Lisa Romero, and Gary Lamb [more]
Location: Ghent (Harlemville), NY
A course for farmers, gardeners and others seeking a renewed relation to the land with Craig Holdrege and Henrike... [more]
Location: San Diego, CA
Approaches from Anthroposophic Medicine, Flower Essences, and Practical Tools for Healing... [more]
Location: Chestnut Ridge, NY
and Harlan Gilbert [more]
The arc from Society to individual is continued with the new "Theme for the Year" 2014-2015 from the Goetheanum: "'The I Knows Itself' – in the Light of Michaelic World Affirmation.' Like the Society, the individual confronts the same challenges as other contemporaries and must also find a connection to the world—as a basis for self-knowledge. Read the article by Constanza Kaliks.
Each spring at the annual meeting of the General Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum in Switzerland a theme is offered for study and conversation by groups around the world. The latest and recent themes are available on line here.
The new theme for the current year is “The I Knows Itself” – in the Light of Michaelic World Affirmation. General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada Arie van Ameringen has offered some helpful reflections on this theme that are available now on the ASC website.
Rudolf Steiner College has announced the appointment of Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Beaven to the position of College President. Dale Hamad, Chair, RSC Board of Trustees, writes, "Dr. Beaven joined the faculty of Rudolf Steiner College in March 2013 after an extensive career in Waldorf education. She initially served as Dean of Academic Development and has been Dean of Academic Affairs since January. Through these two roles, she gained familiarity with all aspects of College activity including serving on the President's Executive Committee and providing leadership for the Academic Senate. Her background in Waldorf education encompasses thirteen years as a class teacher and eleven years as a school administrator. These years included work with the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America and with accreditation, evaluation, mentoring, and adult education. Liz holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership (University of California, Davis). She focused her research on student experience of Waldorf education. She continues to be an active researcher, writer, and speaker on Waldorf education." [Read more...]
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A conference centered on Rudolf Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom and inspired by the late Sergei Prokofieff, "Freedom as the Way to Keep Human Identity," was held June 26–30 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Though illnesses and the international tensions in the region kept away some presenters and participants, LoAnn Olin reports that the event was a valuable one. Read her report in the Articles section.
"Sergei Prokofieff asked me to offer an appraisal of his work and its intent during his funeral service. I will try to comply with his wish by offering this incomplete sketch." Thus Dr. Peter Selg begins his memorial address, which is included in the September Anthroposophy Worldwide, along with reports on the Goetheanum remodeling, anthroposophy in Turkey, China, Italy, and Japan. Read here...
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