In February 2011 with the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rudolf Steiner, the quarterly print publication of the Anthroposophical Society in America took on the name being human. This reflects core concerns of anthroposophy -- individual self-development and the further evolution of human culture and society -- and the concern of all of us with the human future.

Each issue includes feature articles expressed in the publication's subtitle, "personal and cultural renewal in the 21st century." There are also news and events of the anthroposophical movement in the USA and internationally, and book reviews which continue the editorial tradition of the Newsletter of the Rudolf Steiner Library.

The printed quarterly being human is sent free to current members of the Anthroposophical Society in America, and complimentary copies are sent for a limited period to those who express interest in our work. The first special issue for Rudolf Steiner's 150th anniversary year is available below for reading online and download.

Past issues through Summer 2012 are viewable online at along with some issues of its predecessor Evolving News.

A limited number of free copies are available to organizations and groups (Waldorf teacher training, Anthroposophical Society branches, therapeutic offices) who would like to make them available to the public. Please contact Cynthia Chelius (734-662-9355 or  email).

Print (in the USA) and digital subscriptions will be available in Fall 2014.


being human accepts PDF advertising, always in full color; please see our PDF information sheet or contact John Beck (718-644-7913 or editor (at) anthroposophyorg).


We welcome submissions (including at least essays, reports, articles, poetry, original artwork, photographs) and letters to the editor. Email is preferred ( editor (at) anthroposophyorg ); large attachments (10MB+) are usually received without problem. Postal communication should go to:

John Beck, Editor
Anthroposophical Society in America
1923 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1797

You may also fax the editor directly at 800-586-3163.

Due to the volume of submissions we will consider them for alternative presentation here on in the Articles section.

We try to respond to all submissions, letter, feedback and inquiry promptly, but feel free to check back if you do not hear from us in a reasonable amount of time.

The general editor of being human is John Beck. An oversight committee of the society's General Council includes Joan Treadaway and Linda Evans, from the Western and Eastern Regional Councils respectively, and Administrative Director of the society Marian Léon. Editor of the Rudolf Steiner Library newsletter Fred Dennehy and Elaine Upton are associate editors. Development of being human was guided by an editorial support committee whose members included:

  • writer and Lilipoh contributing editor Walter Alexander
  • former central regional newsletter editor Lori Barian
  • SteinerBooks publisher Gene Gollogly
  • communications designer Stefan Klocek
  • Renewal editor Ronald Koetzsch
  • former national council member James Lee

The first issue of being human celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rudolf Steiner, on February 27, 1861.

Please PDF click here, or on the cover image at left to view or download the entire issue (8+MB); this RDF file is compatible with Acrobat 8, 9 or 10.

Individual contents may be viewed or downloaded separately
(PDF files compatible with Acrobat 7 or later);
page numbers refer to the print edition.


PDF Keeping Faith with the Human Being:
greeting of editors John Beck and Frederick Dennehy and general secretary Torin Finser


6 PDF Discovering a Genius: Rudolf Steiner at 150 - Frederick Amrine

18 "Class of 1861": PDF José Rizal, Rabindranath Tagore - editor

20 PDF The Search for Humanity in Contemporary Art - David Adams

29 PDF The Radical Re-Visioning of Psychology - William Bento

34 PDF The Nature Institute: Growing Holistic Science - John Beck

36 PDF The Language of Organisms - Steve Talbott

42 PDF Money and Social Transformation - John Bloom

67 PDF Being Human in the 21st Century: A Camphill Symposium
Interview with Coleman Lyles

68 PDF From Creature to Creator:
The Human Being and Our Future Evolution - Rudolf Steiner


46 PDF Common Wealth: For a Free, Equal, Mutual and Sustainable Society
Martin Large reviewed by Sarah Hearn

50 PDF The Will to Create: Goethe’s Philosophy of Nature
Astrida Orle Tantillo reviewed by Christina Root

53 PDF The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science
David Salsburg reviewed by Mark Gardner

54 PDF The Future of the Ancient World: Essays on the History of Consciousness
Jeremy Naydler reviewed by Frederick Dennehy

57 PDF Coming Home: The Birth and Transformation of the Planetary Era
Sean Kelly reviewed by Frederick Dennehy

45/93 PDF Library Annotations and
PDF What's Happening in the Rudolf Steiner Library - Judith Soleil


60 PDF Iphigenia: The Sacrifice of a Soul Force to the Divine - Philip Mees

63 Poem: PDF “what are the layers of yourself?” - caitlin vollmer

64 PDF Rose Edwards (1940-2010) - Charlene Breedlove

65 Poem: PDF “Who Goes There?” - Elaine Upton


79-91 (PDF all in a single file)
Fall Conference, The Vision of Rudolf Steiner
Rudolf Steiner: His Smile, by Kathleen Wright
Documentary Film
Online Course
SteinerBooks Spiritual Research Seminar
Camphill Conference
Renewal Courses
Social Science Conference
Princeton Group at 75, by Herbert O. Hagens
Mystery Dramas at the Goetheanum, by Herbert O. Hagens
Curative Education Conference, by Joyce Gallardo
Western Regional Council in Albuquerque, by Linda Connell
Brightening Brightmoor, Summer of 2010, by Bart Eddy

92 Poem: PDF “To His Pedagogic Mistress” - Michael Ronall

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