Posts by Jef


A brief perspective on ‘Perspectives’ front cover by Regine Kurek

, June 13, 2021

By now you will all have received the annual publication of the ASC, issue three (2021).  I would like to share a few remarks on the visuals in blue-green-white on the front cover, the background of the legacy page and some further partials throughout the first half of the magazine. How do these speak to you? What could blue-green-white have to do with this year’s theme of the Perspectives magazine: BALANCE? During the first lock-down last year when ere silence had descended upon us and we could sense the magnitude of this turning-point in time wherever we each stood and now stand in terms of its interpretation, I responded to requests by carrying out our usual spring course on line. I was yet unfamiliar and also unsympathetic to Zoom and decided instead to write a letter of instructions every week to twenty-four participants. We all had agreed on lighting...

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REVIEW OF TIM NADELLE’S ARTICLE ON THE COVID-19 CRISIS By Eric Philips-Oxford.

, June 12, 2021

Tim Nadelle has produced a full-length article (17,000 words) entitled “A Critical Assessment of the Covid-19 Crisis” in which he strives to “consider the truth of the dominant medical/scientific/bureaucratic doctrine regarding COVID-19.” (The link to this article is provided at the end of this review). In my opinion, this is a serious and well-thought-out study, including an impressive number of references to articles, lectures, interviews and videos, for which Tim provides the links. What is both troubling and convincing here, is that many of the statements questioning the generally accepted measures which have been put in place are made by colleagues of those who have sanctioned the measures. He identifies, with what in my opinion is remarkable clarity, what he sees to be the 7 assertions of the prevailing official narrative, and then goes about examining in depth the “truthfulness or untruthfulness” of each of them: “1) People are...

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Anthroposophia and the Early Beginnings of the Anthroposophical Society by Susan Koppersmith

, June 12, 2021

As we wind our way towards 2023 and the 100 years of the Christmas Conference of 1923/24 and the re-founding of the Anthroposophical Society, we can take time to reflect upon the greatness of the individuality of Rudolf Steiner and the breadth and depth of his offerings including biodynamic agriculture, new directions in the arts, Waldorf education, the Threefold Social Organism, the Christian Community, the Camphill movement, etc. as well as the publication of 6,000 lectures on diverse topics. We can be grateful that many of his impulses are being put into practice today. The Council and the Branch and Membership Development Mandate Group are actively looking for ways that we can celebrate the 100 years of the re-founding of the Society. It might be valuable at this point to briefly look at the beginnings of the Society. The first founding of Anthroposophical Society took place on December 28,...

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FROM THE GOETHEANUM

, June 12, 2021

Dear members, In many countries, the enforced torpor will gradually be lifted from our lives. Is there a way back to the old normality? Has there not been a radical change in our lives and in society? Should we avoid this change, or seek to know it so we can help shape it consciously? And what are our ideas, hopes and principles for society, for life after the lockdown? Creative time At the Goetheanum we talk about these questions in dialogues that you can watch on goetheanum.tv. “Is culture really not essential?” was the title of one such dialogue to which we invited the artistic director of the Basel symphony orchestra, the director of the Basel Theatre and Remo Ankli, member of the governing council and head of the department of culture and education in the Canton of Solothurn. The auditoriums continue to be empty, including at the Goetheanum where the dialogues...

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Eulogy for Paul Décarie Prepared by Paul’s wife, Josée St-Antoine.

, May 24, 2021

Paul died suddenly on April 4, in the full light of Easter Sunday, while taking his daily nature walk. During the last few years, Paul had developed an ever deepening relationship with Christ, and it is on Easter morning, in the imagination of the Resurrection, that he entered the spiritual world. I wish first of all to extend my thanks to all those who, both close friends and casual acquaintances, fully respected his being and his values by agreeing to spread the news of his death by word of mouth, avoiding the use of electronic media. This contributed greatly in creating a circle of warmth around Paul and his loved ones, and for that I am deeply grateful. Paul was born on August 19, 1945, in the small New Brunswick city of Edmundston. His father was an insurance agent, his mother a teacher, and he was the second of...

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