Posts by Jef


Ethical Individualism by Hélène Besnard

, April 19, 2021

The March 2021 edition of eNews included two articles having to do with the image anthroposophists present to the world. From the Goetheanum, Justus Wittich’s contribution mentioned the unflattering picture conveyed by certain influential newspapers; Carol Lewis’ spoke in her article of her dismay at seeing anthroposophists associated with the anti-maskers, or the pro-Trump movement, and so forth. Irrespective of the true or false images of anthroposophists put forth here and there, I feel we can all agree on the fact that anthroposophists, as do individuals everywhere around the globe, have varying experiences, and hold differing opinions and views concerning the current world situation – views that can either be strongly adversarial or highly nuanced in nature, and that differ from one individual to another. Whether or not we find this state of affairs desirable, the situation can afford us an opportunity to become aware of the pitfalls of...

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Interview with Eric Philips-Oxford, Translator and Class Holder in Montreal by Susan Koppersmith

, April 19, 2021

Susan: Eric, you provide a very valuable service to our Society in a few ways. You translate articles (English to French and French to English) for the eNews and Perspectives. You have also been a member of the First Class for decades and a Class reader for many years. Are you very busy with the translations? Eric: Well, I do work most days on them; sometimes I have a week or two off! It is my way of giving back to the Society. It is something I am able to contribute, so I do it.  Susan: Can you say something about your past?  Eric: I was born in Los Angeles and I have a Master’s degree in French from UCLA. I arrived in Montreal in 1968 after being hired to teach French language here at the Collegiate level. Then I changed direction by getting the credentials to teach young...

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Willow Casket Making in North Vancouver: An Interview with Ruth Tschannen by Susan Koppersmith

, April 19, 2021

Susan: Ruth, you are a therapeutic eurythmist and you have worked for many years in Camphill communities, most recently with Cascadia Society in North Vancouver. How is Cascadia faring in these days of lockdown? Ruth: Because we are categorized as an essential service, we are lucky that we can still operate. Many things, though, have had to change so we are navigating choppy waters. These are birth pangs; something new wants to emerge! Susan: What is your latest project? Ruth: First a little background:  I have always been interested in two important thresholds: coming into this world and leaving it. Right now my activities center around the threshold of death. This has its roots when I was 6 years old and three friends of neighbours died in a car crash. At a young age, I was pulled into a heart wrenching experience which shaped my entire life. In Camphill,...

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Thoughts on bequests to the Society

, April 19, 2021

Dear members, Recently Dorothy LeBaron (past President of the Council) and I were discussing an advertisement about bequests that will appear in the Society’s upcoming Perspectives 2021 issue. Many Canadian Society members have left legacy gifts for the Anthroposophical Society in Canada through their estate planning. We discovered during our conversation that we both have included the Society in our respective wills. We decided it would be a good exercise for each of us to think about why we have done this. We then we set ourselves the task to write a short paragraph about our process and to include in an upcoming eNews. Here is what we came up with: Dorothy’s thoughts: My decision to leave a legacy gift to the Anthroposophical Society in Canada came from my experiences on the Council. During my term, we travelled to many different cities across this country, meeting friends and members...

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Anthroposophical Prison Outreach in Canada (APOC)

, March 21, 2021

APOC is the Anthroposophical Prison Outreach in Canada.  APOC sends semi-annual mailings to thirty-one federal prisons with this invitation to prisoners:  “Find out about anthroposophy and how it can benefit your life.  Upon your request, receive a packet of introductory anthroposophical materials, a book, or a correspondence course, all free of charge.”   Inspired by Fred Janney, founder of the American anthroposophical prison outreach, Tim Nadelle initiated APOC in 2017. Over the past three years, Tim established a set of practices for prison contact and evolved the content for mailings.  Tim says, “If we reach even one prisoner, we will have made a difference.”   Now it’s time to pass the initiative on.  Raun Griffiths will take over as of January 2021.  Raun was also motivated by Fred Janney’s Ottawa talk in 2016.  She says, “Prisoners are far less likely to bump into anthroposophy than those of us with...

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