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From the World Society – On the Collegium in North America

, September 13, 2019

Dear Members and Friends of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada Over a beautiful late spring week Joan Sleigh joined the Collegium of the School for Spiritual Science in North America as the new liaison between this work in North America and the Executive Council at the Goetheanum. For more than two decades Dr. Virginia Sease had carried this important task, linking the worldwide General Anthroposophical Society with the work of the Collegium in North America. With Virginia Sease’s retirement, after many decades of dedicated service to Anthroposophy, Joan took up this task as part of her far reaching responsibilities in connection with the English speaking membership worldwide As an organ of the North American Anthroposophical Societies in the US, Hawaii, and Canada – as well as the worldwide School for Spiritual Science – the North American Collegium has a unique function not carried in any other way. It is...

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How Manicheism and anthroposophy can work together for the future

, September 13, 2019

An interview by Michel Dongois with Christine Gruwez  Becoming contemporary: can we transform evil?  This was the question taken up by Christine Gruwez*,who had been invited to speak in Montreal by Arie van Ameringen and Renée Cossette. It opened the door to an exploration of the notion of Manicheism and its relevance for our modern world. Some 70 individuals came to hear her speak at the École Rudolf Steiner de Montréal on the evening of Friday, May 17. The dialog thus set in motion was taken up in various forms during the Anthroposophical Society in Canada’s AGM weekend. Christine Gruwez spoke to us on how becoming a true contemporary means learning to navigate between the forces of good and evil in our daily lives. The teachings of Mani (216 – 276) can shed light how dealing with light and darkness can be of great help in this respect. INTERVIEW...

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May 2019 Conference in Montreal

, September 13, 2019

The theme of the May 2019 Conference was about good and evil –‘Walking with Our Time – Can We Transform Evil?’  This was most wonderfully introduced and carried through lecture and conversations with Christine Gruwez who has spent many years working with and leading seminars on Manichaeism.  In our time of the Consciousness Soul, good and evil are working together and our path forward is not to be based on ‘either/or’ positions. We need to transcend dualism and consider expanding our thinking to include thoughts around ‘as well as.’ Why is evil so powerful in out time? Answers don’t bring us any further. As contemporaries we look for a path rather than a set of answers.  She elaborated on the five steps of the path: Be present as a spectator, feeling a sense of powerlessness Become still and listen, allow events to deeply penetrate A meeting, open up to pure...

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Auriel Heart Stream Eurythmy

, September 13, 2019

Dear Friends, We are excited to launch Auriel Eurythmy’s Heart Stream program this fall. If you have been longing to deepen your relationship to your life as a developing being, eurythmy offered in an inter-arts approach is a beautiful way forward.   Auriel Heart Stream Eurythmy is open to everyone wanting to bring their relationship to Anthroposophy and their personal inner path into movement. A movement radiating from the heart, out of love of the spirit, each other, and art.   Auriel Heart Stream Eurythmy is an offering of 8 eurythmy courses or modules over two years that form the heart of eurythmy. All of the individual 8 courses can be taken separately, or be taken as a complete two year program. We call these courses ‘Seasonal Courses’. They have been developed for heart and soul nourishment for everyone interested, for professional development for individuals working in anthroposophical institutions,...

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From the World Society – On Evolving Leadership

, June 15, 2019

Dear Members and Friends of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada Over the past year a group of 20 to 25 young people living in Dornach have taken up an extensive study of the Christmas Conference. For almost all of them the 2018 General Assembly was their first as new members. For them, as for many of us around the world, the events at that General Assembly were difficult to understand or integrate into our experience of the significance of anthroposophy in our lives. It was out of this struggle to understand that these young people took up this study. During a recent meeting of General Secretaries these young members asked to meet with us as those carrying a unique relationship between the members around the world and the centre of this work at the Goetheanum. Early in the evening we gathered in the large conference room immediately below the...

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NORTH AMERICA – A Second Chance for the World Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada, 21 -24 March 2019

, June 15, 2019

Seeing beyond the falsehoods of modern history – excerpts from a full report by Meg Freeling 30 participants attended the recent A Second Chance for the World Conferencein Vancouver, Canada. In the two keynote lectures – What did happen and what could have happened in the last hundred years? and What do we envisage for the next hundred years? – Christopher Houghton Budd laid the groundwork. Mexican economist Marcelo Delajara presented “A Second Chance for Labor and Income: What Is a Living Wage?” He described his research project in Mexico City to develop ways to ensure a dignified income for employees that goes beyond ‘equal pay for equal work’. Anna Chotzen, business manager of an incubator farming project in Mt. Vernon, Washington, USA, presented “A Second Chance for Farming: The Farmer as Entrepreneur”. She sees the need to “move away from the conventional perceptions of farming as an industry,...

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