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CELEBRATING THE SOCIAL ARTS IN THE MUSEUMS OF OTTAWA: Denis Schneider

, October 24, 2019

Here I am once again, back from my stay in Ottawa, anxious to take you on a tour of the city’s magnificent museums dedicated to: art, science, history, nature, aviation, and war. These modern-day temples retell, each in its own way, the story of mankind. But I also longed to revisit this flagship city, steeped in the remembrance of the social virtues of Turtle Island (the historical focal point of the continent where the various North American indigenous tribes would meet together). In 2016, during the Anthroposophical Society’s “Encountering our Humanity” conference, it was Douglas Cardinal, a master builder of indigenous origin and the architect responsible for the Museum of History in Gatineau, who led us to discover this palette of inclusive colours. This great artist was initiated in indigenous spirituality by tribal elders and is a devotee of Goethean phenomenology, linked to anthroposophy. He examines his own work...

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From the World Society: On Boundaries and Thresholds

, October 24, 2019

Dear Members and Friends of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada: With the crisp freshness of frost and the scent of fallen leaves in the air we return once more to this special time in the year’s cycle. Looking out over the landscape we can be moved by the luminous golds and fiery reds of our maple trees as they blanket the earth with their five-pointed stars. We hear the call of geese on their migrations. We can picture great rivers of caribou flowing across the tundra, the southward journeying of whales along our coasts. We can also look out onto a parallel world, the world that humanity has learned to imagine. We see invisible lines beneath the unbroken blanket of falling leaves. We perceive borders and boundaries that are imperceptible to the frenzied squirrel, the wings of geese, the rivers of caribou. We cultivate a way of seeing that...

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FROM THE GOETHEANUM – Justus Wittich

, October 24, 2019

Dear Members, “History has been written, the future has not”, is how Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, presently the youngest Democratic representative in the US Congress, argues for a transformation of society. The Friday for Future student movement expresses the same sentiments in more concise and radical terms: “Unf**k My Future!” We read much about the increasingly polarized world, the consequences of a rampant materialism on civilization, but at the same time also about the awakening of young people to the effects this has on nature, about taking responsibility individually for the future and the birth of a new solidarity across continents. Positive antidote What kind of positive antidote is there? “Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine”, Henry David Thoreau wrote in 1849 in his essay on Civil Disobedience, a statement that still applies today when it comes to corporations, conformity and the societal attitude of “continuing as...

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New Administrator

, October 24, 2019

Dear Members, The Council is delighted to announce the appointment of Christine Tansley to the role of Membership Administrator effective October 1, 2019. Among her varied tasks, Christine will manage the connectivity for all members of the Society, receive questions and queries, provide information, keep membership records and ensure compliance with government charitable regulations as she collaborates closely with Council members. Christine brings a deep love of anthroposophy to her work and a wealth of administrative experience, including a long-standing administrative role at the Toronto Waldorf School. She is an active resident of Hesperus Fellowship Village, an anthroposophically-inspired seniors’ residence adjacent to the Toronto Waldorf School. Jef Saunders will continue in the role of Communication Administrator, which includes responsibilities for the publication of the eNews and website. Jef has graciously agreed to mentor Christine as she transitions into the evolving aspects of her role. We are sincerely grateful to Jef for masterfully fulfilling the demands...

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Message from Marianne Schubert, Visual Art Section, Goetheanum.

, October 24, 2019

Dear friends of the arts! As you may have heard already, my time as the leader of the section for visual arts is drawing to a close. I would therefore like to cordially invite you to the last major event that I am carrying in this function. 180 WORKS BY 80 ARTISTS  FROM THE THREE-COUNTRY TRIANGLE BASEL  From 28 November to 1 December there will be a large sales exhibition in the carpentry workshop of the Goetheanum. The work of Frederieke Nelissen (Holland) and Zoltán Döbrötei (Hungary) will also be on show as well as the exhibition of contemporary paintings by Georgian artists at the 1st floor of the Goetheanum. (The artwork of all four exhibitions can be purchased.) ********** From the 28 November to 1 December you are warmly invited to this year’s November conference entitled “Visual Art not within the frame?  The renewal of Christian Art.”  On...

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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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