Posts made in September, 2016


Participant responses to the conference

, September 10, 2016

“I would like to acknowledge with gratitude how I felt accommodated by the ethos of the conference Encountering Our Humanity. The Ottawa event really spoke to the spirit of the Cambridge Music Conference. I really valued the autonomy I was granted. I felt the true spirit of my work was recognised. My effort to commission music in dialogue with eurythmy as a way to present ‘ideas in action’ really resonated with the ideal ‘conscious knowledge to conscious action’ at the heart of the Ottawa conference. I valued Doug Wylie’s efforts to align the Cambridge Music Conference with charitable initiatives especially meaningful. I found it deeply moving that Amnesty International was present endorsing their position ‘No More Stolen Sisters’. Sylvie Richard’s understanding of our music collective was reflected in her sensitive interview on CBC Radio French Canada acknowledging how the Cambridge Music Conference’s commissions give the most vulnerable a voice...

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Shared Seed Moments

, September 9, 2016

At Encountering our Humanity‘s plenum participants were asked to share something small enough to carry with them, take care of it and make it grow. Here are some seeds. À la plénière nous avons demandé aux participants de partager quelque chose d’assez petit pour qu’ils puissent l’amener avec eux, s’en occuper et le faire s’épanouir. Voici quelques germes. Gratitude for the encounters with others striving towards the spiritual within our humanity. Search, Cherche, Research, Recherche, Together, Ensemble Discovering my own forces through others’ mirroring attitudes. I will strive to make every encounter I have with the human beings I meet, a special encounter. In the encounter lives the key to opening the door to know ourselves and the world. From discouragement to hope. Play your Talk. Just take the leap. Fragmentation is Fairy dust to keep us awake. Merci! The new form for the Anthroposophical Society is perceptible in...

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Our Humanity, found in Canada:  by Frank Aleph Agrama

, September 8, 2016

To experience the others, and to experience myself, amongst us.  The Youth Section shared a rolling stream of meals, words, melodies, meetings, in Ottawa, Canada this August.  The Anthroposophical Society of Canada hosted us at their conference “Encountering Our Humanity”. Humanity did show up, and so we had to encounter one another.  The conference organizers created a very strong and full form, arriving on a Sunday, working through a full week of programming, and closing again on the following Sunday.  As the title infers, each day brings an aspect of the humanities to life.  To begin, Arie van Ameringen, General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada and the conference’s lead planner, gave a keynote lecture on the individual’s evolving spiritual relationship with the universe.  He revealed a progression of the I (each of us) and the it ( the universe) following the trajectory of a U. THE IT...

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Meeting Micah by Susan Koppersmith

, September 4, 2016

Meeting Micah   Micah Edelstein, it was a pleasure to meet you in the taxi on Sunday on the way to the airport after the “Encountering Our Humanity” conference in August. You told me that you are living in Halifax and that you are a member of an Anthroposophical study group which you call “Small is All.” Could tell me a little bit more about your group and its initiatives? Why did you give it this special name? Yes, I live in Halifax and we have a reading group here which meets the first Saturday of every month at the Osmond’s house. We are a core of 5 people age 34 to 90 and have an occasional 6th or 7th member joining us. We have been meeting on a regular bases for 2 years. The form of the reading group is the   same every month: dinner at 5:30 with...

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Cultivating our Humanness by Michel Dongois

, September 4, 2016

Nearly 240 participants, for the most part from Canada and the USA, gathered at the Cité Collégiale in Ottawa to take part in the weeklong Encountering our Humanity conference, which was held from August 7th to 14th, 2016. The impressive array of activities was designed to bring together into an organic threefold whole all the major fields of anthroposophical endeavour: lectures, artistic workshops and conversation groups. And all this was carefully scrutinized by the impish eye of a clown who started us off in a good mood every morning.   Each lecture given by a speaker from North America was coupled with a lecture by one of the five members of the Executive Committee from the Goetheanum who had come to attend the full week’s activities: Paul Mackay, Constanza Kaliks, Bodo von Plato, Joan Sleigh and Seija Zimmermann. This conference had been in the planning stages for over two...

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General Secretary’s Michaelmas Letter

, September 4, 2016

Dear Friends, Our conference held in Ottawa from August 7th to 14th was able to bring together people from different parts of the globe and of varying perspectives: young and old, Americans, Canadians and Europeans. Michel Dongois has provided us with an extensive article describing this important event. I would simply like to add here some personal comments. This was a team effort A project of this magnitude cannot be brought to fruition without the collaboration of individuals who ascribe to a common ideal. What I carry away from this experience is the participative process our committee took up with vital intensity for 12 full months. Once the aims of such a conference became clear to us in our preliminary meetings, we set out to visit the potential conference venue in 2015. There was a moment of hesitation and a lingering doubt as to the feasibility of organizing such...

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