Evil as a Challenge

A Manichaean Journey
to the Heart of our Time

With Christine Gruwez

MughalApril 24, 25, 26
Cedarwood Waldorf School

Friday, 7:30 pm:  Open Lecture

Saturday 9am-5:30 pm: Interactive workshop with introduction, questions, & dialogue

Sunday 9am-12:30 pm: Continuation of workshop

Christine Gruwez: “The salvation of the soul, the central motif of Manichaeism, is a deed, a deed to which we are called as contemporaries living in turbulent times. But Manichaeism will have to develop further in the future, as Rudolf Steiner expresses it. Knowledge and wisdom may indeed help us, but they can be no substitute for the actual deed. This deed is related to good and evil as they are present in each of us. This deed becomes a presence which concretizes in a particular relationship to the other, whoever he may be. Only through this can we develop an inner organ to listen to the future. A listening with the heart. In the words of Bernard Lievegoed: More and more people will find methods to help others in the most surprising ways. To put yourself in the service of the difficulties of another person, that is the point!”

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March 2015 Newsletter

March 2015 Newsletter (PDF)

Glimpse of Higher Worlds

Glimpse of Higher Worlds, by John L. Lismer, Wynstones Press

In this issue:

  • Manichaeism, by Rudolf Steiner   In this lecture, Rudolf Steiner states, “Today we stand immediately at the threshold of a time when good must consciously come to terms with evil.”  We are told that these notes are the only full account of Manicheism in the whole of Rudolf Steiner’s work.  This lecture is third in a series of articles which began   in January, in preparation for a most unique workshop with Christine Gruwez of Belgium  in Portland on April 24-26. The topic will be: Evil as a Challenge:  A Manichaean Journey to the Heart of our Time.  See flier in newsletter, or  Register Here.

  • Save the Dates:

    April 24-26, Evil as a Challenge;  August 28-30, The Question of Consciousness Today.  Only events organized/underwritten by the Council are listed here.  For a listing of the many other outstanding events and activities, see the calendar in the newsletter.

  • Calendar of the Soul Verses, March 1- April 4
  • Portland Eurythmy is Thriving:   We are amazingly blessed in Portland to have so many talented and hard-working eurythmists, whose performances are enriching community life in Portland.  They have formed a group,Portland Eurythmy, under the direction of Reg Down.  Read all about it, and enjoy gorgeous color pics of their performances.

  • Annual Branch Potluck & Conversation: 

    More than 16 groups were represented, and were asked to offer articles about their activities for the newsletter.   The first of these – The Portland Eurythmy and First Monday Study Group articles are in this issue.  The conversation also addressed the question, How do we experience ourselves as part of a larger Anthroposophical Community in Portland – and do we?


  • Sun and Moon, in February, In Oregon: A poem by Wesley Burch.  Image, Glimpse of Higher Worlds by John L. Lismer, Wynstones Press
  • About the First Monday Study Group, Currently Studying Theosophy
  • Calendar & Ongoing Local Activities & Study Groups
  • Sponsors Page

    Many thanks to those businesses in our community who help to underwrite our newsletter.  Ad spaces are currently available.
  • Fliers:
    • The Golden Spiral:  Exhibit and talk by Gemela Foster; Essence of the Fibonacci Sequence
    • Evil as a Challenge: A Manichaean journey to the  heart of our time; an April workshop with Christine Gruwez
    •  Hands Across the Generations:  How to think about illness and healing, with the incomparable   Dr. Philip Incao
    • Remedy Insights: A weekend symposium sponsored by the Anthroposophic Medicine Club & The Society for Physicians of Anthroposophic Naturopothy
    • Portland Children’s Festival: An extravaganza of performances and activities coming in June – find out how you can get involved.

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The Question of Consciousness Today

Fra Angelico St Michael

A Conference with Virginia Sease Friday evening, August 28th, Saturday, August 29th and Sunday August 30th South Space, Cedarwood Waldorf School 3030 SW 2nd Ave. Portland OR 97201 Contact James Lee at anthroposophynow@comcast.net This special conference with Virginia Sease is open to members of the Anthroposophical Society and members of the School for Spiritual Science. […]

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February 2015 Newsletter


February 2015 Newsletter (PDF) In this issue: The Contemporary Relevance of Manichaeism, by Christine Gruwez.    This is the second and final installment of Ms. Gruwez’s essay, which describes the five stages of the Manichaean path, which is directed towards the redemption of evil.  Ms. Gruwez will offer a workshop in Portland on April 24-26.The topic will be: […]

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January 2015 Newsletter


January 2015 Newsletter (PDF) In this issue: The Contemporary Relevance of Manichaeism, by Christine Gruwez.  Ms. Gruwez will offer a workshop in Portland on April 24-26.  The topic will be Evil as a Challenge:  A Manichaean Journey to the Heart of our Time.  Between then and now we will be printing excerpts from the above […]

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December 2014 Newsletter


December 2014 Newsletter (PDF) In this issue: The Christmas Imagination, An Excerpt From: The Four Seasons and the Archangels, by Dr. Rudolf Steiner.  In this lecture, Dr. Steiner gives us a very specific imagination for Christmas, much in the way he offered us one for Michaelmas.  (We will read the entire lecture together on December 6.) Save the Dates!  Advent; […]

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