May 2015 Newsletter

May 2015 Newsletter (PDF)


Pentecost, Titian, 1545 AD

In this issue:

  • Whitsun, the Festival of United Soul-Endeavour
    by Rudolf Steiner  In our continuing  effort to support a deeper experience of the festivals and the cycle of the year, we offer this Whitsun lecture.
    To celebrate a festival really means to unite oneself in spirit with the cosmic spirit.  ~Rudolf Steiner
  • Save the Date: August 28-30, The Question of Consciousness Today  with Virginia Sease.
    Only events organized/underwritten by the Branch 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, May 3 – June 6 – Our approach for 2015 – Owen Barfield Paraphrase
  • Local Lodging Requested for Virginia Sease Conference
  • Call for Volunteers for Portland Children’s Festival
  • The Question of Consciousness Today – A Conference with Virginia Sease
  • Sponsors Page
    Many thanks to those businesses in our community who help to underwrite our newsletter.  Ad spaces are currently available.
  • Fliers:
    • Wintergreen Biodynamic Farm invites you to share in the healthy harvest!  Celebrating the 24th anniversary of its community supported agriculture program.
    • Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a photo exhibit and presentation by Robin Lieberman, at the Art Hall at Cedarwood Waldorf School.
    • Remedy Insights: A weekend symposium sponsored by the Anthroposophic Medicine Club & The Society for Physicians of Anthroposophic Naturopothy.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds.  Contact Sandy Musclow,, or 971-271-4241
    • Portland Children’s Festival: An extravaganza of performances and activities coming  June 28 – find out how you can get involved.
    • The Question of Consciousness Today, with Virginia Sease,  registration form

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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!”

Two registration options:

1. Click here to register online (make sure to include your Name, Email, Address, and Telephone in the “Comments or special instructions” section of the checkout process).

2. Or, fill out this registration form, with your check made out to Portland Branch, & mail to Tom Klein, 3609 SE Center, Portland, Or. 97202

Questions or requests for work study/scholarships: contact Tom  Klein @ 503-777-3176,

April 2015 Newsletter


April 2015 Newsletter (PDF) In this issue: The Easter Festival in the Evolution of the Mysteries, by Rudolf Steiner  Continuing our effort to transcend what Dr. Steiner calls a sentimental, materialistic approach to the festivals, and to support the possibility of a deeper experience, we offer this lecture as a way to begin to live […]

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March 2015 Newsletter


March 2015 Newsletter (PDF) 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 […]

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The Question of Consciousness Today

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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 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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