April 2015 Newsletter

April 2015 Newsletter (PDF)

Resurrection - David Newbatt

Resurrection – David Newbatt Wynstones Press

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 into the true soul mood and meaning of Easter. “The need to look to nature for symbols of the spirit has continued in our own time.  Nature, however, provides no complete image of our destiny in death; and while the idea of death has survived, that of resurrection has increasingly disappeared.”
  • Walking With Your Time: excerpt from book by Christine Gruwez: From Spectator to Contemporary
    In this selection, Ms. Gruwez offers: “The primeval gesture of Manichaeism is the gesture of inclusion, welcoming, and integration. The primeval gesture of the powers of evil, as we have said before, is the gesture of fragmentation, division and exclusion.”  Reading in preparation for “Evil as a Challenge” April workshop with Ms. Gruwez.
  • 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, April 4-May 2
  • Local Lodging Requested for Virginia Sease Conference
  • Give and Take:  A poem by Christine Badura
  • Call for Volunteers for Portland Children’s Festival
  • Who is Sero Biodynamic Seed?: Read about how the owners of Oregon’s Territorial Seed decided to go biodynamic, and see where their Sero seeds are available in Portland.
  • Study Groups Engaged with Social Questions:read about two study groups initiated by Michael and Ali Givens.  They sprang from the question, “How can we encourage and enact a social deed of freely funding spiritual life?”  We are encouraging all local study groups to offer articles about their activities and insights.
  • Invitation to members of the School for Spiritual Science & the Anthroposophical Society to the Virginia Sease Conference, “The Question of Consciousness Today”.
  • Calendar & Ongoing Local Activities & Study Groups
  • About Rising Stone Farm – A Portland Area Biodynamic CSA offering vegetable and medicinal herbs CSAs, and biodynamic plant starts. 
  • Sponsors Page
    Many thanks to those businesses in our community who help to underwrite our newsletter.  Ad spaces are currently available.
  • Fliers:
    • Evil as a Challenge: A Manichaean journey to the heart of our time; an April workshop with Christine Gruwez  Register Here for Workshop
    • Hands Across the Generations:  How to think about illness and healing with our Children, Our Patients, Ourselves, with the incomparable   Dr. Philip Incao
    • 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,  sandymusclow@gmail.com, 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, tgklein@aol.com

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 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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