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Since 2016 John Bloom has been general secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America. He serves as a spokesperson for the society and country representative in the international movement. He also served for more than twenty years as vice president for organizational culture of RSF Social Finance in San Francisco, retiring at the end of 2020.

Here are his posted letters and articles from being human magazine, and member responses.

Scroll down for historical postings by and about past general secretaries and leaders of the ASA.

From the General Secretary

April 19, 2021

Spring is an energizing time of year, a time of renewal in the natural world. Festivals celebrated during this time of year reflect the power of transformation, death, rebirth, and liberation of the spirit.

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From the General Secretary

January 19, 2021

Letter from General Secretary John Bloom.

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From the General Secretary

October 13, 2020

Letter from ASA General Secretary John Bloom.

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The Shadow Side of Gift

August 28, 2020

By Dorothy Hinkle-Uhlig, in response to “The Alchemy of Gift” by John Bloom. “Simply stated, the gift works healthily when it is recognized consciously, humbly, and consequentially as a gift.”

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From the General Secretary: “the beat of daily news”

June 3, 2020

June 3, 2020 — Present events and the beat of daily news have kept me in a state of rawness. No one I have spoken with is immune from suffering.

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From the General Secretary: “between self and community interest”

April 12, 2020

From the General Secretary April 12, 2020 Dear Members and Friends, I never imagined writing something to you in the midst of a global pandemic in which sheltering in place, spatial distancing, and fear of being infected or infecting others…

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Letter from Virginia Sease

March 4, 2020

Intro from John Bloom, General Secretary How wonderful, timely and surprising it was to receive a letter meant for all US Society members from Virginia Sease, emeritus member of the Executive Council of the Goetheanum in Dornach, former Council member…

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The Alchemy of Gift

February 15, 2020

from being human – winter-spring 2020 by John Bloom What might an analysis of gift streams tell us about the development of human consciousness in the twenty-first century in the United States? The experience of giving and receiving makes it clear…

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From the General Secretary: “a cultural sea change afoot”

January 13, 2020

January 2020 Dear Members and Friends, Welcome to the new year, new decade, and what the future will certainly ask of us—awakening and deepening community. It is highly significant and worth celebrating that nearly 900 people participated in the Society’s…

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From the General Secretary: “working out of a Michaelic attitude”

December 4, 2019

December 2019 Dear Members and Friends,  The fall has been a very full, a time of harvest and harmony, a time of protest and celebration, and a time of reconsidering our history. The Society’s October gathering in Atlanta, Georgia, Facing Each…

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From the General Secretary: “where has the sacred gone?”

August 9, 2019

August, 2019 Dear Members and Friends,  The truth is that when any notion of the sacred is banished, it is impossible for humans to establish a hierarchy of values. Thus we can try to impose a few rules externally, but…

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The Gift of a Life : Joan Almon (1944-2019)

July 22, 2019

Joan understood the work with children as an urgent necessity for humanity as a whole.

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The Temple and the Treasury

July 15, 2019

from being human spring-fall 2019 by John Bloom How is it that high-profile banks have managed to perpetuate their mythic images as temples of finance? Despite the revelations of wrong-doing, ethical breaches, and market manipulation, banks are still keepers of our…

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From the General Secretary: from Goetheanum spring meetings

May 3, 2019

May 3, 2019A Brief Report from the Spring Meetings at the Goetheanum Dear Members and Friends,Spring greetings. As I did last year, I am writing this brief report following the spring meetings at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. Most public…

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From the General Secretary: “the spirit world – a true commons”

February 16, 2019

From the General Secretary February 2019 Walls, great and small, are a sensitive topic these days, and even more meaningful are the boundaries that walls make visible. Physical boundaries separate us: rivers, mountains, or coastlines, and each one of us…

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The Character of Capitalism, Capital, & Money

February 15, 2019

from being human spring issue 2019 by John Bloom Given how enmeshed politics have become with our economic and cultural life, I probably ought not to be surprised that capitalism, or what it has come to represent, is frequently disparaged as…

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Traute Page & the White Rose

February 15, 2019

from being human spring issue 2019 This article include a book review, a reminder of the resistance group “The White Rose,” and appreciations of Traute Lafrenz Page, MD, at her 100th birthday. Dr. Page was a General Secretary of the Anthroposophical…

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From the General Secretary: “what is happening to language & speaking”

December 10, 2018

From the General Secretary December 2018 We shape the world by how we speak; the world shapes us by what we say. These days I find myself wondering what is happening to language and speaking. Reductivist twittering, hacked thoughts, words…

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Division of Labor — and Artificial Intelligence

August 15, 2018

from being human summer-fall 2018 by John Bloom In the spirit of reconsidering many aspects of economic life, questioning underlying assumptions, and finding ways of reimagining the next economy, the division of labor has received little attention. It is certainly…

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Maulsby Kimball

Maulsby Kimball at Eighty

July 1, 1980

from the ASA Newsletter, Summer 1984; Maulsby Kimball was president and executive director of the ASA from 1962 to 1972. I was born in Buffalo, NY on May 20, 1904 and grew up there. The home atmosphere was a cultured…

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