Concerning the Crisis in the Anthroposophical Society with Christopher Houghton Budd
Join the Circles for a Renewal of Culture presentation with Christopher Houghton Budd. Dottie Zold initiated this gathering to be held on Rudolf Steiner’s death day out of the questions found in lectures given by Sergei O. Prokofieff and Peter Selg at the AGM in Dornach in 2012, now in booklet form as Crisis in the Anthroposophical Society.
Date: March 30, 2022
Time: 10 am Pacific Daylight Time
Please register by emailing CirclesforaRenewalofCulture@gmail.com
You will receive the zoom information and a place to contribute once you have registered.
Sliding scale contribution: $15 – $75
Christopher has asked that this go to support the work of Elderberries and Circles for a Renewal of Culture in seeking to create curative communities in urban spaces, for young people especially.
“Invited to address this topic by Dottie Zold, my presentation will be aimed mainly at a younger
generation than my own – 73 and under! It will consider the challenges facing the Anthroposophical Society when understood as a part of, not apart from, current history. Meaning the Anthroposophical Society as a shared space in which its members, if they are so minded, have the opportunity not to feed their own souls directly, but by playing a part in fashioning the Anthroposophical Society as an exemplar of a wider social life worthy of every human being. I will address this theme in three ways:
– Whither or wither: Does the Anthroposophical Society matter any more?
– The Christmas Conference as threefolding secured.
– The Anthroposophical Society, economic materialism and the role of America.
The need to overcome economic materialism is the particular task of the West. Unless spiritual science engages directly with this task, there is a real and present risk that neither will economic materialism be overcome, nor will spiritual science be anything more than a sideshow in wider human affairs (which may, of course, be its tragic destiny). I refer to spiritual science, rather than anthroposophy, because anthroposophy is often more a body of received thoughts than insights developed by oneself. Indeed, in outer life it is often better simply to stay with Rudolf Steiner’s ideas as one’s reference. The background to what I want to share can be found in my published works, especially in The Deed of Rudolf Steiner, at a eBookstore.com, and the 2008 recordings Inner and Outer Aspects of Associative Economics (Money: The Old and New Mysteries, and Rudolf Steiner’s Unfinished Deed) – available from steinereconomics.com.”
Christopher Houghton Budd has been a member of the Anthroposophical Society since 1972 and of the School of Spiritual Science since 1979. He is convenor of the Economics Conference of the Goetheanum, begun in 2002. Throughout this time he has studied the 1923 Christmas Conference and is currently engaged with Society treasurers in giving that better effect. Professionally, as an economic and monetary historian specialising in finance, he is active both as an academic and entrepreneur and has always sought ways whereby Rudolf Steiner’s socio-economic ideas can be woven into current mainstream debates and policies.