A CONFERENCE TO HONOR THE CENTENARY OF THE ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
Co-Hosted by the ASA and Threefold Branch and Sponsored by the Threefold Educational Foundation
“Association means the possibility for a higher being to express itself through the members when they are united. Human associations are the secret places where higher spiritual beings descend in order to work through the single individuals, just as the soul works through the members of the body.” – Rudolf Steiner
We find ourselves at a propitious moment in the history of the Anthroposophical movement, 100 years after the foundational Christmas Conference in Dornach, Switzerland, 1923-1924. Anthroposophy was not new to the world at that moment, but this Christmas Conference marked a significant moment in world history. During the conference, Rudolf Steiner inaugurated a unique and specific social form in the way he re-founded the Anthroposophical Society, with the School for Spiritual Science as its core. Simultaneously, the foundation for this Society was laid not into the earth, as it had been for the building of the First Goetheanum, but into human hearts, through the Foundation Stone Meditation. This means that a spiritual community can and will be achieved wherever human beings gather with one another in conscious awareness of it.
This November 3-5, 2023, we will gather in Chestnut Ridge, New York, in anticipation of this culminating 100-year rhythm, to explore the ways that the Foundation Stone Meditation, when contemplated individually, and experienced through eurythmy, brings a necessary strengthening, not only to the inner life of the individual, but also, to our relationships in the social realm.
The weekend will include keynote presentations by Mary Stewart Adams, the incoming General Secretary of the ASA, and Rudiger Janisch, as well as the Foundation Stone Meditation, performed by Eurythmy Spring Valley Ensemble, speech work with Jennifer Kleinbach, and more. The Anthroposophical Society in America is pleased to join the on-going intensive work with the Foundation Stone Meditation that has occurred in Chestnut Ridge, NY.
Also note that the first weekend of November marks the turning point in the season, known traditionally as the autumn cross quarter, during which time we honor and celebrate loved ones who have died. The weekend includes the opportunity to join in the community’s sacred celebration of All Soul’s. Please join us in-person for this weekend event, through which we intend to reinvigorate our awareness of what it means to be together in the good work of anthroposophy.
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