Rudolf Steiner Branch - Chicago
4249 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
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About the Branch
Greetings and Welcome to the website of The Rudolph Steiner Branch of the Anthroposophical Society. We are located near the bustling Lincoln Square neighborhood in Chicago. Map
Ongoing events are listed below. Festivals and Special events are in the column to the right.
Coming in for an event? For info. on lodging etc. contact Info@ RSchicago. org
Do you have a desire to serve & share your gifts?
Be an active member of the Community!
There are many things that need to happen to keep the branch life alive. WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The History of the Rudolf Steiner Group in Chicago, from Henry Barnes book "Into the Hearts Land, Rudolf Steiner's work in North America."
Our extensive lending library of Anthroposophical books is available, free to the public with a suggested refundable $25 deposit (less if this is not affordable) and without deposit to Branch members. Librarian: Paulette Arnold
Dear friends, many books are missing from the Libray, Please return any over dues books.
Our library is open: During the Wednesday morning Study Group from 9:30 am - 11 am
Thursday's 6 pm - 7 pm
and also by appointment, contact our Librarian: Paulette Arnold
We warmly welcome new friends and visitors to browse the library and to join us in our study groups and events!
Anthroposophy is ...
"Anthroposophy opens its wellsprings, and the human will, carried by love, may draw from the waters. It brings to life love for humankind and thereby works creatively in impulses for moral action and true social interaction.” — Rudolf Steiner
EXPLORE HUMANITY’S PATH AND YOUR OWN.
Branch Membership is $50 (or pay what you can afford) per year - Dear friends that is less than 14 cents a day! Please consider offering your support.
Who is Rudolf Steiner?
Please contact each event coordinator for information on a particular event.
President - Chuck Ginsberg
Treasurer - Mihai Rosu
Secretary - Jonathan Hadley
Festivals Coordinator/Traveling Speakers Program - Hazel Archer-Ginsberg
Program - Andrei Onegin
Librarian: Paulette Arnold
Study Groups / Ongoing Events
Wednesdays 9:30-11:00 am - Karmic Relationships Vol 4 by Rudolf Steiner. We incorporate ‘The Calendar of the Soul’, eurythmy, focused discussion and seasonal artistic explorations in our study. All are Welcome. Contact Hazel Archer Ginsberg (773-549-3026) hag@rschicago. org
Wednesdays 11 am - 1 pm - in Elderberries 4251 N. Lincoln Ave. Unlock Your Musical Potential with master musician Philip Armetta. Music lessons in all styes (Classical, Jazz, Folk, Rock...) for all abilities; with a special emphasis on learning to improvise during the multi-instrumental jam session included with every personalized instruction. Drop-ins welcome. Donations appreciated. For more info. contact Philip Armetta
Thursday 10 am - Noon - Homeschool Eurythmy withMary Ruud.
Thursday 10:30-noon, ONCE A MONTH -- We are reading and discussing How to Know Higher Worlds, a basic book by Rudolf Steiner. Please join us -everyone is welcome. For more information, For more information, contact Carolyn (773-539-3688)
Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00 pm - Rudolf Steiner's 'Symphony of the Creative Word'. Anyone interesting in joining us is invited to contact Clark Remington (773-595-5793).
Sundays 5:00 – 7:00 pm - This group meets weekly. We are studying “The Fundamental Social Demand of Our Time” (social course), given by Rudolf Steiner in 1918, GA#186. Anyone interested in joining us is invited to contact Andrei Onegin (773-592-1136). aonegin@rschicago. org
Sunday Evenings 7:00 - 9:00 pm - “Youth Conversation Group: People to People: Social Renewal Through Human Interaction” hosted by Waldorf music teacher Isaac Maier, in the upper room at the Rudolf Steiner Branch. Donations appreciated, to sign up contact isaacmaier@gmail. com
For Members of the First Class...
of the School for Spiritual Science
What is The School of Spiritual Science?
The meeting of the First Class of the School of Spiritual Scienceconvenes on the third Saturday of each month. (with some exceptions) Blue Membership Cards are required.
The lesson begins promptly at 6:00 pm.
The next meetings is: January 18, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Fifth Lesson
Please arrive ahead of time, so you have a chance to come into the mood of the class before the lesson begins. After the reading of the lesson, we will take a short break. We will reconvene in a circle for conversation about the lesson. Ending time is approximately 9:00 pm.
For more information, contact Class Reader Clark Remington (773) 595-5793
Here is a schedule of the class meetings through June of 2020:
January 18, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Fifth Lesson
February 15, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Sixth Lesson
March 21, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Seventh Lesson
April 18, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Eighth Lesson
May 16, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Ninth Lesson
June 20, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Tenth Lesson
Links - Inspired by Steiner
City Garden Early Childhood Waldorf School
Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education Program
Reverse Ritual - Understanding Anthroposophy Through the Rhythms of the Year
The National Anthroposophical Society site
and The Goetheaum in Dornach
Notes - News
The Council of the Rudolf Steiner Branch in Chicago has 2 new board members: Mary Spalding & Jonathan Hadley!
Our dear Building Maintenance Engineer Tony Morales is back from Guatemala & is on the job. Interested in helping to maintain our sacred space? Contact Hazel
Thanks to all in our community who are stepping up to help with all the many tasks to keep Anthroposophy alive here at the Rudolf Steiner Branch of Chicago!
Dear Friends – Thanks for Hosting the GC of the ASA here are a few images from that gathering.
The transformation of the ‘Flex Space’ has attracted more Peerspace clients interested in production. These kind of raw industrial loft-style spaces are very desirable in the rental market now. We have made a lot of head way. Thanks to your generous donations & loans we have:
1. Insulated the ceiling
2. Installed a furnace / air conditioner and related infrastructure
We still need to update the flooring & get a new garage door
The Branch Council is requesting tax exempt donations and/or loans, for this restoration. The loans are for 2-3 years, simple interest of 5%, paid yearly. More favorable terms are welcome.
The Rudolf Steiner Branch Council hopes you will support these efforts, as we continue to provide Programs, and Festival Events, Monthly 1st Class Lessons, Study Groups, Library / Bookstore, and weekly Public Open House hours, in one of the few Branch homes in America to own their own building.
Thank you! to all our friends who have already donated & given generous loans to insure the financial stability of our community treasure!
The Branch 'Flex Space' & the renovated Elderberries 3-Fold Space are currently available for rental on PEER SPACE: for Classes, Trainings, Meetings, Retreats, Art Exhibits, Rehearsals, Production: Video/Photo shoots, etc...
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Donations & Dues
The Branch is now accepting payments through QuickPay® with Zelle®
If you would like to make a donation or pay dues with this method, please send that payment to chase@ with a note explaining for what the payment is being made. rschicago. org
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Winter Youth Conference 2020
The Christian Community in North America Winter Youth Conference 2020
THE COURAGE TO LOVE THE WORLD THAT WE’RE IN
For young people ages 14-19 – January 17 – 20, 2020 MLK weekend in Washington DC
WHAT DO YOU LOVE? -WHAT IS IN NEED OF YOUR LOVE?
Rev. Carol Kelly, Rev. Paul Newton, Anna Silber, Samuel Parker, Ultra-Violet Archer, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg
fee $300 (Financial assistance available)
Register at: www.ChristianCommunity.com/2020-mlk-signup
contact Rev. Carol Kelly email@example.com
full flyer: Christian community DC2020
January 24, Friday, 7:00-9:00 pm & January 25 , Saturday, 10am-12:30pm - Workshop - "The Poisoning of America.” with John Beck
January 24, Friday, 7:00-9:00 pm “The Poisoning of America.” with John Beck.
January 25 , Saturday, 10am-12:30pm - Workshop - threefolding in the USA and the impending choice of technology or humanity.
The Poisoning of America
“To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.” Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1936.
Five years after he sounded this call, in the months before the US entered World War II, President Roosevelt spoke of four freedoms—”everywhere in the world”—that were “no vision of a distant millennium” but “a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time…” Freedom of speech and expression, freedom to worship God in one’s own way, freedom from want, and freedom from fear—each freedom specified to be “everywhere in the world.”
The end of the war left the USA as the richest and most powerful nation in the world’s history. The 19th century British writer Lord Acton had warned that “power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Call it a spiritual law, or simply a fact of moral experience, wealth and power demand high and worthy goals. And while the wealth and power of the USA have been maintained, the being of this nation has, over the cosmic day from 1945 to 2017, been undermined in the service of more power and more wealth, with a particular coalescing of amoral impulses from 1968 forward. Within this what becomes clear is a full-scale war on the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit, even as the technological basis is extended for the rulership of Satan, Ahriman, the “father of lies.”
Among the phenomena to observe:
The creation of enemies - from the McCarthy era to Nixon’s enemies list to Trump’s rapists and murderers.
Identification of “the national interest” with personal and especially corporate profits.
The loss of nerve of the Democratic Party in the wake of assassinations and an unjust war.
The Republican Party’s embrace of the racist basis long held by the Democratic Party.
The subjection of evangelical religion to political goals.
The promotion of Caesarism - “it’s not illegal when the President does it.”
Disabling the press, the tribunes of the people.
Systematic alienation of the people from their government.
Purchase of governmental power by wealthy individuals and corporations.
Steady enhancement of the wealth of the wealthiest.
The emergence at last of explicit oligarchy, and international embrace of oligarchic governments.
This discussion must seem “political,” but it is in fact a function of culture to examine the history and values of the political and economic spheres.
A repudiation of untruthfulness, about which Rudolf Steiner lectured a century ago, and return to worthy goals like those enunciated by FDR, are the only real path of recovery. The truthfulness must be extended to an embrace of the full meaning and purpose of human existence, the vast potential of every individual, and the goals must relate to global humanity. When this is done, the special character of the US-American nation can reassert itself and our valuable contributions to human development, “everywhere in the world,” can restore us to sister-and-brotherhood with all of humanity.
Suggested donations - $15 for lecture, $20 for workshop. For more information, please, contact Andrei Onegin at aonegin@rschicago. org
Sunday, January 26, 3:30-5:30 pm Community study
Material for the conversation: What is Revealed When One Looks Back into Repeated Lives on Earth, GA#26. To read entire letter, follow link:
For more information please contact Andrei Onegin ataonegin@rschicago. org
30 Jan. - 2 Feb. 2020 Prep-makers conference at Michael Fields Institute
Fellowship of Preparation Makers Gathering
BD 501 and 508 – Tools to bring the cosmic light into the earth.
January 30th – February 2nd, 2020
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, N8030 Townline Rd, East Troy, WI
The mission of the Fellowship of Preparation Makers is to ensure that good quality biodynamic preparations are available now and into the future throughout North America.
Thursday, January 30th
10—10:30 am Registration for Chromatogram Intensive
10:30am Chromatogram Intensive – All levels welcome. Presenter: Ryann Herring
12 —1pm Lunch on your own
1-3pm Chromatogram Intensive
3—5pm Registration and Social Time
7-8:30pm Welcome from Perry Brown, and Candlemas Festival with Hazel Archer Ginsberg
Friday, January 31st
7:30-8:30am Registration, Breakfast and Social Time
8:30– 10 am History of Fellowship of Prep Makers, and Introductions.
10-10:30am Morning Break
10:30–12:30pm Why Biodynamics? Presenter: Mac Mead
2-3:30pm How the cosmic works in the earth? Presenter: Hugh Courtney
3:30-4pm Afternoon Break
4-6pm Different ways to make and use BD501 & BD508. Practical hands on session with Marjory House and Lloyd Nelson
6-7:30 pm Supper
7:30-9pm The Journey of a Prep Maker, A history circle, Facilitator: Brian Wickert
Saturday, February 1st
7:30-8:30 Registration, Breakfast and Social Time
8:30-10am History of Silica on Man’s Evolution (Lamuria to today) Presenter: Mac Mead
10-10:30am Morning break
10:30– 12pm Silica and the Human Presenter: Dr. Mark Kamsler
1:30-3pm Interpretation of Chromatograms Presenter: Ryann Herring
3-3:30pm Afternoon Break
3:30-5pm Kolisko Institute Presenter: Dr. Mark Kamsler
7-8:30pm Quality Comparison of BD501 & 508 Show and tell how you make and use the preps. Facilitator: Wali Via
8:30 pm Evening Social/Brew City Drifters
Sunday, February 2nd
7:30-8:30 am Breakfast & Social Time
8:30-10am Round Table Discussion: Peppering for Pests and Weeds Panel: Mac Mead and Hugh Courtney
10-1-:30 Morning Break
10:30– Noon Fellowship presentations, evaluations and closing circle.
Registration and Lodging
Full Conference Fee $250
Single Day $125
Single Talk $25
Single Meal $15
Chromatogram Intensive $25
Airport pickup from MKE available
Home stay and airport transportation arrangements will be handled by:
We will work to provide home stays for everyone who requests one. Some homes will be free and others may have a cost. Please contact Petra with your requests. Home stays will be reserved on a first come first served basis.
Local accommodations are also listed below:
Quality Inn & Suites (1.8 miles away)
2921 O’Leary Ln, East Troy, WI 53120•(262) 684-2183
Alpine Valley Resort (1.6 miles away)
W2501 Co Rd D, Elkhorn, WI 53121•(262) 642-7374
BD 501 and 508 preps for quality comparison:
If you have them, please bring or send BD 501 and BD 508 preps for quality comparison and closing ceremony.
Preps can be mailed to Petra Zinniker, N 7399 Bowers Rd, Elkhorn, WI 53121
Sponsors: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Demeter, Biodynamic Association
KNOW THYSELF - Karma and Anthroposophic Psychology -- an Easter-Tide Retreat 9 -12 April 2020,
The Central Regional Council and the Association for Anthroposophic Psychology present:View this email in your browser
KNOW THYSELF - Karma and Anthroposophic Psychology
-- an Easter-Tide Retreat
Maundy Thursday 9 April 2020 Noon thru Easter Sunday at 3 pm
Rudolf Steiner Branch 4249 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL
AAP: James A. Dyson, M.D., Roberta Nelson, Ph.D., and David Tresemer, Ph.D. with Susan Overhauser, Ph.D.
CRC: Marianne Fieber, Alberto Loya, Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, David Howerton, Lisa Dalton
Eurythmist: Mary Ruud
- Star Wisdom
- The Karma Exercises
- Experiential PAGEANT on Holy Saturday: 'Know Thyself'
- Easter Sunrise Songtrail
- Optional service at the Christian Community
- Communal meals and time for Conversation
- 'Living into Karma through the Senses'
- 'How to find the Self in a Sea of Karma'
- 'Unfolding the Enigma of the Saturn Path'
- 'The Gesture of Karma'
- 'Christ as Lord of Karma -- how do I access this in terms of my personal psychology?'
(Program subject to change)
$125 Conference fee includes 1 meal a day
For more information and to register, contact Alberto Loya firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacred Gateway: Conscious Living, Conscious Dying, and the Journey Beyond April 16-19, 2020 in Detroit, MI.
Enjoy lively interactive workshops.Registration opens in January
Stay tuned for all the details
Including a strand with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg: 'Festivals of the Dead. Then & Now. Renew, or Create Your Own Tradition'
'May Human Beings Hear it' Resources
Dear Holy Nights Friends,
Wow. What a powerful experience we have had together. After our meeting last night, I could do nothing but sit still in my chair and feel the reverberation of our work and the sound of the Foundation Stone meditation. Quite honestly, Angela, Hazel and I did not know what this experience would be like. We could not anticipate that nearly 900 people from all over the world would join us, nor that the space we created online could truly have a deep sense of community. We hope you all feel as inspired as we do to continue this type of work--both deeply spiritual and accessible to all. You can find the recordings here and a link to a community bulletin board here.
To that end, we want to thank you for trying out this new form with us and ask you for your sincere feedback.
Please click here to fill out our short survey. Your ideas will take us to our next step.
If each of you contributed just $10 or $20, can you imagine what we could co-create next time? We could increase our technological capacity with Zoom, we could let more people know about the event, and we could devote even more time and focused work to online events like this one where we can come together through space and time in a beautiful community. Please click here to make a donation! It really, truly helps!
Did you know we have an online webinar site with over 25 different programs you can download? And we have a podcast you can listen to on your smart phone or computer any time of day. Go here to access all our webinars and here or iTunes for our podcast, The Anthroposopher.
We are so lucky to know you all and wish you a beautiful Epiphany and New Year! Stay in touch and keep your ideas and feedback coming at this link.
With warmth and love,
Laura, Angela, Hazel, and Tess
PS- Find all the resources from our gatherings, including the recordings, at www.anthroposophy.org/holynights
Seasonal Anthroposopher podcast, Webinar & youtube video
Listen to a new addition of The Anthroposopher, a Podcast by Program Director for the Anthroposophical Society Laura Scappaticci: "Preserve the Light" by our own Festivals Coordinator - Hazel Archer-Ginsberg speaking about Michaelmas
Here is a link to the video recording of The All Souls webinar put out the Anthroposophical Society. https://zoom.us/…/2TH4VfAFaaXl75T9UgSHwxat-CKtdappGNmvyxdz1…
You can also watch the video presentation from the Theosophical Society, called ‘The Descent of Inanna” with a different approach to the theme, centering on the origins, & a performance in eurythmy of the ancient Sumerian Myth.
Your questions were great. Please keep them coming! Are you creating an altar or is there a family tradition you'd like to share? Share a picture or note with us! And share the blog at Reverse Ritual with your friends. https://reverseritual.com/blog/
Most importantly, thank you for preparing a space within yourself to honor this special time of year.
Join us for The Sacred Gateway: Conscious Living, Conscious Dying, and the Journey Beyond April 16-19, 2020 in Detroit, MI. Enjoy lively interactive workshops.Registration opens in January
With gratitude for your participation, Laura Scappaticci Program Director of the Anthroposophical Society of America