ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING : Postponned Until March 2021
Dear Members and Friends.
We were able to resume our activities at the Los Angeles Branch with a special event with John Bloom in September. The Planning Committee has been meeting every month to try to re-schedule the events we had planned for the Spring and add new events that will be meaningful to you. We had rescheduled the AGM for August when, at the end of July, it became apparent that the rising number of Covid-19 cases would prevent us from meeting. We will have the AGM sometime in March 2021. In the meantime, we will be updating the calendar of events as the situation with the pandemic unfolds. If it looks like we can move forward, we will, of course, observe all the safety protocols, such as facemasks and social distancing.
The Planning Committee
A new initiative to involve more friends and members in our Branch life. The members of the Planning Committee understand that it is often difficult to make the drive to Pasadena. We are hoping that by offering these Community Saturdays once a month, a more diverse offering will allow people to take part in one or more offerings each time. From 10:00 – 11:00, we will have a study and discussion by different speakers. Following a short break, we will have a eurythmy class from 11:15 – 12:15 followed by a chance to practice attentiveness from 12:30 – 1:00. At 1:00, once the pandemic is over, we hope to offer a social time for anyone interested in staying or perusing the library or bookstore.
Dec. 5 (Saturday) 10:00 - 11:00: Community Saturday – Zoom only
The Macrocosmic and Microcosmic (Lord’s) Prayers:
Rudolf Steiner first spoke the Macrocosmic Prayer following the ceremony of the laying of the foundation stone for the first Goetheanum on Sept. 20, 1913. It was an ancient prayer through which human beings gained their freedom and ego; hence it was a prayer that separated humanity from the spiritual world. They no longer heard or followed the guiding voice of the Bath Kol.
The Lord’s Prayer was given by Christ Jesus in order to connect us again with the spiritual world.
Margaret Shipman will lead this community study, and we will see —from The Fifth Gospel— how the Lord’s Prayer reverses the Macrocosmic Prayer—line by line. Then during the Holy Nights we will read The Fifth Gospel lectures of Dr. Steiner.
Dec. 13 (Sunday) 2:30 – 4:00 pm: Advent Festival
Ad-vent is a ‘coming toward,’ the beginning of a new soul year, and we will celebrate it by sharing craft-time together at the Branch. Cheryl Alexander is donating holly to take home and enjoy through the Holy Nights, Josefine Reigl will guide us in making candle holders, and Dory Rindge will teach us to make red paper roses. We will also sing a few advent songs to bring inner light to the darkening outer world.
Masks will be required for this event. Please contact Roger Rindge at email@example.com if you plan to attend. We want to provide safe social distancing.
Dec. 26 (Saturday) through Jan. 6: 7:30–9:00: The Holy Nights: From Akasha Research. The Fifth Gospel. A celebration “individually but together”
From the Akasha Research. The Fifth Gospel was the original title for the set of lectures Rudolf Steiner began in Oslo (Norway) on October 1, 1913— just two weeks after the laying of the foundation stone for the first Goetheanum. These lectures have a tone unlike any others. They seem almost fragile, so delicate is Dr. Steiner’s presentation of them. He called these lectures the Gospel of Knowledge of the Spirit, the Macrocosmic Gospel. What he reveals is so intimate, so sincere and so difficult that we feel him almost imploring us to keep an open mind; to strengthen the wonder, compassion and conscience within ourselves.
Rudolf Steiner tells us that thoughts are real. Knowing this, we can share our thought-lives in significant ways. This year we will read the lectures from our own homes, individually or in small groups, but together in soul and spirit across those physical boundaries. If you wish to participate, please light a candle each night from Dec. 26 through Jan. 6 and read these truly amazing lectures to others, and especially—if you are comfortable reading aloud—to loved ones across the threshold. We will send an opening verse or a thought from the lecture ahead of time, to open the readings at 7:30 p.m.