Plans are to move major events which have had to be canceled from Spring into the Fall. We err on the side of safety in considering holding large gatherings, so we will not be offering events at our Branch until August.
The Annual General Meeting
Saturday, August 15, 10am-12pm
The meeting will be followed by a potluck with time to browse the bookstore and library afterwards. May we start our fall season with great enthusiasm for what is to come! Finally, face-to-face sharing time again!
THE SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS IN LIGHT OF SPIRITUAL SCIENCE
John Bloom, General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society
Friday, Sep 18, 8 - 9:30 pm
Saturday, Sep 19, 10 am – 12 noon and 2- 4 pm
For this weekend we will address the importance of Rudolf Steiner’s work today. We will look at the current state of affairs in our culture, rights, and economy, identify where the challenges are, and find what Rudolf Steiner was proposing as a way forward that we can bring to contemporary challenges. We will of necessity encounter and explore the issues of race and class, power, the wealth gap, and climate chaos, along with the healing impulses that Rudolf Steiner initiated after the devastation of World War I, which continue to be relevant and under-recognized. The overarching purpose of our time together will be a sober assessment of where Anthroposophy sits today and what it will take to bring its gifts in service to healing spirits, overcoming social isolation, and reimagining the future. We will have some leading thoughts, time for conversation, and artistic activities.
Suggested Donation: $20 Friday, $30 weekend
John Bloom is Vice President of Organizational Culture at RSF Social Finance in San Francisco. Part of his work is in facilitating conversations and programs that address the intersection of money and spirit. He has written two books, The Genius of Money, and Inhabiting Interdependence. He lives in San Francisco.
THE SISTINE CHAPEL PAINTINGS OF MICHELANGELO
By George Hastings
Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel ceiling is George Hastings’ favorite subject. He finds that the pictures enhance the spoken and written lessons of Rudolf Steiner, and Steiner’s lessons enhance the allegorical lessons on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. He will bring two slide presentations on Saturday. On Sunday, those who wish may gather in Garden Grove to see the wonderful exhibit of these great paintings.
Suggested Donation for Saturday $25.00
George Hastings was introduced to Anthroposophy around 1990. He soon discovered that Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle operas contain many esoteric lessons. Since then he has been researching hidden allegorical messages in the arts and mythology. In 2010 he wrote Rudolf Steiner, Richard Wagner, and Allegories of The Ring which put The Ring Cycle in the perspective of the precession of the equinox. He hopes to rewrite and republish it in the future. His other favorite subjects include Homer’s Odyssey, King Minos and the Minotaur, Jason and the Golden Fleece, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. He lives with his wife, Celeste Bennett, on Marrowstone Island in Washington.
THE SISTINE CHAPEL EXHIBIT
Michelangelo created a huge series of paintings for the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican in Rome. These were commissioned by Pope Julius II. Michelangelo worked on this project from 1508-1513, often lying on a scaffold 60 feet above the chapel floor. Twenty-six years later he began painting The Last Judgment, which has 390 figures and occupies the whole west wall of the chapel. This is a rare opportunity see life-size reproductions of these paintings until August, ‘up close and personal’, not 60 feet over our heads as they are at the Vatican.
After enjoying Mr. Hastings’ presentations on Saturday we will be more prepared to appreciate these masterworks. The exhibit is in the Cathedral Cultural Center, 13280 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove CA 92840. It is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $18, or $12 for seniors. If enough people are interested we can share rides and get a discount on the tickets.