Friday, October 10, 2014

‘Anthroposophy events in NYC’

It’s been months since I last attended an event at the Anthroposophical Society of New York City, but I think I’ll be back soon. Here is a little information on two presentations in October, and a bit on some of what’s coming later in the year.

But first, let me share the new hours of the Rudolf Steiner Bookstore:
Sunday-Tuesday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The New York City Branch of the Anthroposophical Society is located at 138 West 15th Street in Manhattan.

Oh, additionally, let me share this news from the NYC Branch: “Thanks to a generous donation, first time visitors to our lectures are welcome to come as our guests. So, if you haven’t attended before, please come to a lecture, identify yourself as a first-time attendee, and enjoy the talk. If you’ve been before, invite a friend as a first-time guest. And thank you to our thoughtful donor!”

On Friday, October 24, Daniel Hafner will present “The Goetheanum Windows.” From the publicity:

Rudolf Steiner created the Goetheanum as the earthly center of the Free University for the Science of the Spirit. Its windows show experiences on the path of the spirit pupil. (At right, the center panel of the Rose Window in the South.)

Daniel Hafner, a member of the Anthroposophical Society and the School for Spiritual Science, is a priest in the Christian Community and lives in Nuremberg, Germany. He gave five very well received lectures at the recent festival and conference on Rudolf Steiner’s four mystery dramas.

Admission: $20 per person. Time: 7 p.m.

On Thursday, October 30, Owen Barfield will present “Reflections on My Grandfather, Owen A. Barfield.” From the publicity:

Owen Barfield
Owen Barfield (1898-1997) was one of the preeminent Anthroposophists of the 20th century and a well-known thinker from his university days, when he was a founding member of The Inklings—a group that included C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. His History in English Words and Poetic Diction are well known to lovers of language. What Coleridge Thought did much to reveal that famous poet’s greatness as a general philosopher, and Barfield’s insights into the evolution of consciousness (see Saving the Appearances: A Study in Idolatry) have met with considerable attention in the United States from the 1960s forward. This evening is a presentation and open conversation with his grandson Owen A. Barfield, his trustee since 2006. Along with Owen A. Barfield’s experience growing up, and how he came to be trustee, it will cover what has happened with the literary estate and what is still to come.

Owen A. Barfield: lives near London and is a practicing oil-painter and healer.

Admission: $20 per person. Time: 7 p.m.

On Saturday, December 20, from 2 to 9 p.m., Lisa Romero will conduct a Solstice Workshop titled “Lust, Lucifer, Abuse: A Challenge from the Spirit in Our Time.”

I can’t believe I’m about to write about the Holy Nights programs—it seems like only yesterday that I was attending last winter’s revelries—but from December 26 through January 5, nightly at seven o’clock, Anthroposophy NYC will host its Festival Celebration titled “The Holy Nights: From the Spirit in the Human Being to the Spirit of the Cosmos.” Last year’s Holy Nights featured lectures, music, food, and festivities, with different topics every evening, and I am only assuming similar variety is being planned for this season. Check back with The Magpie next month for the details.

In conclusion, the art exhibit underway through November at Centerpoint Gallery, inside the NYC Branch, features the work of Lani Kennefick, and is titled “Creative Forces.” Kennefick received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design in 1983, and an MFA from New York Academy of Art in 2011. She lives in Brooklyn. Check out her work here.

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