At this very moment, the Goetheanum is preparing to host a week-long conference with programs in English. The events have already begun, though, on July 29, with the first of Rudolf Steiner’s mystery dramas, of which one will be performed each day over four consecutive days. The plays begin at around 2 pm and last well into the evening. (I assume there must be a break somewhere in the midst.) The conference begins on Monday, August 2 — its title being ‘Entering the 21st Century Spiritually’ — and ends next Saturday, August 7. ‘Anthropo-who?’ is supposedly the program for a ‘humorous evening’ which takes place on Thursday night.
Apart from the usual routine surrounding the rescuing childhood (this time the rescue operation is discussed by a theme group led by Joan Almon, a waldorf education guru), one work-shop group tackles ‘Death as a Spiritual Challenge’. I bet it is. (This group can perhaps be complemented with the one dealing with ‘Beyond Survival Spiritually’?) Another group takes on a lesser challenge than death, namely how to support ‘the Karma of Illness with Anthroposophic Medicine’. Paul MacKay, of the executive council, goes on a hunt for the ‘Universal Human’. Another executive council member, Virginia Sease, ponders ‘Rudolf Steiner’s Relevance Today: Biographical Highlights of an Initiate’. A professional comedian leads a group called ‘You Are Funnier Than You Look’, which may or may not be true in regard to eurythmists.
The lectures are also impressive. Pediatrician Michaela Glöckler speaks about ‘The Confrontation with Forces of Destruction’ (one wonders where a pediatrician finds these forces) and executive council boss Prokofieff speaks about really important stuff: ‘The Experiences of the Threshold and the Spiritual Tasks of our Time’. The cosmic effects of meditation are dealt with one morning; fortunately the lecture lasts only one hour, as otherwise the potentially dire effects on the cosmos are too difficult to predict. In short:
This International English Conference will address the times in which we live.
(The program should still be available somewhere on the Goetheanum’s website.)