Steiner's American Verse

Rudolf Steiner, 1923
a verse sent to America

Using the Library...

If you wish to borrow books from the library or wish to become part of the Library Committee or simply would like to help as a volunteer, please contact Albert Spekman, or simply come during bookstore hours and speak with Sylvia Mandel. The use of the library is free to current members. The library places over 2,000 books at your disposal. They are arranged into two sections: books by Rudolf Steiner arranged by title, and books by other authors arranged by author. We are proud to offer you a great selection of titles on varied themes: Esoteric Studies, Meditation, Inner Development, Reincarnation and Karma, Life after Death, Social Renewal, the Gospels, Nature and Biodynamics, and the Arts. We invite you to make use of this valuable resource. Procedures for borrowing books are stated on the linked page.
Albert Spekman,
Sylvia Mandel


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Theme of the Year 2014-2015: "The I knows itself - in the Light of Michaelic World Affirmation"

The new theme for the year 2014-2015 has been published. Constanza Kaliks has written the descriptive article for the Goetheanum Leadership.

"The arc from Society to individual is continued with this theme. Like the Society, the individual confronts the same challenges as other contemporaries and must also find a connection to the world—as a basis for self-knowledge."Continue reading...

Moral Roots of the Climate Crisis

A year ago, artist and Goethean scientist and consciousness researcher and weather expert Dennis Klocek posted an article by this name at his website. With our recent experiences of our region's new situation relative to extreme weather, it makes excellent reading. Related postings are listed at the end of the article. Click here to read more....

Volunteer for Anthroposophy NYC!

We are always looking for volunteers to help support our work. We are currently looking in the areas of fundraising, calendar coordination, and the bookstore. Could you help?
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John and Nancy Root
Long-time local students of anthroposophy in New York will always vividly remember Johnny and Nancy Root from the days before New York City acquired its own Branch, when the Headquarters of the Anthroposophical Society in America lodged at 211 Madison Avenue, the venue in which Johnny and Nancy first met. When he was not absorbed in group-work and public lecturing at what, with characteristic wit, he always referred (in the manner of Dick Tracy) to as "Headquarters," Johnny taught history, literature, and mechanical drawing at the Rudolf Steiner High School while rearing thee children and subtextually infusing all his instruction both in and out of the classroom with a sparkling and profound philosophy. His original interpretations of academic subjects, current events, and spiritual science; his caring appreciation of the many diverse individuals he encountered; and his gallant, diplomatic mediation of disputes fascinated and won over adolescents and adults alike. Johnny's brilliant faculty for communicating his discoveries, delivered in homespun and unpretentious idiom, inspired and cultivated a receptivity to anthroposophy in abundant loyal and affectionate audiences. Nancy was a superb eurythmist whose steady, transcendent style embodied the profoundly objective mood of the mystery temple; to view Johnny recite for Nancy on stage was to witness an emblematic social collaboration of ideals. After a marriage of over sixty years, Johnny, and two weeks later, Nancy, died peacefully this summer at their home in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, in the loving company of their children and grandchildren. A memorial observance for exchanging recollections, poems, songs and other impressions of this historic couple will begin with a celebration of the Act of Consecration for the Dead at 9:00 am on Saturday, July 26, at the church of the Christian Community, 10 Green River Lane in Hillsdale, NY, followed by a potluck brunch. If possible, please RSVP to Johnny's and Nancy's daughter Ann-Elizabeth Barnes:
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