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Christian Community, ReligionSacramentsSpiritual ScienceLife-questions, health issuesSociety / Art
V-01: Sacrament und Alchemy (Volker Harlan) (DE)
Sacrament and Alchemy
The importance of earthly substances for carrying out the sacraments
Substances, used ritualistically, enable spiritual beings to work within sensual-earthly circumstances. How can we conceive of this, and how is it accomplished?

Personal details: Born in Dresden, school in the Ruhr District, youth group in Essen (Dr. D. Lauenstein), studies at the Christian Community Priests’ Seminary (Dr. F. Benesch), biology studies in Kiel and Stuttgart, painting with Johannes Rath (Frankfurt). Ordained in 1965, since then priest in Bochum and Witten. Lecturer at our seminaries and various academies for substance science, botany, color theory and art history. – Numerous publications on this work.

Language: German

Age: 0-100

V-02: The importance of Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy for the birth of the Christian Community (Prof. Dr. Peter Selg) (DE, +)
The importance of Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy for the birth of the Christian Community

Peter Selg describes Rudolf Steiner’s involvement in the coming about and founding of the Christian Community. He also addresses the importance Rudolf Steiner attributed to religious life for the future of human civilization – as well as the significance of anthroposophy for religion.

Personal details: Prof. Dr. med. Peter Selg, born in 1963 (Stuttgart, Germany), specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy,
is co-leader of the General Anthroposophical Section at the Goetheanum and directs the Ita Wegman Institute for Basic Anthroposophical Research in Arlesheim (CH). He teaches medical anthropology and ethics at the University of Witten / Herdecke and at the School of Art and Society in Alfter (D).

Languages: German others to be announced

Age: 0-100

V-03: Second Coming - Birth (Tom Tritschel) (DE, +)
Second Coming – Birth
Christ’s influence today

How does the Second Coming of Christ take shape since the beginning of the 20th century? – Which forms need to be created to make the Second Coming possible – in thinking – feeling – willing? Clouds above clouds…

Personal details: Tom Tritschel: born. 1958 in Weimar, sports school speed skating, high school diploma, typesetter, garden worker, window cleaner, punk band, studied painting and graphics with Horst-Peter Meyer in Weimar, FIU, Democracy Initiative 89/90, New Forum, studied at the Christian Community Seminary in Leipzig and Stuttgart, worked with children and young people with multiple disabilities, ordination in 1993, priest in the Christian Community in Stuttgart, Schwäbisch Hall, Munich, Bochum, exhibitions, actions, lectures and courses in Europe and America, lecturer for “Social Sculpture” at the Christian Community Seminary in Hamburg, married, five children, eight grandchildren.

Languages: German, others t.b.a.

Age: 0-100

V-11: The Necessity for Development in the Christian Community (Daniel Hafner) (DE, EN)
The Necessity for Development in the Christian Community
On Spiritual Evolution
The Christian Community is intended not as an institution but as a movement. The karmic heritage of Christianity wants to be carried towards transformation

Personal details: Priest in Nuremberg

Languages: German, English

Age: 0-100

V-19: A Biographical Reflection on the Foundation and Development of the Christian Community (Annelie Larkin) (DE, EN)
A Biographical Reflection on the Foundation and Development of the Christian Community
What role do the impulses emanating from the first four Erzoberlenker play for the Christian Community in the context of the historical events of their time?
The presentation deals with the impulses generated by the Erzoberlenker for the Christian Community in the light of their own individual life themes, viewed within the historical context of the events of their time. There will be an opportunity to ask questions afterwards.

Personal details: Born as the seventh child in November 1961 in Halle an der Saale, Germany, I pursued law studies in Bonn after graduating from high school. In the following years I married, had our two children, and moved with my family to England for a longer stay abroad. While still living there, I completed my three-year training as a biographical counsellor in Kassel, Germany, Under the direction of Karl-Heinz Finke. The subject of my final year project was the reflection on the spiritual identity of the Christian Community during its first ninety years, based on the biographies of the first four Erzoberlenker. Since 2013 I have been working as a biographical counsellor in my own practice in Stuttgart.

Languages: German, English

Age: 18-100

V-23: Acting Together in a Religious Way (Ulrich Meier) (DE)
Acting Together in a Religious Way
Sacrament and community building

One becomes a Christian not through family or ecclesiastical traditions, but through personal experiences and resolutions. Sacramental life in Christian communities today is based on the free will of those involved in spiritual initiatives. We seek it out of inner conviction and with the goal of transforming our lives. This lecture aims to provide suggestions for using the seven Christian sacraments as an impetus for different qualities of community building.

Personal information: Ulrich Meier, born in 1960, priest in the Christian Community since 1990. 16 years parish priest in Hanover, 16 years collaboration in the management of the Hamburg seminary, since 2004 collaboration in the editorial office of the magazine “The Christian Community”, married, five adult children.

Languages: German

Age: 0-100

V-26: 1922-2022 - The world once and today? (Ernst-Christian Demisch) (DE)

1922-2022 – The world once and today?

The defining world events surrounding the foundation of the Christian Community one hundred years ago will be brought into connection with those of today. Special attention will be given to the work of Rudolf Steiner, since in this year an enormous external effect was achieved by his activities, but at the same time the resistance increased, culminating in the arson of the Goetheanum.

Personal details: Born in Berlin, baptized by Dr. H. Vermehren, confirmed in Frankfurt/Main in 1963 by Lic. Robert Goebel. Collaboration in the summer camps at Methorst and Vogelhof. Since 1972 Waldorf teacher for history and geography, since 1999 also lecturer at the Institute for Waldorf Education in Witten-Annen. Publications, married, 4 adult children, 6 grandchildren.

Languages: speak only German

Age: 0-100

V-30: Sexual abuse (Claudio Holland) (DE, EN)
Sexual abuse
Transgressions in society and positioning of the Christian Community towards this issue

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Sexual abuse has taken place since the beginning of the human race. In cases of imminent open scandal up to 20th century, it was social convention to blame and outcast the victims, and to do anything to save the reputation of the offender. Since 2010 at the latest, it has become public knowledge that within the major churches such incidents had been hidden by a particularly stubborn collective silence. In the same year the Erzoberlenker Vicke v. Behr publically confessed that even in the Christian Community there had been cases of abuse. He founded the “contact platform for questions concerning abuse” in Germany (in other countries similar platforms exist or are coming about), and made sure that affected people would be heard and helped.
The idea of this lecture is to give an overview of the development in society relating to the issue of abuse, to describe how the Christian Community attempts to deal with it, what psychological reasons exist for it, and why it is so difficult to acknowledge and to come to terms with the fact of abuse.

Personal details: Claudio Holland, born in Kiel in 1971, married, 4 children, 1990 A-levels at the Waldorf School in Kiel, civilian service in curative education, completed training as a goldsmith, then studied at the Christian Community Seminary in Stuttgart. Christian Community priest since 2001, first in Bremen, starting in 2007 in Braunschweig, since 2015 in Hannover. Since 2016, he has been a staff member of the Christian Community’s “Contact Point for Abuse Issues”.

Languages: German, English

Age: 16-100

V-40: The spiritual roots of the Christian Community and future tasks arising from them (Michael Debus) (DE)
The spiritual roots of the Christian Community and future tasks arising from them

One hundred years on, we want to look ahead, into the future. What will be the task, the social form, the spiritual movement of the Christian Community in its next century? But this “look ahead” will only see reality if it can relate to the very essence of the Christian Community, to its spiritual roots.

Personal details: Studied mathematics, physics and philosophy in Tübingen and Erlangen. Afterwards seminary in Stuttgart and active as priest in Stuttgart since 1969, 30 years of which in the leadership of the seminary. Publications on topics of theology, anthroposophy and contemporary history.

Languages: German

Age: 0-100

V-57: »We are on a mission: We are called to the formation of the Earth!« (Novalis) (Ursula Hausen - Charlotte Heinrich) (DE)
»We are on a mission: We are called to the formation of the Earth!« (Novalis)
100th anniversary of the Christian Community – 250th birthday of Novalis (1722-1801). Novalis, precursor of the Movement for Religious Renewal

Impulse lectures and joint reading of Novalis texts: Novalis, the messenger of the spirit of the age Michael, the guardian spirit of renewed Christianity.

Charlotte Heinrich: Born 1938, Novalis researcher for 40 years, opera singer at the State Theater Wiesbaden, retired.
Ursula Hausen: b. 1953, Dipl. Psych. 1979, priestess since 1982, member of Novalis Society.

Language: German

Age: 0-100

V-58: There are two forms of spirit: the I and the concept (Johannes Stüttgen) (DE)
There are two forms of spirit: the I and the concept
The two must unite. What happens when the two unite?

Lecture and conversation
Example of two terms: Nature and freedom for nature

»I want to make these trees and these animals capable of rights. This is, of course, a duty of man. If he is to perform his duties here in the world in the sense of real Christianity, of real Christian substance, that is, of the sacrament that blows through the treetops, then he must behave accordingly.« (Joseph Beuys)

Personal details: Johannes Stüttgen, Düsseldorf, artist, author, longtime collaborator of Joseph Beuys, co-founder and shareholder OMNIBUS for Direct Democracy, 1987 and BAUMKREUZ, 1989.

Languages: German

Age: 0-100

V-60: The impulses of the founders of the Christian Community then and today (Dieter Hornemann) (DE, RU)
The impulses of the founders of the Christian Community then and today

Why is it important for the continuation of our Christian Community to keep the connection with its founders alive?

Personal details: 50 years as a priest of the Christian Community in Stuttgart, Chiemgau and Braunschweig. Foundations in Russia and Ukraine.

Languages: German, Russian

Age: 0-100

V-74: The world lives because trees live; we should become trees (Kennedy, Patrick) (DE, EN)
The world lives because trees live; we should become trees
Fulfilling our humanity in the work of prayer

Diese Betrachtung soll die Welt-Bedeutung des Betens nahe bringen und wie dieses in dem Urbild des Betens – der Baum – offenbar wird

Zur Person: In April of 2006, Patrick Kennedy was consecrated into the priesthood in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to attending the seminary in Stuttgart, Germany, Patrick studied and worked in the field of early childhood education and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in cultural anthropology. He has worked as a priest in the congregations in Devon, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Chestnut Ridge, New York. Since 2016 he has worked in the role of seminary director at the Seminary in North America. In July 2019, Patrick, his family, and the entire seminary moved to the Toronto area.

Sprachen: Englisch oder Deutsch

Alter: 12-100

V-41: The sacrament of marriage – for »man und wife«? (Michael Debus) (DE)
The sacrament of marriage – for »man und wife«?

Personal details: Studied mathematics, physics and philosophy in Tübingen and Erlangen. Afterwards seminary Stuttgart and since 1969 active as priest in Stuttgart, 30 years of which took place in the direction of the seminary. Publications on topics of theology, anthroposophy and contemporary history.

Language: German

Age: 0-100

V-43: The initation rites of the ancient peoples and the new and necessary step of confirmation (Kirsten Rennert) (DE, +)
The initation rites of the ancient peoples and the new and necessary step of confirmation

What precious and vital steps did the ancient peoples take with the children who would join the ranks of their clan as adults? Would they still have their justification today? What came through Christ as new into the world, which still today supports the young people on their way of finding themselves and their destiny?
Personal details: Kirsten Rennert, born 1960 in Halle/S., studied musicology, worked as concert dramaturge at today's Berlin Concert Hall at the Gendarmenmarketplace, Priests' Seminary 2 1/2 years in Leipzig at the time of reunification, and in Stuttgart; first posting to Kassel - marriage to Knut Rennert, three later dispatchment to Düsseldorf for nine years; birth of daughter, then nine years in  Ottersberg incl. building a church; in Leipzig for the past eight years, interreligious work for about 15 years, contributions to "Die Christengemeinschaft" and other publications.

Languages: German, possibly one other language

Age: 14-100

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"All he knew about death was what everybody else knows..." R.M. Rilke
Dying in the Presence of the Second Coming

"The task of anthroposophy will be grasped when we understand that we must get rid of the abyss that separates us from the dead." (Rudolf Steiner, lecture 5.5.1913) Since its foundation in 1922, the Christian Community has endeavored to bring an element of truth and promise to the mysteries of death in a present-day culture that is mostly materialistic, and to spiritually assist humanity in crossing the threshold.

Personal details: Born 1957 in Erlangen. Training as a farmer. Studied at the seminary in Stuttgart. Ordained priest in 1997. Worked as pastor of the Christian Community in various places, currently at Hamborn Castle. Married, four children.

Languages: German, possibly English or Japanese.

Age: 0-100

V-51: The Blessing of the Threshhold (Joachim Paulus) (DE)
The Blessing of the Threshhold
The Sacrament of the Last Unction - Presentation and Conversation

Three are the blessings we can receive for the crossing of the threshold. We will listen to the sacramental wording to find out what these blessings are.

Personal details: born in 1960, ordination in 1986, priest in the parishes of Hanover, Hamburg-Blankenese and, since 2002, in Bremen. Since 2017, director of Northwest Germany.

Language: German

Age: 0-100

V-52: Dying and Renewal (Gregor Steinle) (DE)
Dying and Renewal
The death rituals and the life of the Christian community

Introduction and discussion on the question of what the Christian community death rituals themselves can say about life and death. The rituals speak of eternal and transient existence, two terms that we also encounter in life. In our biographies, we can find the eternal in stellar moments of our destiny. We can also find the eternal by consciously seeking it out. As a rule, it is in everyday life that we encounter the transient. The stellar moments of the Christian Community are called “sacraments” – and the transient ones?

Personal information: born in 1990, since 2020 priest of the Christian Community in Osnabrück.

Language: German

Age: 14-100

V-53: Closure and New Beginning (Jochen Butenholz) (DE)
Closing and New Beginning
The Act of Consecration for those who have died  

The usual practice in our parishes is: At a funeral there are often many, sometimes very many people, and in the following Act of Consecration for the Deceased there tend to be only a few people. This is probably an expression of the fact that what actually happens in this sacrament is not well enough understood. This circumstance will provide the basis for a conversation on and an exchange of personal experience concerning all matters related to dying.

Personal details: Born in 1956 in East Westphalia, studied physics and mathematics, after graduation further training as Christian Community priest. Parish work since 1988 in Vienna, Hamburg, Marburg and, for the past three years, in Hannover.

Languages: German

Age: 14-100

V-61: »Resolution heals all« (Christian Morgenstern) (Johannes Roth) (DE, +)
»Resolution heals all« (Christian Morgenstern)
Marriage – an Event of the Will
Rather than pledging “eternal loyalty”, the Marriage Sacrament deals with staying true to one’s decision.

Personal details: Born in 1970, diploma in physics, seminary Stuttgart, ordination 2002, parish priest in Lübeck, Kassel, since 2021 Stuttgart-Mitte. Married, two adult children.

Languages: German, possibly an additional language

Age: 0-100

V-65: Released into life - the threefoldness of confirmation and its origin (Andreas von Wehren) (DE, ES, PT)
Released into life – the threefoldness of confirmation and its origin

The sacrament of confirmation, how it arose from the religious ceremonies for young people in the Waldorf Schools, and the special aspect of our own rituals for the youth as a three-step process having to do with the Trinity.

Personal details: priest of the Christian Community. Work in curative education, study of physics and mathematics in Heidelberg, ordination in 1999, work in the Wuppertal congregation of with focus on children and youth work, since 2009 in the Berlin-Wilmersdorf congregation, and since 2019 Lenker for the region of Germany-Central.

Languages: German, Spanish, Portuguese

Age: 0-100

V-66: Confirmation and the Last Unction – at the Threshholds of Life and of Death (Andreas von Wehren)
Confirmation and the Last Unction – at the Threshholds of Life and of Death
The sacramental acts from childhood to adolescence and at the point of death; their parallel structure. The first and the final communion. The beginning and the end of a person’s individual destiny on earth.

Personal details: priest of the Christian Community. Work in curative education, study of physics and mathematics in Heidelberg, ordination in 1999, work in the Wuppertal congregation of with focus on children and youth work, since 2009 in the Berlin-Wilmersdorf congregation, and since 2019 Lenker for the region of Germany-Central.

Languages: German, Spanish, Portuguese

Age: 0-100

V-10: Christianity and Karma (Jörg Evertowski) (DE, EN)
Christianity and Karma

Theological and Anthroposophical points of view on the idea of reincarnation. Lecture with questions

Personal details: Dr. Jörg Ewertowski, born in 1957, studied philosophy, German language and literature, and Protestant theology after training as a goldsmith in Frankfurt am Main. He earned his doctorate on Schelling (“The Freedom of the Beginning and the Law of Becoming”) and directs the Central Library of the Anthroposophical Society in Germany (www.rudolf-steiner-bibliothek.de). Ewertowski is an author (including “The Discovery of the Consciousness Soul”) and a lecturer at various anthroposophical institutions.

Languages: German, English

Age: 18-100

V-22: What makes blood a »very special fluid«? (Dr. Wilfried Schubert) (DE)
What makes blood a »very special fluid«?

Lecture with discussion afterward

Personal details: Born in 1953, medical school, physician since 1980; medical practice für anthroposophical medicine in Cologne.

Language: German

Age: 0-100

V-24: How do we develop a living relationship with the elements? (Jean-Michel Florin) (FR, DE)

How do we develop a living relationship with the elements?

The elements that create the weather no longer seem  capable of working together. It is as if they had been “unleashed.” How can we consciously recognize them and “tame” them by working on the earth, with the landscape?

Cf. workshop on the lecture (W-25)

About the person: Jean-Michel Florin, Born in 1961 in Rosheim, Alsace in France, studied agriculture and nature conservation and Goethean science at the Research Institute of the Natural Science Section at the Goetheanum. Lives in Alsace near Colmar.
After studies, work in environmental protection and education. Then, since 1988, coordinator of the national association Mouvement de l’Agriculture Bio-Dynamique, F-Colmar. Co-founder of the first French biodynamic education.

Since 2010, co-leader with Ueli Hurter of the Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum, www.sektion-landwirtschaft.org. Member of the Goetheanum Executive Committee.
International lecturing and course activity on biodynamic agriculture, social innovation, and Goethean science of nature.

Languages: French, German

Age: 16-100

V-27: Virtual and spiritual realities (Michaela Glöckler) (DE, EN)

Virtual and spiritual realities
The struggle for human identity and the possibilities of technical and spiritual optimization

The 4th technical revolution is in full swing and will continue to shape the 21st century. In this context, each of us is called upon to express how  we want to take our own  self-development in hand. The lecture will strive to point out the chances, risks and perspectives for the individual and for humankind as a whole.

Personal details: For the past 28 years, Dr. Michaela Glöckler, pediatrician, has been the Head of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum, the anthroposophical School of Spiritual Science in Dornach/Switzerland. During this time she lectured worldwide on the integrative medical model of Anthroposophic Medicine. Before that she worked in the pediatric department of the Community Hospital in Herdecke/Germany and served as school doctor for the Rudolf Steiner School in Witten/ Germany. She is Co-founder of the Alliance for Childhood and the European Alliance of Initiatives for applied Anthroposophy/ELIANT. Publications in English: “Education for the Future”, “Guide to Child Health”, “The dignity of the young child”, “Ethical Considerations in Medicine”, “Education – Health for Life”, “Education as Preventive Medicine”, “Medicine at the Threshold”, “A Healing Education”, “Developmental Insights”, “Truth, Beauty and Goodness”, Corona and the Human Heart”.

Languages: English, German

Age: 0-100

V-35: The healing impulse in the Gospel of Luke (Georg Soldner) (DE)

The healing impulse in the Gospel of Luke

Personal details: Born in Munich in 1958. Medical studies and further training as a specialist in pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Since 1994 joint practice in Munich with focus on treatment of chronically ill children. Since 1993 participation in the board and since 2013 director of the Academy of Anthroposophic Medicine of the Society of Anthroposophic Physicians in Germany (GAÄD). Many years of lecturing and publishing activities, including with H.M. Stellmann “Individual Pediatrics” , with Jan Vagedes “Children’s Health Book” and the publication of the Vademecum Anthroposophic Medicines. Since 2016 deputy head of the Medical Section at the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum.

Language: German

Age: 0-100

V-36: Buddhism in Japan or the Logos is bigger (Franziska Ehmcke) (DE)

Buddhism in Japan or the Logos is bigger

How could it be possible that the Logos only works in Christianity? Wouldn’t that mean that we conceive of the Logos as much smaller than it actually is? Based on the assumption that the Logos unfolds its effectiveness everywhere on earth, we want to go on a cautious “search for traces” in another cultural area. The central question for our consideration of Japanese Buddhism is where and how the Logos impulse might be active even in Japan.

Personal details: Franziska Ehmcke, Prof. i.R. Dr. Dr. h.c.
1969-1978 Japanese Studies, Sinology, and Linguistics at the University of Hamburg; 1973-74 DAAD doctoral fellowship at Tôhoku University in Sendai, Japan; 1978 doctorate in Japanese Studies in Hamburg; 1978-86 research assistant at the East Asian Seminar of the University of Cologne, Department of Japanese Studies; 1986-94 freelance translator and author; 1994-2012 professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Cologne. Since 2012 freelance author.
Fields of work: cultural studies in the field of  Japanese cultural and intellectual history.

Language: German

Age: 18-100

V-08: What is healing and how do I promote health? (Dr. Matthias Girke) (DE)

What is healing and how do I promote health?

Healing is more than the “repair” of pathological functions in the human body. After all, we have health-giving powers at our disposal. How can we strengthen these powers? What therapeutic approaches are there in anthroposophical medicine? What role do mental and spiritual development play in the process of becoming healthy? Healing and coming to health encompass the body, the soul and the spirit of the human being; all three need their own therapeutic consideration.

Personal details: Born in 1954 in Berlin. Matthias Girke is a physician for internal medicine, diabetology and palliative medicine. He was co-founder and for more than 21 years Head Physician of General Internal Medicine at the Havelhöhe Community Hospital, Clinic for Anthroposophical Medicine. In September 2016 he took over the leadership of the Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum in Switzerland, and since April 2017 he has been a member of the Executive Board of the General Anthroposophical Society.

Language: German

Age: 0-100

V-29: 13 years of school - and then? (Xenia Medvedeva) (DE, RU, UA)

13 years of school – and then?

How do I give my life meaning?

Personal details: Born in 1980 in Charkov, Ukraine. After studying geography and becoming a Waldorf teacher, began studying at the seminary in Stuttgart. In 2008, I received the ordination to the priesthood and was sent to the parish of Nürtingen. Since 2014 priest in the parish in Stuttgart-Nord. Since 2017 I have worked as a lecturer at the seminary; since September 2019 in charge of the Stuttgart seminary.

Languages: German, I can translate myself into Ukrainian or/and Russian. Depending on the registration, other languages as needed, depending on the availability of translators.

Age: 14-28

V-33: War - Flight - Trauma - Emergency Pedagogy (Bernd Ruf) (DE)

War – Flight – Trauma – Emergency Pedagogy
How emergency pedagogy can help children and young people to cope with their stressful experiences.

Currently, about 73 million people are on the run. More than half of them are children and adolescents. Every flight holds the potential for trauma. How do traumas develop? What do they do to the people affected? And how can the children and adolescents affected be helped to process their stressful experiences through emergency education in order to prevent trauma follow-up disorders? The remarks made in this lecture seek to convey competences both to  specialists in education and to voluntary helpers for dealing with flight traumas. They also aim to instill the considerable courage necessary to accept this special challenge.

Personal details: Bernd Ruf, born in Karlsruhe in 1954, studied history and German language and literature, Waldorf teacher, special education teacher. From 1987 to 2022 executive director of the Friends of Waldorf Education. Since 1999 co-founder and director of the Parzival School Center of Karlsruhe with competence center for emergency pedagogical crisis intervention, as well as director of the outpatient clinic for emergency pedagogy at the Parzival Center. In 2006, Bernd Ruf founded Emergency Education and coordinated and/or managed its efforts in war zones and disaster areas worldwide. In addition to publications on trauma and emergency pedagogy, he regularly gives international lectures and seminars. Co-founder of the Free International Institute for Emergency and Trauma Pedagogy (IINTP). Since 2019, foundation and development of the organization “Emergency Pedagogy without Borders”.

Language: German

Age: 16-100

V-39: Standing at peace with the world amidst confusion and chaos (Nora Minassian) (EN)
Standing at peace with the world amidst confusion and chaos
Rising above the divisions and conflicts through our relationship with Christ

Christian Community Synod USA

We are living in an era of division, confusion, separation and even war. How do we find inner peace? How do we cultivate a relationship with Christ as our helping guide in these uncertain times – Accepting the past, living the present and embracing the unknown future

Personal details: Nora Minassian was born in Syria to an Armenian family. She studied in California and received her B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology. She attended seminary training in Chicago and in Stuttgart with an internship year in South Africa. She was ordained in Berlin in 2009 and now serves The Christian Community in Sacramento, California.

Language: English

Age: 0-100

V-42: Resilience in crises of all kinds - how do we strengthen the soul in times of upheaval? (Ilse Wellershoff-Schuur) (DE, EN)

Resilience in crises of all kinds – how do we strengthen the soul in times of upheaval?
Inner Exercise and the New Sacrament of Confession

Using the example of current crises both large and small, I would like to tell how Rudolf Steiner’s basic exercises and the renewed Sacrament of Confession can help us not to lose a cool head, a warm heart and willpower in threshold situations.

Only for people interested in matters of self-education…

Book recommendation: “Resilience”, by the lecturer, Verlag Urachhaus 2021

Personal details: Born in 1958, highly mobile youth in Northern Germany, Bonn, the USA. Studied law in Bonn, Aarhus (DK) and Kiel, Waldorf teacher training in Denmark, after a few years of professional life, training at the Christian Community priests’ seminary, ordination in 2000. Since then parish priest in Hannover and Überlingen. Co-initiator of an intercultural meeting place in Galilee. Main focus on interreligious dialogue. Married, three adult children, five grandchildren.

Languages spoken: German, English

Age: 16-100

V-44: The defense of childhood (Dr. Peter Guttenhöfer) (DE, EN)

The defense of childhood
Educational oases in the desert of civilization 

The earth’s natural realms are in danger. Plants and animals are leaving the earth. The planet and its natural kingdoms can no longer develop in a healthy way without human involvement. But the most endangered realm of all is that of childhood. “Education” and “school” must be completely rethought in terms of the Earth’s needs. We want to create life rafts for childhood and thus for the continued possibility of human development.

Personal details: Peter Guttenhöfer, Dr. phil., approx. 40 years as an upper school teacher at the Freie Waldorfschule Kassel, 30 years of involvement in the training and further education of Waldorf teachers in Germany and abroad. For many years internationally active in the development of action pedagogical initiatives based on Waldorf education. Publications in books and journals.

Languages: German, English

Age: 0-100

V-49: Light at the end of life (Marc Jungermann) (DE)

Light at the end of life
The unusually nuanced near-death experience of Betty J. Eadie, *1973, in the context of her biography.

An exciting “narrative lecture.” Questions pertaining to content are of course possible, but there is actually no room for a real conversation.

Personal details: Born 10.10.1964 in Hamburg. Grew up in Herdecke. Waldorf School, A-levels, civil service, world travels, study of history and geography. 5 years Waldorf teacher, since 2002  Christian Community priest (Stuttgart, Göppingen, since 2015 Braunschweig), married, 2 sons.

Language: German

Age: 0-100

V-55: Funeral culture (Brigitte Gilli) (DE)

Funeral culture
Dying is relatively harmless if we prepare for it

People wishing to travel to an unknown country usually inform themselves about the journey beforehand. So why don’t we also prepare ourselves for dying and – above all – for our funeral? In this lecture I want to talk about the road we all have ahead of us, and I want to inform you of the various possibilities (and impossibilities) of burial. At the end of the lecture I hope to be able to answer all your questions.

Personal details: Born and raised in Graz, Austria. Training profession: chemical technician – then mother and Waldorf parent, first in the kindergarten administration, later needlework teacher, then religion teacher for the Christian Community, two years priests’ seminary in Hamburg, followed by a one-year of nursing internship in the Husemann Clinic in Buchenbach, then training as a funeral director in Breisach on the Rhine, since 2010 in Berlin as a self-employed funeral director.

Language: German

Age: 0-100

V-56: Our life's path and our journey after our death (Regina und Frank Hörtreiter) (DE)

Our life’s path and our journey after our death 
Fairy tales of right living, of dying and of death

Fairy tales shed a quantum of light on the question of leading a proper life, but also on the matter of dying a proper death: the preparation for death, the accompaniment of the deceased, them accompanying those they have left behind on Earth. We will also tell fairy tales concerning the fates of those “over there” (these are often the funniest). Hopefully, a conversation will ensue.

Personal details: ♀ Teacher since 1968
♂ Priest since 1970 and public relations representative of the Christian Community, married, four children, eight grandchildren.

Language: German

Age: 0-100

V-05: Listening - Art at the Threshold (Reinhild Brass) (DE, +)

Listening – Art at the Threshold

Personal details: Reinhild Brass, founder of Audiopedics, on the path of becoming an educational artist, music and class teacher at the Widar School, lecturer for music, Anthroposophy and Waldorf education in Witten/Annen, conducts courses in East and West, currently developing the Hearing Center in Witten, training and continuing education in audiopedics.

Languages: German, other languages t.b.a.

Age: 0-100

V-07: Transhumanism – and what kind of future do WE create? (Christian Seiser) (DE)
Transhumanism – and what kind of future do WE create?

Personal details:

Language:

Age: 0-100

V-17: Transubstantiation – Transhumanism (Ariane Eichenberg - Stephan Meyer) (DE)

Transubstantiation – Transhumanism
Our future is decided by the word

 Transubstantiation seeks the connection of our humanity with the divine – transhumanism wants to overcome our humanity by the machine. It is in the sphere of the word that we make the decision as to the direction our human and cosmic development will take. We are challenged to participate in this decision.

Personal details: Ariane Eichenberg: Editor of the journal “Erziehungskunst. Frühe Kindheit” (Early Childhood), collaborator at the Section for Fine Arts (Goetheanum) and German teacher at the Waldorf School Uhlandshöhe Stuttgart. Publications on memory and recollection, literary processing of traumatic events. She is involved in an ongoing research project together with Christiane Haid on the question of the humanization of man through literature.

Stephan Meyer: born 8.1.1957. 1983 ordination as priest. 1983-2003 parish work in Heidenheim and
Stuttgart-Mitte. 2003-2010 Lenker in the Württemberg region. Since 2010 collaboration in the circle of seven. From 2012-2020 head of the Priests’s Seminary in Stuttgart. Since 2020, Lenker for the region of Central Europe. Since 2010 steering support for the work in Ukraine.

Language: German

Age: 0-100

V-18: Money from the future (Florian Mende - Falk Zientz) (DE, EN, RU)

Money from the future

Creating new money for the futures we want

How can money be of influence for the areas where it  is most needed?
How can money serve the future more than it does the interests of the past? We will strive both to share these questions and to make them tangible from the point of view of the thinking and practice of the GLS Bank.

Personal details: Falk Zientz: banker and political scientist, with GLS Bank since 1994

Florian Mende: B.A. in philosophy, politics and economics, since 2021 as a trainee at GLS Bank and on the board of SEKEM Friends Germany.

Languages: German, English, Russian

Age: 15-100

V-38: The spiritual background of the current political-economic situation - What is in store for us? (Prof. Dr. Christian Kreiß) (DE)

The spiritual background of the current political-economic situation – What is in store for us?

A look at the current political and economic situation shows that powerful forces are at work behind the surface of events. What are their goals and means? When we recognize this, we can more easily answer the questions: What is in store for us? What can we do? How can we strengthen ourselves inwardly? (How do we acheive a Christian economic order?).

Personal details: Prof. Dr. Christian Kreiß, born in 1962: studied and received his doctorate in economics and economic history at the LMU Munich. Nine years of professional experience as a banker, seven of them as an investment banker. Since 2002 professor of business administration with a focus on investment, financing and economics. Author of seven books: “Gekaufte Wissenschaft” (2020); “Das Mephisto-Prinzip in unserer Wirtschaft” (2019); “BWL Blenden Wuchern Lamentieren” (2019, together with Heinz Siebenbrock); “Werbung nein danke” (2016); “Gekaufte Forschung” (2015); “Geplanter Verschleiß” (2014); “Profitwahn” (2013). Three invitations to the German Bundestag as an independent expert (Greens, The Left, SPD). Numerous television, radio and magazine interviews, public lectures and publications. Member of ver.di and Christians for a Just Economic Order. Homepage www.menschengerechtewirtschaft.de
The reason for my move away from investment banking to academia after our first child started school at the Waldorf School in 1998, was the books by Rudolf Steiner. This led to a fundamental life change. My true spiritual home is the Christian Community. I have been an altar server in the Munich West parish for a long time. Since Rudolf Steiner impacted my life (I have studied his works daily for over 20 years), I have been doing everything I can to lead us to a Christian economic and social order. All my books, all my contents are always based on core statements made by Rudolf Steiner. This is my life question: how can I bring the thoughts of threefolding, of Christianity, of spirituality into today’s analyses and impulses of economic life?

Language: German

Age: 0-100

V-46: Humankind at the threshold (Cristóbal Ortín) (DE, ES)

Humankind at the Threshold
and the resulting approach to the Threefold Social Order.

What is my stance over against illness, destruction and death? These dangers are becoming ever more concrete. Anyone who looks inward with respect to them can discover in condition of their own soul characteristics similar to those described by Rudolf Steiner pertaining to the time after this threshold crossing. Not the least of which is the disintegration of the soul forces of thinking, feeling and willing. What holds for the individual human being can likewise be seen at the level of humanity as a whole in the chaotization of social life. By means of increasing his or her spiritual power, the individual human being can once again integrate the forces of his or her soul. The same spiritual power applied to the social question leads to the threefolding of the social organism.

Personal details: Born in Spain in 1956. Worked initially as a self-employed architect, then as a freelancer at the Natural Science Section at the Goetheanum. Since 1999 priest of the Christian Community, since 2002 in Zurich.

Languages: German, Spanish

Age: 0-100

V-47: True formation of concepts as the basis of an economy that functions according to the principle of brotherhood (Jonathan Keller) (DE)

True formation of concepts as the basis of an economy that functions according to the principle of brotherhood
Rudolf Steiner’s notion of the financial cycle: The key to recovering healthy economic conditions.

We work for wages; hence we behave as if we were self-sufficient. We treat rights as if they were economic goods (which they are not!). We finance the free cultural and spiritual life from alms rather than from budgeted gift money. And whenever possible, we organize our economy according to the principle of competition without taking seriously its inherent brotherhood. All this leads to chaos and social imbalances. Through Rudolf Steiner’s National Economic Course, we are given a key to understanding economic relationships. This insight is prerequisite to finding our way back to a healthy state of social affairs.

Personal details: Born in Zurich in 1976. After discontinuing his studies in economics, he trained as a teacher. Since 2005 class teacher at the Rudolf Zurich Steiner School. Eight years in the school stering committee, with focus on financial responsibility. Since 2015 managing director at confoedera and the Allgemeine Bodentreuhand-Gesellschaft (General Land Trust Society).

Language: German

Age: 0-100

V-67: Semblance and Truth - Anthroposophy in the Media (Matthias Niedermann - Sebastian Knust) (DE, FR)

Semblance and Truth – Anthroposophy in the Media

Anthroposophical philosophy and work have been drawing public and media attention for 100 years. Today, more than ever, public opinion is largely shaped by printed, digital and ‘social’ media.

The ongoing critical media reception of anthroposophical ideas during the Corona pandemic shows that the erratic relationship between the two has entered a new phase, in which many areas – most notably medicine, education and agriculture – need to be understood and communicated in new ways.
Is it enough simply to point to the “fruits of anthroposophical ideas”, in order to recognize these ideas? How can truth be convincingly represented in a digital world of semblance? What is truthful and credible? Or is “the truth” a mere matter of media impact? And how can the essentials of anthroposophical thought be explained and expressed in a way that is comprehensible to the media public? We would like to explore these questions in two sessions on October 8th.

1st unit on the morning of October 8th: In two contributions Matthias Niedermann and Sebastian Knust will describe the developments in media coverage in recent years. In the subsequent round of discussions, questions from the participants will be answered and future perspectives will be developed together.

2nd session on the afternoon of Octover 8th : In a playful “media training” session we will practice tricky questions in order to arrive at a media-compatible and generally understandable philosophy and practice of Anthroposophy.

Personal details: Sebastian Knust: Born in 1982 in Leimen, after Waldorf school he worked in a favela in Brazil and attended the Free Youth Seminar in Stuttgart. Afterwards he studied architecture in urban planning in Stuttgart and Sao Paulo and worked as an architect for several years. At the same time, he built up the “campusA Stuttgart,” an anthroposophical educational initiative. Since 2020 he has been working for the Anthroposophical Society in Germany in the areas of public relations, education and project development.

Matthias Niedermann: born 1984, childhood in St. Gallen and St. Prex, Switzerland. Education and collaboration in the Camphill School Community Brachenreuthe, voluntary service in Georgia and later studies of philosophy, cultural reflection and cultural practice at the University of Witten-Herdecke. Since 2016 active in the context of the Anthroposophical Society in Germany: coordination of the congresses “Social Future” 2017 and 2020, since 2018 networking of anthroposophical associations in Germany. Intermediate editor at the journal “Erziehungskunst” and currently collaborator at the von Tessin Center for Pedagogy and Health.

Languages: German, French

Age: 0-100