International Delegate for the North American Council
Executive Co-Director, Camphill Communities California
In October 2024, the new Section will be inaugurated and welcomed at the large international conference, and will be welcomed by the eleven other Sections. This will also mark the 100 Years of the Curative Course, and inclusive social development in the world. The new section will be called: Section for Inclusive Social Development.
Structurally this won’t change in a big way; we will still receive financial support. This new section will be supported by the General Anthroposophical Section- the School of Spiritual Science, no longer the Medical Section. Who will take care of this in collaboration with the leadership you may ask? Bart, Sonja & Jan will continue leading this section as a collaborative leadership team, and Jan Goeschel will sit on the Goetheanum Council in an Anthroposophical leadership role.
Rudolf Steiner gave specific meditations to help us to develop one’s inner morality for taking care of those in need of soul care. The pedagogical exercises are the basis of our work (high pedagogy). These “inner aspects of our profession” are what we can develop in this new Section. Certain forms and agreements are there to support our inner work and a space of respect and support of one another to do this work. Everyone who wants to be engaged in this work is encouraged to join in the work of this new section. There will be full transparency of financial support and assets, also maybe new forms of organization and how we are connected to different groups within the Anthroposophical movement.
When one becomes a member of the Anthroposophical Branch in one’s own country, then you automatically become a member of the Anthroposophical Society worldwide- connected to the whole world! We need to raise awareness of this in our own countries and communities, also for the youth and emerging leaders in our organizations. Many people work out of Anthroposophy or are inspired by it, but have not made a formal relationship or commitment to supporting it in the wider world.
As international delegates, we were asked to meet in small groups, and asked to discuss the following questions: How do we understand the role of the delegates circle in the context of/ in relation to the new Section? What is the role of the delegates? What will change? Is there anything new that arises as a task for us as delegates? Where is the “spiritual” in the research tasks of this new section?
Indeed there are many questions to take up. In summary, this is a new and exciting challenge for our time, and as we contemplate and find our way towards the future of inclusive social development and its work in the world.
*Please check the website www.inclusivesocial.org/en to know more about the work of Anthroposophic Council for Inclusive Social Development at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. Thank you!