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THE SOPHIA CIRCLE MEETING GROUPS & EVENTS
Sophia Zoom Circle
The Sophia Circle Book Club meets every Tuesday from 8-9 pm EST to discuss various readings from spiritual literature.
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THE REAPPEARANCE OF CHRIST IN THE ETHERIC: Every other Tuesday we continue our Christology studies by reading and discussing Steiner's "The Reappearance of the Christ in the Etheric." This follows our year-long examination of "The Gospel of St. John". The message is that Christ is here but you have to develop the organs of perception to see the Spiritual Worlds. The study of Anthroposophy leads to the development of such organs.
THE FOUNDATION STONE MEDITATION: On Alternate Tuesdays we study Steiner's Foundation Stone Meditation. We recite the four-part meditation and discuss its concepts through readings from "Path to an Understanding of the Foundation Stone Meditation" by Ernst Katz and Rene Querida.
For more information about joining, please email Carrie Dooley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Study: In 2020 we began discussing The Gospel of St. John by Rudolf Steiner. Our sessions, formerly in person and now on Zoom, consist of reading a passage and offering thoughts, questions, speculations, opinions, and experiences. The previous book we worked on was The Star in My Heart by Joyce Rupp, a great little book, sort of "easy listening" compared to Steiner. Before that, we engaged with Rudolf Steiner's Isis Mary Sophia: Her Mission and Ours; which took a year. When we were determining the next book to consider, one option was Rudolf Steiner's The Archangel Michael: His Mission and Ours. Another book suggestion is Steiner's Karmic Relationships, any volume. We open and close our meetings with a prayer, a poem, a song, or an exercise.
Calendar of the Soul
Saturday mornings from 7:45-8 am EST we meet to read and contemplate Rudolf Steiner's "Calendar of the Soul." Here is the Zoom link:
This book, available in many translations, consists of 52 weekly readings which follow the seasons, beginning in Spring through Summer, Fall, and Winter. The readings trace the changing relationship, throughout the year, between our personal soul and those of the earth and cosmos. We have been enthralled to study how the wider cosmos plants seeds within us and we radiate back to the divine realms in a constant exchange.
We began our group in 2021 at Week 1, Easter week, and at Easter 2022 completed our first year of readings. The year's trajectory goes like this: In the spring, our senses activate to witness the magnificence of nature's resurrection, awakening, greening, and growing. Summer brings the complete effulgence of the beauty of the fruits of nature, and we are rapt in that vision of divine creation as the earthly banquet spreads out before us. In Autumn, the days begin to shorten, and our senses turn inward to the seeding and ripening of our own soul, nourished by infinite spirit. In the Winter, the Soul lives within, engages Cosmos, and Rests in the Burning Fire, gestating as a Seed for birth in the Spring.
Annual Meeting of the Anthroposophical Society in America
The Sophia Circle participated as a presenter in the annual meeting of the Anthroposophical Society of America in Washington DC on October 8-9. The theme for this year is "Enkindling Connections."
There were three online gatherings beforehand. First, on September 29, there was a presentation from the Goetheneum, the central headquarters of the General Anthroposophical Society in Dornach, Switzerland, including a tour of the building designed by Rudolf Steiner.
Second, on October 2nd, there were presentations by The House of Peace in Ipswich Massachusettes and by our Sophia Circle; We held a 25-minute presentation of music, art, words, and movement discussing the Divine Sophia, her children the Elementals, and her relationship to Christ in the etheric.
On October 4, presentations will be made by chapters in Maine, Alabama, and Georgia.
For more information, contact Barbara at email@example.com
More about Sophia Circle
Anthroposophy, as the field of spiritual science, was described by Rudolf Steiner as "a path of knowledge to guide the spiritual in the human being to the spiritual in the universe."
As we move through our lives, and in the world, we seek to understand each other and ourselves to find both harmony and freedom.
To understand others, we must develop a true interest in them and the world, and find an appreciation for the individual value of each person.
Sophia Circle seeks to engage with others in ways that bridge the gaps of understanding and acceptance that leave so many feeling alone and polarized.
We welcome you to follow us on social media, join one of our meetings or reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org