“Anyone can become a member, without regard to nationality, social standing, religion, scientific or artistic conviction, who considers as justified the existence of an institution such as the Goetheanum in Dornach, in its capacity as a School of Spiritual Science.” (Rudolf Steiner, Christmas Conference 1923)
The aim of the Anthroposophical Society is to be a union of human beings who desire to further the life of the soul – both in the individual and in society at large – on the basis of true knowledge of the spiritual world.
When you become a member, preferably through your local group, you become a member of the General Anthroposophical Society, which has its headquarters at the Goetheanum in Switzerland.
What are the requirements of becoming a member?
Broadly speaking the main requirements are that you are interested in learning more about the spiritual world through meeting of other individuals and that your intentions are well meaning. By becoming a member there is no requirement for any set belief in anthroposophy. One can be a staunch advocate of a religion and may seek within anthroposophy something to further one’s own belief system and understanding.
What is your commitment?
The only commitment is that you have an interest in the work that is being undertaken and that you acknowledge, as justified, the work being undertaken within the General Anthroposophical Society.
What’s in it for Me by becoming a member?
On the spiritual cultural level, by participating in the various groups and activities, it is hoped that you gain a richer understanding of the phenomena and diversity behind the visible world in a form that is appropriate to our level of development in today’s materialistic society and thought structure. This in turn will develop in you better abilities to participate in the world at large with more directed purpose and freedom. On the material level you will generally be giving far more than you receive but this will all contribute to the work and initiatives, which are being undertaken.
What views does the Anthroposophical Society Hold?
The Anthroposophical Society doesn’t hold any judgements, views or opinions about the nature of the spiritual world. It provides the forms whereby individual members can meet, in freedom and brotherhood, to further work out their own views and differences and provides the space whereby new appropriate spiritual forms can grow, develop and flourish. Only individual members hold viewpoints. This, can at times, cause lively discussions but this does ensure that the full freedom of each member to develop in their own way is fully respected. All forms of sectarianism are discouraged and it is hoped that each member is able to develop a respect for the views and opinions of fellow members even though these views may be contrary to one’s own.
By your financial contributions, you are supporting the various anthroposophical activities that are undertaken in the various centres starting at the local level and progressing to the international level. Some of the local activities you may already be familiar with.
- As a member, at the local level, you are supporting the visible activities of which you can see and participate in such as lectures, members meetings, library, study groups, artistic activities etc. including the maintenance of buildings in which the various activities occur.
- At a national level there is the Anthroposophical Society in Australia, which coordinates and networks on a national level and on an international level. The Australian Society is responsible for the Anthroposophical Journal.
- and on a global level there is support given to the Goetheanum in Switzerland, which is the international headquarters of the General Anthroposophical Society.
- Fee requests are sent out annually to each member and these suggested contributions are based on the level of branch activities, which have been planned for the following year by the local branch. If a member cannot afford the full fees then the branch will usually permit you to pay a partial contribution, which is also greatly appreciated.
Is there anything more to membership within the Anthroposophical Society?
After two years or more of membership you can apply to join the School of Spiritual Science. Whilst membership of the Anthroposophical Society doesn’t require any commitment or obligation whatsoever, by joining the School of Spiritual Science a member now commits to represent Anthroposophy in the world at large. The School of Spiritual Science consists of several sections, which represent various disciplines such as education, science, social work, the arts etc but the main activity occurs in the General Section where the main focus is on the esoteric work. The form in which this occurs is known as the First Class and involves working with certain meditations and mantra, which were given by Rudolf Steiner.
How do I apply for membership of the Anthroposophical Society?
To become a member of the Anthroposophical Society, please write to the address given on this site for the branch with which you wish to be affiliated. The application should state that you wish to become a member and should give the following details:
- Full Name
- Email (if available)
- Telephone Numbers
- Date of Birth
- Place of Birth
- Occupation (optional)
- Branch to be Affiliated
Please note that for some branches you will need to communicate directly with the General Secretary of the Anthropsophical Society in Australia.
For more information on membership contact your local branch or as indicated in the Contact details on this web site.