ASinA Diversity and Inclusion policy draft
As part of the development of a policy and statement on diversity and inclusion, the Management Committee of the ASinA invites members’ comments and discussion of the issue. A draft Statement on Diversity and Inclusion is published below as a basis for the discussion.
The Management Committee wholeheartedly supports sentiments and statements such as this, and the focus of discussion is intended to be solely the applicability of some of it to a spiritual movement such as Anthroposophy and/or the scope for their expression anthroposophically.
Please send comments to Jane Bradshaw, the General Secretary of the ASinA
The Anthroposophical Society in Australia is open to every human being and supports fulfilling their potential and search for meaning.
The Anthroposophical Society stands with those seeking spiritual and cultural freedom, equity and equality in rights, and interrelationship in economics.
The Anthroposophical Society in Australia stands against any individual activities or organisations that deny or disparage the dignity and humanity of any human being or group of human beings.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land in which we live, learn and work and pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging.
We acknowledge the sorrow of the Stolen Generations and the impacts of colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We also recognise the resilience, strength and pride of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their unique wisdom and spiritual connection to our land.
We acknowledge that the Anthroposophical Society is not sufficiently diverse, despite our commitment through spiritual science to treat all people as equal.
As a holistic researcher of human origins, consciousness, and future evolution, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), founder of anthroposophy, dealt with questions of individuality, diversity, and race in his talks and writings in the early 20th century.
We recognise that some published passages characterise race and other group identities in ways that readers will find offensive. We fully empathise with that response and are working to assure that none of
our current or future activities are based on or reflects those characterisations.
Throughout his life, Steiner spoke about the growing social and spiritual importance of diversity in communities of the future. A very clear statement of this view is in Lecture I of his series The Universal Human (1909):
We affirm these principles of common humanity. We explicitly reject any theory that can be construed to be part of Rudolf Steiner’s work that characterises or judges any individual human being or group of human beings as superior or inferior based on racial, gender, ethnic or other group identities.
Membership in the Anthroposophical Society is open to everyone who sees the value of anthroposophy without regard to gender, national origin, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, or religion.
In addition, the Society encourages a wide range of artistic, scientific, and economic perspectives and practices.