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Explore the Appellatio Fraternitatis with Steven Armstrong

  • Mar 31, 2014 · 6:30 PM
  • Rosicrucian Cultural Center of New York City

In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the issuance of the Fama Fraternitatis in 1614, the Appellatio Fraternitatis ( is a powerful call to understand and to manifest the Rosicrucian Principles in this crucial time in human history. 

This participatory workshop will explore not only the meaning of each section, but will also discuss ways of implementing each in our lives.

The first night we will consider the Preface and the Historical Background of the Manifestios.     

The second night we will work with the Appeal for Spirituality. 

The third night will center on the Appeal for Humanism.
The fourth night will deal with the Appeal for Ecology and the Conclusion.

On the fifth night, participants will discuss the Imperator¹s Discourse: Being a Thinking, Active, and Responsible Mystic² posted at

Please read and meditate on the appropriate sections before the workshop.

The facilitator of this workshop, Steven A. Armstrong, M.A. Hum., M.A., M.Div., is a professional historian, philosopher, and teacher based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He currently serves at the Grand Lodge (San Jose) in Membership Services. He is an active member of both the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC and the Traditional Martinist Order and has served as an officer in both Orders. 

His current areas of interest include how the Primordial Tradition permeates all world traditions, and the way in which the Rosicrucian and Martinist Paths provide a unique and unifying viewpoint on those traditions. 

Author of more than 30 published papers, articles and podcasts, and a lecturer for the RCUI, he is no stranger to NYC as he received two of his Master's Degrees at Fordham's Rose Hill Campus, and did his undergraduate work just north of New York at Yale.

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  • Edgard L.

    It was excellent.

    April 4, 2014

  • Annae

    "You are probably familiar with Jesus’s commandment: “Love
    one another!” which he explained by saying that we should not do
    to others that which we would not wish others to do to us. Whether
    we are an atheist or a believer, and in the latter case whatever the
    religion we follow, we cannot deny that this commandment alone
    sums up the ideal behavior that any individual should adopt in one’s
    relationships with others. And although we are free to see in Jesus
    neither a spiritual master, nor a messiah, nor the redeemer revered in
    Christianity, each one of us should at least recognize that he was an
    exceptional humanist and that he revolutionized the mores of his time
    by advocating solidarity and peace, to the point of urging people to
    love their enemies."

    March 22, 2014

  • Annae

    "On the subject of tolerance, we would recall that AMORC’s
    motto is: “The greatest tolerance within the strictest independence.”
    This explains why we have Christians, Jews, Muslims, etc. among
    us, together with people who do not follow a religion at all. Some
    are even atheists, and yet they appreciate the fraternal nature of our
    Order. Furthermore, it has always included men and women of all
    social categories and with different, and even opposing, political
    views. If, beyond their differences, Rosicrucians are able to show mutual respect towards one another and maintain harmonious
    relationships, why would humanity not do the same?" page 13

    March 22, 2014

  • Annae

    "Many people tend to prefer those who belong to the same
    “race,” have the same nationality, share the same political views, or
    follow the same religion, because this comforts them and makes them
    feel secure. Nevertheless, this is not a reason for rejecting others or,
    worse still, hating them. A humanist worthy of the name respects all
    differences, providing, of course, they do not undermine each other’s
    dignity or integrity. In other words, one shows tolerance and does not
    behave as if one were or felt superior. This is a sign of intelligence,
    because intolerance in any form is generally a characteristic of
    stupidity and/or pride. Unfortunately, this weakness, or fault to be
    more precise, is one of the most common, which explains why there
    are so many conflicts between humans." page 13

    March 22, 2014

  • Annae

    "As you are aware, some anthropologists refer to three, and even
    four races: white, yellow, black, and red. For some years now, this
    distinction has been abandoned by most scientists, who prefer to use
    the global notion of a Human Race. By doing so, do they perhaps hope
    to take away from racists all arguments of a “physiological” nature?
    This being so, it is not necessarily racist to recognize the existence of
    several races, especially as it cannot be denied that Europeans, Asians,
    Africans, etc. are all hominidae that are quite clearly distinguishable
    in morphological terms. It would be racist to think and say that one
    race is superior to others, in particular the one to which we belong.
    The fact remains that a true humanist considers all human beings to be
    so many cells of one and the same body – that of humanity." page 13

    March 22, 2014

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