(With the dissolution of the related Institute for Hypostatic Science on January 18, 2022, the Brotherhood Project was also dissolved.)
The Brotherhood Project is the name given to the community of individuals whose will to sacrifice and commitment to the continuation of the work of the IHS over a number of years has emerged as an example of the quality of fellow-feeling in economic matters that must emerge on the Earth if the evolution of humanity towards one race of brothers and sisters is not to be thwarted by powers opposed to this.
The standard of The Brotherhood Project in its attitude towards resources at its disposal is that these resources are to be considered available to any and all who may have need and apply for aid, regardless of their relationship to the work of the IHS. Its central figure is a Co-ordinator of Resources, who receives requests and communicates with other participants to facilitate the coming together of resources to meet a given need. This coming together takes the form of gifts from various participants to one another as need arises. The Brotherhood Project has no registered legal status, though it has at times made use of a bank account in Ames, Iowa; funds contributed for Brotherhood Project activity are not tax-deductible because its work proceeds based upon a purely altruistic motivation on the part of its benefactors.
Its Co-ordinator of Resources presides over the practical work of the Circle of Benefactors. For more information, please see our Articles of Incorporation and By-laws for Third Threshold Ministering.
Until 2013, Richard Kotlarz presided over the work of the Council on Money and Society, the organ of the Brotherhood Project within the Institute for Hypostatic Science that addresses the life of ideas about money, economy and three-folding*.
*“Three-folding” is a phrase often used by Rudolf Steiner to refer to what he described as the three-part nature of the social order: the free spiritual-cultural life (the striving, in freedom, in the areas of science, religion, art, and education); the life of rights (the striving to assure equity and justice in relationships among people); and the economic life (how we as people meet the material needs and aspirations of ourselves and others). Steiner taught that health in the social order is dependent upon the degree to which each of its three parts is able to function without impingement from the other two.