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The Theosophical Society E-Newsletter

 
September 2008
In This Issue
TheosoFEST
National Events
TOS
Theosophical Community
Peace Movement
Parliament of the Religions
Library News
News from the Archives
 
 
 

THE

THEOSOPHICAL

SOCIETY

IN AMERICA

 

 

 

Vision

 

has a vision of wholeness that inspires a fellowship united in study, Meditation, and service.

 

 

Mission

 

encourages open-minded inquiry into world religions, philosophy, science, and the arts in order to understand the wisdom of the ages, respect the unity of all life, and help people explore spiritual self-transformation.

 

 

Ethic

 

holds that our every action, feeling, and thought affects all
other beings and that each of us is capable of and responsible for
contributing to the benefit of the whole.

 
 
 

 
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DVD
OF THE MONTH

 
The Extended Mind

by
 Rupert Sheldrake
 

56 minutes long.
Sheldrake presents recent experimental evidence on strange powers of the mind.


 
 

CD

OF THE MONTH


by
Ianthe Hoskins
 

Audio CD.
80 minutes long.
This is a fascinating commentary on a mystical poem by the English poet James Rhoades.  
 
 
 
 
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City of Secrets

One Woman's True-life Journey to the Heart of the Grail

by Patrice Chaplin


A captivating tale of author and playwright Patrice Chaplan's early years spent in a mysterious town in Spain and the secrets she uncovers as she returns later throughout the course of her life. Her story follows the intriguing villagers of Girona, many of whom, she discovers, belong to a secret society formed to protect the legacy of Abbé Saunière of Rennes-le-Château fame. The mysteries surrounding him are at the very heart of the modern Grail phenomenon. Along the way she tells of her love affair with the town's favorite son and how their lives become dangerously entangled in the secrets buried in this beautiful, ancient city.

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September 6, 2008
Saturday, 11am to 6pm
1926 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL
 Free admission, $5 on-site parking
 
A festival at the Theosophical Society with 21 speakers and activities, vegetarian food, vendors, drumming circle, healers, Cretan labyrinth, traditional Hawaiian dances, Qigong, Quest Book Shop sales, Sandalwood Sitar Music Concert-all on a beautiful 40 acre campus.
 
For more info click here or call 630-668-1571 Ext. 300
 

 
 
 
 
NATIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 
Blavatsky's Tibet: Lhasa, Everest, and Beyond!




Dear Friends,

I have an important update of information about the next pilgrimage to Tibet.
TIBET IS OPEN! This information comes from our friend, Pawan Tuladhar, in Kathmandu, Nepal. As of June 26, 2008, the areas that our Tibet Pilgrimage will explore on October 03 - 21 are confirmed open to tourists.
This is your last chance to be included in this special pilgrimage sponsored by the Theosophical Society, Blavatsky's Tibet: Lhasa, Everest, and Beyond.
Don't miss this opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Madame Blavatsky. I imagine her spirit will be right there with you.
Happy travels,

Betty

P.S. For more information please visit www.mysticaltibet.com

 
 

The Journey From Darkness to Light

The Inter-American Theosophical Federation hosts this Congress at Wheaton on September 17 - 21, 2008. Join us and strengthen the bonds of fellowship within this international gathering of Theosophists. 
 
Dr. John Algeo
will be our main speaker and Mrs. Maria Parisen, Krotona resident, will conduct the workshop "Meditation - Theory and Practice". There will be a discussion panel and a symposium conducted by National Presidents of North, Central, and South America. There will also be follow-up discussion groups in both Spanish and English. Translators will be available throughout the conference to facilitate communication and understanding. For more information please click here

 


Dr. John Algeo
Vice-President of the
International Theosophical
Society, will talk about
"Our Mission as Theosophists".



 
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Mrs. Maria Parisen
Krotona resident, will conduct
the workshop "Meditation -
Theory and Practice". 
 
 
 
 

 

Mystical Heart of Christianity:
Moving Beyond Literalism
 
 
 
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Join us at this year's National Conference on October 31 to November 2, 2008, in Holyoke, MA, for a stimulating exploration of esoteric Christianity.
 
This will be an exciting and groundbreaking event. 
Participants will not only learn and practice the teachings of esoteric Christianity but also help shape the discussion of how it could alleviate some of the dysfunction evident in religion today. Come join us for a stimulating exploration of an ancient yet eternally fresh way
to understand the Christian approach to spirit!

For info, click here
 
 
 
 
 
Featured Speakers:  
Richard Smoley ~ The Future of Esoteric Christianity
Christopher Bamford ~ Before Abraham Was, I Am
Rev. Jon Mundy, Ph.D. ~ What is Mysticism?
Roger Woolger, Ph.D. ~ Man of Light: The Lost Secret of the Cosmic Christ
Rev. Carol Parrish, Ph.D. ~ The Return of the Absent Mother
Coleston Brown ~ Christianity as a Magical Way
Cherry Gilchrist ~ The Red Corner: The Creative Dimension of Folk Christianity in Russia and Beyond
Robert Ellwood, Ph.D. ~ Myth and Meaning in Christianity


 
 
 
 
THE THEOSOPHICAL ORDER OF SERVICE

A Union of Those Who Love For the Service of All Who Suffer
 
 
Action Group Forming
The Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) invites you to join in a discussion of ways to increase service opportunities for groups and individuals. Our goal is to develop a TOS action group that can identify a few service-oriented projects, and then take the necessary action to complete the tasks. All who desire to be actively involved in service work may attend these monthly meetings. Our first meeting is scheduled for:
 
Monday, September 8, 2008, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Theosophical Society in America
1926 North Main St
Wheaton, IL 60187

Realizing the value and limit of each person's time, we encourage volunteers to get involved at their own pace in whichever project appeals to them most. If you are already involved in a project, please share it with us. New ideas and suggestions are always welcome. Some suggestions already received include:

  • Helping the elderly with yard work, shopping, and transportation to healthcare appointments
  • Volunteering at established homeless center
  • Volunteering at animal shelter
  • Initiating new projects to raise public awareness for a cleaner environment
We hope that you will consider becoming a part of this growing network of concerned service-oriented individuals. We look forward to your participation.
 
For more information, please contact Jeanne Proulx at Jproulx3366@yahoo.com or 630-668-1571 ext. 306 or visit www.theoservice.org.
 

Life Source Teams with TOS for Blood Drive
The Theosophical Order of Service will host a Life Source blood drive on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Theosophical Society campus. For more information about Life Source and donating blood, visit www.lifesource.org Watch for details in the October E-newsletter.
 
 
Spirituality, Community, and Service
Saturday, October 25, 10 am - 4 pm
This all day event, co-sponsored by the Theosophical Order of Service and the Science of Spirituality, brings together leaders in the interfaith field. Using panel discussions, break out groups, and meditation, we will explore the multifaceted role of service in our lives.

 Mazher Ahmed, vice president and trustee for a Council of the Parliament of the World's Religions, is vice president of the Batavia Islamic Center.  

 
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  Larry Clemmons is a Registered Reflexologist and an ordained interfaith minister, founder and pastor of the Interfaith Fellowship Church in Chicago. 
 
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  Hema Pokharna, PhD, is a researcher at the University of Chicago and director of Journeys of Life, a program promoting health, wholeness, and disease prevention. She has extensive training in Gestalt, nonviolent communication, and conflict resolution. 
 
Donations are always welcome, but there is no charge for this event. A free vegetarian lunch is being provided compliments of the Science of Spirituality.
 
Registration by phone (630-668-1571, ext. 300) or mail is required.
 

 



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