The Theosophical Society in America


Theosophical Order of Service Campaign for Kindness

Please join in the TOS Campaign for Kindness

Here’s how it works: the entire year of 2018, becomes a canvas for your acts of kindness, large or small. You can structure it any way you like.

  • Perhaps you join in a community project.. Find one by clicking here.
  • Perhaps you devote a week to carrying a bag on your daily walk, picking up at least one piece of litter per day. Or maybe it's seven pieces per day--whatever is comfortable for you.
  • Maybe you commit to one act of kindness each day during the year, even if it's just making eye contact and smiling at someone, holding the elevator, letting a driver into your lane, sending a comforting thought, etc.
  • Maybe some of your family members or co-workers would like to join you in performing acts of kindness.

The size of the act doesn't matter. What matters is that it comes from your heart and feels genuine to you.

The follow up:

We’re asking that each person who participates send an email by November 15 to TOS Liaison Coordinator Kathy Gann ( to let us know what you did, or even a fraction of what you did. Just a brief note will be fine.

Don't worry about looking like a "credit grabber" because your acts of kindness will be published anonymously. Who knows how many people will see your kindness and think, "I'd like to do that too!" And then your kindness multiplies, and that's the whole idea.

Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.

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The Henry S. Olcott Memorial Library Teams with Carol Stream Public Library for Inquiring Minds Series

Our library is excited to announce a partnership with the Carol Stream Public Library for The Inquiring Minds Series with the support of a Collaborative Grant provided by RAILS (Reaching Across Illinois Library System), beginning September 5!

Visit the Carol Stream Public Library ( 616 Hiawatha Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188) for talks by Ray Grasse, John Cianciosi, and Janet Wehr - all authors of some of the wonderful books we've published! They will speak on a range of spiritual topics. Click here for more information.


Tuesday, November 7, 7 p.m.

Janet WehrLiving with Dying with Janet Wehr: Hospice nurse Janet Wehr will explore stories of patients’ transitions between life and the beyond.

616 Hiawatha Dr.

Carol Stream, IL 60188

(630) 653-0755


Theosophical Society in Maryland

Centennial Celebration

Sunday, May 1, 1:00 p.m. 

Tim Boyd, the President of the International Theosophical Society  and the Theosophical Society in America (TSA), will give a talk, The Next Step Forward, examining human progress in the past few hundred years, the negative and positive consequences, and how the Ageless Wisdom tradition gives perspective to this time of change and speaks of the unfoldment of consciousness that is our next step.

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Theosophy and Social Responsibility

Applying the Head and Heart Teachings of H. P. Blavatsky

International Theosophy Conferences Inc.
2016 - August 11-14 - Santa Barbara, CA, USA

This forthcoming conference will certainly be as energetic and inspiring as the previous ones. According to the wish as expressed by participants during the 2015 meeting in The Hague, this time the focus is on studying together. It’ll be made possible for those who come to Santa Barbara to sign up in advance for a specific study circle, indicating what topic has their main interest.

Participants will be supplied with Theosophical readings and study material beforehand, made available on ITC’s website. With what was reintroduced to us by H. P. B., they will determine, by offering practical solutions, why it is crucial that the world knows that Theosophy exists, and has always been there to help humanity.

Theosophists are aware of the challenge they face, making steps forward indeed. In the true spirit of brotherhood they can do so through sharing, collaboration, and by having open minds.

ITC 2016 will take place from Thursday, August 11, until Sunday, August 14, 2016; the venue, La Casa de Maria, is one of the most inspiring retreat centers in California. This unique location is a beloved sanctuary for heart, mind, and spirit, nestled gently between mountain and sea. Come and experience 26 acres that the New York Times has proclaimed as “pure splendor.”

IMPORTANT: Make sure you register NOW because the capacity at the venue is limited:

La Casa de Maria
800 EL Bosque Road
Santa Barbara CA 93108

For further information regarding registration, accommodation, payments and special requests you may check ITC’s easy to navigate website:

In 2016 all roads lead to Santa Barbara, California!


Invitation to First Encounter of North America

FEDERACION.The Inter-American Theosophical Federation and the Theosophical Society in Mexico are very happy to enclose the complete information for the FIRST ENCOUNTER OF
NORTH AMERICA, which will take place in the City of Cholula, Puebla, México, from March 16th to the 20th .

The Encounter will be under the direction and participation of Mr. Tim Boyd, International President, with the theme:

Applying the Principles of the Ageless Wisdom”

program    registration

The information can be found on the web pages of the Federation and of the Theosophical Society in Mexico. For any additional information you may write directly
to the organizing committee:

Lissette Arroyo
Whatsapp: +52+1+55 10884269 Tel: +52+1+55 51192820

Maria Mengelt
Cel. and whatsapp: +52+1+2224714660, tel. +52+1+2222840668

We shall be very pleased to count on your invaluable assistance. With fraternal greetings,

Isis M. B. de Resende 
President of the Inter American Theosophical Federation

Enrique Sanchez Arrieta
National President of the Theosophical Society in México

Joy Mills

Joy Mills (October 9, 1920 - December 29, 2015)Joy Mills

We are sad to announce the passing of Joy Mills at the Krotona Institute in Ojai, California at 10:35 am. She served as President of the Theosophical Society in America from 1965–1974, and then as international Vice President in Adyar, India from 1974–1980. During 75 years of membership, Joy taught numerous courses, lectured in over 50 countries and authored several important books. We will miss her keen mind, her insightful teaching, and her example of lifelong dedication to Theosophy.

New Languages in Theosophy Wiki!

WikiOur Theosophical encyclopedia is expanding into French, Spanish, and Russian! Click on to track our progress and learn how to help.





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Thank you for your continued support!

A Special Announcement Regarding Quest Books

November 13, 2015, Wheaton, IL. – The publication of our November 2015 release, The Body and Its Symbolism: A Kabbalistic Approach by Annick de Souzenelle, marks the last new title the Quest Books imprint will publish for the commercial market. All Quest Books titles currently in print will continue to be available through the same channels as before and will continue to be reprinted and made easily available for years to come. All Theosophical Publishing House (TPH) titles produced in the US or India will continue to be available. The only change for long-time customers and supporters will be that our annual production of 10 - 12 new books will come to an end.

2015 Parliament of the World's Religions

Salt Lake City, Utah
October 15-19

The Theosophical Society was instrumental in organizing the very first Parliament of the World's Religions, which was held in 1893 where Annie Besant was a keynote speaker. One hundred years later, the Theosophical Society was also involved in the planning for the Centenary, which was held in Chicago. The Parliament of the World's Religions seeks to promote interreligious harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities. The most recent Parliament was held in October 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Representing the Theosophical Society in America were Claradene Wycoff, Peggy Heubel, and David Bruce.

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Reminiscences of My Father: Herbert A. Kern and The Kern Foundation

Listen to "Reminiscences of My Father" presented by John Kern on January 27th, 2015 in Ojai, California.  Based on an article originally published in the September-October 2007 issue of Quest Magazine, John Kern looks back on his father, Herbert A. Kern. He recounts the events in his father's life that led him from humble beginnings as a Minnesota farmer to his rise as a successful chemical engineer. He would later make use of his good fortune by creating the Kern Foundation, the primary funding source of the Theosophical Society in America's educational outreach efforts. John Kern, Herbert Kern's son, is a founding trustee of the Kern Foundation.

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download Reminiscences of My Father
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Watch the 139th International Convention of the Theosophical Society

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The successful and inspiring 139th  International Convention of the Theosophical Society- Adyar has finished. The good thing is that all of us can watch the talks at any time that is convenient Visit this link to see a list of all the talks:

“Theosophy in a Changing World”

International Election Results


On Sunday, April 27, the votes were counted for the election of the new International President of the Theosophical Society. Tim Boyd was elected. He is the TS's eighth president since the Society's founding in 1875.