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E-Newsletter April 2008

 
 
The Theosophical Society E-Newsletter

April 2008
In This Issue
Messenger Correction
National Events
Regional Events
Summer Camps
Library News
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

 
JOIN us!
 
 
 
 
DVD
OF THE MONTH
 

The Seven Rays: Keys to World Peace and Personal Wholeness

by John Algeo
 

Video DVD. 64 minutes. $17.95

The Seven Rays are a metaphorical way of talking about the seven primordial forces existing in the universe. They manifest themselves in each one of us; and each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Their balance is fundamental to harmony between nations and individuals.

 
 

CD

OF THE MONTH
 

Designing Your Own Agenda for Personal Growth

by Diana Dunningham-Chapotin.
 

Audio CD. 47 minutes. $7.95

Practical advice for those who wish to design a personal growth program along theosophical lines. With wit and brilliance, the speaker presents a program that can be used by Theosophists of any age.

WEBCAST
 
Sea Change: Cultural Evolution in the Early 21st Century

Jim Kenney
Thursday, April 3, 7 p.m. (CST)

 

Watch this live webcast at no charge. Viewers may send in comments or questions for the speaker while the program is in progress.

 
 

To view the webcast schedule,

click on this link: http://www.theosophical.org/events/webcasting/index.php
 
MESSENGER CORRECTION

Messenger No. 82

The toll free phone number for more information about Blavatsky's Tibet: Lhasa, Everest & Beyond should read: 877-232-5836.
 
 
NATIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 
Blavatsky's Tibet: Lhasa, Everest, and Beyond!
Follow in her footsteps. Glen Mullin will lead you on an amazing journey. October 3 - 20, 2008. 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. For info, go to: http://www.theosophical.org/events/news/IATF.php .

Mystical Heart of Christianity: Moving Beyond Literalism.Join us at this year'sNational Conference on October 31 to November 2, 2008, in Holyoke, MA, for a stimulating exploration of esoteric Christianity. For info, go to: http://www.theosophical.org/events/conferences/national08/index.html .

 

REGIONAL UPCOMING EVENTS

The Texas Federation of the Theosophical Society will hold its annual meeting April 18 - 20, 2008. Guest speakers are David and Nancy Reigle, who will explore the connection between Theosophy and Tibetan Buddhism. For information, email Doss McDavid at wmcdavid@satx.rr.com, or call him at 210-494-6012.
 
The Midwest Federation annual meeting will be held on April 25 - 27. The guest speakers are Doss and Joyce Mc David. For more information, email Barbara Bronstrup at barbtheos@sbcglobal.net 
 
The Northeast Federation of the Theosophical Society will also hold its annual meeting April 18 - 20 at Manchester Inn, Ocean Grove, New Jersey.The theme is Theosophy in Minor and Major Keys: Myth and Metaphor in Theosophy and Philosophy. For info contact Susan O'Neill, Northeast Federation President at 860-649-2534 or email: northeastfederation@yahoo.com
 
 
 
SUMMER CAMPS
 
 
 

Making plans for summer? If you are looking for more than simply escaping from your everyday life, don't forget the divine locales that the Theosophical Society has available for retreat.

 
 
Camp Indralaya is nestled in the San Juan Islands north of Seattle, Washington. They are hosting two weeklong retreats entitled, "Celebrate the Family Spirit," with this year's theme being "truth." There will also be a deep singing retreat, a yoga retreat and a mantra workshop. For more information, call 360-376-4526 or go to: http://www.indralaya.com/current/programs4.html . 

Pumpkin Hollow Farm lies on the opposite side of the country in upstate New York. Highlights of this summer's offerings include: a Soldier's Heart, Veterans Return Retreat with Ed Tick and Dr. Faustus in the Tradition of Magic and Alchemy, featuring Dr. Stephan A. Hoeller. For information, call 518-325-3583 or go to: www.pumpkinhollow.org .

Ozark Theosophical Center and Camp is in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Three-day retreat from June 5th to 8th, 2008. Major Topics: "Esoteric Legends, Stories, and Traditions", "Chinese metaphysics", "Feng Shui". Come find wisdom and serenity in these ancient mountains. For info, call Nancy Blott at 405-412-1971.

Far Horizons is located in the rugged wilderness of Giant Sequoia National Monument in California. There are service opportunities at Far Horizons as well as family weeks. For information, go to: www.farhorizons.org .

Enjoy summer! Grow and renew! Join us.    

 
 
OLCOTT LIBRARY
 

Library Main Page

Theosophical Book Club

Open Mic Soiree

New Library Titles

 
Request for volunteers! We are looking for volunteer Help during our Storytelling Carnival, June 21, 2008, between 1 and 6 pm at the Theosophical Society Headquarters / 1926 N Main St / Wheaton, IL 60187. We need storytellers and help overseeing craft booths, refreshments, and carnival activities. Contact  library@theosophical.org or 630-668-1571 Ext.304
 
NATIONAL CENTER IN WHEATON
 
CALENDAR OF APRIL EVENTS

http://www.theosophical.org/events/nationalprograms/index.php

Discussions That Can Change Your Life, with Reverend Lenore Christie and Anton Lysy, Ph.D., Wednesdays from April 2 to May 28. Enjoy illuminating discussions with kindred spirits as you explore a wide range of profound writings.

Our Inspiring New Vision of the Universe, by Eric Carlson, Ph.D. and Astronomer Emeritus at the Adler Planetarium, Thursday, April 10. Come meet your universe in ways not possible until the Hubble telescope exceeded all expectations, and learn the latest models of the Big Bang.

The Rise and fall of Atlantis, by John Gordon, Thursday, April 17. Enjoy a discussion of the origin of the Atlantean continent and learn insights into its gradual disappearance.

The Gandhi You May Not Know, by Rajmohan Gandhi, Thursday, April 24. Mahatma Gandhi's grandson shares unexpected and lesser-known aspects of the Gandhi we think we know. He has recently authored Gandhi: The Man, his People, and an Empire and will hold a book signing after the program. 

Celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day! Sturday, April 26, 9 to 11 a.m., outside, rain or shine. The Theosophical Society will join with a multitude of sites around the world. This free event will include teachers leading participants in their respective styles creating a wave of peace and harmony that will move around the globe. Everyone is welcome and no experience is required. For more info go to: www.worldtaichiday.org .

 

"We are part and parcel of the totality of existence stretching from earth to the farthest reaches of the cosmos in every conceivable dimension."

Edward Abdill - The Secret Gateway
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E-Newsletter July 2009

 

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July 2009
 
In This Issue
Family Tree
TOS
Upkeep at Olcott
Summer Classes
New On DVD
Library News
 
 

CHECK OUT
the latest

President's Diary





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July
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July 31, 2009

 

 
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Breathe into Being
Awakening to Who You Really Are
by

Dennis Lewis

Following up on author Dennis Lewis' previous books on breathing, this represents his most straightforward, nurturing approach to the subject. Divided into brief, accessible chapters, the book features short, simple breathing exercises that lead readers to a profound awareness of their essential being through the miracle of the breath as it manifests in the body. Lewis presents breathing as an ever-present gateway to awakening to the true self.

 When ordering online or by phone, use the code ENEWS to receive the discount.



DVD
OF THE MONTH

A live presentation giving practical guidance in the art of meditation. 
2 DVDs. (176 min)


 
CD

OF THE MONTH


by
Richard Brooks

The history of the paranormal and a number of interesting case studies.
5 CDs. (376 min)


 


 

 Visit our free online media library.
Over 100 audio and

video programs!

 




Books Online

 
 
 

The Department of Education produces a number of helpful study guides and manuals that can be purchased online. 

 






SUBMIT
Does your Lodge or
Study Group have an announcement or
article that you would
like to share?
Submit your story to e-news@theosophical.org
and it may be featured in an upcoming e-newsletter!

 
SUMMER NATIONAL GATHERING


Even if you can't attend the Summer National Gathering, don't miss the special Pre-Parliament of the World's Religions Interfaith Dialog .  This dialogue features global experts who work for inter-religious engagement towards peace and justice.  The Early Bird special ($55) is available through July 10.  (Lunch Included)

Work scholarships are still available for the
2009 Summer National Gathering in Wheaton.  This is a very limited and unique opportunity.  Please contact our registrar for more information: 1-800-669-1571, ext. 320
 

THE AMERICAN FAMILY TREE OF THEOSOPHY
By Dorothy Bell

The aim of this research has been to produce something accessible, simple and useful. It is an initiative of the President, Betty Bland, in response to those members at the Joy Mills Krotona Invitational 2009 who expressed interest in finding out more about the bigger picture of the Theosophical movement in America - beyond our own organization - The Theosophical Society in America [Adyar]. So the following diagrams, while overlapping and becoming more complex, are work in progress, attempting to describe in a restricted mode of presentation and from a range of sources, some of the significant events of the past that have shaped the American Family Tree of Theosophy. They provide a springboard for browsers to continue the exploration for themselves. Read more




  THE THEOSOPHICAL ORDER OF SERVICE




CHUSHUL ORPHANAGE: Construction begins!

This is quite an exciting time for us at the TOS. The construction on the building additions to the Chushul Orphanage have begun! It has been 2 years since we began planning the improvements at the orphanage and first asked you to contribute. Your response has been more than gratifying. At every stage, TOS members and nonmembers have been most generous and supportive of the effort. A month ago I announced that we had received a $5000 matching grant offer that would extend until July 26th. If we succeed in raising that amount, we would have enough to complete our expanded construction plan.
Read more



  NATIONAL CENTER



UPKEEP AT OLCOTT


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For many years, the 80 year-old Rogers Building has had problems with water seeping into the walls and the basement area. This summer, crews have been working all over the building waterproofing the foundation and tuckpointing the walls. Major digging has been done on the west and north sides of the building to install a new sump pump and drain tiles. Although this work is long overdue, it will help to ensure that our national headquarters will last for a long time to come. We hope to have this work completed before the beginning of our Summer National Gathering . If you would like to help support the work we are doing you can donate here .
 

Meditation Group
Sundays, 11:00 a.m.

Study Group:
The Wisdom of the Advaita Teachers

Sundays, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Hatha Yoga
Tuesdays, June 9 - July 21, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

Qigong & Tai Ji
Wednesdays, noon - 1 p.m.



 
 
EDUCATION DEPARTMENT



NEW DVD RELEASE


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Narrated by Glenn Mullin
 
This fascinating travelogue offers rare glimpses of sacred Buddhist temples and monasteries in Tibet. (59 min)





NEW MP3's UPLOADED!

Check out the newly added free MP3's:

Light on the Path by Felix Layton                
The Philosophy of Beauty by Rukmini Devi              
Krishnamurti on the Masters by Aryel Sanat                 
The Occult Nature of Love by Capel McCutcheon       
This Light in Oneself by Jiddu Krishnamurti     



  OLCOTT MEMORIAL LIBRARY


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Library Main Page

Theosophical Saturdays

Theosophical Study Group

Open Mic Soirée

New Titles

Drama Troupe

Knights in the Morning

Rare and Used Book Sale

Reserve a Dialogue with a Living Book



Theosophical Saturdays Material Online
The Theosophical Saturdays is a 34-week program held at the National Library, designed to provide an education in Theosophy especially as it relates to philosophy, science, religion, and the arts. We are posting the resources used in the classes in addition to suggested discussion questions and proposed activities we have designed. We hope they can be used by you and/or your study group.

Migration to MAGIC
On March 11the library "went live" in the MAGIC consortium. After loading 22,988 of our titles, only 1,279 matched existing titles in MAGIC. Our circulation and visibility has already greatly increased! Read more about our project. Help us match our grant!

Quick guide to our New Library Catalog

You can now enter your library identification number and four-digit pin number to access your account, renew items, and place holds. If we have your e-mail address on file, we will send courtesy notices electronically prior to an item's due date.


Friends of Olcott
Volunteers needed to greet visitors and answer the telephone in the main lobby Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays during business hours. Volunteers receive a free vegetarian lunch weekdays, free passes to classes and lectures, and a 20% discount at Quest Book Shop! Contact 630-668-1571 x315.

 
 
"Do something wonderful, people may imitate it."

~ Albert Schweitzer,
1952 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
   

E-Newsletter March 2009




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March 2009
 
In This Issue
Summer Gathering
National Center
Tai Chi & Qigong Day
TOS
Membership News
Library News
 
 

Not a Member?
JOIN us!
 
 
 

March
Specials!

30% Discount

for this month's

Featured Items

 

Discount is available

online and by phone.

If ordering by phone, please call
1-800-669-9425 x348
and mention the March E-newsletter discount.


Offer good until

March 31, 2009

 

 
DVD
OF THE MONTH

The Middle Way

by
Radha Burnier

The Buddha advised his followers to avoid excess in all things. It is a path that leads to profound peace.


 
CD

OF THE MONTH


by
Felix Layton

First published in 1885, Light on the Path is a book of short aphorisms that will challenge the reader for an entire lifetime.

 


 
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Sacred Space, Sacred Sound
The Acoustic Mysteries of Holy Places

by
Susan
Elizabeth Hale
Foreword by
Don Campbell


This book explores the acoustics of sacred space as an avenue for understanding. It is about music powerful enough to transform us into a greater reality. Based on Susan's life-long experience as a singer, 27 years as a music therapist, and 10 years of journeys across the globe researching sacred sites, this work discusses the desecration and disharmony of our current world while demonstrating how people are building new sacred sites with resonant qualities.

 To receive the discount when ordering online or by phone, use this code ENEWS.


 
 
 

Choose from over 150 programs in the popular MP3 format. Listen online or download them to your MP3 player.


 


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  NATIONAL PROGRAMS


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Please join us for the opening of the 123rd Annual Meeting on Friday evening (formal wear optional) followed by a musical performance and refreshments.
 
Key Speakers
John Algeo, "The Seven Rays: Being Different Together"
Robert Ellwood, "Theosophy and the World Religions"
Special Programs
- Interfaith Dialogue on Saturday July 25, cosponsored by the Parliament of the World's Religions and held at Arrowhead Golf Club, Wheaton.
- Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach on Sunday evening July 26, a unique multimedia experience with master organist Gail Archer; narratives of Albert Schweitzer's inspiring words by Renate zum Tobel, David Bruce, and Dan Smolla; along with a biographical slide presentation.
 
Plus: music, entertainment, bargain book sale, and much more!
 
For more details or to register, call 1-800-669-1571, ext. 320 or
click here



 
 
NATIONAL CENTER IN WHEATON



CALENDAR OF MARCH EVENTS

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Movie: The Yogis of Tibet
Thursday, March 5, 7 p.m.
(Lecture "Tantric Buddhist Meditation"
with Glenn Mullin is canceled)

The Dice Game of Shiva:
the Dance between Mind and the World

Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m.
With Richard Smoley

Spring Equinox Ceremony & Labyrinth Walk
Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m.
With Atala Dorothy Toy

Are We Alone?
Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m.
With Jim Kenney


Just Starting!
Inner Christianity: Exploring the Esoteric Tradition
Tuesdays, March 10 - April 28, (8 classes) 7- 8:30 p.m.
With Richard Smoley

Reiki Meditation Classes
Wednesdays, March 25 - April 15 (4 classes), 7- 9 p.m. 
With Jim Bosco

Workshop: The Five Stages of Mahamudra:
The Oral Transmission from Milarepa and Gampopa

Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with Glenn Mullin
CANCELED




  WORLD PEACE


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WORLD TAI CHI & QIGONG DAY!

Help create & advance personal & global health, healing, and peace on Earth.


Saturday, April 25, 2009

9 a.m. - noon
at The Theosophical Society,
1926 North Main Street, Wheaton, IL
60187
Gather outside (inside, if raining)

Participants at the Theosophical Society will join with millions of others around the world. Tai Chi (Tai Ji) and Qigong teachers will lead us in their respective styles creating a wave of peace and harmony that will move around the globe.

Free event. No experience necessary.
All are welcome! 


For more information or to volunteer, contact
Renee' Ryan at Lightheart Center: 630.260.1084
On day of event call: 630.668.1571
  wuway@juno.com
www.worldtaichiday.org
 



  THE THEOSOPHICAL ORDER OF SERVICE



UPDATE ON THE CHUSHUL ORPHANAGE
By Tim Boyd

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During our travels in Tibet we had an opportunity to visit with the children at the Chushul orphanage. A number of you expressed a desire to contribute to the proposed building project there. I have hesitated to contact you about it until I felt that we had a workable plan. I am happy to report that at last we are ready to move. Read more


UPCOMING VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
March 23, The TOS Action Group meets from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Theosophical Society in Wheaton, IL.
March 28, We will be visiting the Anderson Animal Shelter in Elgin from 3 - 3:30 p.m.

To volunteer or for more information call, 630-668-1571 ext. 306 weekdays or visit our website www.theoservice.org





  MEMBERSHIP NEWS



LIFE MEMBERSHIP
Last chance for Life Membership at $1100 - now until July 2009!!!
 
Have you considered Life Membership in The Theosophical Society?
 
What does it mean to be a Life Member?
As a Life Member, you are helping to establish a permanent Membership Endowment Fund for the long-term support of Theosophy. The Theosophical Investment Trust invests your donation and the income replaces your national dues during your lifetime.
 
What are the benefits?
Life Members receive all the same benefits as annual members, without the bother of renewal notices. You will be protected from future increases in dues. Membership will be continuous, ensuring that you are eligible to vote in all national and international elections. You will receive a special certificate for framing and an elegant laminated Life Member card.
 
What is the cost?
The Life Membership donation is currently $1100, but will be raised to $1500 on July 1, 2009. The Life Membership donation is tax-deductible.
 
 

  OLCOTT LIBRARY


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Theosophical Saturdays

Theosophical Study Group

Open Mic Soirée

New Titles

Drama Troupe

Knights in the Morning

Rare and Used Book Sale

Reserve a Dialogue with a Living Book


The Theosophist Issues
Please consider donating your issues of The Theosophist magazine to the library. We need any issues from 2005 to the present. Mail them to Henry S. Olcott Memorial Library / 1926 N Main St / Wheaton, IL / 60187. Thank you!

Friends of Olcott
Volunteers needed to greet visitors and answer the telephone in the main lobby Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays during business hours. Volunteers receive a free vegetarian lunch weekdays, free passes to classes and lectures, and a 20% discount at Quest Book Shop! Contact  630-668-1571 ext.315

Match Our Grant!
Help your library's resources become more accessible!



 
 

E-Newsletter June 2009


 
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June 2009
 
In This Issue
Special Program
Theosophy and Science
Calendar of Events
Storytelling Carnival
Focus Group
Library News
 
 
 
 

Not a Member?
JOIN us!
 
 
 

June
Specials!

30% Discount

for this month's

Featured Items

 

Discount is available

online and by phone.

If ordering by phone, please call
1-800-669-9425 x348
and mention the June E-Newsletter discount.


Offer good until

June 30, 2009

 

 
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Grammar for
the Soul
Using Language for Personal Change
by

Lawrence A. Weinstein

A book that explains how changes in our grammatical habits can transform our lives. Each chapter describes how using an element of punctuation or syntax can hasten personal growth.

 When ordering online or by phone, use the code ENEWS to receive the discount.



DVD
OF THE MONTH

The Dice Game
of Shiva
by
Richard Smoley

What is the meaning of this profound but baffling Hindu myth?  (87 min)

 
CD

OF THE MONTH


by
Richard Smoley

Are there many kinds of love or just one? (79 min)

 
 

 Visit our free online media library.
Over 100 audio and

video programs!

 



 

Learn more

about our

Self Study Courses

 
 
 

The Department of Education produces a number of helpful study guides and manuals that can be purchased online. 

 



REGIONAL NEWS
The Spring Schedule of the Theosophical Society in Pittsburgh.





SUBMIT
Does your Lodge or
Study Group have an announcement or
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like to share?
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SPECIAL PROGRAM


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Buddhism, J. Krishnamurti,
and Advaita Vedanta
 
Sunday, June 14, 4 p.m.
 
 
THEOSOPHY AND SCIENCE



THEOSOPHY-SCIENCE NEWSLETTER

Since the TSA has assumed the distribution responsibilities of the Theosophy-Science Newsletter for the USA, our readership has steadily increased. Dr. Hugh Murdoch of Australia does an excellent job keeping us current with the incredible amount of information available in the world of science.
If you know of others who would be interested in receiving the Theosophy-Science Newsletter, please have them contact us at tsa@theosophical.org
 

To view the latest PDF newsletter click here
You may also enjoy previous newsletters




  NATIONAL CENTER



CALENDAR OF JUNE EVENTS

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Elements and Enlightenment
Thursday, June 4, 7 p.m.
With Martha Libster


Interactive Workshop:
Healing as a Process of Transitions

Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
With Martha Libster



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STORYTELLING CARNIVAL

and CAMPOUT
 
Union with Nature
Saturday, June 20, 2009

  FOCUS GROUP INVITATIONAL



FOCUS GROUP INVITATIONAL


At the recent invitational at Krotona, a gathering of dedicated members both old and new suggested that now may be the time to offer an occasion where members with specialized areas of expertise to have the opportunity to meet with each other in order to connect on a professional as well as spiritual level.
 
This is not the first time such an event has been proposed or implemented. During John Algeo's administration, the Society hosted an invitational for in-depth exploration of Christianity and Theosophy. That gathering resulted in an enriching body of material on the subject as well as closer connections among those who participated. With networking being the wave of the future, this type of event may stimulate the creation of several new threads of connections for members. This unique opportunity will be made available for Theosophical workers instead of the Olcott Experience usually occurring at this time of year.

Members of the Theosophical Society may apply to participate in the Focus Group Invitational to be held October 15-18 on the Olcott campus. Participants will be divided into three groups, each discussing one of the following topics:


1)
Visual Arts as an Expression of Theosophy
2)
Theosophical Implications in Science
3)
Applied Theosophy in Family Relations

In your participation request, please include the following: your reasons for wanting to participate, preferred topic, related skill sets, and Theosophical background. E-mail requests to David Bruce at education@theosophical.org or send your written request to TSA Department of Education, PO Box 270, Wheaton, IL, 60187-0270.





  OLCOTT MEMORIAL LIBRARY


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Library Main Page

Theosophical Saturdays

Theosophical Study Group

Open Mic Soirée

New Titles

Drama Troupe

Knights in the Morning

Rare and Used Book Sale

Reserve a Dialogue with a Living Book



Theosophical Saturdays Material Online
The Theosophical Saturdays is a 34-week program held at the National Library, designed to provide an education in Theosophy especially as it relates to philosophy, science, religion, and the arts. We are posting the resources used in the classes in addition to suggested discussion questions and proposed activities we have designed. We hope they can be used by you and/or your study group.

Migration to MAGIC
On March 11the library "went live" in the MAGIC consortium. After loading 22,988 of our titles, only 1,279 matched existing titles in MAGIC. Our circulation and visibility has already greatly increased! Read more about our project. Help us match our grant!

Quick guide to our New Library Catalog

You can now enter your library identification number and four-digit pin number to access your account, renew items, and place holds. If we have your e-mail address on file, we will send courtesy notices electronically prior to an item's due date.


Friends of Olcott
Volunteers needed to greet visitors and answer the telephone in the main lobby Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays during business hours. Volunteers receive a free vegetarian lunch weekdays, free passes to classes and lectures, and a 20% discount at Quest Book Shop! Contact 630-668-1571 x315.

 
 
"Listen to the song of life.
Store in your memory the melody you hear.
Learn from it the lesson of harmony."

 ~Light on the Path, Mabel Collins
 
 
   

E-Newsletter


 
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May 2009
 

In This Issue
Live Webcasting
Summer Gathering
National Center
Relay for Life
TOS
Storytelling Carnival
Library News
 
 

Not a Member?
JOIN us!
 
 
 

May
Specials!

30% Discount

for this month's

Featured Items

 

Discount is available

online and by phone.

If ordering by phone, please call
1-800-669-9425 x348
and mention the May E-Newsletter discount.


Offer good until

May 31, 2009

 

 
DVD
OF THE MONTH

Recently re-mastered DVD now includes Spanish and English soundtracks. (44 min)


 
CD

OF THE MONTH


by
Shirley Nicholson

Shamanism as found in Eastern and Western cultures. (53 min)

 
 
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On the Wings of Shekhinah
Rediscovering Judaism's Divine Feminine
by

Rabbi Leah Novick

Written with warmth and clarity, this book interweaves historical views of Judaism's divine feminine principle with thoughtful quotes and guided meditations. Rabbi Leah Novick offers healing strategies for both Jews and non-Jews disaffected by rigid gender roles. Awareness of the Shekhinah's energy within and around us helps bring hope to a planet afflicted by war, violence, and environmental abuse--this book shows how to find and use that energy.

 When ordering online or by phone, use the code ENEWS to receive the discount.


 
 
 

Choose from over 150 programs in the popular MP3 format. Listen online or download them to your MP3 player.


 




CHECK OUT


The TSA's
Official Network

 



Enroll in our
FREE online
courses!

 
 
 

Access back issues of our magazine featuring articles on philosophy, science, religion, and the arts.
 





 LIVE WEBCASTING


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White Lotus Day
and the Wisdom of China


Thursday, May 7, 7 p.m.

With Dr. John Algeo
 
 
 
NATIONAL CENTER IN WHEATON



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Key Speakers

John Algeo, "The Seven Rays: Being Different Together"
Robert Ellwood, "Theosophy and the World Religions"

Friday, July 24
Opening of the 123rd Annual Meeting on Friday evening (formal wear optional).

Followed by a musical performance and refreshments.

Special Programs

Saturday, July 25
Interfaith Dialogue , co-sponsored by the Parliament of the World's Religions and held at Arrowhead Golf Club, Wheaton.

Sunday evening, July 26
Words of Albert Schweitzer and the Music of Bach , a unique multimedia experience with master organist Gail Archer; narratives of Albert Schweitzer's inspiring words by Renate zum Tobel, David Bruce, and Dan Smolla, along with a biographical slide presentation.
 
Plus: music, entertainment, bargain book sale, and much more!

For more details call 1-800-669-1571, ext. 320 or click here




CALENDAR OF MAY EVENTS

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White Lotus Day and the Wisdom of China

Thursday, May 7, 7 p.m.
With John Algeo


Growing Spiritually for Mastery of Life and Health
Thursday, May 14, 7 p.m.
With Ranjan

An Annual Remembrance and Blessing
Thursday, May 21, 7 p.m.
With Tim Boyd

 Tarot Beyond Fortune-telling
Thursday, May 28, 7 p.m.
With Paul Quinn



Experience Greater Health, Balance,
and Dis-ease Free Living

Saturday Workshop, May 16, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
With Ranjan






  RELAY FOR LIFE





AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
RELAY FOR LIFE

of Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, and Winfield


On June 12th, 2009, the Theosophical Society will be participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event at Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Joining 54 other teams, our relay team of 15 will endeavor to walk continuously around the football field track from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. 
 
This community based program will honor cancer survivors and their families as well as those who have lost the fight against this terrible disease. The American Cancer Society will use the donations raised by our relay team to continue their outreach to cancer patients. Money raised from this event will go to our local community to provide wigs for cancer patients as well as to provide rides to and from treatments.
 
We are very excited to be part of this event and are asking for your support in the way of donations to our team. If you have donated to the American Cancer Society in the past or wish to donate for the first time, please consider helping our team meet its fundraising goal by giving to our team today.
 
Please visit the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Glen Ellyn, Wheaton & Winfield website at www.relayforlifegww.com and follow the donation link to the Theosophical Society team. Once there, you can choose to make an online/ offline donation to one of the team participants or make a general donation to the team by clicking on the icon to the right under the fundraising tally marker.
 
If you need any assistance in making your donation please contact Mark Roemmich at mroemmich@theosophical.org or by telephone at 630-668-1571 x334. Your contribution will be most welcome!

 


  THE THEOSOPHICAL ORDER OF SERVICE




A UNION OF THOSE WHO LOVE
FOR THE SERVICE OF ALL WHO SUFFER



INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: Healing as a Process of Transitions
Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
With Martha Libster

Explore healing as a process of TRANSITIONS! Learn to:

* Utilize the 5 environmental elements of ancient Hermeticism to care for yourself
  and others
* Access the power, wisdom, and love of the inner healer
* Experience the simple plant remedies that catalyze and ease transitions
* Discover gentle healing techniques for everyday health concerns
* Participate in the ritual of making your own medicine

Cost: $30 before May 22nd; $40 after (price includes materials for making herbal remedies). Vegetarian lunch available - $6

To pay online or see more details, visit the TOS webpage
For information call: 630 668-1571 x306




CHUSHUL ORPHANAGE IN TIBET
By Tim Boyd
 
bradden bkMany of you have been following our fundraising efforts for the Chushul orphanage in Tibet (for information click here ). I am happy to report that we have just received approval for the building plans from the Chinese government. During the course of this campaign through the generosity of many the TOS has raised over $11,000 - more than enough to complete the original project of building a bathroom/shower addition. We have also been able to substantially broaden the scope of the project by broadening our network. By involving other donors and other organizations we are now in a position to not only build the bath/shower, but we will be upgrading the water system (which regularly froze during the winter), adding a septic system, solar water heaters, and adding a second floor with 3 bedrooms to the existing dormitory. With building set to begin shortly we are still short of our goal.
 
We have received a most generous offer. Between now and July 26th any donations received up to a total of $5000 will be matched dollar for dollar. If this is a project that appeals to you, now is a chance for you to have a significant impact on these childrens' lives.
 
You can either donate by using our Paypal option (go to "CEF: Tibetan Orphanages - best use); or send a check to Theosophical Order of Service, PO Box 660 Warrrenville, IL 60555. Indicate Chushul Orphanage in the check memo.

Thank you for your support!





  OLCOTT MEMORIAL LIBRARY


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STORYTELLING CARNIVAL

and CAMPOUT
 
Union with Nature
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Music / Storytelling / Crafts
Games / Book Sale


1 pm - 5 pm  Storytelling Carnival
(Free admission, tickets available for crafts, games, & food)
 
6 pm  Campout ($10 per person)
Campout includes dinner, stories around the campfire,
breakfast, and a nature walk
.
(Pre-registration required for campout)
 
For more information click here
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