February 2010

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National Conference
Live Webcasting
News from Betty Bland
Federation Meetings
Library News

New Class Added!

Beginning Astrology II
Dave Gunning

 7 - 9 pm

Feb 10-March 3


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A beloved wisdom-teacher reminiscences about her life in Theosophy and shares rare glimpses into her early childhood. (60 minutes)



Joy Mills

A lifetime student of The Secret Doctrine offers valuable insights and commentary on Madame Blavatsky's greatest work. 10 CDs. (397 minutes)

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The Secret Gateway
Modern Theosophy and the Ancient Wisdom Tradition
Ed Abdill

Theosophical Reflections

Short essays on Theosophical topics by the Department of Education.


edited by
H.P. Blavatsky & Annie Besant

The Theosophical Publishing Company. This occult magazine is increasingly difficult to find. The Lucifer Theosophical Magazine is designed to bring to light the hidden things of darkness. This volume contains the issues from September 1889 to February 1890. A worn book, but a major and fascinating part of Theosophical history. $125.00

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amethyst clusterBishop John Shelby Spong is our keynote speaker, for our April 23 - 25 conference titled Healing Our Religious Wounds. This event demonstrates the Society's commitment to interfaith dialogue in order to help people of all faith traditions find peace and healing. Bishop Spong and the other nationally recognized speakers who will join us in April, know the place of reconciliation, forgiveness, and the reclamation of life's fullness. Our conference is not a castigation of religion but rather a time of joy, healing, and hope for reconciliation.


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Experiments in Telepathy

With David Bruce

Thursday, February 4, 7 p.m.

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A Deva Cooperative Group:
A Four Year Spiritual Project

With Elwin Barrett, PhD
Thursday, February 11, 7 p.m.

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Seven Stars of Hinduism

With Dileep Thatte, MS, MBA

Thursday, February 25, 7 p.m.


Personnel Changes

Difficult financial times have forced us to make some difficult decisions. Consequently, the Theosophical Society national center staff has been restructured and downsized. As a result, two employees are no longer on staff: Ruthann Fowler, program coordinator; and Beverly Porzelt, TPH customer service. This was difficult for all of us but necessary for the long range management of our resources. 

We are very grateful for their service and they will be missed. Ruthann added sparkle to our environment and served the society for over 20 years. Beverly was a dedicated and efficient worker. We send them off with best wishes for the future. Their duties have been redistributed among our other staff members, so please be understanding as we adjust to the increased workload.


Thieves broke into the maintenance garage on the night of Feb 1st.  Items stolen included two power generators, a power washer, multiple sets of sockets, wrenches, various other tools, and the blue truck. The truck was found abandoned a few miles away, but all the tools and equipment are gone.  With all the financial problems the Society is facing, this theft could not have come at a worse time. We would appreciate any donations to help us replace this equipment.


Florida Federation Meeting 2010 

March 12-14: A Spiritual Mosaic with Jagdish C Maheshri

Contact Jagdish Maheshri, President e-mail: jmaheshri@astroinsight.com


Midwest Federation Meeting 2010 

March 26-28: The 3 Fundamental Propositions to the Secret Doctrine

with Pablo Sender, PhD

Ozark Theosophical Camp in Sulfur Springs, Arkansas.

Contact Mark Newbold, President e-mail: kalixtus77@yahoo.com


Mid South Federation Meeting 2010

March 5-7: The Scientific Evidence of Reincarnation, the Findings of Dr. Ian Stephenson with Brant Jackson

Contact Brant Jackson, President e-mail: bjack5259@aol.com


Texas Federation Meeting 2010

Scheduled for April 30, through May 2


Ed Abdill in Houston 

March 20: 4-hour workshop on Spiritual Intuition and the Human Journey, at the Houston Lodge starting at 10:00 a.m. 

March 21: 

The Secret Gateway at the Mary Magdalene Community at the Rothko Chapel at 10 a.m.

Dharma: The Lodestar of Life at the A.R.E. Center at 3:00 p.m.


Ed Abdill in Miami

May 1: The Secret Gateway (in Spanish) at Jinarajadasa Lodge, from 1:00 to 9:30 p.m.

May 2: Spiritual Intuition and the Human Journey at Miami Deerfield Lodge starting at 2:30 p.m. 


While in Houston and Miami, Ed will be signing copies of his book The Secret Gateway, which will be available for purchase.



Dear Friends of TOS,

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We all have experienced some level of difficulty during this economic crisis. These are the times when service work is the most beneficial and fulfilling. We are very pleased to announce that our group is still active and growing and we will continue as long as we are needed. Visit our website and select Active TOS Projects for an update of TOS action group service activities

You will also find a sneak preview of our calendar of service opportunities.  Designed to provide a framework for groups to adapt, it incorporates the 12 astrological signs, the 7 rays of energy and the 7 branches of service within the TOS. We hope the calendar will provide some ideas for service that you can bring to your group. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.


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Library Programs

This month we are featuring the Spiritual Roundtable, hosted by Jim Bosco Mondays at 7 p.m., an open ended discussion on a different topic each week. Jim also offers Meditation for beginners on Sundays at 11 a.m.


Scare away Winter on Saturday, February 20th at the Hootie Hoo Dance! Wear bright clothing and dance away the cold winter blues with various live musicians and DJ Dan. This year professional dance instructor Diane Willett will teach us swing dance beginning at 8 p.m. $10 at the door benefits the Olcott Library.

Realize that you must lead a dying life; the more a man dies to himself, the more he begins to live unto God.

The Imitation of Christ
by Thomas Kempis

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