Theosophy acknowledges the important role animals play in our world. Especially in today’s society, our pets are often just as dear to us as any other member of our family or circle of friends. So when illness or injury strikes, we often feel helpless, alone and scared about our ability to help our beloved pets when they need us most.
Not another app, not another website, not another social network. Just love, person-to-person. Stranger-to-stranger, even. Writing love letters to strangers in New York City was how Hannah Brencher healed herself of loneliness and a depression that had, as she puts it, "sucker-punched me in the face" after college. Hannah tells her story that began on 10/10/10:
The Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) is a charitable organization actively involved in the alleviation of suffering in the world. The TOS motto is “a union of those who love for the service of all who suffer”.
One of the ways the TOS in the USA serves is by drawing attention via our website and our magazine, For The Love of Life, to the efforts of others who are actively working in one of our areas of service: Family, Social Services, Animals, Ecology, Peace, Healing and Arts & Music.
Someone recently asked me “what are the goals and purpose of the Theosophical Order of Service in the USA”.
It seems a simple question. I could quote our motto: "A union of those who love for the service of all who suffer." I could quote our mission: "To promote reverence for all life, universal brotherhood, and world peace through service activity."
(Excerpted with permission from TOS intouch, the TOS-INTL newsletter)
You are warmly invited to participate in our International Conference if you are an active worker in your TOS Group at local or national level. The three-day conference will be held at Olcott, the national center of the TS in America in Wheaton, Illinois from the evening of Tuesday 23 July to Friday 26 July, 2013. The TOS Conference is preceded by a five-day Summer National Convention of the TS in America from 19 July to 23 July. All are invited to attend this event as well.
The big gray house. Gwendolyn, a member of the Washington DC Theosophical Society (TS) group, often wondered what went on in the big gray house up the street from where she lived. It was “Joseph’s House,” a hospice caring for the dying homeless. After taking a tour, Gwendolyn told her fellow TS members they just had to see this for themselves.
They were young children in 1994 when Rwanda experienced the genocide that left 800,000 of them orphaned. In the wake of the violence, Rwanda’s social structure collapsed, severely affecting schools, health care, and the economy. Meeting the basic needs of food, shelter, clothing and education overshadowed the daunting task of healing the orphaned children’s traumatic memories, injuries, illnesses, and fears. UNICEF estimates that 96% of the children witnessed the massacres, and many children who survived were mutilated and raped, resulting in an unprecedented level of trauma among child