Current Projects and Issues

Houston TS/TOS Fights Hunger in Southeast Texas

Members of the Houston TS/TOS rolled up their sleeves to ensure that ALL their neighbors will have enough to eat.  On October 28, 2023, members volunteered at the Houston Food Bank, which serves 18 counties in southeast Texas.  Thanks to hardworking staff and volunteers such as The Houston Theosophical Society, the food bank distributes 150 million nutritious meals each year! Read more about Houston TS/TOS Fights Hunger in Southeast Texas

Denver TS/TOS Teams with Churches to Feed Hungry Neighbors

In November 2023, Denver TS/TOS members participated in an impromptu project to make sure their neighbors in northern Colorado would have plenty to eat for Thanksgiving.  Responding to the call of Serve 6.8, a nonprofit service organization networked with 50+ churches, Denver members donated $200 to the annual Thanksgiving “Adopt-a-Family” program.  Requests for assistance were greatly increased this year, and Denver TS Secretary Lisa Luong said that donating to the Adopt-a-Family program was a “great opportunity to help others for Thanksgiving!” Read more about Denver TS/TOS Teams with Churches to Feed Hungry Neighbors

Meditation for Maui

On August 23, 2023, the Denver TS/TOS held a special Meditation for Maui, using an adaptation of Geoffrey Hodson’s healing ceremony (see below).  The members commented that, even though the gathering was small, the ceremony felt powerful and sacred. Read more about Meditation for Maui

A Weary Planet’s Best Hope: Theosophical Education

by Kathy Gann

One of H. P. Blavatsky’s fondest and sweetest dreams for the theosophical movement she brought to life was that it should usher in a new, enlightened form of truly theosophical education.   Though her dream is beginning to come true, we need your help to make it grow—please read to the bottom of this article and help with a donation if you agree that theosophical education is one of the best ways to build a more compassionate future for life on this planet. Read more about A Weary Planet’s Best Hope: Theosophical Education

Help Reduce the Damage Caused by Palm Oil

You may not be aware that the palm oil industry is causing rapid destruction of crucial rainforests. Palm oil is less expensive than many other oils and is found in car fuel, cleaning products, cosmetics and many processed foods. Palm oil is made from the fruit of trees called African Oil Palms. As the industry has ballooned, the demand for these trees is causing widespread devastation of rain forests. Read more about Help Reduce the Damage Caused by Palm Oil


On Saturday, May 13, 2023, nine TOS volunteers from YATA (Young Adult Theosophists in America) helped the US Postal Service in Willowbrook, IL, with its annual “Stamp Out Hunger” initiative.  Postal workers have participated since 1993 by gathering donations from their customers.  For about 20 years, theosophist Floyd Kettering’s nonprofit, Humanitarian Service Project (HSP), has been the recipient of food items gathered from the area’s post office customers, since HSP has a well-established network in place to distribute groceries to food-insecure families and seniors in the area.

Teamwork between organizations, and teamwork among friends, wins the day and gets the job done! Read more about HELPING THE USPS “STAMP OUT HUNGER!”

Denver TS/TOS Helps Community Understand How to Help the Dying

On May 7, 2023, members and friends of the Denver TS/TOS, along with several community members, gathered for a presentation by Dr. Nelda Samarel on “How to Help Someone Who is Dying.” Nelda’s presentation covered topics such as why there is such a fear of dying, and her questions to the audience helped everyone realize that what one person considers a “good death” may be entirely different from what another person thinks. Read more about Denver TS/TOS Helps Community Understand How to Help the Dying

TOS Endorses Back from the Brink

The Theosophical Order of Service has taken a major step through its endorsement of the Back From The Brink campaign. Back from the Brink: The Call to Prevent Nuclear War is “a national grassroots campaign seeking the abolition of nuclear weapons and fundamental change in U.S. nuclear weapons policy.” The organization was conceived and initiated by the Union of Concerned Scientists and Physicians for Social Responsibility in the fall of 2017. It is a collaborative effort, designed to not be owned by any single individual or organization, but is partnered with many other like-minded organizations of which the Theosophical Order of Service is now among.  Read more about TOS Endorses Back from the Brink

What Is Alive in You?

A free presentation on Non-Violent Communication

With Dianne Duran
September 18, 2021
11:00 am-12:20pm CDT

As part of the Noble Eightfold Path, the Buddha advises us to have right mindfulness, right view, right intentions, and right relationships.  He also asks us to cultivate right speech. But what if, despite our best efforts, our speech actually worked against our values? What if our speech reflected domination, competition, scarcity, even violence? Then how effective would be our intentions? And how effective would be our service in the world?  Read more about What Is Alive in You?


TOS on the Road

The Theosophical Order of Service is taking the show on the road.  All members of the Theosophical Society in America are automatically also members of the Theosophical Order of Service, BUT don’t necessarily know it, and those who do know it may not know what the TOS is currently doing or how they can help.  So, we decided to do something to increase the awareness of our members, and others, about who we are, what we do and why we’re doing it.



The Theosophical Order of Service has joined the International TOS and other TOS sections around the world in signing the CHARTER FOR COMPASSION. Signers of The Charter For Compassion encourage a world where everyone is committed to living by the principle of compassion. Signers pledge to work toward building a more compassionate world. The TOS joins with many other individuals, organizations and cities that have been inspired by the Charter For Compassion to work in diverse ways to create cultures of compassion locally and globally. 

TOS Grants and Local Group Seed Money


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 in the service of all that suffers”.

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. 

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