The Society

Mini-Interviews Godelieve Nachtegaal

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1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

My name is Godelieve Nachtegaal, live in The Hague – the Netherlands, and I am a member of The Theosophical Society Point Loma – Blavatskyhouse since September 2004.

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Mini-Interviews Alexey Besputin

The Society MI 14 Alexey Besputin

1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

My name is Alexey Besputin. Now I’m living in Moscow. I have been attending the meetings of TS in Russia and Ukraine since 2008. I received my TS membership diploma in 2010.

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Editorial

Jan Nicolaas Kind – Brazil

About New Initiatives, Changes, Replacements and Further Growth


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New initiatives are always welcome because new challenges offer the possibility to go deep, investigate and renovate. Not everything that takes off as “something new” will ultimately end up being successful, sometimes it is quite the opposite, but we should always try and go for renewal and innovation. Last May when the new roof of the Adyar Theater collapsed it was such a setback, not only for the team headed by International President Tim Boyd, but also for all members. At the same time, this unfortunate incident also offered new possibilities to work harder and do better, for which (and this is obvious) plain courage is required. 

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Mini-Interviews Clemice Petter

The Society MI 2 Clemice Petter

1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

Clemice Petter, born in Brazil and member of the Theosophical Society-Adyar since 2008.

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Mini-Interviews Jose Victor Peñaranda

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1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

I am Jose Victor Peñaranda of the Philippines. I became a member of the Society in 2001.

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Mini-Interviews Robert Moore

The Society MI 6 Robert Moore

1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

My name is Robert Moore. I live in Santa Barbara, CA. After finding the United Lodge of Theosophists here in Santa Barbara I decided to stay here, so I have been a member of ULT for about 45 years.

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Mini-Interviews Michele Sender

The Society MI 8 Michele Sender

1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

Michele Sender, I am from the Chicago area and have been a member of the TS since 2006. Soon after that, with my 3 children, I moved to the grounds of the National Headquarters of the TS in America, Wheaton, Illinois, and began volunteer work at the Front Desk. Over the next 7 years, I worked in the Information and Volunteer Department; part-time in the Library, Membership and Book Shop; and my favorite part – cooking up love from the Olcott Kitchen.

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Mini-Interviews Katherine Lucille Blalack

The Society MI 10 Kate Blalack

1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

My name is Katherine (Kate) Lucille Blalack . I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the U.S.A. I am originally from the Chicago area, in Illinois. I became a member of the Theosophical Society, originally, about 6 years ago. Due to some life circumstances I had to temporarily stop my formal studies, but I rejoined this past spring. At this point in my life I am fully committed to Theosophy and have found a home in the way of life.

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Mini-Interviews Lorraine Christensen

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1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

My name is Lorraine Christensen. I live in the beautiful foothills city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada – a gateway to the Rocky Mountains. For 43 years I have been a member of the TS, having joined in 1973.

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Mini-Interviews Kristinn Agust Fridfinnsson

The Society MI 14 Kristinn

1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

My name is Kristinn Agust Fridfinnsson. I was born in Reykjavik and began attending meetings in the TS in 1971, and as far as I remember I formally became a member that same year.

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Editorial

Jan Nicolaas Kind – Brazil

About hope

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The collapse of the new roof of the Adyar Theatre in the very early morning hours of May 17 was a big disappointment, a blow in the face and a setback. We need to keep in mind though, that a roof is a roof and therefore really only a “thing.” Obviously one can be happy with its design, beauty or practicality, but as such it has nothing to do with Theosophy. Luckily no one was hurt and it is certain that the cause for the breakdown of the roof will be found and that something else will replace it. It was a good move that less than 24 hours after the collapse, Tim Boyd issued an official statement informing all involved.

A few exploited the sad news, by reporting triumphantly about this incident. It was disgusting to note how this unfortunate event was, and still is used to diminish and belittle the hard work undertaken by the current International President of the TS-Adyar and his team. The sarcastic tenor of the despicable postings on a website, to which no ending seems to come, demonstrates per definition any lack of even the faintest understanding of what brotherhood is all about. In this day and age where all are connected through the internet: Facebook, Twitter, email and many other apps, it won’t do any good to simply ignore the negative forces. Rebuking them also is not the solution, since that would give them the attention they so desperately are in search of; internet trolls will always remain nasty reeking, creepy little dwarfs.

Weird as it may sound but these trolls have created an imaginary darkish world where they are the prosecutor, judge and executioner. Frustrated, unfulfilled, small-minded as they must be they won’t stop angrily throwing mud around, because that is the only thing they know how to do. In their ignorant troll-heads the whole world revolves entirely around them and through the facilities the internet offers they found their shady way of letting the world know that they exist.

Setting out to new frontiers, instigating new initiatives, breaking down worn out and old walls, heading into a new direction isn’t always safe; risks need to be taken and at times obstacles or letdowns look as if they are too big to overcome. Still we would need to take on the challenges, and accept the perils that come our way.

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Mini-Interviews Bas Harpe

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1. What’s your name, where are you from and how long have you been a member of the TS?

My name is Bas Harpe, I’m from Amsterdam and I’ve been a member of the TS for about three years now.

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