Our Unity - Overcoming Division
- Published: Saturday, 20 June 2015 17:08
Marijn Gijsbers – the Netherlands
An addition by the author:
In retrospect, what has happened since the article, how has UNITY among Theosophists developed until now, and what should be the desired outcome of ITC 2015?
Organizing the ITC 2014 conference in Naarden was not easy, because it was going to be very different from the previous conferences. For the first time there would not be a long list of speakers and a relatively passive audience, but this time the center stage was reserved for dialogue among fellow Theosophists.
And it turned out to be a wonderful event, as leading figures from different organizations not only stated their intentions towards an open dialogue, but actually showed up to make it happen. Representatives of all geographic regions came to Naarden and build together an atmosphere of wonderment and brotherhood that is hard to grasp for anyone not present. We were actually able to formulate a shared ‘Naarden declaration’, no small feat for organizations that have not exactly been great at working together in the past.