ITC Newsletter Spring 2016

Purposes of ITC

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International Theosophy Conferences Inc. is a platform where Theosophical organizations and all other earnest students of Theosophy meet. This infers that ITC won’t typically function as another Theosophical vehicle, in spreading Theosophy itself. Instead ITC is committed to connect all Theosophists, supporting them in their common cause in the light of the purposes of ITC, which are:

  1. To maintain the principles of the Modern Theosophical Movement presented by H.P.B. as a living power in the minds and hearts of Humanity, encouraging explorations in the light of her teachings.
  2. To foster mutual meaningful intercommunication, understanding and respect among the Theosophical mainstreams, stimulating thereby continuous spiritual Unity.
  3. To be a platform, supporting and sponsoring the annual international Conference of Theosophical Organizations.
  4. To unite people in sharing the Philosophy of Theosophy, studying and further exploring Religion, Philosophy and Science from a Theosophical Perspective.

ITC 2016: Theosophy and Social Responsibility

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The aim of the 2016 Conference is to explore the active connection between Theosophical teachings and social responsibility, focusing on study and cross-pollination. Guided by the principles and metaphysical perspectives given in The Secret Doctrine and other writings of H.P.B. and those of her close co-workers, conference participants are going to discuss how fundamental ethical questions reflected in contemporary social conditions might be answered. How might students of Theosophy understand and practice social responsibility? What thoughts and deeds might help us reduce suffering and improve the quality of life for all that lives. Do the teachings of Theosophy, in particular the messages of H. P. Blavatsky, indicate a duty to help others?

During the conference a number of themes relating to Social Responsibility will be introduced in short talks and further discussed in study circles. The results will be shared in plenary sessions.

Registrants will receive a code with which they can access a form where they can enroll for the study circles of their interest. For each study circle theme a selection of reading material will be made available for participants to prepare themselves ahead of the conference.

The location and program of the Conference, at La Casa de Maria, will provide an inspiring and regenerative opportunity for both formal and informal discussion in a community of Theosophical learning.

Click on the topic to learn more about it:

  • The conference program
  • Registration
  • Photos of the venue

  • Contributions ITC 2015, The Hague now available as pdf document and hardcopy publication

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    Since 2010 all the lectures and panel discussions of each one of the ITC conferences have been broadcasted “live” via the internet; the publication of the ITC 2015 conference however is going to be the first one, available as a PDF and as a printed reflection.

    The 2015 conference was entitled:

    “Helena Petrovna Blavatsky Through Different Eyes With ONE Heart”

    It was subtitled:

    What is our understanding of H. P. B.’s writings? How do they inspire all Theosophists, those affiliated with an organization or independent, to embody and transmit her timeless message to the modern world?

    During ITC 2015, Theosophists from the mainstream organizations shared their views and values on what they consider to be the essence of H.P.B’s message, the mission they see for their own particular organization and the Theosophical Movement as a whole, submitting means of keeping the teachings alive for future organizations.

    The publication assembles all these valued contributions. The result is a unique document that brings into practice of what was put forward in The Hague: an open and honest exchange, inspired by the collective desire to establish the practice of Universal Brotherhood.

    Click here for the PDF version of this publication.

    2016 ITC Board of Directors Elections

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    ITC is governed by a Board of Directors with a maximum membership of 13 and a minimum of 5.

    This year the term for serving on the Board of Directors expires for Bianca Peeters, Marijn Gijsbers and Jos Peeters. The Board is pleased to announce that all three Directors have accepted the nomination for re-election held during the annual membership meeting at the end of this year’s conference in Santa Barbara, California.

    Members are encouraged to nominate themselves or another member, for a board-position and join the current directors who seek re-election.

    Nominations are open until Sunday June 19, 2016 00.00 CET.

    Click here for more information about the Voting, Nomination and Election Process.

    You can also contact the ITC secretary directly:

    Board meetings: Accomplishments from December 2015 till April 2016

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    The board met monthly and during all meetings, Carolyn Dorrance, the organizer on location of the ITC 2016 conference was present.

    Resolved during the December 2015 meeting:

    • The organizers in Santa Barbara calculated the total costs for the ITC 2016 conference and the board decided that based on these calculations the conference-fee will be $75 pp.
    • The organizers in Santa Barbara will investigate possibilities for Spanish translation.
    • The board decided to choose a new URL: This URL was registered. In the next period the website will move to this URL.
    • The board put emphasis on focusing ITC 2016 around study circles which are to discuss several topics related to Theosophy and social responsibility.

    Resolved during the January 2016 meeting:

    • The board looked into possibilities to realize a permanent postal address for the ITC Foundation. The possibility of using the address of the Law Firm that advised on the Bylaws last year will be further looked into.
    • The organizers put a pick-up service in place. There will be forms available for pick-up requests from Santa Barbara airport or the train station.
    • The board prepared a special release of The Bee, devoted to the announcement of the ITC 2016 conference. Announcements were going to be sent to the ULT, the TS Adyar and the TS Point Loma media.
    • The number of postings on the ITC Facebook page was scaled back. The page now only contains messages that relate directly to ITC and are in line with the Purposes. Two directors act as editors.
    • The board spoke about criteria for the choice of locations for the ITC conference for the next years. The board agreed that there should be an opportunity for cross-pollination between Theosophical groups. Other criteria will be discussed in a later stage.

    Resolved during the February 2016 meeting:

    • On the opening day of ITC 2016 there will be a plenary session focusing on the theme Social Responsibility.
    • Martin Leiderman will be the keynote speaker on Thursday evening.
    • The Letter of the Maha Chohan and passages of the article of H.P. Blavatsky “Let Every Man Prove His Own Work” will be studied by all participants. For the topics of the study circles, reading material will vary. The reading material will be posted on the website.

    Resolved during the March 2016 meeting:

    • The organization of study circles was further discussed. The results of the studies will be shared so that all benefit from the efforts. A study circle will consist of 8-10 participants. Participants can sign in for the topics of their choice.
    • Reading material is derived from H.P.B.’s publications, but other material used by the organizations can be added too.

    Resolved during the April 2016 meeting:

    • Young people anticipating to attend ITC 2016, and who would need financial support will be offered accommodation in the dorms in La casa de Maria.
    • Each study circle is to have two study leaders. ITC members will be approached to volunteer in the next issue of The Bee. In this forthcoming issue the preliminary program will be published as well.
    • The organizers to review the suggestions for topics. These should be in line with the theme Social Responsibility related to The Secret Doctrine.
    • The term of three board members ends in August 2016. Jos and Bianca are to start preparations for the election of board members.

    The agenda for the yearly Board Retreat day was discussed. Main items on the agenda are:

    • Review of the ITC Purposes
    • How to keep the ITC initiative alive for Theosophy for the next 50-100 years
    • What is the role of the membership and how do we organize communication with the membership
    • Criteria for locations for future conferences