The Theosophical Society in Detroit
Chartered in 1916 as a Branch of the Theosophical Society of America
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Doors open at 6:30 p.m.   From 6:30 to 6:55 is time for socializing, browsing through the bookstore and library.
 Program begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.    $5 suggested donation is appreciated.

Public Programs

We are happy to continue movies and lectures on Friday nights. 
Movies and lectures will be presented, followed by thoughtful open discussions.

Oct 27  The Key to Theosophy:  Making the Divine Conscious, Awake, and Workable   Lecture by Robert Thibodeau

The Key to Theosophy and The Voice of the Silence were H. P. Blavatsky's final books.  They were intended by her as a last attempt for the spiritual transmission of virtue, mind training, and wisdom empowerment - enabling the "immortal part to become consciously divine by the assimilation of Higher Manas".  Robert is owner of the Mayflower Bookshop and a noted astrologer.

Nov 3 History of Peace Movement in USA  Presentation by Randall Olson

Jane Addams defines "peace" as: "the unfoldment of worldwide processes that nourish human life". Come develop a new perspective, learn why the US was referred to as "the cradle of the peace movement" before the outbreak of World War I, and understand what happened during the war that nearly erased this story from our collective memory.  Randall Olson graduated from Central Michigan University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science, double majoring in Philosophy and Religion.

Nov 10 The Meaning of Work: Theosophical and Spiritual Perspectives on Vocation  Presentation by Sandy Naimou

Across spiritual traditions is an emphasis on work ethic.  What we work for and how directly impacts the development of a virtuous and spiritual life.  Whether hourly employee, professional, volunteer, aspirant or initiate, it is work life and ethic that provides an ideal playground for soul and spiritual development.  Sandy Naimou teaches yoga primarily at General Motors, and has been practicing for twenty years.  She holds a B.A. in psychology and a M.A. in women's and gender studies and is currently a TSD board member.

Nov 17  Life and Times of Henry Olcott, Spiritual Warrior   Presentation by Mary Jo Kokochak

Explore the fascinating and unusual life of Henry S. Olcott (HSO), his investigations into the psychic world, association with H. P.  Blavatsky, his contacts with the Mahatmas, his travels in India and around the world, his amazing healing powers, his struggles for the Buddhist cause in Sri Lanka, and above all his efforts to build The Theosophical Society.  Mary Jo is president of the Theosophical Society in Detroit.  She also served as librarian at the Olcott Library at The Theosophical Society in America and at the Krotona Institute of Theosophy.

Nov 24   The Astral Plane: Part 1   Video with Pablo Sender, facilitated by Gary Contesti

Pablo Sender explores selected chapters from the book "The Ancient Wisdom" by Annie Besant, a work that presents the basic tenets of Theosophical philosophy in an accessible way to provide a sound foundation for further knowledge. This video explores Theosophical explanations of "The Astral Plane." Gary Contesti is the past president of the Theosophical Society in Detroit and has been a member of the Theosophical Society for approximately 41 years.  He holds a B.A. from Detroit Tech and is a retired Oakland County child welfare worker.

Dec 1  Consciousness Beyond the Body, presentation by Sandy Wiener 

 

Theosophical Society of Detroit parking is limited. . .

The good news is. . .the Vinsetta Garage restaurant (next door) offers free valet parking for people attending our
programs. Just tell the parking attendant that you are attending a program at the Theosophical Society of Detroit.

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The Theosophical Society in Detroit
27745 Woodward Avenue
Berkley, Michigan 48072-0906
(248) 545-1961

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