Re: TS - Failed Dutch Policies and preaching to the world
Oct 21, 2008 07:27 AM
by Katinka Hesselink
What she told me was that she feels the Indian section determined the
election too much. That was the main (communicated) motivation.
As for the lodges: the whole point of her post, which was very good
BTW, was that the system of having lodges no longer seems to work in
the Dutch TS. Which is also something Betty shared on the theosophical
ning platform, though it is not adressed in the proposal we are all so
upset about: in Singapure there is only one lodge, but it has several
hundred members. But it can't become a section as long as there aren't
In the past there were often several lodges to a city. I know
Amsterdam had several at one time, including an artists lodge (which
had Mondriaan as a member, I think). These days it just doesn't work
that way anymore. At least in the Netherlands.
This goes to the way the general council is organised: when a national
group is NOT a section, even if it has several hundred members, it
doesn't get voting rights. It is one of the issues I have with the
If only they had addressed that in the said proposal and ignored how
the president gets elected....
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, MKR <mkr777@...> wrote:
> In a statement on theosophyforward.com, which was taken down some time
> ago, there is a post which says:
> "In our Dutch Section, a quarter to a third of the members are
> unattached to any local group. In addition, the Section has nine
> Lodges (some of which own their own buildings but whose members are
> mainly older) and seven Study Centers (whose members are often
> younger). No new Lodges have been chartered for some fifty years."
> I was shocked to see no lodge was chartered in 50 years! The General
> Secretary of the Dutch Section is one of the Quartets who signed off
> on the ultra secret proposal to disenfranchise all the members in the
> President election as well as other radical changes to the Rules.
> It is ironic that with this sorry state of affairs in the Dutch
> Section, the GS wants to implement changes around the world! Don't you
> all think that she should first work where in the first place she was
> elected for ? to take care and nurture and grow the Dutch Section
> before preaching to the rest of the world?
> One wonders what is the motivation? I hope she comes forward and
> enlightens all of us. It would be fascinating.
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