The First Spiritual Temple
March 31, 1848, is the
established founding date of the Modern Spiritualist Movement. No one
doubts the significance of this date; however, it represents but one link
in a wondrous chain of events which led to the reincarnation of Ancient
Spiritualism within a modern world.
We want to share with you the
wonder and mystery of what Spirit was attempting to do and fulfill, not
simply on the evening of March 31, 1848, but prior to that fateful date and
up to more recent times.
Spiritualism belongs to all
people and to all religions. It is a gift of and for the SPIRIT, not of and
for any particular church body. We hope you enjoy these pages. Thank you
series on the history of the Modern Spiritualist Movement; events leading
to March 31, 1848, and what followed thereafter:
What Is Spiritualism?
Forerunners to Modern Spiritualism: Emanuel Swedenborg.
Forerunners to Modern Spiritualism: Andrew Jackson
March 31, 1848: The Hydesville
After Hydesville: A Movement
Dispensation in Spiritualism:
Not just in Boston, the New Dispensation in Spiritualism was
a worldwide call, from Spirit, to uplift the work of Spirit and to help
guide Spiritualism away from simple phenomena to a greater understanding of
the universal and religious implications of Spirit communion and
Included is an exceptional
trance address, delivered through the mediumship of Mrs. E.R. Dyar to our Church on March 29, 1885, in celebration of
the Thirty-seventh Anniversary of the Modern Spiritualist
the Pioneers: A series
of biographical sketches of some of the pioneer mediums, proponents, and
researchers of early Spiritualism who made a difference.
It All About? What,
exactly, are the differences between Spiritualism; Modern Spiritualism; the
Modern Spiritualist Movement; and a Spiritualist Church? Where does our
Church fit into this?
on Spiritualism. Here
are 101 questions on Spiritualism and related areas of thought. How many
can you answer? All students of Spiritualism should know the answers to
these questions. Remember: an effective proponent is an informed proponent.
Did You Know?
know that our Church was intimately involved with and helped promote a
national link for home development circles? Instituted on October 16, 1884,
the National Developing Circle sought to link home circles from
around the country for shared dialogue, hints on mediumistic development,
and a combined effort to help strengthen the bond between the Earth plane
In 1891, the NDC began
publishing a monthly magazine, known as The Sower. Our Church was
very much involved in this magazine. This is why our newsletter is called The Sower.
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