Tribute to Our Dear Friend, Eileen Roberts
are generally given for those who have passed to Spirit. Our work
with mediumship has shown us something very important: do not
wait until a loved one departs from the Earth plane to say what
could have been said when together. So, we want to take this opportunity
to express our thoughts and feelings concerning a lovely lady
and colleague of the Spirit.
Why are we doing this? For no other reason than this: We love
Throughout the Greater Boston area -- and, now, the world, the
First Spiritual Temple is well known for its deep respect for
Spirit and Spirit communication. For 124 years, we have stood
firm upon sound ethics and a well-balanced perspective on this
most wondrous gift of the Spirit and its multitude of manifestations.
"Mediumship With Integrity" is the motto for our
School for Mediumship.
28 years ago, we invited a woman from England to come to our Church
and share her mediumship with us and our community. She was invited
at the recommendation of Mr. Donald Galloway, himself a fine and
reputable medium and tireless worker for Spirit.
As soon as we shook hands with this woman, at the airport, we
knew, without question, that we had made a lifelong friend. This
woman is Eileen Roberts.
At first glance, Eileen appears to be a typical British lady,
with a lovely peaches-and-cream complexion and a most delightful
accent (although Eileen still insists that it is we who
have the accent). But underneath that lovely exterior lies the
Spirit of a woman who has tirelessly devoted most of her life
to the investigation of mediumship and the promulgation of sound
ethics in the work.
It was her obvious love and commitment to the work of Spirit that
spoke to us, with profound clarity, that first year, and it is
that same love and commitment which has caused us to invite her,
year in and year out, as a regular guest of the Church. In this,
she has become far more than a guest; she has become a most cherished
friend and companion of the Spirit.
Eileen Roberts loves Spirit. She exudes natural joy and enthusiasm
every time she steps forward to lend herself as a voice and escort
for the Spirit people. Over the years, Eileen has studied, and
studied hard, always endeavoring to understand more and more of
what lies at the foundation of this most wondrously elusive gift
of the Spirit. She has never been satisfied remaining settled
where she is in her understanding of mediumship and has always
challenged herself to take another step. Yet, in her continuous
pursuit of understanding and knowledge, she remains anchored in
her faith that where she may be lacking, God and Spirit fill the
Indeed, Eileen represents a dying era in Spiritualism and mediumship:
an era where hard work, study, and patience became cobblestones
which marked the road to mediumship; an era where the straight
and narrow was preferable to the easy way; where fame, publicity,
and money did not outshine the genuine work of Spirit.
Eileen, also, represents an era which must be reborn, as
we enter the new Millennium. Anyone who has visited our site and
taken the time to read through its multitude of pages knows that
we, at the First Spiritual Temple, are strongly committed to doing
our part in keeping the flames of that amazing era aglow, for
us and for those in Spirit.
Eileen comes from a more traditional Spiritualist background than
we do. Nonetheless, over the years, we have shared and learned
so much from each other. We have agreed to disagree on some issues,
while benefiting from each other's perspective on others issues.
For over thirty years, Eileen Roberts has devoted her energies
as President of the Institute of Spiritualist Mediums. She has
traveled the globe, sharing her wisdom, experience, charm, grace,
and obvious love for Spirit. As a teacher of mediumship, she is
one of -- if not the -- best. She relies heavily upon Spirit guidance,
while tapping into her own wealth of insight and experience.
Above all, Eileen stands for ethics, integrity, and respect when
it comes to mediumship. We know, only too well, what it is to
be criticized for trying to uphold sound ethics and responsibility
in this work. She, too, has been scoffed by some of her peers
for being too firm and responsible in her approach to mediumship.
We each know from where the other comes, and we have learned from
each other's trial and tribulation. Eileen continues in her work,
sometimes with the roar of a lion, but always with the gentleness
of a lamb, following wheresoever her Shepherd may lead her.
There is a tender -- yea, almost innocent -- side to Eileen, and
you can see this when she teaches, lectures, and offers communication.
Jesus taught us that we should all be as children; not childish,
but child-like. We should have, within us, a purity of faith and
trust in God and the Spirit. Eileen follows this command in the
simple purity with which it was given to us 2,000 years ago.
Last year, Eileen retired as President of the Institute of Spiritualist
Mediums. Since then, she has had to face a few challenges, all
of which have tempered her faith even more. She has had to confront
the harsh reality of a movement which can, sometimes, be dominated
by ego and self-fulfilling agendas. True to her style and always
indicative of a servant, she moves on, willing to step aside and
do the work on her own, for the sake of a cause beyond herself.
Eileen Roberts is, now, 91 years young and still going strong.
love you, Eileen. You have done your work well; indeed, very well!
We conclude this tribute with some pictures
of Eileen while at the First Spiritual Temple. We have chosen
pictures which, we feel, show the many and diverse facets of the
gem, known as Eileen Roberts. Yes, she works hard and she plays