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Little Known Facts
About The
First Spiritual Temple

DID YOU KNOW? as far as we know, the First Spiritual Temple is oldest Spiritualist-Associated Church in the world. We have been in continuous service and operation since 1883.

DID YOU KNOW? Our original House of Worship and Study, in Boston, is the largest building constructed, specifically for the cause and work of Spirit. Click here to view our original Church building.

DID YOU KNOW? At the ceremony for the laying of the cornerstone of our original Church building, on April 9, 1884, the cornerstone, inscribed with the Alpha and Omega, was baptized with oil which had been sent to Marcellus Ayer by an ancient Egyptian society. The oil came from the, then, recent excavations within the Temple of Karnack and the tomb of Ramesses III.

On the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the building, on September 1985, the cornerstone was removed and a time capsule was opened. Click here for report and photographs of this event.

DID YOU KNOW? We have one of the finest spiritual and parapsychological research libraries in the United States, with over 6,000 books, many dating back to the middle of the nineteenth century. In addition to our books, we have an extensive collection of journals, including:

  • Journal & Proceedings: Society for Psychical Research.
  • Journal & Proceedings: American Society for Psychical Research.
  • International Journal of Parapsychology.
  • Tomorrow Magazine.
  • Light Magazine.
  • Fate Magazine.
  • Journal of Parapsychology.
  • Parapsychology Review.

DID YOU KNOW? It was our Church that started, in the mid 1950's, the practice of inviting overseas mediums to the United States.

Some of the noted mediums and psychic researchers, from the United States and abroad, who have spoken at the First Spiritual Temple include:

Eileen J. Garrett; Douglas Johnson; Donald Galloway; Arthur Ford; Eileen Roberts; Hugh Lynn Cayce; Dr. Joseph Banks Rhine; Dr. Ian Stevenson; Alan Vaughan; Rev. William Rauscher; Rev. Robert Slater; Dr. Carlis Osis; Dr. George Owen; Muriel "Lady Dowding"; J. Fraser Nicol; Dr. Gardner Murphy; Gina Cerminara; Dr. Hornell Hart; Dr. Robert Thouless; Dr. Harmon H. Bro; Sir Alistair Hardy; Dr. Stanley Krippner; Dr. Montague Ullman; Marcia Moore.

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