Welcome to the latest issue of Spirit of PN. It’s hard to believe that four months have gone by since we launched the successor to Psychic News.
This edition is packed with thought-provoking features and news, beginning with the first debate in our new series For and Against. The series is close to my heart because I believe passionately that Spiritualists and all who are interested in spiritual matters should have a platform to discuss important issues and express their views freely.
So, our debates are not just about the views of their authors – those views are meant to provide a starting point for open discussion. Use our comments facility to tell us your own opinions – and don’t hold back! As long as they’re expressed politely, they’ll appear here. You’ll also be able to vote on the debate. Are you persuaded of the case for or the case against? Click on our voting link and we’ll review the results in the next issue.
This month’s debate deals with the controversial subject of reincarnation. Is it fact or fiction? Perhaps you already hold strong views on the subject. If, like many, you’re undecided, this is a unique opportunity to read and weigh up the exchanges between two respected commentators on Spiritualism – Roy Stemman and Leslie Price. Roy was assistant editor of PN under Maurice Barbanell and has written and researched extensively on reincarnation. Leslie is renowned for his historical research on Spiritualism and has founded/contributed to a number of publications.
In other features, Jim Warwood takes a practical look at the pleasures and pitfalls of running an open circle, while Geoff Griffiths explains why he believes knowledge of our pioneers – those he calls Spiritualism’s “heroes and sheroes” – is so important today. Paul Brett reviews the headline-grabbing film The King’s Speech and suggests a possible sequel to it, and our own Kay Hunter rounds up some of the latest news. You can also read Lis Warwood’s Snippets from the Past – an occasional column featuring a tiny historical piece with an unusual or unexpected twist.
Looking ahead, in next month’s issue we put the spotlight on one of the UK’s most respected centres – Bournemouth Spiritualist Church – and feature Lew Sutton and Leslie Price in a debate For and Against physical mediumship.
Last but not least, we’re delighted to announce that SPN now has its own Amazon shop, featuring a wide range of books on Spiritualism and spiritual topics. You can find it here. By ordering via our link, you’ll pay the usual Amazon price and you’ll also be helping SPN to expand and develop.