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Remembering our Heroes and Sheroes

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Back in the seventies, my wife and I were taking a service on March 24, when I asked the congregation: “What is the special event next Sunday?” “Palm Sunday,” they all murmured as one. “No,” I said, practically stamping my … Continue reading

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The King’s Speech reviewed

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Paul Brett reviews the much talked-about film The King’s Speech and makes a suggestion for a sequel. Around this time of year film critics continually buzz about who the contenders for the movie world’s most prestigious award will be. This … Continue reading

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Museum remembers Spiritualist MP

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Kay Hunter begins her news coverage with a story about a Yorkshire museum, a teddy bear and a man who changed British Spiritualism for ever. Inspired by the British Museum’s exhibition, History of the World in 100 Objects, Pontefract Museum in … Continue reading

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The Lyceum’s first African-American pioneer

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The author of the first novel published by an African-American woman in the United States was also a leader of the Spiritualist movement. Harriet E. Adams Wilson was born in  Milford, New Hampshire, in 1825, the daughter of Joshua Green, … Continue reading

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New film about afterlife is based on Chico Xavier book

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Filmsharks International, one of Latin America’s largest film sales companies, has secured the rights for the box office hit Nosso Lar. As reported in Variety, the film’s distribution by 20th Century Fox grossed $25 million to become the second highest … Continue reading

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Aviva’s new advert from the ‘afterlife’

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Aviva, a major force in the world of insurance, has ventured into the ‘afterlife’ with its latest TV advertising campaign. The aim is to engage the four in ten adults in the UK – nearly twenty million people – who … Continue reading

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Evidence for psychic phenomena?

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In Lewis Carroll’s  Through the looking Glass, the White Queen tells Alice that in her land, “memory works both ways”. Not only can the Queen remember things from the past, but also remembers “things that happened the week after next”. … Continue reading

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Ghosts and Gallows

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Some paranormal connections may be made with famous abolitionists opposed to capital punishment. Writing in the Fortean Times, Alan Murdie records that Charles Dickens campaigned for restrictions on the use of the death penalty, and his spirit is reputed to … Continue reading

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Dumbarton Spiritualist Church forced to close

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A Spiritualist church in Dumbarton has had to close its doors a few months after it opened. Medium Tam (Thomas) Conroy, from Brucehill, launched the church only four months ago after the huge success of those in West Bridgend and … Continue reading

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Cassadaga offers healing

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Along with reiki, acupuncture, aromatherapy and other complementary therapies, spiritual healing is firmly rooted in tradition at Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp, Central Florida. Like the phenomenon of communication with spirit, for which the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp is famous, spiritual healing plays … Continue reading

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Lis Warwood’s Snippets from the Past: The Helen Duncan trial

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Snippets from the Past is an occasional column in which items from newspapers and elsewhere that might be informative, amusing, weird, wonderful or just plain ridiculous, are posted for your edification or entertainment. This first snippet relates to events at … Continue reading

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New year – new beginnings

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The wrapping paper’s recycled, the decorations are down, and amid resolutions to join the gym, cut down on the wine (or whatever our own particular indulgence might be!) or even just get a few more early nights, we set out … Continue reading

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Eric Hatton’s memoirs published

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The long-awaited memoirs of Spiritualism’s most respected ambassador have been published. Taking up the challenge was launched on December 30 at Stourbridge National Spiritualist Church, of which its author Eric Hatton has been president for five decades. Church members, Spiritualists … Continue reading

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An interview with medium Michael Bagan

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Medium Michael Bagan is becoming an increasingly popular figure on the platforms of churches and centres around the UK as word spreads of his ability to deliver exceptionally precise and accurate information from spirit communicators. Michael is unusual, though not … Continue reading

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Heartaches by the numbers

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The main problem with Spiritualism is that most church committees are unaware that there is a problem. That’s because – as our national leaders have told us – we are far too inward-looking. We don’t really know what is happening … Continue reading

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Dowsing and your intuitive potential

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Experienced dowser Jim Warwood is the leader of a Spiritualist mission in Adelaide, Australia. Here, he takes a look at the mysterious world of dowsing and explains why he believes it is a psychic skill. One psychic skill that has … Continue reading

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The 2012 prophecies and the Mayan calendar

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Lis Warwood takes an objective look at the much-publicised 2012 prophecies and concludes that there is little common ground between them and the philosophy of Spiritualism. Officially at least, Spiritualism places no credence in the 2012 doomsday prophecies or the … Continue reading

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The challenge of Madame Blavatsky

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December 2010 was a good month for Madame Blavatsky (1831-1891) who co-founded the Theosophical Society (TS) in New York in 1875. A website devoted to her influence, Blavatsky News, celebrated its first anniversary. And not one but two of the … Continue reading

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Harry Edwards Sanctuary launches new initiative for carers

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The debt we – and the National Health Service – owe to those who care for or support patients and the elderly at home is incalculable, but we must not take their dedication for granted. They too have a life, … Continue reading

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Tom Harrison as busy as ever

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We report on another timely communication from the late Tom Harrison. Tom Harrison, son of the great materialisation medium Minnie Harrison and lifelong Spiritualist, passed in October 2010 and has since been busy making contact with friends new and old … Continue reading

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Bacon conference at White Eagle Lodge

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The Esoteric Significance of Francis Bacon, a conference to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of Elizabethan philosopher, statesman and essayist Sir Francis Bacon, will be held at the White Eagle Lodge, Kensington, London, on January 22. This is … Continue reading

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The King’s Spiritualist

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By Sue Farrow It’s the most talked-about film of the season, due for UK release on January 7. Its cast list is a who’s who of big-screen glitterati and its subject matter is a sure-fire winner. The King’s Speech stars … Continue reading

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Swedenborg Foundation launches book proposal contest

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Do you have an idea for a new book? If so, you could be in line to win a cash award. Publishers Weekly announces a new book proposal contest launched by the Swedenborg Foundation/General Church of the New Jerusalem, based … Continue reading

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Accrington Family’s Christmas

The five children of courageous Accrington mother Justine Hargreaves, who lost her battle with cancer in October, joined other members of the family at a candlelight Christmas service at Lancashire’s Great Harwood Spiritualist Church. Justine’s sister Jannine, aimed to create … Continue reading

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Taking up the challenge

The long-awaited autobiography of Eric Hatton, respected honorary president of the Spiritualists’ National Union (SNU), will be published on December 30. Entitled Taking up the Challenge, it chronicles more than six decades of experience at the heart of Spiritualism, beginning … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings to all our Readers

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Paul, Magnus, Geoff and I have been overwhelmed by your reaction to our first issue. Your encouragement, both in comments on this site and in e-mails, means so much to us. Thanks also to those of you who have put … Continue reading

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All tied up

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Sue Farrow reports on an exceedingly clever communication from the late Tom Harrison. It’s not often that spirit messages come all tied up in neat little packages, but it seems that’s exactly what Tom Harrison managed to do just two-and-a-half … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

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Sue Farrow reports on a naming ceremony with a difference. One of the UK’s most thriving Spiritualist churches has hosted a very unusual ceremony. Stourbridge National Spiritualist Church was the setting for a Divine Service on November 20, during which … Continue reading

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Award-winning US author at Yorkshire seminar

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Dr Annette Childs, winner of two top USA literary prizes with her first book, gave two presentations at this year’s Stewart Alexander and Friends Seminar held at the Cober Hill Conference Centre. Dr Childs, who has a PhD in psychology, … Continue reading

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Guide-ology

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As someone who claims to have a North American Indian spirit guide called Red Herring, you may think I don’t take guides very seriously. You’d be wrong. Of course, the first thing to be said is that they have the … Continue reading

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The spirit photography of Ada Deane – The Armistice Day Series

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Jim Warwood takes a look at some controversial spirit photographs. Though apparently having many psychic experiences as a child, it was not until Ada Emma Deane was fifty-eight years old that her career as a photographic medium began.  After becoming … Continue reading

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Java medium passes

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Over a thousand people, including national and local political figures, attended the funeral of an unusual medium in Java in November. Mbah Marijan was Guardian of the Key at the volcanic Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s youngest volcano, and its biggest eruption … Continue reading

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Chenery-Wickens appeal thrown out

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A Spiritualist minister who murdered his wife has failed in his appeal against his conviction and will remain in jail. Three top judges at the Court of Appeal found that the original verdict on David Chenery-Wickens, 53, a minister from … Continue reading

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New Study into ESP

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Clairvoyance, telepathy and ESP – are they myth or magic, and can the existence of these powers be scientifically proven? Professor Daryl Bem, described by the Daily Mail Online as “a physicist and part-time magician-turned-psychologist”, set up a series of … Continue reading

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SAGB on the move

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After fifty-five years in its most recent home, the Spiritualist Association of Great Britain is packing up and moving out of that big Victorian house close to one corner of Belgrave Square – but it’s not going very far. Still … Continue reading

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Book Review: An Extraordinary Journey

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An Extraordinary Journey – The Memoirs of a Physical Medium Sue Farrow reviews Stewart Alexander’s new book. Stewart Alexander is a one-off – not just a physical medium, but a physical medium to whom not a whiff of scandal has … Continue reading

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The last message of a survival researcher

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Leslie Price reports on a final letter from psychical researcher the late Professor David Fontana. On October 18, Professor David Fontana, perhaps the UK’s leading survival researcher, passed away. One of his last writings was a commendation of the autobiography … Continue reading

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Tech Support: Tagging and Blogging

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In the first of an occasional series, SPN’s IT whiz Magnus Smith offers some useful tips and explains some of the jargon relating to websites like ours. ‘Tag’ surfing Spirit of PN is hosted on the popular blogging site WordPress.com, … Continue reading

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Spirit of PN

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It’s now over three months since the last issue of Psychic News rolled off the presses. For the former editorial team there have been some tough times, and we have so much appreciated your messages of encouragement. The one thing … Continue reading

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Tom Harrison passes

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The Spiritualist movement is infinitely poorer for the passing of Tom Harrison, one of its most tireless and dedicated ambassadors. Tom, who passed peacefully on October 23 at the age of 92, had been admitted to hospital the previous day following … Continue reading

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Stewart Alexander – An Extraordinary Journey

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Physical medium Stewart Alexander talks to Sue Farrow about his autobiography, which was published last week to coincide with his annual seminar at Cober Hill, in Yorkshire. The book is dedicated to Stewart’s much-loved sister Gaynor, who passed to spirit … Continue reading

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The grandfather who still cared

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It’s not often that people are referred to the president of a Spiritualist church by the Samaritans, but the lady on the phone told me she’d got my name from them one Spring day in 1980. The lady, Jan C, … Continue reading

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No medium, no worries

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In Psychic News of July 25, 2009, Geoff Griffiths wrote an article entitled ‘Is it Time to Abandon Platform Clairvoyance?’ He observed that at any one time there are likely to be only a relatively small number of mediums “who … Continue reading

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Spiritualism and Remembrance

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With Remembrance Day just around the corner, Kay Hunter take a look at what one Australian journalist is saying about the relationship between wars and Spiritualist belief. November 11 approaches, when the Cenotaph in Whitehall will be the scene of … Continue reading

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New Clint Eastwood film tackles afterlife

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Clint Eastwood’s new film, Hereafter, tackles the subject of whether or not there is an afterlife, and what happens when we or our loved ones die. Christopher Lane, Ph.D, appraises the film on Psychology Today website, and confesses to being haunted … Continue reading

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BBC interviews Bournemouth Spiritualists

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Sue Farrow reports on an unusually fair and open-minded interview. Popular Spiritualists Al and Geoff Potts have been interviewed on BBC radio. Twin brothers Al and Geoff, respectively president and vice-president of Bournemouth Spiritualist Church, have each given many years … Continue reading

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