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Evidence, evidence, evidence!

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Sue Farrow introduces a report on some exceptional survival evidence given recently to ‘Valerie’ by London-based medium Michael Bagan.        Few Spiritualists – even those who do their utmost to look on the bright side – can have failed to notice … Continue reading

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SNU bans Eric Hatton’s book

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by Sue Farrow. In a move that has left many of its loyal members outraged, the Spiritualists’ National Union (SNU) has made the astonishing decision to ban the autobiography of its own honorary president from sale at the Arthur Findlay … Continue reading

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Spotlight on the Churches – Wimbledon Spiritualist Church

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This month Spirit of PN’s Paul Brett takes a look at what’s on offer at the very active and popular Wimbledon Spiritualist Church (WSC). Wimbledon Spiritualist Church ­– a family affair. A spirit message by way of an ouija board … Continue reading

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Emma Hardinge CDs available

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In 1865, Emma Hardinge Britten gave a series of lectures entitled The Philosophy of Spiritualism. Her words were written down at the time, and a book was produced. Perry Rabbitts, who has transferred these lectures to seven CDs, along with … Continue reading

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Spiritualist church robbed twice in two weeks

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Members of Walthamstow Spiritualist Church in north London are outraged that their church has twice been the target of thieves in less than two weeks. Churchgoers were stunned to discover on Friday, March 11 that hundreds of pounds worth of … Continue reading

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Do you smell ectoplasm?

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For those of our readers who live in the northern hemisphere, it’s almost spring – allegedly. But if the south-east of England is anything to go by, the flowers and trees are having none of it, and barely a snowdrop … Continue reading

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For and Against: Physical Mediumship

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For and Against is a regular feature in which two well-known commentators with opposing views on a particular spiritual or philosophical topic debate the issue. In this, our second debate, Lew Sutton and Leslie Price tough it out on the … Continue reading

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Spotlight on the Churches – Bournemouth Spiritualist Church

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In this new series we focus on a thriving Spiritualist church or centre, take a look at the people who run it, the programme it offers, and try to discover what makes it a success. This month, Sue Farrow puts … Continue reading

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Ten things ‘big’ churches can do that ‘small’ churches can’t

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Have you ever wondered why Spiritualism has never made the progress it should have done? For one of the major reasons, look to our culture of small churches and our failure to outgrow and rationalise them. Small churches are often … Continue reading

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Spirit House restoration

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A group of volunteers aims to create a new future for a former historic place of American Spiritualist pilgrimage. The Spirit House in Georgetown, Southern Madison County, was also known as the ‘Wedding Cake House’ because of its scalloped walls … Continue reading

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Lis Warwood’s Snippets from the Past: Death of James Burns

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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 month’s snippet is rather sad and … Continue reading

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Start the debate!

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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 … Continue reading

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For and Against: Reincarnation

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For and Against is a new series in which two well-known commentators with opposing views on a particular spiritual or philosophical topic debate the issue. To kick off this series, Roy Stemman and Leslie Price get stuck into the thorny … Continue reading

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So you want to run an open development group?

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By Jim Warwood. You want to help your Spiritualist church or centre develop, so you offer to run an open circle. You hope that people will find out more about their own potential whilst being exposed to the philosophy of … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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