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Physical medium David Thompson speaks exclusively to Spirit of PN

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Physical mediumship has long been the ‘hot potato’ of Spiritualism but, like it or not, there would be no modern movement without it. What were those famed Hydesville knockings if not physical? Since those far-off days, physical mediumship has been … Continue reading

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The vision thing

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“Where there is no vision, the people perish” – Proverb Back in 1964, former president Harold Vigurs was conducting a commission of inquiry into the Spiritualists’ National Union’s problems and opportunities, and exploring ways forward. In his report, he lamented … Continue reading

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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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Are the Seven Principles still ‘fit for purpose’?

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“When everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”  – George S. Patton. The Seven Principles have once again come under scrutiny. This follows researchers’ discovery that the idea the Principles were given to Emma Hardinge Britten (EHB) by Robert Owen, … Continue reading

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JOINT STATEMENT BY THE SPIRITUALISTS’ NATIONAL UNION AND MINISTER ERIC HATTON

Following the decision of the Union not to stock copies of its Honorary President Eric Hatton’s book, Taking Up The Challenge, the President, the Vice-President (Administrative) and the General Secretary of the Union held a meeting with Mr Hatton, Hugh … Continue reading

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How many mediums do you know who’ve been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize?

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Regular visitors to Spirit of PN will know that last week we made an important announcement concerning the ownership of Psychic News and its assets. A legal ruling has determined that the Spiritualists’ National Union, which unilaterally halted publication of … Continue reading

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Eric Hatton steps down at Stourbridge

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By Sue Farrow. The Spiritualist movement’s best known church president has stepped down after almost fifty years in the hot seat. At Stourbridge church’s annual general meeting on March 16, I watched from the back as members listened intently to Minister … 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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Gordon Smith raises money for animal charity

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Staff at the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) in Watford were delighted to receive a donation of £1,200, raised from an evening of mediumship. The money was raised at Finchley Christian Spiritualist Church on March 19, when a congregation of … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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