What is Spiritualism?
Spiritualism is an officially recognised religion, with its own Churches and educational centres. It has its own Ministers, who possess the same rights and privileges as any other religion.
The philosophy of Spiritualism is based on seven fundamental principles:
1. The Fatherhood of God.
2. The Brotherhood of Man.
3. The Communion of Spirits and the Ministry of Angels.
4.The Continuous existence of the human Soul.
5. Personal Responsibility.
6. Compensation and Retribution Hereafter for all the Good and Evil Deeds done on Earth.
7. Eternal Progress Open to every Human Soul.
Spiritualism is a religion that embodies the main ideas of all religions, that there is la life after death, immortality and the existence of a God.
The difference between Spiritualism and other religions is the ability, through mediumship, to prove that man survives physical death. Mediums are able to communicate with those who have passed over, thus furnishing conclusive evidence of the continuous existence of the human soul.
Spiritualism is a universal religion, the main focus of which is embodied in our Fifth Principle, 'Personal Responsibility'. We are given free will and the ability to distinguish between right and wrong, therefore we alone are responsible for all our thoughts and actions. In addition, we are our own judge here and now and we will receive compensation and retribution in accordance with our Sixth Principle.
We do not automatically become spiritual when we leave this world. We shall, in fact retain our earthly characteristics. Opportunities are available throughout eternity to make spiritual progress as both free will and personal responsibility are still relevant. Spiritualism is a progressive religion which can overcome materialistic influences.
Mediums are ordinary people who have, through training, developed their natural ability to communicate with the spirit world. There are different types of mediumship because the people in the spirit world will use whatever means they can to communicate, helping us to understand the truth of an everlasting life.
Spiritualism encompasses healing for those in need, either by personal contact, 'the laying on of hands', or through absent healing, where patients are treated via healing thoughts and prayers.
Healers may alleviate suffering but cannot guarantee a cure. Spiritual healing also offers help to the terminally ill, their family and friends, and support in times of bereavement. Spiritual healing is not faith healing. Babies and pets cannot have faith, yet they can all benefit from spiritual healing.
There are several different types of Spiritualist service, which includes the Divine Service and the Healing Service. The Divine Service include songs, prayers and a guest speaker, who will give a short talk on Spiritualist philosophy. There will also be a demonstration of mediumship, during which the medium will communicate with those in the spirit world and relay the messages to members of the congregation.
The Church also organise other events such as Demonstrations of Mediumship, Workshops, Circles, Social, Open days, Children's lyceums and other social and family gatherings.
Tamworth Spiritualist Church is also registered for the solemnisation of marriages and provide other official services for blessings, naming, funerals and memorials.
The Spiritualists National Union has an Education Scheme, available to everyone, and a Training and Awards Scheme for Individual Members of the SNU to gain certificates and diplomas of competence in various subjects. More details are available on the website www.snu.org.uk
The Spiritualists National Union invites suitably qualified people to train as Officiants and Ministers to carry out weddings, funerals, naming and other official services. All SNU Ministers are registered with departments of the UK Government Home Office and part of their remit as a Minister is to carry out chaplaincy duties in hospitals, prisons and the Armed Forces.