LONGTON SPIRITUALIST CHURCH
We exist to promote the understanding that each of us are spiritual beings that can realise a unique, personal, connection with God, the source and creator of all that exists. Through our work we seek to demonstrate that we can grow in experiential knowledge that Life is eternal. We are a church community that is part of The Spiritualists National Union which works through churches and centres in the United Kingdom and internationally.
The philosophy and religion of Spiritualism is founded upon seven basic principles which were developed and derived through the mediumship of one of Spiritualism's greatest pioneers, Emma Hardinge Britten, and inspired in 1871 by the communicating spirit of Robert Owen (the founder of the Co-operative movement). The Seven Principles were communicated over several years and appeared in several forms until in 1901 they were organised into the current format when the Spiritualists' National Union was founded.
These Seven Principles which act as guidelines for the development of a personal philosophy of how to live one's life are, as follows:
The Fatherhood of God
The core belief of the religious philosophy of Spiritualism is the acceptance of the reality of God. This Divine Energy, God-force, or God-mind or whatever name given to it, has created all there is and sustains all its creation. Our founders used the term "Fatherhood" to describe the "parenthood" of God and in truth, God is neither masculine nor feminine but can be called "father" or "mother" as our Divine Parent.
The 'Spirit of God' exists within and around everything. It is within all of us: we are all children of God so are part of one family. We acknowledge God as our source and the source of all life which is eternal.
The Brotherhood of Man
We are all part of the universal creative force and therefore one family in God. The operation of true Brotherhood throughout the world would create betterment to the lives of many, bringing equality, security and peace. Spiritualists try to understand the needs of others and help all people regardless of race, colour or creed.
The Communication of Spirits & the Ministry of Angels
Communion with divine energy is a natural and essential part of existence. Communication between Spirit itself and its creations is an inbuilt ability. Spiritualists use this ability for communication directly, or via a medium, between those in the spirit world and ourselves. This is not supernatural; it is a normal activity. The main purpose of communication with the spirit world is to provide the evidence which supports our philosophy.
The Ministry of Angels brings enhanced wisdom to enlighten the individual, society and the world in which we live. This includes those who are dedicated to the welfare and service of mankind bringing inspiration guidance and healing.
The Continuous existence of the human soul
Spirit is part of the 'Creative Force' and thus indestructible. Energy cannot be destroyed; it can only change its form. After death the physical body is left behind whilst the soul continues to exist in a different dimension that we call the spirit world. The individual personality continues unchanged by the event we call 'death'.
In His wisdom, God has given us enormous potential; we can use that potential to improve our own lives and the lives of others. We have the ability to make decisions throughout our lives as we see fit. What each of us makes of our life is our Personal Responsibility no one can replace or override that right. No other person or influence can put right our wrong doings.
Compensation & retribution hereafter for all the good & evil deeds done on earth
This Principle expresses the natural law of 'cause and effect'. This law operates now, on Earth, as well as in the spirit world. As we move through life making choices, the outcome affects our soul growth.
When we leave this Earthly life there will be no divine judgement. We will have the opportunity to reassess, take stock and decide what might have been done differently.
Eternal Progress open to every human soul
Eternity does not begin at death; progress is open to all now! Any action, or intent to change, to promote soul growth and progression, creates a positive reaction. There will always be the opportunity to develop and move forward, no one is ever deprived of the all embracing love of God.