2012-03-29 / Local News

Spiritualist Temple marks anniversary with multiple events

As part of a worldwide commemoration of the 164th anniversary of Modern Spiritualism on Saturday, March 31, the First Spiritualist Temple of East Aurora will host a series of events, including panel discussions that will explore the history and philosophy of the religion.

The church, located on Temple Place across from Vidler’s, will be open for tours beginning at 1 p.m.

According to a release from the temple, church leaders and ministers will lead three panel discussions:

The History of Modern Spiritualism, 2-3 p.m., will discuss why March 31, 1848, is considered the “birth” of Modern Spiritualism, even though the philosophy had existed for thousands of years. Panelists will also discuss how spiritualism became a religion and expanded since 1848, and the history of the Spiritualist Movement in East Aurora.

Healing, 3-4 p.m., will discuss the healing and prayer practices among Spiritualists and how Spiritual healing and prayer work hand in hand with modern medicine and doctors.

Mediumship, 4-5 p.m., will discuss the Spiritualist belief of continuous life, how mediumship works, how to know whether or not the communication is “for real,” and the education and training required before someone can join the Spiritualist ministry.

“These discussions will be a great opportunity to learn everything you wanted to know about Spiritualism but were afraid to ask,” said Robert Lowell Goller, vice president of the church. “Everyone is welcome to join us. The discussions will be informal and welcoming. Our intention is not to convert people, but rather offer an educational opportunity for anyone who wants to learn more about the philosophy and history of our religion, and there will be plenty of time for questions.”

A spaghetti and meatball dinner will follow at 5 p.m. A healing service will begin at 6 p.m., followed by an all-message service at 6:30 p.m.

The First Spiritualist Society of East Aurora traces its roots to the 1870s. The congregation moved into the current temple in 1911. It is one of the few churches in the world built by Spiritualists, for Spiritualists. For more information about the church or event, visit www.firstspiritualisttemple.com.

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