ABOUT OUR CHURCH
A historic Spiritualist Church in the heart of Birmingham, England.
With over a Century of proud activity in the world of Modern Spiritualism, Smethwick Spiritualist Church is an important part of the local Community.
One of the official Churches of the SNU - the Spiritualists' National Union - we uphold the teachings of the Seven Principles of the Union, and have a rich heritage of bringing some of the finest speakers, mediums and thinkers from all over the UK and beyond to our platform.
We have also always prioritised being a centre of excellence for Spiritual outreach, healing and other avenues of comfort, communication and contact from the Spirit world.
Led and maintained by our fantastic, democratically-elected committee of volunteers, with the support of the SNU and our visitors, we are committed to continuing the noble aims and causes of our Church in spreading the love, light and message of the Spirit.
Our fantastic Committee work tirelessly in the aims of our Church and its causes, and are democratically elected annually by our body of Church members.
Secretary / Treasurer
THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES
of SNU Spiritualism...
The Fatherhood of God
By the study of Nature - that is, by trying to understand the Laws of Cause and Effect which govern all that is happening around us - we recognise that there is a creative force in the Universe.
This force, or energy, not only created the whole Universe, but also life itself in its many forms and is continuing to create today. The effects of this eternal creation can be seen around us and this leads us to the evidence that 'God', the 'Creative Force', manifests directly - or indirectly - in all things.
We know this power as God and we are part of the life created by God, we acknowledge God as our Father.
The Brotherhood of Man
Because we all come from the same universal life source, we are, in effect, one large family - small offshoots from the whole.
This means that all mankind is part of a brotherhood. A brotherhood is a community for mutual support and comfort. We are all members of the same divine family. We need to share our joys as well as our burdens; we need to understand the needs of other individuals in order to assist them as part of our service to each other.
As we learn to give, so must we also learn to receive, thereby achieving the necessary balance for our life. We must look not only to the material necessities of our fellow creatures, but also to their spiritual needs, and help those in need to become strong and worthy of their relationship in the Family of God.
The Communion of Spirits and the Ministry of Angels
All religions believe in life after death, but only Spiritualism shows that it is true by demonstrating that communication with departed spirits can and does take place. Spiritualist Churches provide one of the venues where communication, through mediumship, is possible, and many loved relatives and friends take advantage of this opportunity to take an interest in our welfare.
There are also spirit people and teachers who are dedicated to the welfare and service of mankind. Some, or example Silver Birch, bring inspiration and teachings, whilst others within the Healing Ministry.
The Continuous Existence of the Human Soul
It is scientifically proven that matter (being part of the Creative Force or energy) cannot be destroyed; it merely changes its form. Spirit, as part of the Creative Force, is therefore indestructible.
On the death of the physical body, the spirit continues as an integral part of a world which interpenetrates our world, but in a different dimension. This world is referred to as the Spirit World. In spirit life we have a spirit body, which, until we progress far enough, is a replica of our Earthly body. We are the same individuals in every way, with the same personalities and characteristics and we change only by progression, or otherwise as a result of our own efforts.
Our personal responsibilities do not stop at death.
This principle is the one which places responsibility for wrongful thoughts and deeds where they belong - with the individual.
It is the acceptance of responsibility for every aspect of our lives, and the use to which we place our lives depends entirely on ourselves. It is not possible for any other person, or outside influence, to interfere with our spiritual development, unless we are willing to allow this. No one can put right the wrongdoing except the offender.
As we are given freedom of choice or free will, so also are we given the ability to recognise what is right from what is wrong. We are totally, as well as personally, responsible.
Compensation and Retribution hereafter for all the
good and evil deeds done on Earth
As with all other Principles, the natural laws apply, and this one echoes the Law of Cause and Effect ('as you sow, so shall you reap').
One cannot be cruel and vindictive towards others and expect love and popularity in return. It must be understood that the compensatory or attributive effects of this law operate now - on Earth - they do not wait until we begin to live in the Spirit World.
Eternal Progress open to every Soul
In every heart there exists the desire for progress, and to every Human Spirit there belongs the power to progress in wisdom and love.
All who desire to tread the path that leads to perfection are able to pursue it. The rate of progress is directly proportional to the desire for mental and spiritual understanding. If we do our best in our Earthly lives to follow our inward prompting or intuitions, we shall find progress very easy, on Earth as in Spirit. If not, every step in advancement will follow a struggle against imperfections, which we ourselves will have worked into our natures.
Within the Family of God, with all the advantages that our realisation of that state can give us, we are given the opportunity to be responsible for our own eternal progress.
An original article exploring Modern Spiritualism and its formative moments in recent history (PDF).
What is Modern Spirituliasm?
Pioneers of Spiritualism
Discover some of the pioneers and figureheads of Modern Spiritualism, including the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! (PDF).
The Spiritualists' National Union
Head on over to the official website for the SNU for more information on Spiritualism, the Union and its Churches.
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