What We Believe

Services and Ministries

Sunday Worship

Our Founder: Marcellus Seth Ayer

Our Original House of Worship

Board Of Directors

Little Known Facts

FST and
The New Dispensation in Spiritualism

The Ayer Institute

Directions to the FST




Greetings from Rev. Stephen Fulton and welcome to the First Spiritual Temple and its Ayer Institute. The First Spiritual Temple is an independent Christian Spiritualist Church, founded on June 28, 1883, in Boston. Our founder was a progressive and free-thinking man, named Marcellus Seth Ayer.

Over the years, the First Spiritual Temple has gone through many changes, always seeking to adapt to the current-day needs of people. But, throughout its 125-year history, our basic principle has remained steadfast: God is Spirit; we are Spirit; and that is how we are connected. Furthermore, God's greatest gift to us is freedom of choice; but, with this wondrous gift comes responsibility, personal and collective.

Marcellus Ayer founded the Church in order to address the growing needs of people to understand God, Spirit, Spiritualism, death, Jesus Christ, and the Bible in a more practical and working manner. He was concerned in addressing the, then, fairly new Spiritualist movement; not as a religion, in itself, but, rather, as a means whereby all religions and faiths could find a common ground, in God as Spirit and in ourselves as Spirit.

The First Spiritual Temple and its Ayer Institute are located at:

16 Monmouth Street
Brookline, Massachusetts 02446-5605
Telephone: (617) 566-7639

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First Spiritual Temple
The Ayer Institute
16 Monmouth Street, Brookline, MA, 02446-5605 USA
Telephone 617.566.7639
E-mail to the FST