who made our Church's history so rich and full.
They did their work
well, and we are so proud of them.
loved God and Christ, and he loved the concept of Spirit and
spiritual communication. But, he knew that it was all just a
doorway: a doorway into life's most amazing mysteries and
revelations. He knew that what was being revealed through
Spirit communication could be an answer to people's most
perplexing questions. To him, Spiritualism was a gift to
Humanity; not to be embraced by any one group, nor to be
limited to simple phenomena and demonstration. It was a gift
given to all people, of all faiths and denominations.
taught the children of the church through the First Spiritual
Temple's Sunday school
E. R. Dyar
and physical medium for Church, from 1884 until her death on
May 18, 1888. Shown here in trance, with spirit Christal.
Christal was and continues to be the magnet for a group of
spirits, known as The Temple Band, who help guide our
in honor of Mrs. E. R. Dyar. Originally placed in the Boston
Temple by our founder, it now adorns the Chapel Wall.
H. S. Lake
Lake was a trance medium for Church, from 1888 to the
mid-1890's. Through her mediumship, many inspiring and
informative discourses were given by Spirit. She was also very
much involved in women's rights.
N. J. Willis
and physical medium for the Church, from the early-1890's
until her death on December 6, 1911. She was deeply loved and
respected by everyone who knew her. Through her mediumship,
congregations and audiences of the First Spiritual Temple were
hosted to hundreds of inspiring and thought-provoking trance
discourses. She was, also, an exceptional evidential medium.
legend in her day. President and Trustee of the Church from
October 17, 1935, until her death on May 12, 1976. Under her
direction, the Church hosted some of the world's most noted
sensitives and parapsychologists, for the free monthly Wednesday
Evening Lectures. Under her management, both she and the
old Exeter Street Theatre -- an institute in Boston's history
-- became known as the Grand Dames of Boston Theatres.
of the First Spiritual Temple, from May 4, 1939, until her retirement on
November 4, 1980. Under her direction, the Church's Library
grew ten-fold in size and is, now, considered one of the
finest libraries of its type in the United States. In earlier
years (1926 to 1940), Florence was secretary to famed Harvard
Eliot Morison. She passed away on January
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